New York stole my heart.
BJ and I could wander the streets aimlessly all day erry damn day.
If you’re a food lover like us, I’d highly suggest wandering the streets of Greenwich Village, Meatpacking District, Chelsea, Soho, Nolita & Lower East Side. I promise you’ll find some epic places. But just in case, here’s some specific areas I’d suggest walking around to find some craaaazzy delicious places:
+ Around and down West 8th street in Greenwich Village you’ll find plenty of yummy options.
+ Walk up Mulberry Street from Hester to Prince street for great places to eat, drink and dine.
+ As well as Broome St, Kenmare St and Spring St. This area is GOLD.
FOOD & DRINK
Below are our most memorable places to eat & drink by neighbourhood..
CHINA TOWN //
+ Vanessa’s Dumplings :: Cheap, quick and delicious dumplings.
+ Joe’s Shanghai Dumplings :: Very popular. Be willing to wait, it’s worth it. It’s nothing fancy and you get seated with other groups. BUT the dumplings are the shiz.
+ Wyndaham Rooftop Bar :: We shared many gin and tonics up here with most AMAZING view of Manhattan.
LOWER EAST SIDE //
+ Ross and Daughters :: Legit the best bagels. Pick your spread (a huge variety of different cream cheese). You can stop there. OR add some of the FRESH salmon.
LITTLE ITALY, NOLITA & SOHO //
+ Seamore’s :: Whhaaaad up! Those fish tacos are the shiz. (pictured above)
+ Lombardi’s Pizza :: They’ve been serving coal-fire thin crust pizza since 1905.
+ La Esquina :: A really cool Mexican restaurant. You need to book a month in advance.
+ Freemans Restaurant :: This is a New Yorkers fave. We didn’t make it this time, but a friend told me that you HAVE to have the artichoke deep, it is actually ridiculous.
+ Mo il Gelato :: The salted caramel flavour is heaven.
+ Tartinery Bar for drinks.
GREENWICH VILLAGE //
+ Greenwich Project :: The food is just divine.
+ Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe :: Smashed avo and Aussie coffee, how can you go wrong?
+ Niu Noodle :: Get the dumplings & noodle soup.
+ Favela Cubana :: Absolute delicious Cuban food. The vibe and decor is on point.
+ The Marlton Hotel :: The perfect place to read, write or work, with free wifi and a cosy fireplace.
TIME SQUARE + CENTRAL PARK //
+ One Hotel :: After walking through central park, stop in here for a share plate and wine. The decor is BEYOND.
Off the tourist map but def worth a visit..
+ Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasbord Market :: The market is held every weekend. They feature hundreds of top vendors of furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques. Plus delicious fresh food. I found these amazing rugs (pictured above) and this stunning camera (pictured above), I wish I could have brought it all home with me!!
+ The Bitter End :: The oldest rock club located in Greenwich Village.
+ Comedy Cellar :: It was that hilarious we had to go a second time before we left. Be sure to book your tickets online in advance as you won’t get a ticket at the door. (Location: 117 MacDougal Street)
+ Tenement Museum :: New York’s Tenement Museum focuses on America’s urban immigrant history. There are several different walking tours you can do, I’d highly recommend booking online ahead as they book out quickly.
+ Chelsea Market :: Is an enclosed urban food market. The food choices are amazeballs. I’m still dreaming of the tacos. Oh! and make sure to check out the wine bar.
+ Picnic in central park :: Because you can and it’s so damn romantic.
+ The High Line :: Okay so it’s a major tourist attraction, but it’s just so cool I had to mention it.
… New York blew my mind! Without a doubt the concrete jungle where dreams are made of.