New York City
Hello and happy Thursday! As some of you may know, I went to New York two weeks ago to visit my girlfriend, Ryder. I stayed for four days; three in Greenwich Village, and one in Long Island. Because I am in a long distance relationship, this trip was much more low-key. We stayed very local and avoided the touristy things. So on to what I did on my trip!
September 6th, 2017
On Wednesday my flight departed from Atlanta at 12:50 and I arrived in Queens around 2:45. I then ubered from Queens to Greenwich Village, which is where Ryder's dorm is located. I loved the village because, even though it's pretty much in the heart of a giant city, there were still tons of trees. It felt very peaceful and homey. We walked around the village and union square for a little bit and then headed to dinner at Republic, which is a noodle restaurant in Union Square. We shared the Steamed vegetable dumplings and a green tea ice cream. After that, we headed back to her dorm for the night to relax and watch a movie.
September 7th, 2017
Thursday morning Ryder and I woke up around 10 and went for breakfast at The Coffee Shop. We ordered the classic eggs benedict, the traditional french toast, and a coffee milkshake to share. I can easily say we were in a bit of a food coma after this meal haha.
After breakfast, we walked around Washington Square Park and Union Square for a couple of hours. I've never seen so many people in one place. There was so much going on; people skateboarding, bike riding, street performing, sunbathing, reading, the list could go on forever.
We explored Union for a couple hours and then we headed to the Manhattan. As we were walking I noticed tons of people taking pictures, standing still and gazing. I turned around to see what I had just walked past, and it was the Flat Iron Building, which is the massive building in the picture below. It is by far the most interesting and beautiful building I've ever seen in person.
After taking a few pictures, we headed to the Museum of Sex. The museum was crazy, but at the same time incredibly fascinating and educational, and I would highly recommend if you're looking for something indoors and out of the ordinary.
For dinner, we went to Sotto 13, which is a little Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village. I loved the ambiance of the restaurant, both the inside and outside. We decided to eat outside and it was dimly lit and quiet. We ordered the stracciatella and rigatoni with red sauce and parmesan to share. After dinner, it was around 10 o'clock so that was the end of my second day in the city.
September 8th, 2017
Friday we started off our day with Murray's Bagels and we both got a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel, one on an everything bagel, and one on a plain bagel. After we finished breakfast we made our way to 19th street for some shopping. We walked through Anthropologie, J Crew, Free People.
We spent several hours walking around the city, and then made our way back to Union Square, where we arrived at our lunch spot, Max Brenner. We ate at so many amazing places this trip, but Max Brenner was definitely a show stopper. I don't know if it's because the food was amazing, or because I got to dessert for lunch. We ordered the classic European fondu with milk chocolate, white chocolate, and caramel.
To end off the afternoon, we took a taxi to the Long Island Railroad. We then took the train to Long Island to visit Ryder's grandparents. Once we were in Long Island we went to dinner at Hunan's Taste, which is an Asian inspired restaurant. We ordered short ribs, black bean muscles, white rice, and finished off the meal with pistachio icecream.
September 9th, 2017
Saturday morning we had brunch at Cipollini, which is an Italian style restaurant located in Manhasset New York. We both had the Eggplant Parmesan. I have a lack of pictures from my time in Long Island because we were focused on spending time with Ryder's family so I apologize for that!
Once we finished brunch we headed back to the city, and because it was Saturday the Union Square farmers market was open. They had everything from flowers, to handmade bags. Everything was artisanally made, and all the food was locally grown and fresh. This was a very calm day for us in the city. It was nice, cloudy, and quiet.
Since it was my last night in the city, we had to finish off my trip with Max Brenner, because one time truly wasn't enough. Surprise surprise, we got the same exact fondu again. I'm not kidding, if you are ever in Manhattan, you need to go try chocolate at Max Brenner, you will not regret it.
September 10th, 2017
Ugh, this was by far the worst day of the trip because it was the day I had to wake up at 4am and leaveto go back to Atlanta. Something my relationship has taught me is that "goodbye's" and "see you later's" don't really get easier. Luckily New York is a new place I get to call home and I'll be back soon :)
Before l sign off, all of the restaurants I mention will be linked to their homepage so you can check out their menu's and location! This is the first time I'm trying out a "travel diary" so let me know what you think! All reccomendations, and comments are more than welcom! I hope yall enjoyed!