If you follow me on Instagram you will know I was in New York recently. I was there because Ollie was running the New York Marathon and like the good wife that I am, I felt obliged to go with him and cheer him on…. Who am I kidding, I adore New York and doesn’t take much to convince me to head back!
I’ve written about the city a few times on the blog, so don’t want to bore any of you who maybe aren’t quite as obsessed with the Big Apple as I am. But I thought a little round up of places to visit/eat etc might be appreciated. This trip wasn’t quite as full on sight-seeing as we have done before as with the marathon Ollie didn’t want to spend the days before walking the length of Manhattan like we have before. But we did eat some pretty darn great food and do some wandering. I was actually a bit light on the shopping front this time so no epic New York haul to show you – although I did get some great stuff from Sephora. More on that in a separate post. But for now, here’s my suggestion for five things to do in New York (there are of course about a million more things to do…but as a starting point…).
Don Antonio’s Pizza – 309 W 50th St
Quite possibly the best pizza I’ve had in my life. I genuinely can’t stop thinking about this place – it was delicious. Afraid I can’t remember the name of the pizza either Ollie or I had. But mine was smoked mozzarella and lemon (!?) on the most deliciously fluffy/crispy/doughy dough I’ve had. Plus the wine was rather delicious too. Perfect pre-marathon prep (not sure what my excuse for some major carb-loading was). Have to credit my friend Zoe for the recommendation on this one. SO good. Go there.
Gramercy Tavern – 42 E 20th St
We went here when in the city back in Feb for Ollie’s birthday and the food was amazing. It’s definitely one to save for a special occasion but well worth it. Amazing food, lovely atmosphere. Make sure you book though as can be very popular. They also send you home with Gramercy Tavern muffins for either a late night snack or breakfast. Always a winner. Oh, and there’s always the bar area that’s a bit more casual if you don’t fancy the formality of the dining room. I had the chicken/sausage dish from the A La Carte offering and it was delicious.
Battery Park – Take the Subway to South Ferry
A small park compared to the beast that is Central Park. But at the Southern Tip of the Island you get some great views over to the Statue of Liberty and you get to check out the huge skyscrapers of the financial district. Total fluke I’m sure, but it’s always been bright sunshine every time I’ve been to this park?! From here you can take a walk uptown. We chose to walk up to see the new One World Trade building. I could probably write a whole post on this experience over the years alone. But ever since my first trip to New York in December 2004 I’ve had my own doubts over visiting this area as it just didn’t feel right to visit as a tourist as such. But I’ve always been and taken a moment to pay my respects to the tragedy that happened there. I’ve never previously taken photos. But this time was the first time I’ve done that. Almost a full decade since my first visit to the city and seeing the change has been equally as moving every time I’ve been there.
The Highline – West 14th Street
This was my first visit to The Highline and whilst we didn’t spend ages there it was well worth a visit. I feel like it just gives you a different perspective to a regular park. In case you haven’t heard of it before then it’s a park that’s been created on a disused freight rail line that used to run down the west side of Manhattan. The park now runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. We took the stairs up at West 14th St (also happens to be the street where Diane Von Furstenberg has her HQ
offices – which I recognised from The City….). The colours in the park were gorgeous – all reddy autumnal shades. Plus I just love the views of the city. Down busy cross streets suddenly feels more calm from the elevated position.
Max Brenner’s – 841 Broadway (near Union Square)
Famous for the hot chocolate, so of course I go and choose a Salted Caramel Milkshake. Was amazing though. Probably more calories than I needed in a day in one single drink. We had a bit of lunch whilst we were there – I had the Chicken Ceaser Salad Waffle and it was delicious. Of course needed the waffle fries (dusted with chilli and cocoa) to go with. Was also of course far too much food for me – but delicious and would 100% go back. I need to try the hot chocolate fondue at some point – looked amazing.
Of course that’s nowhere near a summary of all the things you can do in New York… in fact I can already think of about another 20 to add to the list alone! SO many things to do, guess that’s why they call it The City That Never Sleeps! If you have been, then there’s every chance you might love it as much as I do – if you haven’t, then I hope this is a little taster in case you plan to go some day!