Q & A
What would you have changed?
Google Maps' GPS is super wonky in urban canyons, so next time we'll figure out where our subway stations are ahead of time. I'll also take more pictures next time.
How was the food?
Zuma Japanese on Madison between 38th and 39th is fancy and delicious.
What tips would you give a friend?
Unless you're really into light shows, avoid Sak's on a Saturday night in December. Also, buy tickets for shows you really want to see in advance- the "day-of" discount situation is dicey.
Bring comfortable shoes, natch.
Know your subway stop cross-streets ahead of time.
I had no idea there was such a thing as SantaCon. It's a giant pub-crawl event that happens across the globe where folks dress as Santa and get rip roaring drunk at as many bars as possible. I'm told the event has a terrible reputation for the amount of bad behavior it cultivates, but we only saw one belligerent Santa the whole weekend. In fact, that was the only bad behavior we saw the entire time which is saying a lot considering how extra-crowded the city was. Every place we went was like being in a very polite mosh pit.
The generous checkout time at The Standard is noon, and at it's NY locations can be upgraded to "Standard Time" meaning for an additional fee you can check out of your room any time of day. I can't find exact language about how far the envelope can be pushed on time of day, but I love it.