New York City is an energetic, magical, and raw city. With lots of flair. I love this city more & more every time I visit (this was my first winter trip). We packed so much in, we even booked it from Harlem to Soho in one day, so I’m going to cut this into two posts! We ATE our way through NYC. Most days were scheduled around our breakfast/lunch/dinner reservations. Just the way I like to explore a city!
First stop (after a red-eye flight): Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian. Then the walking began: 5th avenue (sparkly & festive), Central Park (chilly & barren), Bryant Park (halls were decked), Times Square/Rockefeller Center (mass christmas hysteria) & then some. Power nap. Dinner: The National.
What you see in that mouth-watering photo above is cheesecake stuffed french toast topped with vanilla ice cream from Norma’s. Two words: MUST GO. Seriously. Also the best coffee of my life at Norma’s. And the most expensive….totally worth it (maybe it was the red eye deliriousness? Do it anyways).
*Tip: Having breakfast reservations a few hours after our red-eye flight relieved us of useless stress & frustration, that simply would have been caused by our extreme jet lag (ie. walking around aimlessly attempting to settle on a good restaurant). I absolutely recommend it for ease of traveling in the future.*
If I had to choose from the countless mind-blowing meals we ate, The National was probably my favorite. I’m dying for the brussel sprout recipe (yeah, I said it!) & the Butternut Squash Risotto was perfection.
Day 2: Ace Hotel Stumptown Coffee. Brooklyn. Bedford Ave. Brooklyn Brewery. Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It. Dinner: Blue Water Grille in Union Square.
I LOVE Brooklyn. I need to go back and spend a significant amount of time there. Every Sunday, the Brooklyn Brewery hosts a Smorgasbrewery with food carts, beer tastings & good music. It was a slice of heaven minutes from Manhattan. It’s also worth noting the Ace Hotel was rad! It’s a top priority hotel next time we’re in NYC.
After seeing Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway, which was surprisingly hilarious and absolutely entertaining, we headed to Blue Water Grille for dinner. Besides their uber festive atmosphere, the warm brussel sprout ceasar salad was to die for. Who knew brussel sprouts were so popular?
I’ll be sharing more photos tomorrow from the latter half of our trip + some all time favorite photos next week!
Happy Hump Day!