I can’t believe it took us so long to visit New York. I’ve been to Paris countless times, Kevin even hit up Brazil twice before either of us had stepped foot in the City the Never Sleeps. We definitely could have spent a whole week there because we didn’t even brush the surface of what this amazing city had to offer! I’m glad I had my favorite travel buddy with me because I can definitely see it getting lonely in such a busy city where everyone minds their own business it seems. These are the highlights, I can’t even remember all the things we did!
There weren’t enough meals in a day to eat everything that we wanted to but we certainly tried our best to fit it all in! Here are all the places we stopped and what we ate on our short 3-day trip:
- Halal Guys – chicken, lamb, and rice with extra white sauce
- Meatball Shop – all the meatballs!
- Cafe Habana – Grilled corn and Cubano sandwich
- Momofuku Ssam Bar
- Berg’n – Ramen Burger
- Nomad restaurant – foie gras, lobster, and the duck (but will definitely get the chicken for two next time)
- Momofuku Milk Bar – Compost cookies and crack pie
- Laduree – delicious macarons
- Mamoum’s Falafel – falafels obviously
- Artichoke pizza!
- Bantum Bagels – bagel balls
- Bleecker Street Pizza – Margherita (Nonna Maria) Pizza
- Sugar & Plumm – Creme Brulee cookie
- Shake Shack – Shack stack, concrete, fries (NOT better than In n Out)
- Magnolia’s Bakery – Banana pudding
We didn’t take enough pictures of our food! My favorite thing we ate were the buns at Momofuku Ssam bar and the pizza at Bleecker Street Pizza. I could eat those err day!
In addition to eating, we walked A LOT so we wouldn’t feel so guilty about eating 4 meals a day.
Some of the sites we saw:
- Top of the Rock/30 Rockefeller Center
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Times Square
- Bryant Park
- Empire State Building
- New York Public Library
- Grand Central Station
- Radio City Music Hall
- Central Park
- High Line Park
- Washington Square Park
- Carrie Bradshaw’s SATC apartment (Yes.)
- And we squeezed in some face time with some of our ex-West Coast friends
We didn’t have time to see the 9/11 Memorial or the Statue of Liberty, but those’ll be first on the list for the next trip.
Some other highlights of the trip were seeing Les Miserables on Broadway and watching the quarterfinals of the US Open!
Les Miserables was one of my favorite books in high school (if you can believe it) and had been on my list of must-see musicals for a while. So I was so happy we saw it on BROADWAY! The set design was incredible, and the singing and acting phenomenal. I could watch that over and over again without ever getting tired of it. Even Kevin liked it!
I had also been dying to see the US Open since I first wielded a tennis racquet at the tender age of 10 and jumped at the chance to see a quarterfinals match. The match was scheduled for the last night we were there and we had an early 6:00am flight the next morning to head home (and straight into work). Naturally, the match between Raonic and Nishikori tied for the latest ending match in US Open history. The match went to 5 sets, but by the start of the 3rd there were tons of open seats because it was a Monday night and people have jobs and responsibilities…whatever those are. But since no one was in the lower seats (and they want it to look good for tv), they allowed all of us in the nose-bleeds to trickle down to whatever courtside seats we could find. That’s us in the 9th row!
It was 2:30am by the time the match was over and we didn’t want to walk all the way to the subway station that late. Uber, one of the sponsors, was offering rides for just $90 (gee, thanks!), so we kept walking around trying to find a regular cab, but we couldn’t find any. We thought we might be stranded there all night! As my phone hit 3% battery life, a Lyft driver finally accepted my request and we got home around 3:45am, which was just enough time to pack our stuff, sleep for 30 minutes and hop in another Lyft to the airport. Needless to say, Tuesday was painful. But I can’t wait to go back! There’s so much we left undone, unseen, and uneaten.