As soon as we dropped off our things at the Residence Inn we walked to Eataly for a very late lunch. We had to pass by Bryant Park and we made a quick detour through the park to see The Holiday Shops.
We were there last November but I just found out that they have extended these shops until February 26, 2012. I really wanted to walk leisurely to look at all the quaint shops but we were really hungry and wanted to reach Eataly as soon as possible.
I managed to take some shots of the shops and eateries I passed by.
A skating rink called Citi Pond was open to the public during the holiday season.
I had to stop when I smelled something so good at Toparepa.
I’ve never seen mozarepas before. I thought they were just pancakes. I learned that these were called arepas, a popular snack from Venezuela and other Spanish-speaking countries made from cornmeal. The Americanized version added mozzarella cheese in the middle and the mozarepa was born.
We bought a mozarepa topped with goat cheese, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes to share between 4 adults and 2 kids.
goat cheese, pesto & sun-dried tomatoes mozarepa $6.50
I loved, loved, loved it! Imagine eating a corn dog with the dog. I really loved the gritty texture and sweetness of the arepa mixed with the gooey mozzarella cheese and contrasted with tangy goat cheese. The flavors from the pesto and sun-dried tomatoes completed the explosion of flavors and texture in the mouth. I hope some enterprising Pinoy would bring mozarepas to Manila. I’m sure his would click here.
My eyes widened as big as those cookies as I gazed in awe. I HAD to buy some cookies!!! The chocolate chunk cookie cost $5 each but they were worth it. It was really huge and loaded with chocolate. I ate bit and pieces of the cookie and it lasted til the next day.
I guess arepas are really popular in NYC. Even this Chinese noodle and dumpling shop sold arepas.
I really wish I had more time in New York since I wanted to go back to Bryant Park and check out each and every shop and food store. Alas I never got the chance to go back even though it was just across our hotel. Nevertheless I was happy with our quick stroll and snack in Bryant Park.
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Special Extended Season
January 14 – February 26, 2012
4 thoughts on “Holiday Shops at Bryant Park”
Leslie, after reading your past entries of Taipei does your cousin Benjie have mini bus to rent out? When I am in Taipei need one for my large group of people on business and tour.
I know he only has a van. Maybe you can email him if he can help you with his contacts about a mini bus? Thanks for considering him!
Betty, Benjie said the mini bus can accommodate a maximum of 20 passengers.
I hope they have the mozarepa in LA! I can’t stop thinking about it!