We are checking off our 2018 travel wish list slowly, but surely! New York City is one of those places you can visit time and time again, and never run out of things to do. As soon as 2018 hit, we were in desperate need of a dose of the Big Apple.
So in early March, we took a couple of PTO days and ventured to the city to visit friends, see old favorites and try new additions. I mean let’s be real, we mostly went because all of the food pics on the ‘gram that we have yet to try give us serious FOMO! Anyways, believe it or not, we did even more than just eat while there.
We stayed at Hotel 50 Bowery, a boutique hotel in the Lower East Side / Chinatown area. This place was the trendiest and so convenient. We aren’t just saying this because all of the dumplings were literally a three minute walk away. The location is situated in it’s own cool neighborhood and right in between Brooklyn and the main neighborhoods of Manhattan making it easy to jump over to either one on the subway. Not to mention, it was an amazing deal considering the location, and overall comfortable chic environment.
The hotel’s rooftop bar, The Crown, also had a super cool vibe and delicious cocktails. It was a little too cold for us to enjoy the actual outdoor area (sigh). The view of the city is amazing so we can only imagine how nice a cocktail up there in the summer would be.
Eat & Drink
Ok, ok so now to the important part. Any self proclaimed foodie, has got visit the place where the most ridiculous food trends all begin with some frequency. From the cronut to the sushiritto, we can never eat enough in NYC.
We have a feeling Black Seed Bagels is about to be the it bagel spot. There’s not a line wrapping around the corner yet, but we came across these beauties on their Insta and they tasted every bit as good as they look.
Plus, we’ve got to make room for classic favorites like Eataly. Their new rooftop popup Baita is a gorgeous dining experience. We are huge polenta fans (i mean, it’s basically fancy grits) so we were thrilled when we found out there was a polenta bar.
Can you believe we had never had a traditional pastrami sandwich in NYC? We knew we had to get one this time around, and went with the most legendary from Katz’s Delicatessen. We didn’t go to the original restaurant though. They actually have a location in a super cool food hall we wanted to check out in Brooklyn so we opted for our sandwich there. Every bite was seriously mouthwatering. And yes, one sandwich is enough for two people.
We always stop by Dean & Deluca to explore, and pick up a couple of their alfajores to munch on while we walk around. Seriously the best shortbread in the world.
We aren’t going to lie, we went to Union Fare for the hazelnut cake that comes in a caramel cage (because we are that extra), but we enjoyed the regular menu as well. The cake is actually on a secret menu – you have to ask specifically for it. You’re welcome 😉
Other things that we ate too fast to be pictured are, of course, many dumplings near our hotel including from Joe’s Shanghai and Wonton Noodle Garden, for our late night cravings. We also had to do an honorary late night slice from Artichoke Basille’s!
Some of our favorite bars we visited this time around were this cute little cocktail bar we discovered thanks to a local friend called Ampersand, and 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. 230 Fifth may not have the best cocktails, but the view is so worth it. Plus, during the winter they have literal igloos you can sit in on the roof which is so extra and fun, We love strolling down MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village and stopping in little pubs and comedy clubs.
See & Do
We had an NYC first-timer with us this time around so we did have to knock out a few touristy things. We took a (very short) stroll through Times Square.
Then we headed to Central Park to walk around, and even ended up ice skating! It was actually a lot of fun and a pretty good workout to offset all of the dumplings.
We visited the National September 11 Memorial reflecting pools, a touching and beautiful tribute remembering those killed in 9/11.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the best experiences. Also something we can’t believe we have never done. The gothic style suspension bridge is beautiful to look at in itself, and the views from the bridge are phenomenal. Seriously, so many photo opps. 📸
Like New Orleans, New York City is never a bad idea. We got lost a lot, ate more than we should, and still have so much left to conquer. We will be back soon NYC!