While Katie and I figured we had plenty of time to see all that we wanted to see in New York, 5 days is absolutely NOT enough time! We thought we had a little bit of a game plan heading there, but that quickly changed 2 min after getting checked into our hotel. I had no idea what to expect of POD 39, where we stayed. I knew it was going to small, but that was about it. Room service? Nah… Hot coffee and warm towels delivered to your door? TRY AGAIN! Our ‘Pod’ was more like the size of my closet when it’s clean.. But hey, we were only there to sleep and poop. And although they didn’t offer MANY of the amenities we were accustomed to, it was a spotless clean and friendly environment. They have a fantastic restaurant down in the lobby area called Salvation Taco… They’re guacamole is FANTASTIC and they’re Palomita cocktail is the best thing I have EVER tasted.. But limit yourself to 1 or maybe 2! They have a cool game room on the lobby floor as well, and it does in fact offer hot coffee and bagels if you’re a carboholic, but if you are a gluten free babe, then you’re screwed. Maybe 10 blocks down the street you might have better luck? Or better yet, if you’re gluten free just don’t go to New York because you will be tempted on every corner, every stop light, every cab ride, every step you take…. you catch my drift….
As we settled into our new home, or pod, we didn’t know what to do first, we just knew we had get out and explore! The weather couldn’t have been better. It was 65 degrees and perfect for walking around with a light jacket. We made our way to Times Square (after 2 Palomitas and one subway ride in the wrong direction later), and it was like being in one of the MANY movies that’s filmed in there. I loved every second of it and I couldn’t wait to leave all at the same time. I just wanted to see everything else in New York right away! We found this cool little Irish Pub/Restaurant a little off of the beaten path, ordered two Moscow Mules and settled in. Ummmmm…. Did you just hear me say MOSCOW MULES?! YUCK! Why did I ever think I would like those?! Actually, I really like the gold cups they come in so I just assumed they tasted as cute as they look.…Not even close! I’m not a ginger lover so that’s seriously never happening again. After we made that mistake and huffed down some amazing buffalo chicken bites, we took off to explore some more and then made our way back to our humble abode.
Our first ‘real day’ spent in NYC was jam-packed. We woke up with absolutely no plans and set out to 5th Avenue. On our way there we just happened to literally stumble across St. Patricks Cathedral. I grew up Catholic and have a deep appreciation for stained glass windows and incredible architecture… This Cathedral TAKES THE CAKE. It’s breathtaking and who ever the man is that plays the HUMONGOUS organ upstairs, mad props!! After oohing and ahhhing our way through the amazing church, kneeling and trying to fit in to the traditional Catholic way of worship, we made our way down the street, there were so many amazing shops including Harry Winston right in from of our noses. We stopped by the Trump Building, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffanys…. I am not sure why it took me until 3 days ago to realized that were at THE Tiffanys from Breakfast at Tiffanys… What the heck is wrong with me?! That building is like 6 stories high with something exciting on every level. We tried some stuff on and acted like we belonged there, but those guys with the wires in there ears saw right through our cross body purses and ‘touristic’ ways! That day we walked 15 miles…. Thats like 30,000 steps…. BELIEVE IT! Ok, I can go on and on about all the amazing stuff we got ourselves into over the next several days, but I will just tell you my faves and Hit List the BEST ones!
- Americas Burgeres and Wraps– Total local hang out and family owned place, with a bathroom my butt could barely fit in. By the way, the energy in New York is so crazy and people do NOT like waiting to order
- Sensual Bean Coffee House- enough said….
- Olive Bettes Boutique- where I bough my new FAVORITE ‘Soul’ tee
- Cake Boss– Long lines and not so delicious
- China Town- great shopping if you like knock offs
- Subway– Everyone needs to experience the Subway at least one time in their life
- Rockefeller Plaza/ Tower- you can see the whole city and it’s pretty amazing up there
- Staton Island Ferry – You can see the Statue of Liberty form the Ferry, but it is still pretty far away
- Dean and Deluca – yummy cookies and cappuccinos but they aren’t as clean as they should be
- Chrylser Building- Super cool building but you can’t even leave the 1st floor…
- Spotted Pig– Heard the partners are Jay Z and Bono. Super cool place with a great menu and a 2 hour wait!
- Penelopes – fantastic monkey bread and apple cider mimosas
- Little Italy – I NEED to go back here and spend more time
- Turks and Frogs– We waited for our table at the Spotted Pig here and had the BEST time! We laughed our booties off and our waiter was Turkish, super cool and stoned the entire time! Hahaha!
- Central Park– I wish I could come here everyday. But don’t stare at the weird people, we learned that the hard way!
- 911 Memorial– Emotional, breathtaking and everyone needs to experience this amazing tribute
- Giginos– Great ialtian food with a little patio out front and the BEST cappuccinos ever
- High Line– Such a beautiful way to see the city
- Chicago on Broadway– We were jaded a little bit on this one. It was portrayed that Rumor Willis would be performing, she wasn’t that night but it was still FABULOUS show!
- Chelsea Market– I want to go back and eat at every single place that is in there in one day. The Doughnuttery was simply the BEST. Tiny donuts dipped in different flavors of sugar… YUMMO!
- Today Show Concert Series– We got to see Carrie Underwood live and FOR FREE! Although we had to wake up at 4:30 am to make it there by 6, it was totally worth it!
- H&M 5th Avenue– at least 4 stories high and everything you can imagine. I bought a super cute blush colored pea coat for $30!
- Rockefeller Plaza– Great shops but the Ice Skating rink is WAY smaller in person!
- SoHo– Amazing shopping!
- Grand Central Station- No need to explain.
- Chelsea/Lower West Side- My future home.
Sometimes on girl weekends/trips I have this fabulous idea to get a new tattoo. I have no clue why but for some reason that idea always creeps up into the conversation. I had yet to get another tattoo on a whim (last one was in San Fran almost 5 years ago), of course until we realized on our last night there, we couldn’t leave New York City without a permanent souvenir. Aqua Santa Tattoo here we come!! This secret little hot spot was tucked away in a neighborhood in Chelsea and somehow we found it. It was a really cool place with a bunch of Brazilian tattoo artists, and one guy who was there getting tatted up flew all the way in from Germany, so we knew we were in the right place. Come to find out, the owner was featured in, I think it was Vogue magazine, for best back tattoo artist…. SERIOUSLY! And we just somehow ended up there! Katie was naturally nervous to get her first tattoo and she took it like a champ. Our little arrow tattoos took 5 min each and we were outta there before we could say “OUCH” and get sucked into getting murals on our backs just because the tattoo artist was famous! Phew, that was a close one!
Our flight home didn’t leave until 5 pm so we decided to make the most of our last day. Katie had some friends who recently moved to Brooklyn so they met up with us and took us around until it was time to leave. We barely made it to the airport in time and I would have been totally ok if we missed our flight, one more day in that fabulous city would have been fine with me! New York, thanks for having us, I know you won’t forget us and we’ll be back soon 😉