Today is my first day back from the wonderful New York City after spending 3 nights there over the weekend and I’m excited to write this post! I won’t lie though, I’m a little disappointed because it rained on our first and second days so much that we weren’t able to shoot any content (actually pouring!) and the third day was so jam packed that we weren’t left with any time – so all I have are a few Instagram snaps to share – but we will be going back soon and next time I hope to plan in some more time to shoot (and pray for better weather).
Where we ate
Citizens of Chelsea
This was a MUST on my list as I’d heard to much about it and planned our afternoon around ending up here. After walking from our Grand Central location down past the Chyrsler Building, the Flat Iron Building and Empire State, we wondered over to Chelsea to find this cute spot before the rain came. Toby was sceptical – as he always is with my Instagram-led recommendations but he was going on about this place two days later so I 100% recommend you give it a try. The Matcha latte wasn’t the best I’ve had but the avo and beetroot toast was incredible – and Toby’s pulled pork eggy brekkie was amazing I’m told.
I can almost guarantee that you haven’t heard of this place. It’s definitely not your typical instagram spot – far from it actually being quite dark (it’s a basement restaurant) and small but the minute we walked in we knew we were onto a winner. I can’t remember how we found out about the place now but it’s a great spot on 51st that gave us a nice little walk back to the hotel to burn off our sushi-babies. We chose the Chef’s Combination platter which was incredible but also know that the ‘Omakase’ is excellent – we just didn’t have the appetite for it. Check out my NYC vlog to see what it looked like!
We ended up grabbing a slice of pizza from a street vendor on our way to a show on Saturday night and a local Thai restaurant I didn’t catch the name of next to Sushi You on the Sunday. We had wanted to go to ABC Kitchen but couldn’t get a suitable reservation (lesson learnt for future trips).
WHAT WE DID
This was our first trip to NYC so we definitely wanted to tick of the main sights so that next time we can relax a bit more. A must was the Empire State, the Flat Iron building (pictured), One World Trade Centre and Memorial and Grand Central. We did all of these by walking around and are totally free to see (if you don’t go up them).
Staton Island Ferry
This is a tip to see the Statue of Liberty and avoid the queues. It’s absolutely free and went every half hour on the Sunday. You basically just take a nice ferry ride over the Hudson, walk around and come back again!
Top of the Rock
This is a MUST! It’s a lot cheaper than going up the Empire State Building and the view is just spectacular. We managed to get a quick instagram before the rain came in – do go early though, around 8am for a view without lots of other tourists.
ACCOMPLICE THE SHOW
This may or may not be something you’ve heard of before. I wont’ lie Accomplice The Show is a bit random and it was Toby’s choice of activity as we went shopping in New Jersey on the Saturday. You don’t know where you’re meeting until the day before and you spend 3 1/2 hours wondering around the city with a team of strangers solving clues left by a ‘mafia’ boss and eating and drinking. It was really great fun and we got to see Little Italy and Chinatown which we hadn’t planned to do on this trip. It’s costs $80 per person and I’d say it’s good but I think it is on the expensive side for what it is.
We definitely had seeing a show on our list and it was one of the reasons that made Saturday so hectic! We rushed back to the hotel and I kid you not I showered, washed my hair, did my makeup and got dolled up in 20 mins! We saw The Book of Mormon and it really was quite a show. If you are easily offended I do not recommend seeing this one, it’s incredibly tongue in cheek, takes the p**s out of every group of people you can imagine and there were points where I couldn’t quite believe what I was watching! It was, however, extremely well acted and the singing and dancing were of the caliber you would expect for a Broadway show – I definitely recommend seeing it, but leave any sensitivity at the door.
I hope you enjoyed this very mini what we did, do check out my vlog for more detail. Hopefully next time we go we can relax a bit more and get some photos and eat at more places. We were running about from one thing to the next so didn’t get much of a chance to eat or drink much that wasn’t Starbucks or Pret (or totally random).
Thanks for reading.