The husband and I went for a quick weekend to New York in May. I myself have gone a few times before, but James has never been and has mentioned wanting to go a few times. So when he had three days off in a row we booked a flight and used some points for the hotel stay.
I always told James the city is very dirty, but he always argued San Francisco was filthy too. While SF has its areas, for a large city it is not that dirty to me. It may be that I see it through rose colored glasses because its the city of my heart, or that the bay breeze keeps the smell from being unbearable, but after this visit James agrees… Manhattan is dirtier. Even so, I loved being there. I miss being near a city with amenities so much I was moping around the house after we came back. The food, the shows, the shopping, the art, museums, THE FOOD….
I have stayed in Times Square twice, once at the W hotel, and once at the Hilton hotel, never do I need to stay there again. Times Square is something you walk through to see and move on, its horribly noisy all night and even the blackout curtains do not drown out the never ending sirens. I prefer a more local vibe with access to Tribeca and Soho. Also we were going to Brooklyn one day so we wanted quick access via metro. Right next to our hotel was a huge station with train lines to everywhere so it made it easy (even though we mostly used cabs). Next time I want to do a longer trip and get an apartment via AirBnB.
Where we stayed – The Hilton Millennium in the Financial District
We used the first day to explore and do some shopping in Soho. The weather was much hotter than anticipated so James ran into Lululemon quickly buying a tank and wore it straight from the dressing room. Though I love to shop, I restrained myself knowing we have a big trip at the end of the year planned and I rather splurge then. For lunch we stopped at Shake Shack to try them out. (And for me to compare them to in&out)
I have to admit it was pretty good, but that could have been partially because we were starving…
As I mentioned it was rather warm outside so while walking through soho we passed an ice cream truck. I barely notice them anymore since we don’t eat cows milk but on their menu it said “vegan options”. We quickly turned around and ordered a cup each. It was simply amazing! They use cashew and coconut milk to make it rich and creamy but not overpowered by coconut flavor. I got mint chip and James got cookie dough. Both were so wonderful we still talk about wanting more.
That night we went off to see the broadway show King And I. We took the wrong train and I was in heels so we ended up taking a cab for fear we were gonna be late. Thankfully we just made it in and to our seats. The show was seriously magical. I have seen a few shows (Mama Mia before it became a movie, Lion king, Joseph and the Technicolor dream coat, etc.) but this one by far was my favorite. PS. Actor Daniel Dae Kim from Hawaii 5-0 plays the king.
Dinner was at Balthazar after the show. I would highly recommend this stop mainly for the ambiance. Dress chic and make reservations! We had reservations at almost midnight and it was still packed.
Brunch at Sadelle’s for bagels and lox (even though I do not like salmon). While the food was good, service took quite a while and the tables are much too tiny for the food and tableware. This is another one you need to make reservations for as there was a line out the door for a table, and its a rather tiny spot. The decor is quite adorable and all turquoise so I found it a cute spot for coffee and sticky buns. The portions are quite large so James and I could have shared. (Maybe saving some much needed table space)
We had a 4.5 hour MET tour that afternoon. If you have not gone before, GO! It was one of the highlights of our trip. We really got to learn so much history and its connection to Bible prophecies. Ps. Bring a sweater as it gets chilly in different areas of the museum.
Being a GG fan I had to get a shot on the steps of The MET. (Wearing an Anthro-dress and jacket. Shoes-Born sneakers)
Dinner was at Palma and I think that was our favorite spot. It has the most quant and rustic courtyard that we were sat in. The food and drinks were quite lovely and it was a perfect last dinner in New York.
The Last Day
We woke up bright and early to head over with our bags to Brooklyn. We had a tour that morning, saw an old friend, and then used the afternoon to explore.
Another rather warm day so we were craving that amazing vegan ice cream from the truck in soho. James googled it and found they have a few actual shops in Brooklyn (as well as Manhattan and LA.) so we grabbed a cab and took off to score some more. Being Dairy-Free you learn to cook at home more because eating out you are often limited in which things you can order or where you can go (Ex. pizza spots). You often sadly have to let go of favorite foods, which for James was ice cream. Even with the ones I have at home he rarely eats any because of the strong coconut flavor. This was so different. James and I both got cones and still wanted more. James continues to mention how he should have had just one more scoop. This is one of the perks of a large city, there is always far more options for those with diet restrictions. Finding healthy food in Tampa is not always easy, let alone dairy-free options. Van leeuwen ice cream…. I want to thank you for restoring my faith in great non-dairy ice cream. If we could we would open one of your shops in St pete.
(Look at that creamy deliciousness. Matcha green tea and Mint chip)
The trip ended on a truly sweet note…
(On James- Jcrew shirt, cole haan bag, penguin bow tie, Maui Jim sunglasses, On me- H&M top, MJ sunglasses)
All the photos in this post were taken by my Iphone 6plus before I got my camera. Following post should have shots primarily from my camera. Sorry for the lower quality.