So technically I’ve visited New York before, but I was somewhere around 10 years old so I don’t remember too much. I do however remember going to four awesome Broadway Shows (Lion King, The Rockets, and two other random ones) and loved the vibe in the city, especially since it was around the holidays and all the snow and lights were so beautiful. For some reason, nothing has really brought me back to New York so I haven’t been back until now, September 2016. One of my closest friends, Sarah, recently moved there with her boyfriend so I decided I needed to get out there ASAP. Coincidentally, the weekend I chose was the same weekend her boyfriend was out of town at a bachelor party so we were both excited for a fun girls weekend! I booked my ticket about 3 weeks in advance and started writing everyone to get recommendations and must-eat-at restaurants. I ended up flying into Newark which I wasn’t too sure about, but fortunately, it was a breeze to get to the city on the train. Sarah and her boyfriend got this insanely awesome apartment in Chelsea in a beautiful high-rise on the 29th floor with the most spectacular views. I couldn’t seem to drag myself away from the window whether it be morning, noon, or night, it was just that legit.
So, lets talk about the highlights of the trip:
The Smith. Now this restaurant is nothing over the top but I have to say the drinks were good, food was delicious, and the ambiance was trendy. This spot had tons of people with a large open floor plan that had great window seating for people watching, high-top community tables that were a bit more social, or bar seating where you could interact with the super attentive and sweet staff — we chose the bar. We started out each getting a bloody mary which I was a little reluctant to do since I can be picky with blood mary mixes but Sarah told me it was delicious. Well she sure wasn’t lying and before I knew it, I had polished mine off. I had to seriously refrain from getting a second one only because I knew I had a long day ahead of me with filled with day drinking. I highly recommend this place as a cute brunch spot to go catch up with friends or to do a fun morning double-date, I will definitely be making an appearance there again when I make my way back to New York.
We then decided since it was such a beautiful day that we wanted to go to an awesome rooftop bar to get some killer views of New York. We were told about La Bain so we headed to SoHo where it was located. First of all, SoHo is one the cutest areas ever! Huge fan of the neighborhood and definitely need to spend a significant amount of time there when I make my way back. So we got to La Bain and well… I’m not even really sure how to put this place into words. Honestly it was probably one of the most spectacular places and views I’e truly ever seen. When you walk in, you take an elevator upstairs to an inclosed area with a bar, hot tub, and beautiful views that you are staring at through all the floor to ceiling windows. Since it was summer time, no one was on this floor and it opens up during the winter months, starting after halloween. We then walked up the stairs to the rooftop deck and my jaw dropped to the floor. I feel like the pictures below hardly do it any justice, but they can somewhat give you an idea of feeling like you’re on top of the world. All the people there looked like they were having the time of their lives and soaking up every minute of the sun and drinks. They offer wine, beer, and cocktails so we decided since we were in a group of four to get a pitcher. We ended up having two different types of pitchers during our time there and they both are refreshing and delicious. We started off getting a pitcher of a vodka and cucumber drink and then moved to a gin based cocktail pitcher. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not a gin drinker but apparently with the right mixes, I can easily sip on that type of liquor. All of the other pitchers that people had looked just as amazing so you really can’t go wrong the options available.
My last night in New York I was told by my sister to go to this cute little Italian restaurant named Lupa. It’s located in the West Village neighborhood which is the same neighborhood of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in Sex and the City (and yes, I of course actually made it to Carrie Bradshaw’s famous stoop). We ended up getting a great table that was partially inside and partially outside which was ideal since it was a pretty warm night out but had a slight breeze. All of the pasta is made in-house which is always ideal so both Sarah and I felt like we needed to get a pasta dish. I’m not only to normally order pasta dishes, but I sure am happy that I did. Between the two of us, we ordered the heirloom tomato bruschetta, the goat cheese and truffle ravioli, the bucatini, and finished off with the semifreddo dessert. Each and every single item was mouth-watering and I cannot wait to make it back there.
I’m always looking for more recommendations so if you have any must go-to spots in New York, send them my way!