I would firstly like to wish you all a VERY belated Happy New Year! We are half way into January but I am taking this year to dedicate much more time to my blog, I love doing it and it deserves more TLC.
As many of you know from my bombardment of instagram snaps, I welcomed 2017 with my boyfriend in the amazing city of New York.
Growing up we holidayed in Florida at least once a year so i’ve flown into Newark airport roughly 21 times. Gazing out the tiny airport window, trying to catch a glimpse of the Statute of Liberty or Empire State building – all the cliches we associate with the big apple.
As i’ve gotten older and fashion has become a large part of my life, the desire to see New York up close and personal has enhanced massively- okay my obsession with Sex and City may also have something to do with it. Regardless I have pictured myself strolling down 5th Avenue or skipping round central park countless times.
I spent a week in NYC and it still wasn’t enough, I could have happily stayed longer but I reckon there would still have been more to do and see. Its such an amazing city, it exceeded all my expectations, I’ve included some of my recommendations for eating, drinking or visiting, however my best piece of advice is not to stick to your itinerary. The whole fun about travelling somewhere new is experiencing it yourself, and finding interesting things to do and see along the way.
The Smith East Side- I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for American grub with a fancy flair. I judge a restaurant not just on the food but on the decor, ambience and over all style of the restaurant- The Smith ticked all the boxes. I ordered the mac and cheese and the prime burger, which were both simple yet sensational- I could live on mac and cheese! My boyfriend had the calamari to start with and the filet for his main, he could honestly be a squid connoisseur, he has tried every variation in many different restaurants- if a restaurant serves squid then we will be there! He said the calamari was amazing, so it really must have been. I’ve linked the menu so go check it out!
Corkbuzz- Chelsea market Greenwich- great little wine bar, located in the bustling Chelsea market. Pick a bar stool and lust over the vast wine menu. The best thing about this cosy, chic wine bar is the tasting element-yes that is right they actually allow you to sample the wine before you commit to a glass of it! Cheers to that.
Todd English- Plaza Hotel- every Christmas I watch Home Alone II countless times, so when in New York I had to go the Plaza hotel- one day I will stay here (I hope)! Its opulence did not disappoint, it was simply beautiful. If you are around this area then you should definitely check out the plaza food court, for a glass of vino, a bowl of frozen yogurt with scrumptious toppings or to snack on a lobster roll, it’s even worth going to for the bustling atmosphere. Todd English is the restaurant in the food court, the menu is superb, from sushi to pizza they have it covered. I would highly recommend the drunken noodles or the chicken tacos.
The Back Room- Lower East Side- This bar has a cool speakeasy vibe which takes you right back to the prohibition era. The mysterious entrance (down an alleyway) and the hush hush atmosphere makes this bar really original. I would recommend going for one or two drinks for the experience.
Gelso and Grand – Little Italy – I absolutely loved Little Italy, so many cute authentic italian restaurants and cannoli stalls- we literally ate our body weight in pizza slices. Gelso and Grand is a great italian which you should definitely check out if you’re in the area, the cocktails are pretty great too! As I mentioned earlier I am a decor geek when it comes to restaurants, and Gelso and Grand is most definitely instagram worthy. I can imagine it in the summer months, with the rustic shutters open wide and sipping a delicious gin collins!
Happy Bones- Little Italy- as a self confessed coffee snob I am always on the lookout for the perfect skinny flat white. Happy Bones is up there with one of my favourites. Just another reason to go to Little Italy! I can imagine as a New Yorker coming here for my Saturday coffee, with a vogue in one hand and my laptop in another; now thats my version of the American dream.
The Smile – Bond Street- The perfect breakfast spot; what better way to start the day than with a flat white and delicious granola. The lunch and dinner menu also looked excellent, but unfortunately I ran out of days in New York – definitely on my to-do list for next time!
Tourist To-Do List
The Metropolitan Museum of Art– 5th Avenue – its the largest museum in the USA and one of the best art museums in the world and it’s definitely worth a visit. You could easily spend the whole day here, depending on how much of an art buff you are but we only spent about 3 hours here as we had researched and knew the particular exhibits which we wanted to see. Furthermore, the MET steps are the famous gossip girl steps, where Blair and Serena spent lunch times gossiping- so expect to see plenty of girls posing for photographs.
Tourist tip : the entry price is “suggested”, and at $25 dollars each you should really just consider it a suggestion. Its maybe worth it if you are spending the whole day here but we only paid $10 dollars each.
Top of the Rock- Rockefeller Center- before traveling to New York a friend of mine gave me a useful tip, she told me that its not worthwhile to go to the top of both the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller. Its better to go to the observation platform at the top of the Rock, not only are the views amazing, but you have a 360 panoramic view that includes the Empire State building! Its up to you whether you go during the day or at night, we went at about 8:30 because I wanted to see New York at night, but I can imagine it would be amazing during the day as well. If you do decide to go to both the Empire State and the Rockefeller make sure you go to one during the day and one at night- then you get the best of both worlds!
Grand Central Terminal – I’m sure we have all seen at least one movie which features this beautiful station, and once there you instantly feel apart of it. It speaks for itself – a must see!
Chelsea Market -Meat Packing District – I love love love Chelsea Market! Brave the crowds and go because its so worth it! A piece of advice is to go on an empty stomach because you can eat and drink all day long around the most amazing little food hubs- any type of food you can think of they have.
Museum of the American Gangster-East Village – Not a typical tourist destination, but definitely worth a visit. Its a museum dedicated to gangsters and mobsters housed in an old Lower East side Speakeasy. I find the whole topic of gangsters and mobs pretty intriguing so I was really excited to check out this museum and it didn’t disappoint. Also a fun fact, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to organised crime- the MET museum and Natural history are good but this is unique to New York.
Central Park- It amazes me that in New York City, with its cosmopolitan vibe and cloud reaching skyscrapers has this vast park right bang in the centre of it. Walking around Central Park on a cool, crisp day is one of the best things about New York.
The High Line- Meat Packing District- The highline was once a railway line, which has now been transformed into an urban public park elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The views are incredible and it’s right in the middle of the fashionable meat packing district, meaning that there are plenty of fab bars and restaurants surrounding it, when you need a break from all the walking