Happy Monday ya’ll!! Per you guys request, I wanted to get up a quick 24-48 hour NYC Travel Guide for you all!
Last week my sister and I made a quick trip to New York for her work (check her out on Instagram @annacatecollection) and I took my first trip alone (no hubby or baby) since Brayden was born! It was sooo HARD leaving him but I knew it would do us both good to step out of our new comfort zones (attached at the hip) and do something new!
I honestly have not gotten on a plane since September of 2017 when I went to Fashion Week in NY and it felt sooo nice to go somewhere! My sister has a clothing line, Anna Cate Collection and Wednesday of last week we headed to the big city to hit a fabric market to check out the fabric and pattern trends for 2020! All I can say is ANIMAL PRINT is HERE TO STAY (I’m pretty pumped about this trend continuing!), orange and pink are going to be paired together more frequently and nature tones like olive, deep navy even all white will be everywhere! So Wednesday we worked hard and then decided that Thursday we would PLAY and hit up some of my favorite Insta-worthy locations that I have been wanting to see/visit for a while! I also thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite little NYC nooks with you guys!
Wednesday evening we ate at Del Friscos which I believe is a chain steakhouse because we wanted to get back to our hotel and rest before Thursday, but it was pretty good, it was not the absolute best meal for the price, but it was good! We both wanted to eat at the Polo Bar (make reservations if you know you are traveling), but they were booked. Also, we stay at the Park Central Hotel and the rate was only $104/night and you can’t beat that in New York!
Thursday morning we woke up SUPER early (5:30am to be exact) grabbed a coffee and got ready because I wanted to hit the Brooklyn Bridge before it got “busy!” So we took a Lyft out of the city and she was the bomb and told us that we should try to get on the bridge from the Brooklyn side and not the Manhattan side so that is what we did! If you decide to do this know that when you get dropped off you have to walk probably 1/4 mile to actually get onto the actual bridge to take photos! There are two lanes (one for walking and the other for biking) to get onto the bridge and there will be bikers flying past you to get to work! My sister and I finally made it onto the bridge, but because we were wearing impractical clothing to photo from the ‘gram we did not want to go any further than the beginning! If you are super bundled up and have on sneakers or Uggs you may enjoy the walk (or will enjoy the walk) more! I HIGHLY suggest tons of layers, gloves, scarf and Uggs if I were to do this again during the winter! I will totally go back again (the view was KILLER!), but next time when it’s warm outside 🙂
There is a tiny coffee shop when you get off the walkway to the bridge you can warm up in/Uber/Lyfy from if you are wanting to get in and out! If you are there for photos our Lyft driver said there is a Carousel that is awesome for photos and I have found it HERE for you all! My sister and I would have also done some shots in DUMBO where some of the top bloggers from NYC shoot, but we were FREEZING! It is also worth checking out if you have time though 🙂
Tularosa Long Shag (comes in a few colors!)
The next spot we went was Pietro Nolita! This is a spot I have seen countless times on Instagram! One of my favorite Insta-accounts to follow from NY is @emilyluciano and she frequents this spot and with all the pink I knew I had to make a trip there for Valentine’s Day! If you are going solely for a photo go before 11am (when they open). We went only for photos because we wanted to go somewhere SPECIAL for lunch so we took Lyft to Pietro and to be honest I was shocked at home tiny this spot is! When people photograph it, it looks much larger, but it is a tiny spot but one that is sooooo cute in the bug concrete city! I have also heard their food is AMAZING and when we peeped inside it looked DARLING so check them out!
The next spot we went was one that both Anna and I had seen on the ‘gram and had to check it out, OLD ROSE! So OLD ROSE is a restaurant inside of the Jane Hotel which is a boutique hotel in the West Village of NY! This Hotel takes you back in time when you arrive and FUN FACT: In 1912, the survivors of the Titanic stayed at the hotel until the end of the American Inquiry into the ship’s sinking. The surviving crew held a memorial service at the hotel four days after the ship sank. (from their website HERE!) The hotel was restored in 2008 and their restaurant OLD ROSE is beyond perfection! My sister and I have a slight obsession with marble and light fixtures and we had a mini photo shoot here because it was STUNNING! We both got avocado toast with fried eggs and homestyle potatoes and ya’ll YUMMMMMMM!! The seasoning on the potatoes reminded me of a spicy Bojangles’ cajun seasoning and I ate every single one of them!!
We left OLD ROSE and headed to Cha Cha Matcha (the location on Broome St.) because I had gone a year before with a blogger friend of mine and LOVED IT! If you have never had a matcha latte then this is the place to try your first one! They write the cutest things in their latte’s and jut have a FUN environment and it’s totally worth checking out!
After Cha Cha Matcha Anna and I were braving the cold and checking out some of the shops when we came across her INSTAGRAM OBSESSED the FLOUR SHOP! I had never heard of the flour shop and when I walked in my mouth hit the floor! If you have children or even just love dessert yourself this is a DREAM place! They have cakes that when you cut them open sprinkles fall out! They have cake pops of various flavors, I tried the traditional one with unicorn layered inside, peanut butter, hazelnut and oreo and they were all incredible! The shop had rainbows painted and spots to take photos and it’s so adorable! Oh and I checked and you can order their cakes so if you have a child’s birthday/ gender reveal/party coming up there are AWESOME!
Once we left the Flour Shop Anna and I wanted to hit some of the traditional tourist spots so we went to Top of the Rock! This is one of the best views of the city and it’s indoor and outdoor so you can experience being at the top of the city! I had been once before, but it was at night and I can say the view we had right before dusk was GORGEOUS! I believe is was $35/person or so and totally worth it! After we left Top of the Rock you are in the NBC building ( I think) where you can shop and where you can ice skate in Rockefeller Center so of course we had to do that! Ice skating at THE RINK was so fun, but it was FREEZING!!!!
After we went ice skating we had a quick bite to eat there by THE RINK and then headed to the airport (slightly exhausted 🙂 )! We had fully conquered what we had set to accomplish and were excited to get home to our families!
To make it simple I am going to link all of the clothing I am wearing in these looks here for you guys and you can scroll and click the item you like and it will take you right to purchase! I hope you all enjoyed this post and will let me know if you check out any of these spots in NYC!!! XOXO!
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