NYE from NYC

cookie ice cream sundae

Happy New Year!

It’s really funny –the television makes it appear like the whole city is all Rockin’ New Years Eve but outside of those Times Square streets surrounding the big ball that drops (which I rarely see because I am asleep), the rest of the city is kind of peaceful.


You would have no idea what was going on only a few blocks up.

Anyway, we spent the night downtown between Chelsea and Meatpacking District which means I had really good food and a really good time.

Let’s discuss the cutest little doughnuts ever with an aroma that called my nose through the crowds of Chelsea Market straight to the Doughnuttery section of the crowded building.


Mini doughnuts (with the exact smell of zeppoles being cooked) made right in front of you in the coolest looking doughnut machine with a conveyor belt and everything followed by your choice of unique sugar blends as the coating.


Super cool.

Also super cool is a restaurant that looks like a grown-up place from the outside yet has a candy store upon entering the front door.

sugar factory

Sugar Factory is my type of place.

sugar factory

I was really excited to have onion rings. You know I love a good onion ring, right? French fries I can pass up any day, onion rings though, I just love them.

onion rings

Dining tip: Save the biggest onion ring for your main course, especially if your main course is a salad. It’s a terrific topper.

greek salad

Bonus tip: Ask your server to add avocado to your greek salad. Makes a world of difference.

I tried really hard to get lots of pictures of dessert from lots of angles because the ice cream sundae dish was so long and large it was hard to capture its beauty with one shot.


I believe it was called the Cookie Jar Sundae (and we had a side of Chocolate Fondue because you can’t not order fondue if it’s on the menu).


Cookies n Cream ice cream, cookie crumbs, chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream and hot fudge.

cookie ice cream sundae

The best way to eat it is to dip your spoon in the chocolate fondue and then into the ice cream.


Then somehow these shoes ended up in front of me.

bowling shoes

I say in front of me instead of on me because I just didn’t feel like taking off my cozy boots. I figured if the Bowlmor Lanes lady wanted to scold me for not wearing the proper foot attire I would deal with it then.

No one came after me and nothing happened which means my boots now double as appropriate bowling shoes.

If you read my recap from last New Years, a very special New Years Eve baby was born in our family which means  today we will be heading back to the city for his first birthday party!


I am so lucky that my cousin sent the party invitations via email since we all know that I rarely get the mail.

I probably would have missed the party otherwise.

I don’t make resolutions or set goals for myself ever but maybe I should reconsider the mailbox and try to get my mail more often in 2015.

So how was your night? Did you see the ball drop? Did you eat anything really good?

Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

20 thoughts on “NYE from NYC”

    1. I know, right? Cookies and the heavy desserts actually lose their appeal after too much of it. I can handle a good treat once or twice a week though :)…Definitely check out the sugar factory when you come here next and also Max Brenner. We love Max Brenner!

  1. So true about NYC just a few blocks outside of that area! That was so surprising to me the year I spent NYE there, it was dead in kind of a creepy way not far out of times square. Those desserts look amazing 🙂 Glad you had a great night!

  2. I didn’t make it up until midnight. This was the second year that we stayed in and went to bed early. I feel a little guilty but when I wake up feeling refreshed on New Years day its a good feeling!
    I have never been to times square for new years and really don’t have any desire. I bet its nice being in other more quiet areas of the city!
    That dessert looks amazing!!

    1. I never had the crazy desire either to be in Times Square. I was there for a bit last year and those few minutes were enough. One of my best friends though was up front last night during the shows and the ball dropping and she had a blast! (granted she didn’t stand there all day and had a reserved spot, made it a lot easier!).

  3. Happy New Year! Meredith I have been in NYC twice on NYE to run the Runners World 5K in Central Park and can confirm it is a different city away from Times Square.
    Ate pork and sauerkraut for luck after the race. I hope we can run a race together in 2015!

  4. You and your desserts always make me jealous. Someday (when I come to visit), you’ll take me to a nice nut-free bakery. Deal? Deal.

    I went out to watch the fireworks last night, and then I couldn’t sleep until like 3 AM 😆 Whenever I miss that window when I usually fall asleep, it becomes a lot harder for me to drift off. I’m a creature of habit.

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