New York City Travel Guide

New York City…  The city that never sleeps.  It doesn’t and you don’t have to either!  NYC has everything for everyone and no post could ever do it justice.  Here’s an insiders look at the Must See’s (touristy side of things) and Must Do’s (the legit and local side of things) of New York…

First, we will start of with where to stay.  You’ve got multiple choices here so we would recommend choosing an area you’d want to stay in.  If that choice is Soho, which we would absolutely recommend as its very walkable to anywhere, we would stay at the Crosby Street Hotel.   Another great choice would be the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea.  Both charming and small. 

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To note, you’ll find yourself straining to look up; get on those neck stretches now.  The buildings, architecture and skyline is beyond impressive.  Hop on the Staten Island ferry for cruise by the Statue of Liberty, from there you get a phenomenal view of the cityscape.  Honestly, we were also very obsessed with the Statue of Liberty… No TV show, no photos, and no descriptions can do her justice.

Additionally, you  should walk the Brooklyn Bridge.  It’s a great walk and not overly challenging.  Unless you go in the heat of the summer but the heat of the summer makes everything more challenging.  The views are stunning, the ice cream at the end is delicious and refreshing, and although many feel it’s a touristy event, it really isn’t; this can be some people’s daily commute.  

The Empire State Building.  Do it.  Go up it.  Check it off and basque in it’s history and glory.

Times Square.  Same as above.  Do it.  Walk it.  Get your elbows out and experience it.  This one can easily be done at 3:00 am and it will blow your mind.  So many people will be there and it will be SO bright.

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Walk the neighbourhoods.  Start in Central Park in the morning.  Walk down the famous 5th Avenue, through Times Square to Chelsea.  Check out Chelsea Market and then head into the Meatpacking District.  From there head through Greenwich Village, into Soho where you can shop your booty off.

When you’re in Soho there are three things to do before you make bad decisions at Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Prada (or all three).  And by bad we mean good.  First, coffee.  Go to Saturdays NYC and have a coffee.  Sit on their back patio and people watch – it is the best here and there are often celeb sitings! Secondly, head to Balthazar for lunch – have a dirty martini and the chicken paillard.  Then write us and thank us, we will be here waiting.  Finally, go to Cipriani and treat yourself to a Bellini.  World famous!!  Again, thank us after.

For dining in NYC the options are literally endless.  Our current fave for dinner is La Esquina.  In typical New York fashion, you enter through the diner, go to the kitchen, go down the stairs and enter the restaurant and bar.  We pine for the Mexican street corn there, it constantly leaves us speechless. Probably because our mouths are full.  If you’re looking for something a little more romantic or chill, Scarpetta in the Meatpacking District would be our choice or Lupa near Soho for amazing Italian.

The Meatpacking District is where we feel most at home in NYC.  No, not because the Christian Louboutin store is there, but because it has a bit of everything we love.  Including the Highline, which is almost 1.5 miles of elevated park that runs from the Meatpacking District to Chelsea.  It’s where New Yorkers New York.  After a stroll, hit the patio at Dos Caminos and treat yourself to the margaritas, Pacificos and guacamole.

You really cannot go wrong in New York City; every corner you turn you’ve found an amazing new back alley restaurant (that reminds us, Freeman’s on the Lower East Side – GO for brunch and eat all the grits you can!!).  New York City has stolen our hearts over and over again with each trip getting better and better.  It continues to amaze and inspire us.  You’ll see when you go… it’s the best city, with the best vibe, style and feel.

XO 

Michelle & Samantha

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