Hey everyone! So today I’ll be speaking about a place that is very special to me- New York! Ever since I can remember, I had wanted to go to New York. I am not sure why exactly- it just seemed like the centre of the to me. It seemed to always have a life of its own; bustling, noisy and a bit scary, to tell you the truth! I grew to love it even more through shows/movies set in New York. I went to New York for the first time in 2011. I traveled with my mum, who is also fascinated with American culture.It was the first overseas trip for the both of us, so it was a bit nerve wrecking, but extremely exciting at the same time.
I went back to New York last year, in 2013. I had been dreaming about going back ever since I returned from the first trip. I had a great time then, but nothing will ever replace the way I felt on the first trip.
I won’t go into too much depth about our holiday itself, as I’ll save that for another post. This post is more a guide to things to do/see in New York. Please note that this is from my perspective only, so it may not suit everyone.
So the first thing you’ll notice about New York is the sheer amount of places to eat. New Yorkers typically eat out most days. This is because most people don’t have kitchens equipped to make meals. You’ll find practically every type of food here; from pizza (the New York staple) to deli style food, from Italian to Greek to French etc. I ate at a lot of different places each day when I was there, and I rarely went back to the same place twice. I am not a fussy eater, I eat pretty much anything. The only requirement I have is for the food to not be too unhealthy (I really don’t like fast food), and for fresh ingredients to be used (where possible). Some of the places that stood out to me were as follows:
>Katz Deli– This is a NY institution. I know it’s probably a cliche, but the pastrami sandwiches are to die for. Think slices of juicy pastrami sandwiched between rye bread, served with a side of pickles. If this isn’t heaven, then I don’t know what it! The queues are long but they move fast. It’s located on the Lower East Side.
> Le Grainne– This is a small cafe tucked away in Chelsea and, put simply, serves the best brunch EVER on weekends! The menu is extensive. The tea is served in cups about the size of your head, and they offer a choice between Mimosa or Sangria. Any place that serves alcohol before noon is a winner in my eyes! It’s the perfect way to start a lazy weekend. After my first visit there, it was all I could dream about. Definitely recommend this place, especially on a weekend.
>Grimaldi’s– You may have heard of this famous pizza joint. The original one is located in Brooklyn, right near the bridge. The pizza is awesome. You choose all of the toppings that you want, and it is then baked in a wood fired oven. If you want fresh pizza, this is definitely the place to go.
>Magnolia’s– This is the cupcake shop made famous by the Sex and the City girls. I actually found it by accident- it was right near my hotel. The lines are long but they move fast. Besides selling cupcakes, they also sell merchandise, such as aprons, cooking utensils etc.
What’s the next best thing to do in New York besides eat? You guessed it- shopping! New York is truly a shopper’s dream- there are endless stores catering to just about everyone’s tastes and preferences. The one thing I stock up on is skincare and cosmetics, just because it is so much cheaper than Australia. My top picks are:
>Sephora– If you are a beauty junkie, then this is the store for you. Some of the best brands in the world are stocked here, such as Nars, Clinique, etc, as well as all of those other American brands that you are familiar with. Compared to what we pay here in Australia, the prices there are an absolute steal.The best time to go is around the holiday season, as Sephora sell specially made packs filled with miniature versions of their best sellers.
>Century 21– This is a store that most of your would have heard of. It’s located down near Wall St, and is a huge store covering several levels, filled with designer items at an extremely low price. The amount of stock they have is astounding. It’s definitely worth a look if you have something specific in mind, or if you just feel like browsing (if you can handle the crowds).
>Anthropologie– If you covet the bohemian style, this is a place worth checking out. Filled with individual style clothing and accessories, and retro home styles, this is a really great place to pick up some individual pieces. You will fall in love with the cute teacups, and the beautifully beaded shawls.
>Loehmanns– This is the place to pick up those Manolos that you have been lusting over…this place is filled with top designer pieces, at a huge discount. Sadly, I didn’t buy too much the last time I went, as my makeup addiction quickly took over my suitcase. Besides clothes and shoes, they also stock handbags, underwear etc.
So although this doesn’t come near covering all of the awesome things to do in New York, it’s a start. I hope you enjoy this post, and let me know if you would like to hear an in depth recount of my trips there!