NYCVP is hosting our famous Stay Warm Thanksgiving Breakfast inside Heartland Brewery/HB Burger—an exclusive event sure to heighten your enjoyment of the most famous parade in the world. Conveniently located between Broadway and 6th Avenue on 43rd Street, you can have the best of both worlds.
You’ll get to stand in awe of enormous balloons drift by, watching all the floats accompanied by marching bands, cheerleaders, and even some famous singers and performers, but also have the convenience and comfort of indoor facilities. You can listen to the live music, snap a couple pictures, and then head inside to relax, unwind, take the bite out of the cold. You’ll be able to grab something to eat, warm up with a hot beverage, and use the restroom. Then just step back out on 6th Avenue and mingle with parade-viewers from around the world. You can come in and out of our Stay Warm Thanksgiving Breakfast as many times as you want while you enjoy the holiday festivities of the Big Apple.
Your Stay Warm Thanksgiving Breakfast event includes a breakfast buffet beginning at 8am featuring:
- Fresh New York bagels and cream cheese
- scrambled eggs
- home fries
- orange juice
- hot cocoa
Be advised that there is no view of the parade from inside Heartland Brewery, but you can come and go as you please, and have a place to call home during the parade. You’ll have use of the venue and restroom facilities during the parade. Don’t let the low price of this great Thanksgiving Day Parade option fool you – tax and gratuity is included!
Breakfast service begins at 8am, prior to the parade, which will pass on 6th Avenue, just 1/2 block from Heartland Brewery/HB Burger. Food and beverages will be available until 11am
was great to have a warm place to eat and use the restroom. I would have liked
to be able to get coffee or hot chocolate to go to have while standing on the
sidewalk for the parade. The breakfast was delicious. J
Woods, Colorado Springs, CO on 12/12/2015
My Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Experience
Nov 30, 2014, 8:49 AM
"I wanted to post about my experience in hopes that future travelers who want to see the parade will use my experience as a guide.
In preparing to see the parade, I searched the internet to find the best place to watch the parade, with small children, that had a bathroom close by. I read many articles about the event and none could provide me with the answer to that all important question about the bathroom. I subscribe to Time Out NY and searched that website. They recommend watching the parade at the Shops on Columbus Circle. I called and spoke to someone in the management office. She was no help. I asked if we could watch the parade from the shops and have access to a bathroom. She could not, or would not answer my question. So that option was out. I read another article stating that for $1000.00 per person you could stay at the Trump Tower and watch the parade. I emailed the GM, asking if we could watch the parade in front of the hotel and just use the lobby bathroom. Sorry, but no.
I went to another social media website and read many reviews of people's experience. All had good information but no one addressed the bathroom issue.
The most helpful information came from a young lady who I spoke to at Tavern On The Green. She said there was a Central Park public restroom near the restaurant that would be open on the parade day. Great! However, getting on the park side of the parade route would be difficult and once on that side of the parade route, the views aren't that great. That was the most promising lead that I had and at that point, was the best plan.
But I still continued searching. I read on many websites, that the grandstands on Central Park West were for invited guests only. I thought, maybe someone could not attend and were selling their tickets on eBay? I went to eBay and found nothing.
Then, on a complete whim, I went to Craigslist. I found the NYC section and typed in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade tickets. An ad had just been placed where a lady was selling her passes to a "Stay Warm" Breakfast to view the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I don't know why I wasn't able to find that on my Google searches before.
For $40/person, you get a wrist band that gives you access to the Heartland Brewery on W 43rd Street and 6th Ave. With the wrist band, you have full use of the bathrooms and you also get breakfast. Perfect! Please note: you cannot view the parade from the restaurant. The restaurant is closer to the Times Square side of W 43rd than to 6th Ave. But at least we had a guaranteed place to use the bathroom. Also, the hours to use the wristband to gain access to the restaurant is from 8:00AM - 11:00AM.
On the morning of the parade, we woke early…at 5:15AM. Our plan was to be at the parade route near W 43rd and 6th Ave. Our hotel was on W 50th and 8th Ave so it wasn't too far of a walk. We arrived at the parade route at 5:45AM and no one was there. We had the entire block to select a spot. We found a spot next to a mail box and a fire hydrant. Perfect spot b/c these were two natural blockades that would prevent people from pushing from behind.
Since we left the hotel so early, we had no breakfast. On the other side of W 43rd Street & 6th Ave is a Starbucks that served a full menu of items. I grabbed a few muffins. And no public restroom there either!
By 6:30AM, there was no spot left in front of the police barricade. By 7:00AM, there was more people and the parade route was filling up quickly. By 8:00AM, the block was at least 5 - 10 people deep. Since we had a great spot, we were three of us, we left in shifts to use the bathroom. It was very nice to get out of the cold and to step into the warm restaurant. After using the bathroom, we grabbed some breakfast. They had eggs, bacon, pancakes, bagels and toast. They had coffee & juice set up on the bar area.
By the time we got back to the parade route, the crowd was much larger.
The parade started at 9:00AM and reached our spot at 9:45AM. When I looked back behind me, there were at least 30 people deep. It was impossible to walk on the sidewalk. I knew that leaving would not be possible w/o loosing our spot. We had a great spot right up against the barricade. We had perfect views of the balloons and handlers. The parade moved quickly. There were just a few moments when the parade stopped. By 11:30AM the parade was over.
We waited a few minutes to let the crowd behind us disperse. It was very crowded but everyone moved out in an orderly manner. The NYPD was out in full force, too.
Also, dress as warmly as you possible can! Dress for the weather; not for fashion! We were out there almost 6 full hours and it was bitter cold. But it was well worth it."