NYC trip // part one

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I was lucky enough to head back to NYC again a couple weeks ago for work, and I gotta say - that city is really growing on me. The 3 other times I've been able to visit have literally been in the middle of July, so being able to explore the city in the middle of fall was just a bit more enjoyable. I did have to work quite a bit, but fortunately I was able to see and do a few fun things - it was just kind of hard because NYC really doesn't have a lot going on.

 I passed this staircase at Opening Ceremony while shopping in SoHo, and I am seriously obsessed. Trying to figure out how to do this in my house...

 Can't go wrong with a fall-themed window display at the J.Crew Men's Shop.

 The second night I was there, I met my friend Shae at a darling little tapas restaurant in the East Village called Grape & Grain. I would highly recommend the house-made soft pretzels and roasted portobello salad.

 After dinner we moved on to this amazing speakeasy called Blind Barber - it's a barber shop during the day, and then at night you walk through the actual barber shop through a sliding door in the back and it becomes a speakeasy! Super cute - so fun, highly recommend!

I don't have a picture of it, but Friday night I met a friend for dinner at Tolani on the Upper West Side. I would probably say that this was my favorite meal of the trip. It's a wine restaurant with South African cuisine - definitely different but delicious.


 After dinner we went to another little speakeasy - Little Branch. This was a cocktail bar hidden in the West Village - and I mean hidden - we had to look for the door. But it's tiny and the bartenders are really fun to watch.

 Saturday for lunch I had an authentic Danish culinary experience at Aamanns-Copenhagen in Tribeca. I will say - this place is very European, and I wouldn't recommend it for everyone - but the interiors alone are worth a stop. Don't get me wrong - the food was amazing, it was just definitely different!

 Cute little Danish dishes - they tasted just as good as they looked!

 After lunch we made our way over to Central Park - and you really cannot go wrong with the gorgeous fall trees surrounding you.

 All throughout the park that day, different jazz bands were playing. Pretty cool.


 We kept smelling vendors roasting almonds and peanuts so obviously we had to stop.


 I literally cannot go to NYC without having at least one meal at Shake Shack.

 I stopped at this Parisian cafe, Maison Kayser, for some espresso on my way to abc carpet - totally adorable.

I could've wondered around abc carpet & home for hours - especially since they had so much Christmas decor out. For some reason I was really taken with this little guy - should've taken him home!

Another restaurant I went to that I don't have a photo of but deserves a mention was Alta in the West Village. This was another tiny hidden gem - they had a ridiculously long list of tapas. Luckily I was dining with a large group so we ordered about 30 little plates and I have to say every single one was good. The brussels sprouts are not to be missed.

So it was a really great 5 days in the city! I did get to do one other really cool thing on my last night in the city, but I'll talk about that part tomorrow!

Cheers,
Ellie

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing trip!!! Seeing those steps at Opening Ceremony probably would have been the highlight. They're amazing:) I SO hope you can find a way to replicate it.

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