Last week Philip and I went to New York City for a kid-free trip. Here’s all the details of what we did, where we stayed, and what I wore in New York City.
All about our trip to New York City
Last week Philip and I spent the week in New York City.
After our trip, tons of you asked for recommendations of where to stay, what to do, and what to wear while traveling there.
So today I’m sharing all about our beautiful hotel we stayed in, the activities we did each day, and links to everything I wore during the week.
Our original plan was to go to Canada, but with the restrictions changing regularly, we decided to play it safe and stay in the country. We’re itching to do international travel again soon!
THE FOOD WE ATE DURING OUR WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY
Pinch Chinese Restaurant
- WHAT WE ORDERED: pork soup dumplings, bacon egg and cheese dumplings, Dan Dan Noodles,
and Creekstone Farms Ribeye.
- We loved the soup dumplings and the ribeye (we got the black peppercorn seasoning). The Dan Dan noodles were fine, and the bacon egg and cheese dumplings were good (in a weird way…definitely a unique combo!) but I probably wouldn’t order them again.
- WHAT WE ORDERED: raspberry and pistachio cake trifle in a jar (for lack of a better word…I can’t find the exact thing on their website, and they didn’t have a menu in the store). We also got two cookies — a chocolate chip and a pistachio white chocolate.
- This place was incredible, and the most interesting and creative desserts. The owner gave us a sample when we walked in and we were instantly hooked and ordered what we let us try. It was like trifle in a jar, with fresh raspberries, pistachio cake, fresh cream, raspberry compote, and sweet wafer pieces. Honestly, heavenly. But then we got the check and it was like $38 for this jar…we were SHOCKED! So be prepared to spend a pretty penny for a fancy dessert. The cookies were incredible too and more affordable at 2 for $5.
Black Seed Bagel
- WHAT WE ORDERED: bacon egg and cheese breakfast sandwich bagel
- We got there right before they closed, so the bagels weren’t very fresh. We’d heard great things about this place, but it was a disappointment for me. The sandwich was pretty flavorless.
- WHAT WE ORDERED:
- Course 1: Onion soup gratinee. Not the best French onion soup I’ve ever had, but very good.
- Course 2: Moules Frites. I was nervous about the mussels, but actually they were fantastic. Good, subtle flavor, and a good first taste of this particular seafood. The fries were INCREDIBLE.
- Course 3: Duck breast. Tender, juicy, perfectly cooked, and not too heavy. A perfect third course.
Los Tacos No 1 (inside Chelsea Market)
- WHAT WE ORDERED: 2 pork tacos and 1 steak taco.
- Both were amazing, but the pork was definitely the highlight. They cut it right off this giant spit and threw it on our tortillas…so good!
- WHAT WE ORDERED: banana pudding, lemon bar, sprinkles cupcake, chocolate chunk cookie, and magic cookie bar (we went twice during our week there, so these were two separate orders…don’t judge!)
- Philip wasn’t so sure about trying the banana pudding, but they sold it in a few sizes so we got the smallest one. It was perfect for us to get a taste, and it was DELICIOUS. Philip said the bananas were a little slimy for him, but personally I loved it. The lemon bar was also incredible…highly recommend. The magic cookie bars looked amazing but it was dry and not great. The sprinkles cupcake was good, but the lemon bar and banana pudding were for sure the highlight. Oh, and the cookie was amazing. Not as good as Sweet Rehab, but it was much bigger and super good.
- WHAT WE ORDERED: chocolate chip walnut cookie.
- Philip isn’t a huge fan of semi sweet chocolate in cookies…he’s a milk chocolate guy all the way. So he felt like that made these a little bitter. But I loved it. It was decadent and just sweet enough and perfectly cooked. Worth the hype for sure.
- WHAT WE ORDERED: one slice of meat lovers and one slice of margherita.
- This place had a super fun vibe and the pizza was incredible. The story behind the restaurant is also amazing — the owner used to be homeless and now he’s super successful and giving back in so many ways. Highly recommend this place. There are a few locations around the city.
