New York City, it’s been over a decade since I been and I was very excited about going over the past weekend.
My trip to NYC started SUPER EARLY; I am not a morning person at all. Our flight was taking off at 7am, which meant I had to be at the airport at 5:45am, the latest.
I only got about 3 hours of sleep the night before I had to leave, so I was super tired the morning of my flight. I did get to the airport a bit early, so I grabbed a breakfast sandwich and a coffee to go.
The flight was nice and easy, we arrived in NYC around 9:30am. We went straight to the hotel, the Renwick. It was a nice and historical hotel; I really liked the dual shower heads and the modern room.
I found the closest Starbucks and grabbed a snack to go before my first walking tour. I ended up doing about 5 walking tours the whole time in NYC.
The first walking tour started at 12pm around the SOHO district, little Italy and Chinatown. Honestly, this whole tour had a murder on every street! The tour guy told us how Heath Ledger died in this apartment and how people back in the day got stabbed down an alley in Chinatown. Also, how one of the famous gangsters got shot up in a restaurant in little Italy.
My favorite part of the tour was stopping and taking a break to grab a snack in little Italy. I went to Ferrara and got a triple berry tarte. It was super good!
At the end of the tour I went back to the hotel for a brief nap before our nightly walking tour.
On the nightly walking tour we went around to Time Square, Rockefeller Plaza, and some other interesting buildings.
Now this tour guide was awful, it was dark out and no one could see her at all. She didn’t stop and talk much, just kept walking and walking lol. I could have seen all of this myself.
Next was dinner time! On to the Cock and Bull bar, I had a chocolate stout beer with some cauliflower bites for dinner.
The next day was an early one, once again another walking tour. Trust me, I wasn’t too happy about all these walking tours. However, I went with a friend for their birthday, so I had to do what they wanted…
9am I was out the door and on the next walking tour through Greenwich Village, High Line, and Chelsea Market.
Basically all I saw was pretty buildings and the old meat market area. The best place we kept coming back to for food was Greenwich village.
They have some pretty awesome pizza at Joe’s Pizza. The only bad thing I was starting to realize at this point is there are hardly any public bathrooms. Even in restaurants! I was pretty annoyed, but thankfully I could always find one if I searched hard enough.
These Belgian fries were pretty good too! We did a little feast around Greenwich Village for the remainder of that day.
We also got a cupcake from Molly’s Cupcakes. I got a chocolate cupcake with peanut-butter filling and butter scotch topping! It was sooo good!
Later in the day we went to a Food and Drink Museum that was consisted of everything Chinese. All the culture and old food menus were pretty cool! I even got to open a fortune cookie!
For dinner I went to an all vegan restaurant called Honey Bee’s for my friend’s birthday celebration. The food was amazing! But not as good as their drinks! The drinks were some of the best I have ever had.
The next day we got up super early once again… and yes went on another walking tour to the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding area.
They had some really gorgeous views! This was one of my favorite places we got to visit while in NYC.
After the Brooklyn tour we decided to go check out the 9/11 site and go on a guided tour through the site. I didn’t take many photos, but our tour guide actually lived in an apartment right next to the buildings that were affected. She gave a great idea of exactly how that day went from a different perspective.
Later that night I went on a night cruise around the Statue of Liberty and the bridges. I got to see NJ from across the way as well. My favorite part was a bar on the boat so I could relax with my beer and enjoy the ride! (no walking for me lol)
Another day done, and trust me by day 3 my feet are killing me from all this walking. I walked over 10 miles everyday!
On the last day on my NYC trip I got to go see The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. It was super gorgeous on the inside! We did a catacomb tour underneath the church by candle light and got to see all the tombs.
Before I headed to the airport I did stop for one last NYC snack. Some yummy churros and the spiciest tofu I have ever tasted!
Then I was back at the airport on the plane back home. We were almost done with our flight when this man was coughing really bad on the plane. I looked back at him and he passed out in front of my eyes. Next thing you know the stewardess were trying to wake him up and they called a doctor to the back of the plane!
Thankfully he finally woke up and was okay. I was worried we were going to have to land the plane early.
Now at the connector airport I had a 3 hour layover. So my friend and I went to the Air Club and had free food and drinks all night. This was also one of my favorite parts of the trip. Tito’s vodka and water with fresh lemon and a yummy salad bar was just what I needed after my first flight.
Finally on the last flight I got home around midnight. I would say that my overall trip was great, lots of great sites and food in NYC.