New York City

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless”

-Simone de Beauvior


Where do I begin, and how can I condense all of NYC into one blog post?!

It is only fitting to start with the heart of this city… the streets.

Meet some locals, ride the subway, grab some street tacos while waiting for a show, and immerse yourself in the city that never sleeps.

Although New York City is home to some of the best restaurants in this country, do not miss out on timeless street food.

The gyros, the pretzels, the pizza, the tacos, the halal… you can’t go wrong.

Pro tip: WEAR FLATS and thank me later.  Carry your heels in your purse or camera bag if you’re headed to a nice restaurant or show:)

Let’s face it.  One day in NYC can burn some serious holes in our pockets if we’re not careful.

When looking for the best view of the city, avoid the “tourist traps” and opt for a rooftop bar instead.

Hotel Pennsylvania not only provides an incredible city view, but they serve the best NYC food I’ve ever tasted.

Soho is known for it’s designer boutiques, high-end restaurants, and cobblestone streets.

While shopping isn’t really my thing, Soho is still one of my favorite spots to hang out in New York.

My friend flew into NYC for the day (nbd right?) and met us at Jack’s Wife Freda for lunch.  This is a restaurant that will see my face during every future visit to NYC.

It’s healthy. It’s delicious. It’s aesthetic.

EAT HERE, then walk down the street for some dessert at OddFellows.

While we’re on the subject of food… you can’t leave NYC without paying a visit to the world-famous Tavern on the Green.

I recommend going for brunch, so you can indulge in their Bloody Marys and $16 bacon.

Fun fact: Katie Holmes sat two tables down from us?!

Ahhh, the Brooklyn Bridge.

In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated experiences NYC has to offer.

First off, it’s free, so count me in.

Enjoy the views, walk to Brooklyn, and grab THE freshest lemonade that exists on planet earth at Lizzmonade (it’s at the bottom of the bridge on the Brooklyn side).

Fun fact: I currently live next door to the Roebling family, who built the Brooklyn Bridge!

Apparently, food is just the theme of this blog post.

Little Italy has stolen my heart.  You can probably find better Italian food in other parts of NYC, but you will miss out on the feeling of stepping into a different country.  I didn’t realize how authenticly it resembled Italy until Jenae described the restaurants and streets of Rome and Positano.

Gelso & Grand is a stunning indoor/outdoor restaurant in the heart of Little Italy.  Grab a table next to an open window if you can!

Last but certainly not least… B R O A D W A Y.

But let’s face it… there’s broadway, and then there’s HAMILTON.

I know that finding tickets is nearly impossible, but exhaust your efforts before giving up on this show [Ebay & Craigslist are great].

I blindly walked into this show, having never heard a single song.  It’s safe to say that I am still processing all the emotions I felt during Hamilton.  The show is a masterpiece.

Where to Eat:

  1. Tavern on the Green- go for brunch, and yes you do need the $16 bacon.
  2. Jack’s Wife Freda- if you like Mediterranean food and cute restaurants, boom.
  3. Eataly- basically a giant Italian marketplace with several restaurants to choose from.  I’ve only been to Eataly in Boston, but I’ve heard that NYC’s locations are only cooler (if that’s even possible).  
  4. City Kitchen- this is a really cool food market inside of the Row NYC.  Their idea is to bring the best food from all over New York into one easy spot. 
  5. Hotel Pennsylvania- As I mentioned previously, this rooftop bar and restaurant had THE best food.  Grab a table outside and enjoy the city views.

Must do:

  • Broadway- even if it’s a smaller show, it’s still a Broadway show, and the experience is worth it!
  • Brooklyn Bridge- you could easily spend an entire afternoon here between the free samples, delicious food, and infamous fish market
  • 9/11 Museum- Jenae and I share the same birthday (September 11th), so this day has always been pretty memorable for us.  If you have at least a couple free hours, take your time and walk through this exceptional museum.
  • Ellis Island/State of Liberty Ferry Tour- Gas Works Park- don’t waste your time and money at the top of the space needle. This park has the best view of Seattle, plus its free!
  • Rollerblade through Central Park- this was the time of my life.  There is a biking/running trail that circles Central Park with all kinds of hills, city views, and trees.

Ballin’ on a Budget Tips:

  • Book an Airbnb with a kitchen, so you can cook your own breakfast each morning
  • Uber if you must, but take the subway E V E R Y W H E R E
  • If you’re staying at a hotel that does not include breakfast, Peet’s Coffee is a great spot to grab inexpensive meals, snacks, and coffee
  • For city views, avoid the expense of the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock and go to a rooftop bar instead (there are HUNDREDS)