NEW YORK CITY GUIDE
As you know from my many posts on Instagram, my best friend B and I were in New York for a few days at the end of May. We had certainly done our research, had some awesome recommendations from friends and bloggers, and we ended up with such a great selection of places to go to… I had to share!
B and I flew direct from Geneva to New York with Swiss which was perfect and not too pricey as we had booked ahead of time.
To get around New York, B and I walked as much as we could (with frequent iced coffee breaks) as we thought it was the best way to really get to know the city. Obviously, we were there in May and it was neither too cold nor too hot to be outside. I can imagine however, that it wouldn’t be quite so enjoyable in the blazing sun or pouring rain. If you are walking from place to place, it might be handy to download Here, a really handy app with offline maps of all sorts of places so you don’t have to use up your data if you get lost.
Even if you’re up for walking, I would recommend getting the 7 day MetroCard if you’re in the city for enough time. We started out just topping up our pass but quickly realised were going to spend over $30 in the four days we were there, so it was worth paying for the pass. We also used Uber quite a lot. I never put my phone on roaming or use any data while abroad but if you have wifi when you request your Uber and are careful about setting an easy pick-up point, it works just fine.
Where to stay?
It’s safe to say we had a pretty awful Airbnb experience. We booked somewhere cheap in upper Manhattan in a bit of a rush without putting much thought into it. We were pretty much in Harlem. The closest subway station was 168th Street and no joke, when you Google “168th Street subway” the second suggestion that comes up is “168th Street subway station creepy”. It was awesome. I mean, it was really close to a subway station but the place was pretty grimy and it took us forever to get anywhere. So, don’t stay there.
If I were to go back I think I’d look for an Airbnb in Greenwich village or Soho and if I could afford to splash out on a hotel, I’d looove to stay at the Ace Hotel.
Where to eat?
OK, are you ready? Because I’m just going to spam you with my many million recommendations here, starting with the most important… where to go for a New York slice? Joe’s Pizza hands down. So good. I think the bottle of water was almost more expensive than the slice of pizza itself.
The best deli’s in town? We had a delicious pastrami sandwich at 2nd Ave Deli. The owner was the loveliest man and came to chat to us for a while. We ordered waaay too much food. We walked by Katz’s too, which looked very similar and is a similar option if you’re in the Lower East Side. Another good option for lunch is Chelsea Market – there’s plenty of choice for brunch, lunch, ice cream and coffee.
One of our favourite brunch spots was Two Hands in Little Italy. It’s an Australian-inspired café with avocado on everything! Right up my street.
I’d also recommend The Butcher’s Daughter for a healthy vegetarian brunch and delicious peanut butter smoothies. Just don’t get the vegan cheese sandwich. I’m never trying anything with vegan cheese in again.
If you’re looking to splash out on a fantastic dinner? Buddakan was AMAZING. Get the peppered beef. So yum. When we walked into the dining area, we were mind blown. You walk into a huge candle-lit room with incredibly high ceilings and one long medieval looking central table surrounded by wooden chairs. Real life adult Harry Potter feels, fantastic food and impecable service. We also loved ABC Kitchen for a slightly more relaxed dinner option.
If you’re craving Mexican and margaritas, La Esquina was really cool and the food was delicious. We hadn’t booked so sat and ate at the bar and chatted to the barman who was lovely, too.
The sights which were really memorable were the 9/11 Memorial which is such an impressive open space in the middle of all the high rise buildings. It’s a physical void and the water from the fountains kind of drowns out the rest of the sound in the city and allows you to take a second to think about it all.
I also loved walking the High Line, seeing the Flat Iron Building…
If you’re in New York, you HAVE to go to the MoMA. It was definitely one of the highlights of the whole trip. They currently have an exhibition on called “Making Space” and it’s a collection of work by female artists between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Feminist movement in the late 60s and it’s really well done.
I’d also recommend going to the Whitney which houses a really great collection of 20th century and contemporary American art because while you’ve over in the States, you might as well enjoy American art.
We didn’t do a huge amount of shopping whilst we were over there but I thought I’d mention a few very favourite spots. You have to go to the Glossier showroom – it’s beautiful, the girls are stunning, the products are awesome and the concept is really cool… you go in and tick things off the list, take your list over to the counter where they prepare your gorgeous pink packets of Glossier goodness.
We also loved Catbird (Brooklyn) for a beautiful collection of really delicate jewellery, Pinkyotto for vintage-inspired feminine clothes and pretty much anywhere in Soho. A few places we didn’t get to that I’d like to check out next time include Taschen (gallery and book shop), Canvas Home for beautiful furniture, tableware and textiles and Tomorrowland mainly because I haven’t ever been to Japan.
And there we have it…my veeeery long guide to New York City! I cannot wait to go back one day. There are so many places that I’d still love to go to but we did well with our 4 days and I think we ate as much as we physically could in 4 days. I’m proud of us, B.
If you’ve got any NYC recommendations, I’d love to know what they are.
Thanks for stopping by for a read and I hope you have a wonderful day! xS