Friday, 24 February 2017

Four Days in New York


If you follow me on Instagram then you will be well aware that I went to New York a month or so ago. Congrats for sticking with me if you're still following after weeks of incessant NYC photos. Apparently I don't have much else going on at the moment...


Before I started writing this post, I did a poll on Twitter asking whether people prefer to read travel posts in a day-by-day diary style or a things-to-do guide style, and the 50/50 spilt reflected my own indecision.

Obviously, four days in New York is not enough time to be able to write a 'guide', but since we were unfortunate enough to suffer a 48-hour torrential downpour which put a stop to most of our plans, I'm not sure the diary approach would be that entertaining. So instead, here are the things we did manage to do and would highly recommend. 


Where We Stayed

The New York EDITION

Our accommodation for the duration of the trip, which was part of a British Airways package, was the New York EDITION, and I would happily stay there again and again. This boutique hotel is situated inside an old clock tower on Madison Square Park in the Flatiron district. The rooms are beautifully styled with a predominantly white, modern theme, and the lobby and bar area has a great atmosphere in the evenings. The hotel is only ten blocks or so from Times Square, which we found to be the ideal walking distance for us, taking around 20 minutes. We didn’t go to the hotel restaurant because it was a little pricey, but it is supposedly one of the best restaurants in the area.











Places We Ate

Almond

Almond was a restaurant we found online when searching for brunch in the Flatiron area, and it had great reviews and ratings. We headed over there as soon as it opened and got a table with no difficulty, but it quickly filled up. I adore the interior of this place, and the food was amazing.





Jack’s Wife Freda

This was a classic case of ‘Instagram made me go there’ but I have no shame because it was so worth it. I’d seen photos of this place from various bloggers just a few weeks earlier and made sure to visit on our morning in Greenwich Village.





Le Pain Quotidien

Due to the torrential downpours, we weren’t up for searching for somewhere to have breakfast on the last day, so with shoes still soaking wet from the day before, we ran around the corner from the hotel to Le Pain Quotidien. I’m pretty sure it’s identical to those in the UK, but the waffles were great nonetheless.


Hard Rock Café

If you’ve read some of my travel posts before, you might know that we have a bit of a tradition for visiting Hard Rock Cafés wherever in the world we go. Usually we will just go for a drink, because it’s a little overpriced for what it is and we like to make the most of the local cuisine. But when in America, there’s no reason to resist the burger.

Zero Otto Nove

On our second evening, we really fancied Italian, so we had a little google for places near our hotel and Zero Otto Nove came up. The food and decor felt very authentic and the portions were huge.


Shake Shack

This is another ‘when in America’ situation, but after taking a complete battering from the torrential rain and gale-force winds, we weren’t really in any position, mentally or physically, to eat somewhere nice. I’ve never eaten at Shake Shack in the UK so I can’t compare, but if it’s half as good as it was in New York then I’m game.



Things We Did

Times Square

By some miracle, both times we went to Times Square it wasn’t raining. It’s definitely somewhere you have to see by both night and day.


Broadway Show

There was no way I was going to New York without seeing a show on Broadway. Our pick was Waitress, and there’s a full review on the blog if you want to know more. But in short, it was great.



9/11 Memorial & Museum

As expected, this was a very harrowing visit. The museum is built down into the footings of the towers, meaning that parts of the original damaged structure are still visible. In addition to physical objects that were found at Ground Zero, the museum is full of eyewitness accounts and stories of both casualties and survivors.






Statue of Liberty

We had both been to the Statue of Liberty before, and since the weather was so bad you could only just make out her profile, we didn’t fancy the boat ride across, so we admired from a distance (and befriended some seagulls).





Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village was a first-time visit for both and it’s a really cool area to have a wander around, full of small cafés and shops, as well as being home to many TV locations, such as Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment.







The High Line

From Greenwich Village, we joined the High Line, an elevated walkway that gives you a different perspective on this part of the city.







Shopping

It’s not a trip to New York without a bit of shopping, and we inevitably spent a lot of time trying to wait out the rain in various department stores, as well as hitting 5th Avenue.


Grand Central Station

If you’re walking past or nearby, it’s well worth popping inside Grand Central Station to admire the beautiful old building. And if you’re a fellow Gossip Girl fan, it’s impossible to visit without the infamous voiceover playing in your head. Spotted at Grand Central, bags in hand…














New York Public Library

New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) is another lovely building to take a look inside, and is also a welcome break from the rain if the weather is as awful as it was.








Wandering the Streets

One of my favourite things to do in New York is just to walk around, looking at all the buildings and absorbing the atmosphere. Although most of our walking was spent battling an umbrella against the downpours, we still enjoyed a few rain-free moments.













It’s only been a month and I’m already itching to go back and do the things that the weather didn’t allow for, such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Top of the Rock.


I’d love to know your New York recommendations – let me know in the comments if you’ve been before!


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