So this post comes a little later than intended but I’ve been mourning over my departure from New York. Vancouver just doesn’t quite have the same appeal. If you’ve visited both cities, you will know exactly what I mean. In fact, if you’ve even just seen both cities, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
When they say that New York City can’t be described, it has to be felt, it’s true. This isn’t my first time, I’ve been many times and I’m always happy to know that it won’t be my last. I was asked the other day if I would ever move to New York and I immediately shouted “Absolutely!”, only to have my friend tell me that she would never live there. She would never move to New York because she loves it too much. It’s a city that she wants to continue to dream about, lust over and date for a little bit. I want to date it, marry it, lock that shit down, have a few kids with it and get a house in Great Neck.
New York has always been my dream city to live in and hopefully one day (soon) I can make that a reality.
Our time in New York was better than the last. We hopped to as many neighbourhoods as we could and ate our way through the city. When I travel, I’m not a shopper. As much as I enjoy popping into the latest trendy boutique, I want to know where to get the best food. I left Vancouver with an excel sheet of suggested restaurants in New York and nearly dented it. With so many places to try out, we made it a point to not go to the same restaurant twice.
My stay in New York is never quite long enough. We thought that 7 days would be a sufficient amount of time but 7 days is really just enough time to explore one neighbourhood. Technically, I spent 6 days exploring because of my body’s untimely decision to react to bad food. FYI, if your food doesn’t look right or taste right… it’s probably not right. On our second to last night, we dined out at El Atoradero in Prospect Heights where my burrito was subpar and had a more grand idea of what my last day would look like. Hint hint: it looked like a toilet. That burrito gave me the worst food poisoning of my life! Our last day was 17 degrees, beautiful and sunny and I saw it all from the cozy corner of the bathroom floor.
Nevertheless, I love you, New York. Scroll down to see where we stopped & ate along the way and how we spent our 7 days in New York City.
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- Buttermilk Bakeshop – You have to get the bacon, potato chip, pretzel and cayenne cookie!
- Doughnut Plant – Known for their “Blackout” doughnut. A chocolate cake doughnut, filled with chocolate pudding, dipped in chocolate glaze and sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs.
- Miriam Restaraunt – Israeli style cuisine
- Barclay Center – Don’t miss a Brooklyn Nets game when you’re in town!
- Calexico – A Mexican Fiesta!
- Swallow Cafe – Cozy up to coffee on a rainy day.
- Estela – Mediterranean-inspired cuisine served in one of the most creative ways I’ve ever seen.
- by Chloe – An Instagrammer’s favourite! I’m sure you’ve seen a by Chloe photo at one point on your feed. Vegetarian fast food for the win.
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Not your traditional cafe and a very good pour.
- ABC Kitchen – This is my favourite restaurant in New York! It’s attached to a home decor store titled ABC Home.
- Union Square Cafe – Our first dinner in the city set the best tone for the trip.
- The Raines Law Room – A non-discreet door with a man holding a clipboard. Put your name down and just wait… cheers!
- Roberta’s Pizza & Bakery – This restaurant which sounded like a massive club from the outside has a 4 hour wait to get pizza! Don’t want to wait? Get it to go and you’ll wait 4 hours next time.
- Crifdogs – You probably saw it on GIRLS. Not your average hot dog.
- Maison Premier – Packed for weekend brunch and known for their absinthe cocktails.
We scoured the streets for this iconic shot of the Manhattan Bridge. If you haven’t been to this neighbourhood before, let me tell you… it’s exactly what you think of when you think “New York City”. And go to Shake Shack.