So I’ve finally gotten around to posting about New York. I’ve really kept you waiting for this one ay! I don’t half admire those bloggers who land back from their travels with a blog post perfectly drafted. But better late than never right?
So here is my guide to spending 48 hours in New York City…
Be A Tourist
There are so many amazing places to visit in New York, but my advice would be this… if you’re short on time, pick 2 – 3 and do them properly. We tried fitting 5 things in one day and we ended up hot, grumpy and with seriously sore feet. So with limited time, here’s how I recon you should spend it…
Head for the skies, as you’ll want to take in some of that New York skyline. We went up the Empire State building at around 8pm and the queues were short and the views were amazing. I really wouldn’t worry about going right to the very top. This snap was taken from the 86th floor and I was blown away…
Visit the Statue of Liberty. Even if you don’t get the ferry across, you’ve gotta’ to go and check out the green lady. I have to say, she looks a lot bigger in the movies!
Find all of the Gossip Girl spots and do your best Blair and Serena poses, you know you want to! The Met Steps and Grand Central are the two we found, but apparently you can do a GG tour and view them all.
Brooklyn Bridge is another iconic landmark and perfect for a selfie or two. Just be wary of angry NY bikers, they’re not too keen on us tourists to say the least!
Eat Yourself Silly
For breakfast I highly recommend Jack’s Wife Freda for a plate of their seriously amazing rosewater waffles, washed down with a big cup of watermelon juice. Or if you fancy something a little more local, head to the nearest bagel deli, choose your fave filling and pile it high in a rainbow bagel. Other bagel choices are of course available, but how often can you find a rainbow bagel I ask you!
For lunch you’re literally spoilt for choice. We headed to By Chloe, which is a vegetarian restaurant with a small, but oh so delish menu. The veggie pesto meatballs are their speciality, but I opted for the Guac Burger which was a spicy Mexican masterpiece. Everything is served in the most insta-worthy packaging, so if you’re hunting for a snap friendly meal, you can’t go far wrong. Oh and don’t forget to check out Sweet by Chloe, it’s right next door and jam-packed with cupcake goodness.
When it comes to dinner I have two options for you – both of which will need to be booked in advance as they’re ridiculously popular. The first is ABC Kitchen, which is a gorgeous little restaurant with a menu to match. From homemade pastas, to pizzas and lobster, there really is something for everyone and the majority of food can be shared. Which if (like me) you get a major case of food envy, it’s the perfect option. The second restaurant also has a ‘sharing is caring’ kinda’ menu, but it’s a little bit fancier… okay a lot fancier. Beauty by Essex is hidden behind a pawn shop on Essex Street and offers a pretty damn glam dining experience. The menu is quite a big one, but the waiters will be more than happy to make recommendations, but for what it’s worth here are a few of mine…
- Grilled Atlantic Salmon
- Spicy Wasabi Crusted Tuna – this was the best by far!
- Lobster Mac & Cheese
- Cornmeal Fried Oysters
And don’t forget to head to the toilets as they have a champagne bar ready and waiting. Personally, I think it would be pretty rude not take full advantage of the facilities ;).
Shop Till You Drop
Much like London, the shopping in NYC is awesome. At the moment the exchange rate is pretty crappy, so I wouldn’t say you’re going to get a whole load of bargains. But who cares about that when there’s a Sephora on every corner!
Both Macy’s and Bloomingdales are a must visit and I’ve just discovered that if you flash your passport in Macy’s you could be eligible for a 10% travellers discount.
What are your fave spots in the Big Apple?