Do you have a favorite city?
New York definitely ranks as one of my tops, as I’m sure it does for many.
I’ll save you the dissertation on why it’s such a great city because IT JUST IS and I’ll just get right into sharing my personal fave spots from our long weekend there! Like any trip, I fully researched, Instagram-scrolled for ideas, and marked my “musts” on a map. (Literally, like on Google Maps as ‘stars.’) This trip was one I was tagging along on my husband Russ’ business trip so it was KID-FREE heyyyyy!
Okay, so here were some of my faves.
The Standard, East Village – Amazing friendly service, amazing views (get a corner room.) Café Standard downstairs was packed any time of the day especially at night, and the city’s happy hour crowd came out for the Summer Garden which was a beautiful oasis tucked away in the middle of buildings.
Ippudo – we got into the city at 11pm and were close enough to Ippudo and their 11:30pm closing time, so we high-tailed it there and IT. WAS. SO. WORTH. IT. They serve a tonkotsu broth style ramen which is what I’m used to from the area of Japan my family is from. Their version is legit.
Soulcycle NoHo – I love spin (or I guess, ‘cycle”) classes but never have been to Soulcycle so this was a must. Russ and his director of marketing joined me for the class. Again, such friendly staff and the class was 45 min (I usually do 60) and was just as a great workout. The NoHo location was spacious and well-designed.
Beaubourg Brasserie at Le District – Met a friend here for Saturday lunch and shared one of my favorites – oysters on a half shell. Friendly service here as well, as they were so accommodating and thoughtful with her baby and getting us situated with seating.
Catch – Sunday Brunch here with Russ was INCREDIBLE. We sat on the rooftop with the whole vibe of the Meatpacking District on a Sunday below us. Surprise surprise but friendly service here, too. And not only the staff but the tables next to us were all in great moods and we all chatted about what we were eating and basically saying everything was amazing. I had a clean-eating combo of avo toast (basic) and a beautiful tartare trio. SIDENOTE. They had “Frosé” as in frozen rosé. I saw it all over the city. Is that a new thing? Or am I so behind on this trend??
SoHo – For shopping, of course. I like that they have the downtown outposts of some of the uptown places, like Celine and YSL where AGAIN, we had most genuine and attentive service ever. Is everyone in NYC just super happy or what??
Scarpetta – Russ and I have been to the one in Las Vegas twice. After we made the mistake of not making a reservation for a NYC Saturday night well in advance, we snagged a table here for some amazing Italian. Highly recommend.
Central Park – On Sunday morning, I had a lifting workout I should have fit in that day but how often does a non-New Yorker get to run Central Park? We started on the east side of it just south of the Met, and then looped up north and back up around to the west and down south again. About 4 miles total. Couldn’t have been a more picture perfect morning!
Eataly – Italian again. But if you haven’t been one you have to go (I had been to the one in Chicago.) The friend we were with knows Italian food so we wanted him to see this place, basically a mecca of everything Italian. It reminded me a bit of the food halls in the basements of Japan department stores. Anyway, oysters to start and then neapolitan pizza and bucatini, with espressos to end. Perfection.
My takeaway from the trip? New Yorkers are so nice and friendly. I don’t know where the stereotype that New Yorkers and rude or not kind comes from but it absolutely needs to go. Hands-down one of the friendliest cities I have traveled to in a while.
NYC, already miss you!
T H A N K S , honey for a great trip!