We took a little jaunt to New York City this past weekend, so I thought I’d share my highlight reel with you all. While we stayed in Times Square, it took all of 5 minutes for the novelty to wear off. It’s slightly comparable to our own commercialized Navy Pier, here in Chicago… if you’re a local you’ve been there once, and that once is enough. Thankfully, we had some fantastic guides and they gave us the view of NYC that we really wanted: Greenwich Village, So-Ho, Tribeca, Midtown East, the Financial District… I’d go back to any of them again and branch out to try Brooklyn & Harlem too next time.
Let me give you a little head-up on our grown-up travel plans: my husband is an athlete and I’m bit of foodie. So when it’s just the two (sans the munchkins) of us we like to exercise and eat. A LOT. So our vacation plans may not be typical, but they were perfect for us. Check out their websites after the photos, everything was fantastic.
http://www.cityrunningtours.com/nyc.html we did a Sunday morning tour that started in Times Square and took us through places like Grand Central Station, by the UN & Rockefeller Center — a great overview of midtown Manhattan
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org we sat in the grandstands for a bit and watched the leaders finish their final .2 miles — and we met a few people from around the globe & even signed some guy’s poster; everybody was so nice
http://www.centralpark.com BEAUTIFUL. a photographer’s dream 🙂 unfortunately security with the marathon was so tight we were pretty much trapped in here for about 2 hours; but it was still gorgeous for walking and some really nice New Yorkers helped us find our way out
http://www.thehighline.org this park is built on an old elevated railroad and it was great for a stroll — lots of people watching and the sights over the city were gorgeous
http://www.baramericain.com/new-york-city-restaurant/ we started off here with a little Bobby Flay action and the duck & rabbit did not disappoint, I kinda wanted to lick my plate
http://www.manhattanwalkingtour.com the highlight of our trip — a small group of people, a great guide, delicious food & an entertaining history lesson; if you go to NYC, you must take one of these! (we did the Greenwich Village & Historic Downtown tours)
www.li-lacchocolates.com delicious old-school chocolates
http://www.chocolatebarnyc.com we had a chocolate egg cream, which is kinda like chocolate milk on crack 😉
http://bleekerstreetpizza.net I’m a bit of a pizza connoisseur and this was fantastic (Nonna Maria)
www.bantambagels.com delicious little bundles of goodness (Hot Pretzel, Grandma Jojo & Cookies & Milk!!!)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/faiccos-italian-specialties-new-york Faicco’s Pork Store — best Itialian sandwich I’ve ever eaten and my first time having rice balls which were amazing!
www.pasticceriarocco.com AH-MAZ-ING fresh cannolis
http://www.frauncestavern.com beer flights at the place George Washington celebrated his Revolutionary War win – kind of a big deal
http://agehasushi.com good sushi that won’t break the bank and the Rock Shrimp will rock your world
http://www.wichcraftnyc.com we are Top Chef fans so we HAD to try one of Tom Colicchio’s restaurants – the was the perfect lunch stop for us; I wish he would make me lunch every day
http://tribecataphouse.com fancy beer, but my favorite was the Donuts with Chocolate and Caramel and the coffee to go with them — it was like heaven in my mouth
http://www.piefacenyc.com a tasty little savory pie, perfect to start the day
http://www.anejonyc.com another Top Chef nod (one of our favs: Angelo Sosa) was the grand finale of our trip: best mexican food I’ve ever eaten, the Shrimp Tacos were out of this world — and our waiter was on point with fantastic recommendations (Mezcal Margarita, Guacamole Trio, some spicy corn dish, Shrimp & Short Rib Tacos, Lamb Tamale and of course Tres Leches Cake)
http://www.sheratonnewyork.com we stayed here, it was fine if you want to be in Times Square/Theater District (which is also really close to the Garment District & Hell’s Kitchen)
http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/ & http://www.moodfabrics.com in the Garment District, close to our hotel/Times Square — I had to see these Project Runway icons for myself, sadly Tim & Heidi were busy with fabulous plans elsewhere