Friday, May 4, 2018

The Cool Girl's Guide To 72 Hours in NYC

Oh,  New York City.

I'd be lying if I said that hustle and bustle didn't make me feel completely in my element. From the hole-in-the-wall eateries to the upscale shopping, what's not to love? I lived in the city while interning with O, The Oprah Magazine during college, and it was easily one of the best summers I've ever had.

Now, going back to the city is like going back in time. When I went to NYC with Lantz this past month for my birthday it had been almost 4 years since my time in the city (almost 10 years for him!), and I took advantage of the time to visit a few favorite locations and try out some of the newer spots on my to-visit list.

I'll go ahead and start off with the most important topic of them all - where to eat and drink! See below for some of my favorite restaurants and bars:


The Butcher's Daughter - Honestly, my brunch at this adorable spot was my favorite meal in the city during my last visit. I had to try a bit of everything, so we ordered the banana walnut pancakes, 9-grain fruity french toast and acai bowl. Every bit of it was DELISH. Don't forget a cappuccino and enjoy their mint-infused water!

Pietro Nolita - This little millennial pink joint is not only the cutest photo spot, but also has some amazing Italian dishes to indulge in. If you're not a fan of pink, then don't even bother. Their branding phrase, "Pink AF," says it all!

Jack's Wife Freda - Be sure to get here early as the line can form around the block in no time. I truly loved their fresh grapefruit and yogurt bowl, but their selection of egg dishes is also incredible!

Jacobs Pickles - I didn't have the chance to visit this restaurant, but apparently their country-inspired brunch is worth the trip!

Cha Cha Matcha - This adorable Matcha spot is completely photo-worthy, and the Coconut Milk and Matcha Latte was my favorite! I've also heard that their pink drink is delicious.

By Chloe. - We actually didn't realize this was a vegan spot until after we finished out meal! I'd say it offers yummy options for everyone, even if you're not vegan! I opted for their mac 'n' cheese with shiitake bacon this time and it was delightful.

Woops - This dessert and drink bar is equal parts chic as it is tasty. The tile and entire vibe of the spot is enough to keep me coming back each day.

While We Were Young - Now THIS is one of the chicest little bars I've been into in a while. The pink velvet seating, marble table tops and instagram-worthy drinks makes this the perfect spot to meet the girls or visit before heading to that rooftop.

Dos Caminos - Craving a little Mexican food? I can't recommend this place enough! Their chips and salsa is an amazing starter with three flavor options - salsa verde, habanero and a mild red salsa. I HIGHLY recommend their surf and turf tacos!!

Brigitte - Another spot that I didn't get to visit, but I've heard it has a similar aesthetic to WWWY!

Flour Shop - The desserts at this place are incredible, plus there's a huge rainbow wall inside which makes for the perfect photo-op with your extravagant sweets.

The Biergarten and Le Bain at the Standard High Line - Both of these bars make for a good time! I like to start at the Biergarten on the ground floor on the exterior of the hotel (such a fun vibe if you're with a group!) and then head up to the rooftop bar, Le Bain. During the summer months, the rooftop can get crowded, so I recommend trying to beat the rush.

The Frying Pan - This place is one of my absolute favorites, but doesn't open until May each year! You have to try a pitcher of their white sangria, and be sure to plan your visit around the sunset as the view is gorgeous.

Photo-worthy Places/Things To Do

NoMo SoHo - This hotel is the epitome of stylish. The rooms have an amazing view and are beautifully decorated in a modern white and light blue theme. The downstairs restaurant looks like something right out of a movie with it's large chandeliers and chic couches. Definitely stop by to grab a photo in their entrance - it's like a living archway (up in my first photo)!

Sezane - This French boutique always has an incredible floral display outside that is too pretty to pass up. See below as an example:

New York Botanical Garden - This time of year, the blossoms are gorgeous! They're all you'll see on Instagram for a while as the NYers embrace the Spring temperatures in full bloom.

Smorgasburg - This food fair is located in two different areas of Brooklyn on the weekends and offers a variety of food options from vendors around the city! Not only are there traditional options (think donuts and pizza), but there are some crazy combos too (ramen burgers, giant mozzarella sticks, Asian fusion options and more)!

The High Line and Chelsea Market - You could spend a full day just eating at all the different spots in Chelsea Market, and then walk it all off by trailing along the High Line. There are a few photo-worthy spots along the High Line that showcase some of the coolest streets in Chelsea.

Top of the Rock - A bit more of a touristy attraction, but it offers amazing views of the city to serve as your photo backdrop. The earlier in the day that you go means you'll be able to beat any of the crowds.

Essie Flagship Salon - Calling all mani/pedi lovers! Go get your nails done at a salon that is sure to never disappoint. The wall of Essie polishes is mesmerizing.

Where to Stay

My last trip to NYC was one with Lantz, but I'm looking forward to going back with just the girls next time! Every time before I go back, I seem to come across a new spot that's opened up that I need to see. When it comes to nightlife, there are so many options in the Chelsea/Meatpacking district, Soho and East Village.

Of course, this list could go on and on. I decided to pick my top favorites here, but if you're planning for a certain event or group visit and have any questions, you can always comment below/email me! 

x, B

1 comment

  1. Ugh girl! I seriously am in need of a quick NYC trip after reading this!



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