"New York, New York...the city so nice they named it twice. Manhattan is the other name."- Michael Scott. ;)
As most of you know, my husband, Tyler, and I spent part of our holiday season in one of the most magical places one can spend Christmas in--NYC. We decided that this trip together would be our Christmas gift to one another instead of actual presents, and I would recommend that to any couple! Travel! Experiences together last so much longer than material gifts!
Anyway, we had each been to New York before, but not together. And we also went when we were a lot younger and wanted to explore the city together as adults! And boy, did we fall in love! The "buzz" that everyone talks about...yeah, it's definitely there. So, I wanted to share some details and snaps from our trip!
p.s. I promised him I wouldn't work while we were vacationing, so this post and these photos are much more "real life." We explored, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we walked like 30 miles (seriously, we tracked it), and I didn't spend too much time focusing on getting that "perfect" photo. ;) It was so nice to just be for a few days.
While we both love L.A., New York definitely stole part of our hearts. We stayed in Manhattan, and walked around basically all of it, as well as a little bit of Brooklyn too! Soho and Williamsburg were easily our two favorite areas--filled with lots of fabulous coffee, shopping, bars, and some of the cutest brunch places everrrrr!
Some of our favorite spots included:
Cha Cha Matcha
Delish matcha and ridiculously, fantastically pink
Another one of Soho's famous "pink places." Tucked away and super cozy, with fabulous brunch and even more fabulous almond milk lattes. Trust me when I say you need the Apple Butter Pancakes in your life.
Traditional English style menu. I ordered the scrambled eggs stuffed crepes, and I'm not joking when I say I could eat them every day of my life. Also, if you go during the holiday season, it is seriously decked out for Christmas, and it is just lovely!
Y'all. If you know me at all, you know how much I love donuts. Like, if there was a job similar to a sommelier, but with donuts, I'd take it in a heartbeat. I probably wouldn't have too many heartbeats after accepting that position, but I think it would be worth it. ;) Anyway, we had the best donuts ever of life at Dough Donuts in Brooklyn. They're huge and flaky and cakey, and we enjoyed them while watching it snow and laughed and talked....that'll be a memory I hold onto...not just for the sake of the donuts. ;) I had the Cafe Au Lait and Ty had the Dulce de Leche and they were both amazing!
A couple of our favorite dinner spots included:
Blue Ribbon Sushi- In Soho. We didn't get any pictures there because it was a bit too dark. But coming from someone who didn't think anything could ever beat Sugarfish Sushi here in L.A., I think this may have topped it. So good!
The Spotted Pig- In the Village. We were originally planning to go here because we're major fans of The Office, and Jim and Karen go here when they visit New York right before they break up. But it's fine, because obviously we're Team Pam. We also had a ton of people recommend this spot to us! Super chill atmosphere, and some of the best shoestring fries I've ever had.
Lombardi's Pizza- Of course we had to get New York Pizza! And while we couldn't find the S'barro that Michael Scott prefers for his New York slice (see, major Office fans, here...like too much so), Lombardi's was an excellent choice. We grabbed a pizza at this adorable, family-owned New York staple before heading off to see Waitress on Broadway (which is also amazing and every single one of you should see it!).
Other than eating, we went to a couple of Christmas markets (Union Square and Central Park), saw the tree at Rockefeller Center, took a quick peek at Times Square (and then quickly left because holy over-stimulation), strolled around Central Park for a good three hours, hit a few pop up shops, and drank lots more coffee.
Also, there are Christmas trees around every corner and Christmas music playing everywhere, and even though it's freezing, it's kind of impossible not to be giddy. Maybe if you live there it's possible....but it wasn't for us.
And although I didn't run into Chandler Bing, I'd still call this a pretty successful trip.
NYC, we'll definitely be back for you.
Love & travels,