Even though New York City is practically in my backyard, every trip into the city is full of new magic that makes me fall in love every single damn time. This travel guide has been mocking me for the past several months as I wanted to share some of my favorite places to eat and to see, but I was hesitant to release it way back in January as my list of places that I want to try/visit/etc was still miles long. Since then, I've made it my mission to cut away at that list, and eat great food whilst doing so. Because we all know, food equals love.
I'm also a sucker for a great view, dairy free menus, an Instagrammable locale, and searching for a quiet moment within a wild city. Of course, I've also had my fair share of moments where I just want to return back to the seaside with fresh air. If you have any specific questions for me, I'll get back to you faster than Google.
Without further ado, here are my top places for next time you visit Lady Liberty's main base. I chose my three favorites places to go, and as for eatery I carefully selected some die-hard favorites, plus several recent discoveries.
You can also check out my travel guide for my choices by neighborhood.
:: TO WANDER ::
West Village- this is perhaps my favorite area on the whole island/ The laid-back vibe highlights New York's charm as you find an oasis from the hectic rush of everywhere else. Last month, I ended up walking from the Standard High Line to the West Village at 8 AM in the pursuit of what else other than coffee. During that walk I really noticed the beauty of the architecture, and it brought some type of serenity to my morning. No matter what, I would recommend jumping down to the West Village, but it's especially breathtaking early in the day.
Top of the Rock- A: It's a tourist attraction, B: It's super crowded, but C: It is so worth the visit. Correct answer? All of the above. I've been to the Observation deck twice now, both times being 100% different. Last August, I saw a sunset over the Hudson, with was followed by a downpour. Then I experienced a bright and sunny NYC last December on an oddly warm day. Each visit you see a 360 degree view of the city that leaves you speechless. It also makes for a great Instagram.... case in point (see above)
Meatpacking District- This neighborhood didn't blow me away right from the get-go like the W.V. or Central Park in the Springtime. Despite going here for several years, it wasn't until my last weekend jaunt into NYC (when I stayed at The Standard) that I grown to love it. It's a pool of great shopping, food (see a recurring theme here?), and it is a hip-happening place after dark.
:: TO EAT ::
Chelsea Market, Meatpacking- my go-to when I am in need of quality food under a time restraint or when I'm just not feeling a sit down meal. There are endless options for everyone ranging from the simpleton to the more exotic eater. I could just spend a day there doing a mini (eh, not so mini) food tour. My two favorites are Los Tacos and Num Pang.
Happy Bones, Soho- I have mixed feelings about my recent coffee habit. But, if I don't say so myself, I have become quite the caffeine maven. I do have my chosen few coffeeshops both uptown and downtown but Happy Bones takes the cake every single time. For others who prefer a more coffeeshop environment compared to an espresso bar, Bluestone Lane Cade is a close second.
The East Pole, UES- My mom and I went here for Saturday brunch post shopping in the search for comfort food. She had the avocado toast, and I had waffles. In my eyes, any place that has killer waffles is a killer place.
John Dory Oyster Bar, Flatiron- Best lobster role ever. Yes, it was $30 but holy moly, was it good. Plus, the decor and vibe just screams cool and reminds me of Wes Anderson. What more could I want?
Just to wrap things up, I'm considering writing a new travel guide for NYC every couple of months or so... thoughts?