Alright y'all, l just got back from one of the best trips I've ever been on. My husband and I just spent last weekend in NYC and it was seriously incredible. For those of you who don't know, my husband is actually from upstate New York. With that being said, he has visited the city quite a few times. I however had never been and it had always been a dream of mine to go, especially during the holidays. So after talking about planning a trip there since we first started dating, we finally did it! And for those of you who are wondering.. YES, I immediately fell in love with NYC!
Though it was only my first time in the city, we managed to do quite a bit. I did a lot of research beforehand and it truly paid off. (And when I say a lot, I mean I REALLY did a lot.) I'm the kind of girl who likes to have a game plan. I need to know where we are going, where we are eating and what we are seeing/doing. I make it a point to find cool Instagram pages and look up blog posts on Pinterest to get ideas of where good spots are. Within our 2 and 1/2 days in the city we managed to go to Times Square, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, check out Central Park, browse through the Bryant Park Winter Village, see the Rockefeller Tree/Top of the Rock, visit Grand Central Terminal and much more! You'll find all of my "must see, eat and do" suggestions below.
The Brooklyn Bridge - Such an awesome experience to walk across this bridge. The views of the city are breath taking and the bridge itself was as well. It's approximately an hour walk. Once you walk it, treat yourself to bagels at La Bagel Delight and then head down the block to get yourself a cool photo opportunity in Dumbo.
Times Square - Take in all the city lights and big screens by walking through Times Square. Stop by the Snack Box to get delicious hot dogs and a beer in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle of the city around you.
Various other things to do - If you're visiting during the holidays, definitely stop by Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree. While you're there, take the time to do the Top of the Rock, it's the best view of the city by far. Don't forget to check out the light show across the street at Saks Fifth. You can even walk a couple blocks down to see Radio City Music Hall and some holiday inspired sculptures right around the corner.
We also ate so much awesome food. Bleecker Street Pizza which was the best pizza I've ever had. We had Sunday brunch at The Smith and it was incredible. We also visited a neat craft beer shop called Top Hops Beer Shop and an adorable little bar called While We Were Young. One night we stopped in at a rooftop bar called 230 fifth which had a great view of the Empire State building and the coolest heated igloos that you could sit in. We had dinner one evening at Clinton Hall, which I highly recommend. While at the Bryant Park Winter Village we tried Woops macaroons and Cookie Do Confections - both we're delicious. In addition to our busy schedule, we made time to see the 9/11 Memorial, walk down Wall Street, pay a visit to Washington Square and even visited Battery Park to view the Statue of Liberty.
Anyway, I could go on with tons of photos of our trip but I'll leave it at that. If you've been wanting to make the trip to NYC, do yourself a favor and just go, you won't regret it!