February 4, 2013

A Whirlwind Weekend in New York City

You ready for your New York weekend? Let’s go:

1. I'd take you out for dinner at Patsy’s Pizza, one of the few coal-oven restaurants. You can order whatever you want, but I'd strongly recommend the arugula salad, penne alla vodka, and of course, pizza. I’m a cheese and pepperoni fan myself. 

2. It's famous for a reason! You shouldn't miss the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is ginormous and has something for everyone. My mom loves the musical instrument display, my siblings love the Egyptian temple, Spencer loves the armory, and me? I love the period rooms. Hello 17th century French palace! Oh yeah, the art is pretty cool too. (Insider’s tip: it’s actually pay-what-you-wish. Just donate whatever you want and walk on in!)

3. Calories don't count on vacation, so we'll stop in and grab a treat at City Bakery. Hot chocolate with a massive marshmallow, a pretzel croissant, and people watching make for a fabulous Saturday afternoon. Their cookies are pretty darn good too. By good, I mean divine. OR if it’s hot out (I wish it were), we’d grab a cherry-dipped vanilla soft serve from any Mr. Softee truck and head to Central Park or Lincoln Center to enjoy it. Janssen knows what I’m talking about. :)

4. The weather is perfect and getting outdoors is a must. We'll take advantage of the gorgeous day at the Highline. I absolutely love Central Park, but the Highline has a special place in my heart. I love the city views and sleek design of the elevated-railway-turned-park. The people-watching is phenomenal but sometimes PG-13 due to the neighboring hotels (hence the nickname, the “Thighline”).

5. You're so fortunate to have a New York insider showing you around. The locals would stone me if I didn't show you the Brooklyn Bridge. I absolutely love walking across it, and the bridge gives you great views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn (sensing a theme here? It’s all about people-watching and city views). On the Brooklyn side, you have to check out Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. On the Manhattan side, you are in Chinatown - hit up either Prosperity Dumpling or Tasty Hand-PulledNoodles for cheap and authentic eats.  

6. You didn't ask, but I'll tell you anyway that a trip to New York City wouldn't be complete without visiting the West Village. It’s my favorite neighborhood in the entire city, full of upscale boutiques, funky shops, random street fairs, and delicious restaurants. Grab some banana pudding from the original Magnolia Bakery and wander about the cobblestone streets, gawking at the beautiful brownstones. 

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  1. I love this! New York City is my city--my vacation of choice when possible. I haven't been in a couple of years, and I'm missing it terribly! Thanks for a little trip down memory lane (and the thought that I oughta be checking flights)!

  2. I really, really, really want to go to the Highline! Someday. We don't live far from NYC, but getting there seems like a bear sometimes.

  3. Mmmmm, NYC pizza. Delish! I love walking the Brooklyn Bridge, it's a must-do for me every time I go to NYC. And the Highline? Swoon! Love, love, and more love!


  4. Matt and I are planning a trip to New York right now, this time without being 8 months pregnant! I can't wait to try your recommendations!

  5. OK...time to go back to NYC. Great suggestions, Erica!

  6. This makes me want to visit NYC so badly (and watch "You've Got Mail" again). :)

  7. Just googled whirlwind weekend in NYC and found this post again right away! We'll be there for a week next month and I'm anxious to try out these recommendations!


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