As anyone who knows me is aware, New York City holds a special place in my heart. The love affair started in college when I made my first trip to the City to visit a friend who was living there for a summer internship. The attraction to the City was instant and lasting, so much so that I landed an internship in NYC the following summer. Since my summer living in the City, I have spent many days – most of which continued into the next morning :) -- in NYC. A trip every couple of months is my goal, but it is never enough.
Last week was my birthday so naturally I thought it would be the perfect long weekend for a trip. Having not been back since the beginning of December, a trip was long overdue. Our itinerary usually consists of hitting up our favorite shops, the occasional show, drinking fancy cocktails, and eating...lots of eating. If the weather and the late nights allow, we usually go for a morning run along the Hudson or in the park.
Frequently, I am asked for recommendations on where to go and what to do. With that in mind, here are some of my favorites in my favorite city:
Stay at The Roxy Hotel (formerly The Tribeca Grand), the location is great and the staff is amazing.
SoHo shopping offers everything from Bloomingdales to Scoop to Dior to Kirna Zabete. If your trip only allows for one day of shopping…SoHo is a must.
For a trendy Italian restaurant, check out Robert De Niro's Locanda Verde.
Cure Your Hangover at Jack's Wife Freda. Best avocado toast EVER.
Looking for a fancy date night? Jean Georges is a perfect choice.
Street art at Mott and Kenmare.
One of my old favorites is Cafeteria in Chelsea where you can enjoy the chicken and waffles and mac-n-cheese.
When temps allow head up to Le Bain for cocktails and city views.
If you love oatmeal (or even if you don't love oatmeal), you must try Oatmeals ...Oh my gosh, now I want Oatmeals.
Mario Batali's newest restaurant, La Sirena, has amazing floors.
For Cuban fare, Cafe Habana is where it's at.
Looking for an underground, crowded bar with cool drinks? Wait in line until room allows at Little Branch. Side note: they only take cash.