Weekend Getaway: NYC

libertyLast weekend my family and I took a quick trip to The Big Apple. No matter how many times I’m able to visit, I’m always amazed by the city.  Don’t get me wrong, it has its downfalls (crowds, angry cabbies, smells…and did I mention crowds?).  But, despite all of that it’s such an exciting place to be.  I might be in the minority, but it would be a dream to live there!

I’m not an expert by any means, but here are some of my favorite things to do in NYC.

tourWe did one of the most tourist-y things ever, and took a double decker bus tour. We may as well have had on our fanny packs (although this is kind of cute) and Hawaiian shirts.  You’re able to see a lot of the city while learning about the buildings and history – and it beats those scary cabs to get around!

dessertYou have to at least have dessert at Serendipity 3 (the burger was good too).  We sampled quite a few treats, and they were all amazing!

bridgeI think walking over the Brooklyn Bridge is a must do in NYC. The views of the Manhattan Skyline are breathtaking, and it’s a great way to work off a piece of NY cheesecake.  Once you cross the bridge you have to check out Grimaldi’s Pizza.  The line is super long, but worth the wait!

walkOne of the best things about New York is that there’s always something going on. This year we were able to participate in the EIF/Revlon Walk for Women.  It was a great event to support research for women’s cancer – hosted by my BFFs Emma Stone and Andy Cohen.  This would be a great excuse for a girlfriend getaway next year!

parkCentral Park is so beautiful year round, but especially in the spring. There were flowers everywhere!  We decided to rent a boat on Central Park Lake, and it was a great way to see more of the park…although rowing was not my strong-suit.  I’d recommend going with someone strong. The Boathouse Restaurant was super cute too.

Honestly though, the best thing to do in New York is eat. Some of my faves:

  • Ess-a-Bagel for bagels, obviously
  • L’Artusi in the West Village is great Italian
  • Junior’s for cheesecake (I sampled quite a few different kinds and you can’t go wrong)
  • Shake Shack for upscale fast food (coming soon to ATL)
  • Eataly – great Italian market downstairs and a really cool restaurant on the roof – touristy but fun
  • Hotel Chantelle in the Lower East Side for brunch. A little sketchy when you first walk in, but the rooftop brunch is delicious and affordable. There’s a live jazz band and .92 cocktails until 5 p.m.

Writing this just made me want to go back. I’ll be saving my pennies!

What are your favorite things to do in NYC? Did I miss anything?



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