New York City is one of the busiest cities in the world, and boy is there a lot to see. In the past year, I’ve traveled a lot, both in the states and internationally, but never have I planned more for a city than what I did for my most recent visit to NYC. It’s known for all it’s iconic landmarks, and incredible restaurants. As major foodies we wanted to eat as much as we could in the 3 days we were there, and I think we ate 3x our calorie limit per day. Best thing about New York is that you WILL walk off everything you eat. Below is a list of all of our favorite places in NYC. We definitely didn’t get to do/eat everything that was on our list, but that just means there will be a next time.
WHERE TO EAT
Westlight at The William Vale
This was our first stop in Brooklyn, and boy, did it set high expectations. Westlight is famous for it’s gorgeous rooftop with a panoramic view of Manhattan. Don’t expect large meal portions from here. Order a drink and a few appetizers to share and enjoy the sunset. If weather permits, try getting a seat outside for the best view. Also, don’t forget to make a reservations a head of time if you plan on having dinner.
After enjoying a the sunset at Westlight, we headed to explore Brooklyn at night. We followed the crowed to the bar scene. Witlof was a place we just happened to walk into. It reminded me of The Great Gatsby with the decor and the bar was trimmed with gorgeous gold carvings. A gold lovers dream.
We weren’t lucky enough to go here this time, but next time it will be first on my list. The story is an interesting one… See, the owner of Grimaldi’s Pizza sold his restaurant with the name years ago, but opened up Juliana’s right next door due to popular demand. So essentially, Juliana’s is the original Grimaldi’s Pizza.
Husband surprised me with Eclairs the morning of my 25th birthday. It wasn’t on our list, but it will forever be on our list when we revisit New York. Just think, creamy, rich, and simply delicious. Our favorites were pistachio and hazelnut.
I know Thai food, but I’ve never been so impressed with the service, decor, and most of all food at any Thai restaurant. Thai Villa is located in the Flat iron district, not a far uber ride from Little Italy. When you walk in you see the most gorgeous gold leaf chandeliers and inside is a beautiful dining space. If you plan on going for dinner be sure to make a reservation. We went for lunch and didn’t have to wait long for a table. Be sure to try the Basil Fried Rice and Red Curry (beware, its SPICY).
Los Tacos No. 1
If you like street tacos you’re in for a treat. Not only are the taco’s amazing here, but the experience itself is a whole other story. Los Tacos No. 1 is located inside the very popular Chelsea Market, walk all the way back and when you see a line, you’re in the right spot. The tacos are sold individually so you are able to mix and match and choose your choice of flour or corn tortilla. I love tacos, so this was up there on our list, and it did not disappoint.
WHAT TO SEE
Brooklyn Bridge Park
A nice, quiet park with a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect place to grab a slice of pizza and people watch.
NYC’s most trafficked, and written about destinations. Chelsea Market has it all, food, shopping, even groceries. Los Taco’s No. 1 is located here– don’t miss it!
Top Of the Rock
This was HIGH on my list, unfortunately we didn’t make it here this time. Apparently, it’s the best view in all of Manhattan. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things, I can’t wait to go back and visit!
When you’re in the concrete jungle, getting away from the buildings and yellow cabs is a MUST. Central Park is a beautiful way of seeing the city, so rent a bike and ride through the quietest area in Manhattan.
The MET Steps
A short walk through Central Park will lead you straight to the beautiful MET. Grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the talented musicians of NYC, all while channeling your inner Blair Waldorf.
Grand Central Station
…And another Gossip Girl reference. But I swear, you will never see a more beautiful subway station. Trust me, it’s breathtaking.
The Lion King (Or any broadway show)
You don’t really need an explanation for this, but Lion King is the most talked about Broadway show EVER. Click here to read more about my Broadway experience. If you’re not a Lion King fan (I will never understand) I’ve heard Wicked is also a-mazing.
World Trade Center Memorial
9/11 always triggers tons of emotions for all of us, and visiting the memorial is the least we can do to pay our respects. It’s beautiful, and a little overwhelming, don’t forget your tissues.