New York in a nutshell

The old saying goes: “There is a broken heart for every light on broadway.” New York is impressive, vibrant and always alive! I’ll try to narrow down my post about a few things you should consider when going there, as well as a few recommendations and tips.

Small and expensive is what you can except from hotel rooms in New York. As mentioned before I stayed at the Cassa Hotel in midtown west. Location wise the hotel was great, close to everything and within easy access to the subway. The staffs were lovely and very helpful. The rooms are not that big but very clean and simple, a bit too simple and there is absolutely no closet space. The shower is not the best either, the pressure is not great and it’s a badly designed. The hotel itself is too expensive for what it is, but I guess that this is a New York standard.

One week is definitely not enough; I would recommend 10 days in order to experience things at a slower pace, and another good tip is to go there during spring or summer, you’ll get to see much more :)

Now once you’re there this is what I can recommend.

BLISS CAFE 

Go for brunch and try their french toast!

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french toast

DOUGHNUT PLANT 

If you want to make a quick stop between the sightseeing and shopping go to Doughnut Plant for delicious original and different type of doughnuts.

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doughnut plant

NORMA'S 

If you’re craving pancakes, Norma’s at midtown has the best as well as their cappuccino!

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Normas

TAO

For a more high-end dinner go to TAO, remember to make reservations! While there try their sea bass it is delicious!

 

Now enough about eating, what should you do while in NYC?

Walk around Harlem to experience something else than the typical Manhattan scene. Either grab a coffee or go to a church on a Sunday and listen to their gospel. If you are looking to laugh your ass off and go somewhere local, you must attend a comedy show at the comedy cellar. This was one of my favorite things to do, and I can do it again and again!

If you are looking for something more cultural to see, then I highly recommend the Guggenheim museum, great art and such a beautiful building!

Not easy to cover everything that is exciting in New York but hope you enjoyed reading!

Playing tourists

There are so many things to do in New York and so many places to see. I’ll try to do my best to organise my posts by categories, so I can cover the must see places but also where I think it’s nice to go.

I usually don’t like to go where all the crazy tourists are, it’s crowded, cost a lot of money and people are taking random pictures like crazy!

But there are certain places that you have to visit when in New York, especially if it’s your first time.

The Brooklyn bridge: gives you a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. Take the blue line to High street then walk across the bridge all the way back to Manhattan. I recommend you go there a short while before the sunset; the view is absolutely stunning.

Ground zero: combine your Brooklyn bridge experience with ground zero. When you arrive to Manhattan it’s a very short walk from the bridge. A huge fountain of water has replaced ground zero. The only reason I added this to the list is because you can do it right after the Brooklyn Bridge, otherwise it’s not really a big deal.

Central park: this is my favorite place of all! You can go there anytime of the day and it will always be beautiful! It’s the perfect getaway from the stress of the city and gives you peace of mind. I suggest you go there during the day.

5th avenue: You see it in the movie; New York is famous for it and this street is what people have in mind when they think of the big apple. No need to say more just explore it and you’ll see the iconic buildings of NYC.

 

The tasty cuisines of New York

When people come to visit New York for the first time they come with high expectations. And the city generally doesn’t disappoint. Arriving last night in New York was simply amazing. It’s not my first time, I use to live here but I still feel excited every time I come back. I feel that no matter what you are after you will find it here.

I’m staying at Cassa Hotel in midtown west; it’s very central but away from the crazy crowd. It’s a boutique hotel, so very cute, simple and clean. The only downside is that they closet in the rooms is tiny! not enough to put anything in, but I'll have a special post about the hotel more in details.

Today was all about walking around and eating good food. We started by having a nice lunch at peace food, in the upper Westside. The food is vegan, very healthy and delicious! The place is located on Amsterdam between 82nd and 83rd street. The upper Westside was my old neighbourhood so I know all the little places by heart. They have plenty of places where they have organic choices, fresh juices and much more.

They rest of the day took us to Herald Square for some quick shopping, and I had to of course stop and eat at CHIPOTLE! I know it is so mainstream, but it is absolutely delicious and you need to try it out when you are in NYC.  For dinner, the choice fell on Hummus Palace. Very nice middle eastern food, great for sharing!

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