Aside from Los Angeles, New York City is my favorite city in the USA so far. One day I hope to live in NYC for a few years. Luckily, due to the fact I have family members and very close friends there, I always have an excuse to visit.
I always love to be in New York for fashion week. Fashion Week usually falls in February or September. The vibe during this time is unreal. Everyone looks so chic and most places you will go, you will see some big name in fashion, as style connoisseurs from all over the world gather in NYC.
Where to stay: The Empire hotel, known by some as Chuck Bass’s humble abode in Gossip Girl, is a great hotel to stay in especially if you are attending Fashion Week. It is right next to the Lincoln Center on West 63rd St. The iconic hotel is boutiquey with edgy decor and is in a prime location.
The Dream Downtown is also an amazing choice. Located in the heart of Chelsea, it has a great rooftop bar/pool and is a couple of steps away from the Chelsea Market. Some great, trendy restaurants around the Dream are Buddakan, Spice Market & Scarpetta. Chelsea is a great neighborhood and it is easy to walk to the West Village and the Meatpacking District to name a few.
For a classic, old school NYC experience, The Waldorf Astoria, located in the heart of Midtown is my first choice. The famous hotel beams glamour and elegance and the design exudes history and class. I have stayed at this hotel many times, the service is impeccable and you can’t beat the location if you’re more of a midtown kind of gal. Tourist spots are very easy to get to from here.
One of the best parts about New York is the amazing food. It is such a multicultural city which means there is a wide variety of yummy food…
Place to see and be seen: Beauty & Essex – I don’t want to give too much away on this place because there are lots of little secret surprises once you’re there, but the vibe, the drinks and the food are insane. Ok, one secret? Bottomless free champagne for ladies in the restrooms! Don’t leave without ordering the grilled cheese/tomato soup shooters. Definitely a place to get dressed up!
New IT Italian: Carbone – NYC has some incredible Italian food. This newcomer located in Soho is not your traditional Italian restaurant – it’s better. This place is hard to get a reservation so book in advance. The vibe is old school Italy with a touch of New York Glamour. Their michelin star dish is the spicy vodka rigatoni. One of the most delicious pasta dishes I have ever had. Some other must have dishes are the sizzling pancetta for an appetizer and the veal parmesan for a main. Definitely the place for a foodie like me 🙂
Chinese in NYC: New York is known to have the best Chinese food in the US. It’s much more authentic. The east coast serve Peking style Chinese food and the west coast serve Cantonese. In my opinion Peking is much tastier. One of the best Chinese meals I’ve ever had was in NYC at the Peking Duck House. Order the Peking Duck- Duh! We made the mistake of ordering the duck along with a few other dishes. The peking duck is plenty of food and so yummy! The waiter will prepare it for you at the table.
Brunching: Sarabeth Levine was once an award winning jam maker and pasty chef. Now her restaurants Sarabeth’s are one of the most loved places to get breakfast or brunch although open for dinner too. The pastries are to die for. I always order the spinach and goat cheese omelette but if I had my way I would order everything on the menu. Their eggs are the fluffiest and most delicious eggs Ive ever had! You must get the four flowers fruit juice that can also be served with champagne if you’re there for a boozy brunch. Sarabeths now has many restaurant locations and small bakery inside the Chelsea Market. I would avoid eating at the Central Park South location as it gets very touristy and the line is usually very long. Did I mention the pastries are to die for?
NYC Bagels: Tomkins Square Bagels is my ultimate favorite. Be prepared to wait in a line. Located in the East Village, this place has 37 types of cream cheeses including birthday cake, jalapeño cheddar and chipotle avocado to name a few. They also have delicious specialty bagels like a french toast bagel! This place is amazing for breakfast sandwiches or even for lunch.
Vegetarian: The Butchers Daughter located in Soho is a solid choice if you are a non meat eater. They have delicious pressed juices. I got the tangerine and carrot juice and the smashed avocado toast benedict. Both were yummy. This place has their own juice cleanses. Although super healthy this place is still delicious!
For the sweet tooth: Every time Im in NYC I make sure to make a trip to Momofuku Milk Bar. Their deserts are incredible! Their signature Crack Pie is a must and also their cereal flavored milk! The best thing by far on their menu are the birthday cake truffles. I always bring a box home because they are absolutely addicting!
After writing this post I am absolutely starving! Stay tuned as I will be posting a lot more about my experiences in NYC…next post will be on where to shop! xx