New York, New York

How was this trip over a month ago?! I’ve been meaning to write this post for weeks. After our trip, I was in full blown ‘job-search’ mode, and didn’t let myself get distracted by much else. Thankfully, this has paid off and I am now employed, hurrah! Anyway, let’s get down to business, yes?

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

We spent 6 days and nights in the Big Apple. We managed to bag ourself a pretty sweet loft style apartment in Williamsburg. Right next to the subway and around the corner from a cute little coffee shop-come-bar – which incidentally turned out not to serve any alcohol!? The loft was spacious, with a huge open plan living room / kitchen area, lovely bathroom and some choice pieces of decoration (see second to last picture….!) The rooms were slightly odd, and paper thin walls, but hey, the beds were comfy and we were so tired everyday that we slept soundly. I’d highly recommend Williamsburg as an area to stay, the restaurants and cafe’s were plentiful, from French style brasseries to Jewish cafe’s. The first night we arrived, we were tired and jet-lagged, with growling stomachs. We found an amazing pizzeria called Motorino. It served wood-fired pizzas and a selection of salads. I went for the Kabocha Squash Calzone, YOU GUYS, this has to be one of the best (if not THE best) pizza dishes I’ve ever had. Moorish squash, coupled with gooey goat’s cheese and fresh thyme. I was in heaven. If you’re in Williamsburg PLEASE check these guys out!

The next day we spent the day making our way along the New York High Line, an old railway line that’s been turned into a beautiful little walkway, high above the streets. We ended up at Chelsea Market and spent an hour exploring the different food outlets. I managed to find a place that served ale in a little takeaway jar, how cool? We grabbed a snack from Amy’s Bakery, I went for the Coconut Dream Bar. It reminded me of a millionaires shortbread, sweet and gooey, but with added coconut. Delicious!

Saturday was a real highlight for me as we headed to Smorgasburg, an outdoor food market on the waterfront in Brooklyn, with MEGA awesome views across to Manhattan. I had read about Smorgasburg before we arrived in New York, and my high hopes were perfectly met. When got down there around midday, and although there were less vendors than normal, as it was the last one of the season, we were spoilt for choice. From lobster rolls, to duck wraps, mango lassis, to deep fried sprouts (they were insane!), Smorgasburg catered for all 7 of our varied tastes. I set myself off on a loop of the stalls before deciding which stalls were going to get my dollars. In the end I went for a Calexico Beet Burger from Chickpea and Olive, a delightful Mango Lassi, polished off by THE biggest Hibiscus doughnut from DOUGH. The day carried on with strolls around Brooklyn, and possibly too many drinks at The Blind Barber – a sneaky bar hidden behind a barber shop in the East Village.

Sunday was race day. My mum set off early to get to her start point. We headed to Brooklyn for breakfast. NYC Marathon has an app where you can track your friend / family member while they run (how cool is technology these days!) We’d noticed we were near mile 8, and upon checking the app saw Mum was coming up to mile 5. We headed down to surprise her and give her a cheer. We had agreed to wait for her at mile 23, but later in the afternoon. We spent the rest of the day until then walking what felt like THE WHOLE length of manhattan! We arrived at mile 23 and the app told us Mum was only a few blocks away. The atmosphere was amazing and there was so much energy from both the runners and the crowd. We spotted mum running and started screaming her name, she said she couldn’t stop, so my sister and I ran 100m or so with her, giving her one last boost to see her over the finish line. She did it, all 26.2 miles! Although that night she told us she’d never do a marathon ever again, I reckon by now she might be persuaded. Chicago Marathon 2016 Mum?? We celebrated the day with a delicious meal at a lovely French bistro in Williamsburg (more sprouts!) and a much deserved glass of red for my Mum!

The rest of the days were spent meandering around various NYC districts, checking out Greenwich, seeing the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, battling the crowds in Times Square, picnics in Central Park, drinking cocktails on rooftop bars right next to the Empire State Building, and a fair bit of shopping. Memorable breakfasts at both Jack’s Wife Freda and The Butcher’s Daughter. Both had been on my ‘must-eat’ list and did not disappoint.

We crammed so much into our 6 days I feel as though I could write about it forever. It was such a great trip, and the memories will stay in my head for a long time.

Have you been to New York recently? What were your highlights? Do let me know!

You can see more of my NYC photo’s over on my Instagram!

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Here’s a couple of other fab New York round ups for you:

A Foodie Vacation – New York – Supper in the Suburbs

New York City – Sevengrams

 

15 thoughts on “New York, New York

  1. I adore New York and can concur that brunch at Jacks wife Frieda and smogasburg are foodie destinations not to be missed! I wasn’t so enamoured by Chelsea market but perhaps went on the wrong day. Looks like you had an ace time and we’ll done Mum. Fabulous!

    1. I have to admit I thought Chelsea Market was going to be bigger. We were all really hungry so I think that helped, and as soon as I found the ale in a jar I was content. Plus, any market with an Anthropolgie is fine by me!!

  2. How amazing, I am very jealous, I spent some time in NY on a school trip so didn’t really get to experience it in the best way (i.e. through the food!!). Great round up 🙂

  3. Wow, how time flies. Congratulations on your job. You’ve got some fab shots here and it sounds like you had a great foodie time of it. Your mum is amazing – well done her.

    1. Thank you C! I’ve only been here a week but it already feels like I’m part of the family which is ace. But New York feels like a lifetime ago now !

  4. Sounds like you had an absolutely fantastic time Sus! If I go back to New York I’d visited all of these paces – almost sounds like a different New York to the one we visited 🙂 great post!

    1. Claire I’m sure any birthday is worthy of a New York trip! We managed to find a pretty good deal on flights with delta/virgin! Got to be done 🙂

    1. Amy, you MUST go! It’s such an energetic city, with so much to see and do, and eat! We got q pretty good deal on flights as well. Hope you haven’t been hit too badly by this terrible weather? XX

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