Welcome to New York…
New York City is a mecca for good eats and great drinks, with a tremendous helping of sightseeing and people-watching on the side. From over-the-top diners and celebrity chef owned bakeries to budget conscious hotels and free tickets to live tapings; there’s something for everyone no matter the size of your budget.
Here are a few places to check-out during your next visit to New York City, especially if you’re going to be in and around Manhattan.
Looking for a filling breakfast just a few blocks from Central Park? If so,
Brooklyn Diner is your best bet. While a little on the pricy side, it’s definitely not trendy or cutesy but gives you that nostalgic feeling of going back to the old neighborhood of Brooklyn. Be sure to order the Noodle Kugel (or ‘Sweet Mac’ as my boyfriend and I so eloquently nicknamed it). It’s a sweet and savory traditional Jewish breakfast dish, made from egg noodles. And, believe you me, ‘Sweet Mac’ sure is delicious.
If you’re like me and cocktails are your thing, Ward III is a must visit.
Located in the Tribeca neighborhood, this haven known for its bespoke cocktails may just be the highlight of your NYC visit. While there are some great house & premium cocktails on the menu, be sure to have the mixologist custom create a cocktail for you – you choose the Spirit + Texture + Flavor + Fruit + Spice. Bonus: Ward III opens at 4pm so make sure to get there early to get a seat at the bar.
Want to make your trek to New York in the most cost effective manner possible? Hop on the Mega Bus. With travel between major U.S. cities starting at $1, you really can’t beat it. Yes, you will stand outside to wait for the bus. Yes, you may have to load your own luggage. But, the free wifi and outlets at every seat quickly make up for any inconvenience. Tip: be sure to double check your drop-off and pick-up locations in NYC as they are often different.
Seeking some great views of the city without having to visit the top of the Empire State Building? Make sure you drop by The Standard Hotel high Line. Take the elevator to ‘The Top of the Standard’ and you’re surrounded by breathtaking views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
If modern decor, central location, and free wifi are at the top of your list while over-nighting it in New York, you can get it all for under $200 a night at Pod 51. While I typically stay in one of the brand name hotels such as Hilton or W, booking at those hotels is astronomically high in the city. So, take a chance and stay at this relatively new spot (located at W 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd) or at its sister hotel Pod 39. Rooms are small but the price is right. Just know that you will have to pay a little extra for a personal bathroom.
Are you a morning person? Is it still winter-time? If so, be sure to stop by Rockefeller Center for outdoor ice skating, face time on the Today Show, and hot chocolate from Bouchon Bakery. Bouchon Bakery’s hot chocolate is proof that deliciousness is in the science. They use a careful ratio of different chocolates to create the signature beverage – local cocoa, milk chocolate, etc. steeped in Tahitian vanilla beans. It’s nearly $5 for a small but well worth the price tag.
I sincerely hope you enjoy your next trip to New York City. Cheers!