For one of the very best Santa experiences in New York City I would recommend Breakfast with Santa at the beautiful Stella 34 Trattoria restaurant on the 6th floor of Macy’s Herald Square – the home of Miracle on 34th Street
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Here we had an Italian breakfast but we didn’t come for the food, we came to see Santa and he was so authentic it was like he had just arrived from the North Pole.
The breakfast starts off with a range of pastries, such as mini blueberry muffins, chocolate chip croissants all of which were favourites with the girls. The next course is a creamy, organic yogurt parfait with granola.
Next up was a choice of a delicious hot main such as Bagels and Salmon, Scrambled eggs and fresh pancakes among other options, all served family style.
Lots of drinks such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and freshly squeezed orange juice were served to our table throughout our meal. For adults a mimosa or peach bellini is served to start the breakfast experience.
The restaurant was beautiful, you would never know you were in a department store with stunning floor to ceiling windows and views of the the Empire State Building.
The look on the girls’ faces as they chatted over breakfast to the most authentic looking Santa we had ever seen was worth the entrance fee alone, and offers a far more unique and personal experience compared to Santaland (read our review of Santaland here).
After finishing breakfast we visited Santa and his elves where the girls had a great chat with him. Not at any time did it feel rushed as they talked about where they had travelled from and sharing their Christmas wish lists with him. What I thought was so touching was when he told them above all the most important thing is to love your family.
A keepsake photo and a lovely bag of takeaway treats were also provided in this fantastic Santa package. I would recommend that you book this in advance as it sells out quickly especially on weekends.
There are three seating categories available – silver (from $50 adult $35 child), gold ($55 adult $40 child) and platinum ($65 adult and $45 child).
We paid for the gold seating but it’s the same experience that you receive and there are no bad tables in the restaurant so if I was booking again I would opt for the silver seating.