I visited NYC for the third time earlier this year with my best girl friends for my hen do. And it was epic. We spent 4 days and 4 nights exploring the best of Manhattan and Brooklyn and I adored every single part of it. Since then my girl friend’s and I have had a lot of friends asking where we went and what we did so here is my quick guide to an unforgettable NYC.
Where to Stay
We decided upon a cute and modern air bnb in the east village. Conveniently located near lots of restaurants and bars and not far from the shops on Houston Street either. This place was ideal for us and the area was fantastic, I would definitely stay in the east village again as it had a real New York local vibe with our juice bar downstairs and hipster coffee shop below wafting delicious scents of our morning cappuccino to wake us up after a long night exploring NYC’s nightlife.
Where to Eat
Beauty and Essex
Love. Love. Love. This place is fantastic for a lively dinner with a group of friends or as a fun date night. It gets very busy and you can be in for a wait even if you make a reservation but we can assure you it is well worth the wait. The service was spot on and the food was mouth wateringly good. Literally drooling thinking about the tuna tartare. There is also a club upstairs which is great to head to for a dance after dinner. I already can’t wait to head back here the next time I’m in town.
What a fun little Mexican this was. Luckily this was situated around the corner from our air bnb so we only had a short stroll to dinner and back home again afterwards (read, stumble). With the margaritas and tequila flowing along with delicious ceviche’s and meat platters we were spoilt for choice. Definitely a great place for dinner with friends.
Well what can I say about this place. It was hands down the best brunch I’ve ever been to and I’m not even talking about the food. This restaurant starts out as a French chic eatery with white table clothes, simple French cuisine and some pretty suave French waiters. So French. Then around 3pm the place fills up, the curtains are drawn and one of the best parties you’ve ever been to unfolds before you. I won’t spoil the surprise but just do me favour and go will you?
This cute brunch place tucked away near the Manhattan bridge is a quirky café cum bar. We ventured here for brunch and weren’t disappointed with some tasty eggs, healthy juices and delicious coffee. We sat outside in the spring sunshine but there is room to sit inside too, although it is a little snug. It would be great for some casual drinks in the evening too.
This restaurant holds a very special place in my heart. It oozes old school hollywood glamour with its mahogany bar, dark interiors and smartly suited and booted waiters. There are two dining areas to choose from; the ‘21’ upstairs room or the Bar room on the ground floor. I would recommend dining in the Bar Room for a relaxed speakeasy style experience in a room full of character. Each of the tables are named after famous movie stars, presidents and sporting legends who have frequented this restaurant on many occasions. There is also a “hidden” prohibition wine cellar you can have a tour of, which helps make this place most memorable.
Where to Party
This penthouse club is exceedingly stylish and notoriously hard to gain entry to – prepare to be judged worthy on the door. Once you’re inside you take the lift to the top floor and wonder at the panoramic views of the NYC skyline lit up at night. Head here later in the evening when things get going around midnight and get glammed up to dance the night away.
Situated around the corner from where we were staying in the East Village and highly recommended by some unsuspecting hipster new yorkers, Pianos is where you go for a great night of dancing and drinking with your best mates. Super informal, this two storey old piano showroom has 3 different rooms; the bar downstairs, the live music room at the back of the ground floor and upstairs where they have r’n’b night on a Friday… heaven!
Where to Shop
This converted warehouse in the Chelsea district is jam packed full of boutiques from fashion and accessories to food and drink. You can easily while away a whole afternoon here starting with lunch at one of the many eateries before browsing the shops in the fairy lit hallways.
There is so much to see and do in NYC we only scratched the surface. I would love to know your best places to go.