I go to NYC pretty frequently – part for fun, part for work, and sometimes completely at random. It’s a 3.5 hour ride on the Amtrak and if you book far enough in advance you can pay less than $100 round trip (not bad). Last weekend was one of those weekends were I found myself back in NYC. I’m pretty good about trying new places (really wherever I go) and so I thought I’d start putting together “guides.” Maybe guide is the wrong word (really don’t care if it is to be honest), but the purpose is tosnap-shot the things I did and highlight some great food, style, and fun. Here’s we go
#1 // The Roger Hotel // 131 Madison Ave
It’s my new favorite hotel. Nestled in the heart of Korea Town, I originally came across the property via Hotels Tonight (if you don’t have an account, you’re missing out). As #basic as it sounds, it’s probably one of the most “Instagrammable” hotels that I know of in the city. The style of the rooms and lobby is a combination between modern and traditional with a subtle European flair. From the California King beds to the insanely nice staff (I think I left a nicer person) to the proximity to Union and Grand Central, The Roger was utterly fantastic.
#2 // Westville // 333 Hudstron St.
Been here for dinner before per the recommendation of a cousin and went here to lunch for the first time with some of the people I work with. I wish I could remember the exact name of what I had, but it was some kind of vegetable and chicken stir-fry bowl. It was loaded with vegetables along with a massive avocado. Filled me up so much that I didn’t even eat dinner later that night.
#3 // RRL & Co // 381 Bleeker St.
Alright, RL isn’t exactly an “undiscovered gem,” but there are a ton of sweet shops on Bleeker Street. While the day that I took this was pretty cold, all of the trees were in full bloom. The Black Fleece store here is awesome – surprised it’s still open seeing as the line as been discontinued. Sidenote: I went into the RL store and came across this fireman-inspired jacket – so awesome #Want.
#4 // The MET // 1000 5th Ave
I don’t think I’ve ever gone to NYC as an “adult” (i.e. 18 or older) and not gone to the MET. Even if it’s for 20 minutes (like I did post-brunch), I think it’s one of the most wonderful places to get lost in. The Greek & Roman galleries have always been person favorites. Around this time of the year they start opening up the roof of the MET – one of the best views in NYC.
#5 // Her Name is Han // 17 E 31st St
This. Place. Was. Fantastic. On Sunday I had an open afternoon and asked the hotel concierge for an off-the-beaten-path recommendation for a quick bite to eat. They pointed me to a place a half a block away to a Korean restaurant. I still have no idea what the hell I ate, but it food was incredible. The best part? The pulped grapefruit mimosas poured over ice. This entire meal was also less than $20 (including tip)…GO TRY IT.
#6 // Buddakan // 75 9th Ave
Definitely was not/am not cool enough to go to a place like this…but I did. Buddkan is a trendy/chic/hip Asian restaurant in Chelsea. We didn’t have a formal, sit-down dinner here rather we sat at the bar and had cocktails along with a handful of small plates. My recommendation, get the tranquility – one of the best drinks I’ve had in my life.
#7 // Cascabel Taqueria // 1556 2nd Ave
What weekend is complete without brunch? We kind of stumbled into this place after our original plans fell through. Great bottomless brunch with strong sangrias and I thought that the tin trays the food was served on was pretty cool. Two thumbs up.
#8 // L.L. Bean // Boat & Tote
Another great perk about the room that I was in was that the lighting was fantastic rending a nice shot above. People tend to ask what I travel with and this massive boat and tote (monogram stands for Gin & Tonic) is always along for the ride.
#9 // Etc. Etc. Etc.
Special thanks to The Roger Hotel for the lovely stay.