Londoner’s guide: How to spend a weekend in New York

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It’s been roughly a month since returning from NYC and to subdue the insatiable travel bug that’s consuming me. Wondering what to do during a long weekend in New York City? I’ve pulled together my favourite pieces of our whistle stop tour.

I hadn’t been to the city for pleasure before (only work) so this was the perfect opportunity to go wild – with food and shopping of course.

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Things that stood out to me most about the big apple:

  1. It is REALLY expensive. I was expecting to spend a lot but my was it pricey. Clothes were generally speaking, a steal (we visited the sale section at Bloomingdales a few times) but the drinks and food is where it will hit you – especially with the tipping culture they have over there.
  2. Best to explore by foot. Take come comfy shoes as it is a concrete jungle and it’s worth exploring as much as possible by walking around – you’ll find the cutest parks and streets this way.
  3. Sephora is life. 
  4. The food, although expensive is fantastic. Equally as good as the phenomenal restaurants you’ll find in London.

Read on for my hotlist…

 

Must Eat.

FYI we ate at other spots but the below got a 10/10 from me!

Sadelle’s: A Brunch spot with quite frankly the most unforgettable breakfast I’ve ever had. Freshly sliced smoked salmon, everything bagels baked in house and the most epic blueberry pancakes known to man. Fluffy and thick, the way you’d expect American pancakes to be.

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{Sadelle’s}

Momofuku Noodle Bar: Visit the Columbus Circle location for lunch – Bao and Ramen that will blow your mind. The broth is bursting with flavour and made silky with the burst of a golden yolk. We ended the meal with a Miso ice cream topped with rice krispies. At first we were skeptical but it was inhaled within seconds. My only regret about this visit is that I didn’t have the stomach space to eat more.

Milk Bar: The sister to Momofuku, Milk bar is an ice cream shack famous for its instagramable sweet treats. I’m sure you’ve seen photos of it kicking around and if you’re asking me if it’s worth the wait in line…absolutely. Cereal flavoured anything is my favourite so I ordered the cereal soft serve with a cereal topping. I also picked up the birthday cake truffles which are little balls of cookie dough heaven. Had we been in the city longer I would have gone again (p.s. we went twice). Top tip: buy the cookie mix to take home a piece of the heaven with you!

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{Milk Bar – Cereal Soft Serve}

Soogil: This small and local-favourite, was on my friend’s wishlist for dinner and boy was I glad she recommended it. Small plates of Korean/French fusion food – each one offering delicious flavours to tantalise your taste buds. The glass noodles, spicy chicken and braised short-ribs were the best dishes on the menu. If you’re up for a culinary adventure, add this to your reso list.

ABC Kitchen: I’m pretty sure all three of the girls had been to this spot before and I can see why it’s a crowd pleaser. A brilliant atmosphere with delicious cocktails and sensational dishes to boot. Fleur ordered the housemade ricotta with rhubarb compote and grilled bread as a starter – a real winner for us all! I ordered the burger – hadn’t had one in ages and was madly craving one – it did hit the spot. Libby ordered the strozzapreti with spicy bolognese, herbs – I had major food envy, I think it was the best dish! Kelly ordered the mushrooms, parmesan, oregano, farm egg pizza – it was floppy from all the toppings and took both hands to hold – the sign of a GREAT pizza.

Must Drink.

Patent Pending: My friend Alisha joined us for drinks on the Sunday night, as a New Yorker she knew the speak easy bars in town and this was one of them. Hidden behind what looked like a closed coffee shop, an unassuming ‘barrister’ pushed the entire back wall to reveal a glamorous, half filled bar. Clearly, locals dressed in their jeans and tees, the vibe was unpretentious despite the lush decor. The cocktail list is quite something, sketches of available each option and the waitress let us try some of the spring cocktails that were coming soon. I’m not sure if you need to book ahead but if it’s possible, definitely do so!

Refinery Hotel Rooftop Bar: We hit up this bar as it was near our hotel and we needed to kill some time before dinner. It. Was. Packed. Clearly and after work favourite, it took us at least 30 minutes to get our drinks but the cocktails were well made and the atmosphere was just what we needed to keep us up from the jet lag. A trendy location with a great view of the Empire State Building.

Must Visit.

I know it’s super touristy but Grand Central Station is so much more than just a train station. The architecture and art work are super special. Whispering corners is also worth a stop for a giggle!

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{Grand Central Station}

Central Park – we only had time to walk through a small portion of it but it’s gorgeous and HUGE. Worth spending a sunny afternoon here if you have such luck.

If you’ve got membership, visiting Dumbo House without a doubt must be on your list. My friend has a membership at the houses and kindly got is in on the day we were due to fly out. We didn’t want to leave! It’s unlike any of the other houses I’ve seen. The views are breathtaking looking back over the Hudson and the city and the food was awesome.

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{View from Dumbo House NYC}

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Have you been to New York? What are your favourite spots? Share your recos below!

 

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