Happy day all!
Sorry we didn’t catch up on Monday, J and I were traveling back from New York. Our trip was so much fun!
There is something about that city that just makes me smile. I love the vibe; the people, food, culture, diversity, attractions. There is always something to do.
It was J’s first time in NYC so we tried to see as many sites as possible, but unfortunately the rain held us back.
We arrived late Thursday night, so that was kind of a wash. On Friday we went through Times Square, took a stroll through Central Park and met our friend Jess, who is a lawyer in the city, for lunch in Bryant Park.
Saturday was a chill day too, filled with ramen made famous by Netflix’s Chef Table, the 9/11 Memorial, and a very long walk through Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Oh! Can’t forget pizza for dinner. NYC has got some damn good pizza!
Since there is so much to do in this city, I want to break down a few of my New York City faves to enjoy a weekend there to the fullest!
Grab a Bite:
Well duh, of course this is first on my list. I am a food crazed maniac! Food is my obsession, my love my dreams. Food is my happy place, and New York sure has a lot of it.
NYC has every type of cuisine imaginable. If you can think it, it will be a reality.
Earlier in the year I was watching Chef’s Table on Netflix, which highlighted a place called Ivan Ramen. Ivan was one of the first non-Japanese people to open a successful ramen join in Japan.
Obvi I was intrigued, but for 2 reasons.
I love ramen.
I love ramen.
Ok, so I was only intrigued because I love ramen SO much (top 5 favorite food) and because his newest location in NYC is so close to me!
There are many ramen restaruants in New York, including a few notable Michellin rated places.
Ivan is located on the lower east side and has unique choices of noodles, like rye, meat and veggies. Although I was not totally blown away, the food was good. Pricey, ranging from 15 + a bowl…but good.
For our next trip I am looking to try any bomb Indian and Italian places. Suggestions are welcome please!
Take a Walk:
New York has a walkable score of 100%…ok…I made that up. However, I really do believe it is 100%. Not only are the blocks not that big, there are a shit ton of parks you can walk through instead of walking on the streets.
J and I walked through the Children’s District of Central Park, which was complete with the ZOO, the Dairy Farm, Baseball Fields, a carousal, and crap ton more stuff, which, may I remind you, is only a small slice of the park!
My favorite place to walk in the city is The Highline. Think train tracks, art and a beautiful growing garden hanging above the city.
See a Show:
When you think of a musical…or more specifically a Broadway Musical, New York is the only thing that comes to mind. I have seen a few off Broadway shows…but to see a REAL Broadway show was mind blowing.
J and I were very fortunate to get producer tickets to the 2017 Tony Award winning Musical of the Year, Dear Evan Hansen. We were in the 7th row sitting front dead and center.
To be honest…these Broadway shows are pricey; so either save for the specific one you want to see, put out a fishing line for friends/family that can hook you up with a discount (that’s what we did), or see a play that isn’t so popular at the moment, or has been on Broadway for awhile, like the Lion King.
It was def a NYC M O M E N T though.
Get Lost in a Neighborhood:
This is something we wanted to do more of, but the weather wasn’t exactly letting us live our best lives.
Each neighborhood has its own unique vibe of people, culture, art, food, etc.
Get lost and explore! Check out all the fun shops nearby.
J and I are planning another NYC trip soon and would love recommendations on some of the NON-TOURISTY things that we should see, shop, or at eat at.
Have a fab rest of the week!