Cheap Date: Gingerbread Extravaganza At Le Parker Meridien

It’s always fun to stumble upon an unexpected treat, particularly when that treat is made entirely out of gingerbread!

I popped into the Le Parker Meridien Hotel lobby to check the menu at Norma’s, and low and behold was greeted with the sweetest display of gingerbread houses, bridges, and Broadway extravaganzas I ever did see!

The theme?  Why, “Made in New York”, naturally!  Bakeries from all over the city put their noggins together and create delicious displays they feel represent the theme…all of them wildly different and innovative, as you’ll see!

unnamed-9I snapped photos with my phone (hence the so-so quality), and did a bit of recon when I got home.  Turns out this edible extravaganza is hosted by City Harvest annually, as a way to feed hungry New Yorkers.  Okay, not feed them gingerbread, but to have you place $1 vote on your favorite house, and then THAT money goes to feed those in need in the city.  (It’s all in the details!;-)

This is such a festive way to round out a Midtown dinner date in NYC, don’t you think?

Which one is your fave?

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By: Jessica Tiare Bowen


  • zeilner andrea says:

    Dear Jessica,
    Last week I was in Manhattan. One afternoon friends and I were looking for a nice place to have a Cup of coffee. We enternd the Knave at Le Parker Meridien not from the mainentrance of the Hotel but from the other side. We enjoyed the coffee and the nice place. When we were about leaving the Knave through the opposite door I realized that I was in the hotel you have reported about the gingerbread extravaganza. For me it was a special moment to see the place and the gingerbread you reported about not long ago. Thanks. Many greetings from Munich.

    • Used York City says:

      That’s SO great, Andrea! I’m really glad you got to check it out, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time visiting our city! Lots of love to Munich!

  • Mike says:

    Jessica, you know had me at “menu”, dear friend. Where were we? Oh, gingerbread houses!! Sorry, I went off to check out Norma’s menu online! I like the one with the bridge the best. I’m always blown away and bakers/artists make these incredible creations! Oh btw…it would be the Irresistible Banana-Macadamia Nut Flap Jacks at Norma’s 😉

    • Used York City says:

      YES! Norma’s is totally famous for their brunch, and pancakes are a #1 for me on the menu!:-) Now I’m hungry!

  • Richa Saxena says:

    This looks amazing & such wonderful creations! Amazing :)

  • Wow they’re all fantastic, but I think I’d have to choose the cookie monster for the cuteness! :-)

  • Sophie says:

    That looks magnificent! What amazing creations! Thanks for sharing.

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