A couple of weeks ago I went back to my favourite city and had an incredible time. This recap has more pictures than usual. The city is photogenic, what can I say?
TRYP Times Square Hotel: This was another Travelzoo success. We found a boutique hotel (aka modern, stylish, and clean) at half the price. The location worked because we were a short walk away from Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, and more importantly the subway. It would be nice to stay in SoHo or Greenwich Village, to experience more of the life of a local, but this hotel worked perfectly for our trip.
Times Square: Our hotel was just a block over from Times Square so we spent a lot of time passing through this area. Even sat on the steps one night just to chill. It is extremely crowded which I’m not a fan of, but great for people watching.
Central Park: was the first activity of the trip. We wandered through central park and stumbled upon the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace which I have never seen in all my trips but always wanted to (because it’s featured in so many movies and shows). I was so excited! As we continued along we ended up at the Central Park Boathouse (another place I’ve always wanted to visit). As soon as we saw you could rent boats, we jumped in line. Everyone was on a cute date and there was Andrea and I struggling like crazy to not only row, but struggling to avoid hitting every boat nearby. It was fun though!
Nino’s 46: We went here for dinner and it was really tasty. We ordered calamari to split and then each got our own pizza. Tip: unless you are starving – you probably don’t need an appetizer and a pizza to yourself, split that pizza.
Top of the Rock: Of all tourist attractions this one is 100% worth it. So much so, that I’ve been there 3 times – each time gawking at the amazing view. Definitely recommend going right before sunset (daytime view, sunset view, and nighttime view) = perfection. I probably stay there for about an hour but it doesn’t feel like long.
Campbell’s Apartment: Calling all Gossip Girl fans! If you are willing to pay $14 for a delicious cocktail while listening to live jazz music in what feels like a speakeasy, all the while in a famous Gossip Girl setting, check this place out.
Brooklyn Bridge: It took seven trips to New York to finally walk the bridge, but I did it! Sadly it was so hot outside that I was not up for going to Smorgashbourg after (which is also on my NYC Bucketlist). Walking the Bridge was nice but it was crowded and hot so I’d probably do it again at dusk or dawn.
Union Square & Washington Square: I always make an effort to go back to this area. Back in 2011, I did an internship in NYC (documented here) and Union Square was the “home base” for us, since we lived at an NYU residence on 14th Street. This area feels like home to me and would definitely be the neighbourhood I’d choose to move to (cost permitted). Both parks are lovely to wander through.
Oysters: I love oysters. We found a restaurant near our hotel, called Thalia, that offers a $1 oyster deal from 7pm-close. Such a great deal so we went there for a small dinner. Oysters and appetizers (since the place is pricey otherwise).
Comedy Cellar: It took THREE tries to get into the Comedy Cellar (insider tip: reserve spots the day before, and make sure you reserved the right day/time) but it was all worth it in the end. We saw a great lineup of about 7 comedians, with a completely unexpected performance by the one and only Chris Rock! I’ve heard that famous comedians make surprise appearances once in a while to test out material but I didn’t even have that in mind when going to the show.
Columbus Circle & Rockefeller Centre: especially at night – these places both have a beautifully lit fountain. It’s really peaceful to sit there at night if you aren’t up for any crazy plans but don’t want to be stuck in the hotel.
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar: This is the first rooftop bar I’ve experienced so I can’t say it’s the best but I can say it is pretty freakin’ amazing. The view was pretty much a 180 of the city with a perfect in-line view of the Empire State Building. The rooftop was decorated like a garden; palm tress, flowers, fresh mint growing for their delicious raspberry mojitos – I had two, you’ve got to order one of those, so good! (Also where I took the photo for this post’s header). What made this even more special was that it was a reunion with two of the friends I made on my exchange in France.
Chelsea Market: This was my first time checking out the Chelsea Market. There were a lot of cute shops and food vendors. I recommend getting tacos from Takumi Taco, a Japanese inspired Mexican restaurant.
High Line: is a lovely walk, not so lovely in the blazing heat though. But do it for some nice views! I also recommend starting or finishing the walk at the Chelsea Market.
Sadly, another great trip to NYC came to an end but I did tick a few things off my NYC Bucketlist! Already figuring out when I can go back :)