I’m finally up and at ’em! TBH I’ve been all over the place, because I obviously went on the this trip to NYC, but on top of that I moved… and got a second job! (More on that later.) Needless to say, I’ve been a hot mess to the point where I misplaced my laptop and deo for days. Well I found 1 out the 2, can you guess which one is still missing? LOLOL
Anyway, I want to share with you my recap of NYC, and my true thoughts and tips for anyone going for the first time!
So let’s back track!
This year, I decided that I wanted to travel more within the U.S. I’ve been to Europe, The Middle East and the mother country Mexico, but I’d never been to Vegas or even NYC! Cuddle Bug and I planned on making NYC happen, but after life kicked in, we both felt overwhelmed. We almost didn’t go. But then we binged watched Sex and The City for the first time, and I quickly decided that we should move to NYC!
Who thinks of moving to a city that they’ve never been to before based on a fictional TV series? Oh yeah, me! And who agrees to this nonsense, oh yeah, Allen! LOL
Well, thank God a bit of sense kicked in, and we booked this trip to see what the city would be like! The booking was out of no where. I told Allen we could live like locals, eat cheap pizza and fruit off the street! This trip would be our spontaneous little getaway. It def made it feel more exciting!
We landed on a Friday on about two hours of sleep!
My first thought was that this place really is a concrete jungle! I was itching to get out of the Uber to explore!
We were dropped off at our hotel, Yotel, which is pretty close to Times Square, so that is where we headed to first. We kicked off the adventure by having pizza at a hole in the wall place. It was a small restaurant filled by the sounds of people speaking many languages! To digest the meal, we walked to Central Park! We spent the majority of our trip walking instead of using the Subway to see more of Manhattan as opposed to the underground tunnels. Afterwards, we met my cousin who lives there at a local bar in Midtown and had pastrami for the first time!
This day was my fave! Probably because we visited the Brooklyn Bridge. The views were even more stunning that I had ever hoped for! We also had lunch in Little Italy at Gelso & Grand. GG’s Sangria is to die for! They use luxurious chunks of delicious fruit, they offer a lovely patio view and the best lasagna ever!
Afterwards, we did some shopping in SOHO and checked out a few local jewelry vendors! I bought a cuttle little ring (that I can’t find alongside that deodorant haha).
As the afternoon turned into evening, we made our way to the largest roof top bar in NYC 230 Fifth. This bar has an entire view of the city’s sky line! Not to mention, they offer red robes to wear, in case you get cold #robelife! Isn’t that a fun pizzaz? I didn’t realize HOW POPPIN’ this place was until I left. There was literally a line wrapped around the building to get in!
We followed suit and ate pizza (LOL), grabbed some wine to drink, and made our way back to the hotel. We bumped into the Madison Square Garden and had a romantic moment as we illegally sipped on bubbles!
This day was fuzzy!
The day began at Tree Haus, a spot we quickly made our go-to for coffee and walked over to The Butcher’s Daughter for brunch. We felt like locals, because everyone was out this day, running their Sunday errands, meeting with friends or walking their pets.
After our meal, Allen had to turn in an assignment, so we spent half the day trying to connect to wifi! Not ideal, but it’s life! We def made up for it by watching Aladdin on Broadway!
When I say that you HAVE to go watch a show on Broadway, I mean it! The cherry on top to a special trip for bugz and I!
Tree Haus NYC
Okay so here are my tips:
PLAN YOUR ITINERARY:
When I first started planning this trip, I was on itinerary overload then decided to just go with the flow.
Realistically, there is not enough time to ever see everything NYC has to offer. My advice is to pick 2-3 places you want visit per day, but also leave some room for spontaneous exploring.
I was having major analysis paralysis, as I didn’t want to miss out on any NYC staples so I took forever to choose what to do or where to go! This was time consuming and wasteful. Next time, I will be more organized!
CHECK OUT THE TKTS BOOTH FOR BROADWAY SHOW TICKETS:
I also want to suggest that you check out the TKTS booth in the middle of Times Square! You can buy discounted Broadway show tickets there. Unfortunately, they do not carry Aladdin atm, but they have a lot of other options like Anastasia! 🙂
SAVE OR RESEARCH (if not both):
Remember when I said Allen and I said we would eat cheap pizza and fruit? Well that did NOT happen. ALL of our meals were anywhere from $60- $100+. If you are on a tight budget, research or be prepared to eat fast food. Things are def pricier than Houston. To be honest, I was kinda in shock on how much more expensive NYC is! We are so spoiled here!
WEAR COMFY SHOES AND CLOTHES:
If only life was like an ad! I brought so many pairs of shoes with me, and in the end I wore my busted sneakers for the majority of trip! We walked over 20,000 steps a day so heels were not gonna happen! Not to mention, personal space does not exist in the city, so keep that in mind when choosing an outfit. Good thing is, you can totally be cute, fly AND comfy!
So do I still want to move to NYC because of my fantasy Carrie alter ego? LOL…
No, I don’t. I’m sure there are pieces of NYC that would make me very happy, but I never realized how much of a southern girl I am until this trip. Life there is vibrant and impulsive (which I love), but there is a certain peace I feel when I am in Houston. I NEVER thought I would say that! Regardless, I plan on going back for another bite!
What is your take on The Big Apple? What would you recommend doing while there?
Would love to know!
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