It’s just over a week since I’ve been back from my trip, and I
I’m calling these “Days 0” because each was a half-day visit to New York that took place before I was actually staying in the city. For the first half of my trip, I was staying with Alexandra (who wrote this guest post!) in her hometown Chatham, NJ. It’s the most charming town, and I’m craving another snowy morning filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and bagels and coffee. It’s an easy ride to the city via NJ Transit, and we trained into Penn Station everyday.
My first full day, we went to the American Museum of Natural History. We spent 4 hours there. This was when the temperatures were sub-zero, and keeping warm in a beautiful museum was wonderful. The museum itself is grand to a whole new degree — we marveled at each exhibit (the oceans had to be my favorite!).
Day 2, we met up with Jacqueline (she showed up in this post!), who had been staying in the city, and explored Museum Mile. We started at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, a unique find that showcased modern design installations and technology. It was interactive, and I loved this wall that let you cover the room in a personal drawing (I, of course, drew YC).
Next, we went to the Nueu Galerie, a simply stunning collection of German and Austrian art, including the “Woman in Gold” painting. Attached to the museum is Café Sabarsky, which I recommend even if you don’t look at the galerie. The cakes and espresso are authentically Viennese, and crafted exquisitely. I will definitely be going back there on a future visit. We shared a piece of Sachertorte (classic Viennese dark chocolate cake with apricot confiture) and Esterhazyschnitte (hazel-walnut Cake with vanilla-butter-crème)
Madewell Cream Tiered Sweater // Cream Mock Turtleneck (similar found here!) // J.Crew Houndstooth Skirt // Black Tights // Unisa Dendrii Over-the-Knee Boots // Kate Spade Cedar Street Hayden // Brown Crochet Beret (similar found here!) // KJP Pearlfect Necklace
On the third day, Alex and I trained to meet with Jacqueline again and walked around SoHo, the West Village and Washington Square Park. You may remember from this post.
We visited Strand Bookstore (if you too are a bibliophile, you absolutely must go!! They have tons of books about New York and a huge section devoted to fashion, as well as any piece of literature you can think of.) We also picked up cookies at Vesuvio Bakery!
We ended the day at Raku, an amazing udon restaurant. The noodles were some of the best I’ve had, and perfect for such a chilly night. The restaurant is incredibly small and they do not accept reservations, so I recommend showing up early. I ordered the Sansai Udon (udon with mountain vegetables & maitake tempura).
On the fourth and final day with my friends, we explored Brooklyn. There is so much to see in DUMBO and Williamsburg, but I’ve only just scratched the surface. Walking along , and we couldn’t leave without seeing this iconic view of the Brooklyn Bridge (still want to walk across though!!).
My mom arrived at Newark Airport in the evening, and I met her there. She was carrying a huge bouquet of pink roses when I arrived, and had brought the blooms 3,000 miles from California, and through a layover flight — what a special start to my birthday weekend! We trained into the city and arrived at our stay for the weekend — the Roosevelt Hotel. I speak from the heart (this was not a collaboration with the hotel) when I say that I love the Roosevelt. The lobby is gorgeous, but the price is even better (often under $200 a night!). Because the location is in Midtown, it makes it easy to go uptown or downtown — often no more than 20 minutes by subway each way. The hotel is right outside of Grand Central Station and a few streets from Rockefeller Center — you can’t beat a convenient location like that!
We got settled and freshened up and then headed to Sel Rrose for dinner. The ambiance was unbeatable — bubbly, fun, refined. We ordered a few oysters (they host a $1 oyster happy hour night — I want to go back just for that!), a delightful tuscan kale salad, and chickpea fries. I can’t recommend the fries enough — they were a crowd pleaser.
My mom and I woke early — how could we contain our excitement anyway? The weather was slated to be rainy, but we had a museum day planned, so all was well. We started the morning off at Zucker’s Bagels for what turned out to be a really scrumptious lox and cream cheese on everything. Gosh, I miss the bagels.
Before the rain, we headed over to look at the J.K.O Reservoir. What had been blanketed in white not a week ago, was now entirely melted.
We headed uptown to the Guggenheim, which unfortunately had closed two floors. It still was beautiful to see, and I particularly loved this Degas painting and this Picasso, Le Moulin de Galette.
We had certainly worked up an appetite by this point, and both are tummies were rumbling. So, we headed over to the West Village to a little restaurant called The Wild Son. Of all our meals, this had to be one of my favorites (it’s impossible to choose, frankly). The restaurant had a jungly feel to it, and most cuisine had a miso or ginger element to it. We got the All Day, Every Day (shredded kale, raw market vegetables matchsticks, roasted squash, faro, salted granola, and miso tahini dressing) and added roasted chicken. The portion was huge, the flavor incredible. The bill was under $20. Need I say more?
We walked the High Line, something I’ve always wanted to do. After, we grabbed coffee and sweets at Aux Merveilleux de Fred. I’d do anything to be sitting, listening to jazz music, and munching on pastries again.
We then headed back to Times Square to see if we could land some Broadway tickets for the night. We failed…miserably. But, it ended up working out. Instead we spent sometime in Midtown before heading back to the West Village for dinner at Via Carota, a delectable Italian restaurant that serves small plates. We opted for the Pappardelle (wild boar ragu) and Tornarelli (cacio pepe), both rich and delectable. We enjoyed dessert next door, at Big Gay Ice Cream, which honestly takes soft serve to the next level. The Salty Pimp (vanilla with dulce de leche, sea salt, and dipped in dark chocolate) was to die for!! We ended the night at the Whitney — Friday nights are always pay what you wish!
Mock Cream Turtleneck // Jack by B.B. Dakota Merritt Vest (also similar found here!) // Black Leggings // Black Booties (similar found here) // Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise (similar found here!) // KJP Simply Pearlfect Necklace // Fresh Tulip // Essie Imported Bubbly // Nautica Navy Umbrella
Have you been to any of these places? Are any on your list? Comment below!!