Came home from spending a week in NYC with my husband. It was a very fun and memorable trip! Did a lot of walking, exploring, eating and I got to see snow fall for the first time!
When planning any trip I like to have at least 2-3 things planned for every day so that we have an idea of what location we’re going to be at each day. This way we have somewhat of a plan, but also not having a full itinerary allows us enough time to sleep in if we want to, take breaks and relax at the hotel during the day, and enough flexibility to do more spontaneous things too.
Sunday — Times Square
We flew into JFK and checked into our hotel pretty late, so we decided to just settle in and rest for a bit. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan and we were very pleased with this place! Service was great — such an easy check-in. They gave us complimentary champagne and waters upon check-in which was really nice. The room was very clean, the bathroom was really nice, the bed was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in — amazinggggg, and it was in a pretty good location — subway right around the block and about a 10 minute walk to Times Square. So Times Square was exactly where we went to first. Lots to do in Times Square — shopping, restaurants, and of course the shows (which was the reason why we chose to stay in Midtown, unfortunately only saw one but that’s alright). It is a really busy area since it’s pretty central to everything, so just keep that in mind when booking your hotel.
Monday — Upper East Side
— Central Park
— The Metropolitan Museum of Art
— Lunch at Serendipity 3
Funny thing is we didn’t plan to explore this part of the city on this day. We’ve never been to New York before so we got lost on the subway. Anyway, since we were already near by, we had to go to Central Park. Walked around for a bit and realized The Met was right there so we decided to check it out. And then of course we started to get hungry so we decided to try the frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3 — yum!! We were still pretty jet lagged so we went back to the hotel and just stayed in the rest of the day.
Tuesday — Dumbo, Brooklyn
— One Girl Cookies
— Brooklyn Bridge Park
— Walked on Brooklyn Bridge
— New York Transit Museum
— Lunch at Juliana’s Pizza
Brooklyn was one of my favorite places to explore. We got there pretty early in the day since we slept most of the day before. So we decided to relax and have some coffee first at One Girl Cookies. We walked around the park a bit and then on the bridge. It started to snow when we were there, so we decided to do something indoors and we went to the transit museum — pretty cool place to kill time and take fun pictures. For lunch we had pizza at Juliana’s. We got the white pizza which had mozzarella and garlic on it. So good!
Wednesday — Greenwich Village, World Trade Center, Wall Street
— Washington Square Park
— Friends Apartment Building
— Carrie Bradshaw Apartment
— World Trade Center
— Wall Street
We woke up really early again this day and I really wanted to see the popular locations from my favorite TV shows — Friends and Sex in the City, so we went off to explore Greenwich Village. Started at Washington Square Park, but we were there so early nothing was going on. I’d imagine in the warmer months this place would be great to rest your feet and hang out. We walked over to find the Friends apartment and Carrie’s apartment. Wish we were in this area a little later in the day, because we walked by lots of food places! Since there wasn’t much to do so early in the morning we went down to the World Trade Center. There you can go into the 9/11 Museum. But we just walked around the memorial. It was so surreal to see all the names of the people that lost their lives in the attacks of 9/11 — we definitely had to go and take a moment to just remember and honor this day in history. Across the street was a mall, can’t remember what mall but we went in to warm up a little bit and see what else we could do that day. We decided to walk over to Wall Street and then grab a lunch nearby.
Thursday — Rockefeller Center, Waitress The Musical
— Top of the Rock Observatory
— NBC Tour
— Lunch at By Chloe
— Magnolia Bakery
— Lady M Cakes
— Waitress The Musical
Slept in this day and didn’t have much of a plan on where to do. We got to Rockefeller Center a little before lunch time. We went up the observatory and the view was amazing! Then we took the NBC tour which was pretty cool. We got to see behind the scenes of some of the late night shows. Walked around for a bit — lots of shopping around here. Pretty fun stores like the Lego store and the Nintendo store. And lots of places to eat. I chose By Chloe got the guac burger, fries and the mac and cheese — not my favorite place, tbh I was pretty disappointed especially after waiting in such a long line. But that’s okay because the banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery made up for it! Yum! Also picked up a slice of the signature cake from Lady M Cakes — they’ve got the prettiest crepe cakes! So I had to try one.
After exploring Rockefeller Center, we headed back to the hotel to take a nap before heading back out to watch Waitress The Musical with Joey McIntyre — pretty good show, really funny and cute story. It was such a fun experience to see a musical, wish we got to see more than one Broadway play.
Friday — SoHo and Chinatown
If you love shopping, SoHo Manhattan is the place to be. I loved this area. So many cool buildings and streets. All the restaurants were so cute! If you wanna grab a bite to eat after all the shopping you can also walk over to Chinatown like we did. There were so many places to eat there! Great part of the city to hang out for a foodie.
Saturday — Empire State Building, Flatiron District
This was our last day in New York and it was my birthday. I really wanted one more view of the city so we decided on the Empire State Building. I loved the view here! Perfect way to end our trip! It was much more crowded than going to the Top of the Rock, but I loved the view here way more. After that we decided to find something to eat and ended up in the Flatiron District. There are tons of restaurants there and even more shopping. Really nice part of the city! I’d probably want to stay around here next time we visit.
That’s it for our New York City trip. There were some things on my list that we didn’t get to cross off, but that’s okay. We still did a bunch of fun things. I would definitely like to go back when it’s a little bit warmer. Anyway, I hope this gives you some ideas on what you can do when you visit the city. Enjoy your time in New York, I know I had a blast!