I have been bit by the travel bug lately! From New Orleans, to NYC, to St. Maarten coming up in May, nothing beats jet-setting to fun destinations. Last time Ryan & I went to New York was my very first time so I was all about the touristy stuff. We packed tons of stuff onto our itinerary like Top of the Rock, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, a Broadway show, and more.
This time was a little more relaxed, a little less scheduled. We basically planned this trip so we could meet up with our friends Mel & Todd (who were in town for a wedding) and meet their precious baby Luca. They were in town for a wedding so we got to spend quality time with them and also go do our own thing. We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment (found on Airbnb) in Little Italy that was perfect for all of us!
March 20th may have been the first day of spring, but we celebrated it with pretty snowfall all day! Snow and wintertime aren’t my favorites so I was worried I’d be miserable, but luckily my friend Katie let me borrow her puffy down coat and I was good to go! (My cold weather collection is seriously lacking). We had a delicious breakfast at Egg Shop (complete with a bloody of course) and popped into some shops around SoHo. Friday night, Ryan & I went to dinner at Little Prince, a recommendation we received from several people. We had some yummy mussels as we watched the snow fall down by the window- a perfect romantic date night!
Saturday morning, Ryan and I headed to the 9/11 memorial museum and to see the giant pools where the twin towers once stood. When the attack happened, I was in 8th grade and didn’t really understand the significance of the WTC, but this experience definitely jogged my memory. It was so neat to see the artifacts that were saved but also sad to re-watch the news stories and see the photos of those who lost their lives. I can’t imagine what it was like to be in New York City on that day. I believe the museum opened pretty recently so I would recommend making a visit on your next trip to the city.
After the museum, we grabbed a bite to eat and hung out at 230 Fifth. If you’re looking for a cool lounge with a view, check this place out. You’re basically right beside the Empire State Building and the rooftop is breathtaking. It was a little chilly but we had to get some photos, duh! I definitely plan on coming back in the summer time!
We shopped down 5th Ave. for a bit and then headed back downtown for dinner with Todd, Mel, and one of her friends. We went to Balthazar which is rated the #1 restaurant in SoHo. One of my friends actually gave me a recommendation to go there so we were excited that Mel already made reservations. It’s a cute little French place and while the prices are a bit steep, I did enjoy the food and atmosphere. I also discovered a new favorite drink- the French 75. Courvoisier, champagne, and lemon juice… so delicious!!
We enjoyed our last day by walking around Central Park and grabbing lunch at Shake Shack. I love visiting NYC and sometimes wish I could live there… Even for a year or two. But until then, I’ll just fly up any chance I get. Since the past two times we’ve gone were in October and March, our next stop will definitely be in the summer time when we can leave our coats at home! If you know me then you know I love to plan trips and I have already started an itinerary (which includes row boats in Central Park). Until next time!