Weekend Rendezvous in New York

I absolutely love New York, it is a fun city to visit but I don’t think I would be able to live there. I think it is just too crowded and too busy for me. I decided it was time to have a quick weekend trip to New York. There were flight delays to New York, as per usual, and I was miraculously able to get on the 5:10 pm flight after work since it was delayed. Fortunately I didn’t have to wait for my 8:35 pm flight which had been pushed to 10pm!

I landed in New York earlier than anticipated, and was able to enjoy Friday night. I dropped my bag off at the hotel and met friends at Buddakan. The evening was filled with good food and good company.

We decided to continue the night and go out for 1 more drink at The Empire Rooftop. We were one of the only ones on the rooftop, it was beautiful. They had the rooftop enclosed for the winter so it was nice and cozy.

The next day, Saturday, was a beautiful and sunny day. I made my way to Best Bagel and Coffee in New York to get an everything bagel with jalapeno cream cheese. Later that morning, we met friends up for brunch at Baar Baar. The indian fusion food was one of my favorites from the weekend! I don’t usually like fusion restaurants, but they did a good job. There was also a DJ there!

The rest of the day we had a food and drink crawl around the city! Our first stop was Mr. Purple, on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo in the Lower East Side. The ambiance was amazing, also there was a hot tub on the roof that hotel guests could use.

Our next spot was dessert! We decided to go to Stuffed for some ice cream + donuts! After dessert we went to Holiday Cocktail Lounge for another drink, it was a dive bar walking distance from Stuffed.

At this point, it was time for more food. We went to Artichoke Pizza. NO JOKE… this is my favorite pizza in the whole world! We got the original artichoke pizza as well as the vodka sauce pizza. Not sure which one I liked more actually. They were both amazing.

We had time for one more spot before heading back to our hotel, so we decided to go to The Belfry. It was beautiful in there, lots of mini lights and greenery. I had my first pickleback shot and it was shockingly good!

After The Belfry, we went back to the hotel and got ready for the evening. I met my cousin and her husband for dinner at Barbounia. We had a quick photo shoot on our hotel rooftop before heading to dinner. After dinner, we went to my favorite bar in New York, Park Avenue Winter. They seasonally change the inside of the restaurant, not just the decor, they paint the inside a different color! I have been to Spring and Summer as well and it is always so well decorated.

After drinks, we decided to meet our friends back up in Time Square. We went to Bar 54 on the Hyatt Rooftop. They actually just had installed heated igloos on their rooftop earlier that week. After that, we ended our night at Magic Hour before getting late night food and heading back to the hotel. The next morning, we met our friends up for brunch at Black Barn.

After brunch we decided to go hang out inside Restoration Hardware for the rest of the afternoon before heading to the airport. It was a great end to a wonderful weekend!


A Weekend in The Big Apple

I started this year off with a trip to New York. I give props to anyone who travels back and forth from Chicago to New York, I don’t think I have ever made that trip without flight delays, thanks to LaGuardia airport…a place of disorganization and chaos even on a sunny day! I had hours of delays getting in on Thursday night, but I finally made it in a little past midnight. Friday was a gloomy day of self reflection.  My first stop was Boundless Planes to grab breakfast. I generally have an issue going to public places by myself to eat, but it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined.

Next stop was a long walk in the Financial District. Although the weather was gloomy and it drizzled all day, I was able to make the best of it…but I definitely wish I wore walking shoes for my 5 mile hike through the city!  I was able to capture some beautiful pictures that morning. It was unfortunately too foggy to see the iconic Statue of Liberty.

The day was ended by going to none other then Times Square. It had been years since I had been there and I forgot how busy it was. Lights and people everywhere. But I had to go since I was in New York!

The next morning started with brunch at Paris Cafe (I only picked this place because there was mushroom mac and cheese on the menu). We wanted to be tourists for the day so we decided to walk through the Oculus, grab cupcakes from Baked by Melissa and go to the World Trade Observatory since it was a beautiful sunny day.

That evening, we explored New York night life! The  first stop was Vnyl– they had good drinks and very awesome throwback 90s music. Our next stop was Vandal. The inside of this bar was very cool, with super modern/trendy decorations. There were a very long line to get in but we were able to sneak around the line and find a corner bar seat. I think that is the biggest issue with New York…it is way more crowded than Chicago, so the probability of standing in line to get in a bar are extremely high.

Sunday was our last day in New York, but with a late flight back to Chicago we had time enjoy the day. That morning we took a walk on Wall Street, grabbed breakfast at Black Seed. Later that day we headed over to New Jersey to visit some friends before heading back to the airport.

It was a quick weekend trip but we had a wonderful time! Can’t wait to head back to New York!