Ben’s Pizzeria (by Washington Square Park)
- WHAT WE ORDERED: one slice of meatball and one spinach artichoke.
- whoa this pizza was good! Highly recommend. It was also cheap and the workers were so friendly and nice.
- WHAT WE ORDERED: one hot dog and fries.
- I mean, you have to get a hot dog in NYC, right? I have one hot dog about every 10 years and it just hits right. This one was actually really good (although Philip’s allergic to mustard so we had to go ketchup only since we were sharing). It would have been better with mustard.
- The fries were meh. Not worth the price, in my opinion. But also we saw someone ask for salt on theirs after we were basically done with ours, and I wish we’d done that cause that would have helped significantly. So definitely ask for salt if you get them!
- WHAT WE ORDERED: crispy spring rolls, and pho bo.
- We went here with my brother and his girlfriend and it was so good! The pho was fantastic and flavorful and a good price for a pretty big bowl, and the spring rolls were delicious and perfectly crispy.
- WHAT WE ORDERED: churros and chocolate dipping sauce
- Little Spain is a good size food hall with lots of different places to eat. Several of them were closed, so we didn’t stay and eat, but we did grab some churros. They were fresh and fantastic.
- WHAT WE ORDERED:
- Course 1: Astice. We got two plates and they split them in half so we could each have our own dish. This was fantastic. Perfectly cooked lobster with burrata, tomatoes, and basil seeds. Very different than anything I’ve ever had and I loved it.
- Course 2: Gnocchetti, Spaghetti, and Bucatini. We got these three and the four of us shared them. The spaghetti was my favorite, but all three were great.
- Course 3: Capesante and Confit Potoates. This was sea scallops with cabbage and grilled onion, and the scallops were cooked to perfection. Loved these.
- We treated my brother and his girlfriend to a fancy dinner on our last night. It was a fun experience, a beautiful restaurant, and fantastic food.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
- WHAT WE ORDERED: cronut of the month (pretzel and milk chocolate)
- We got this our very last morning and it was worth the wait! The lines are crazy long and they sell out of the cronuts so fast because they’re the most popular, so we DoorDashed it our last morning and it came right to our hotel! GENIUS. Do that instead of waiting in a 60 minute line with no guarantee of whether you’ll get one. The flavor and texture and everything were just perfection. Get these.
We went to a few other places, like some random Bubble Tea shops and another Bagel shop for a bagel and shmear, but I can’t remember the names of them anymore. There’s so much good food in New York – you’re guaranteed to find good stuff anywhere you go.
Where we stayed in New York City
We stayed at The Dominick Hotel in Soho. It was a great location, a beautiful hotel with incredible views, a good size gym (that we only used once), and very nice rooms.
What We Did in New York City (besides eat!)
Most of our site seeing for this vacation involved food…clearly. But we did do some other things that didn’t involve food. Also we did a lot of running through different parts of the city, which was a great way to get some exercise and see lots of the city.
We ran through Soho, Hudson Yards, around and through Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge and through Brooklyn, through Chinatown and Little Italy, and more.
- I don’t need to go to a million art museums, but we love the MoMA because we love some early to mid 1900 art. We kind of breeze through a lot of the super modern stuff…much of that doesn’t grab us. But I love some Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock, etc.
- We got a New York Pass that gave us entry to three attractions of our choice, so we used one of those on the MoMA.
- We used another of our city passes on this memorial. It was sacred and beautiful and so well done. Highly recommend.
- We opted not to go up the new One World Trade Center, but loved seeing it from the outside. We also walked around and through the other areas around like the Oculus and around St. Pauls and Trinity Church.
- We wandered around here, took a picture with the bull and little girl statue, and thought we might be able to experience the closing bell from the outside, but there was no screen or sound from the outside. That was a little anticlimactic. But it was cool to wander around that area.
Grand Central Station
- You’ve got to see and experience this…at least just take the subway there and have a look around. It’s spectacular.
- Also we got a 7 day unlimited subway ticket, so that allowed us to travel around the city without any issue. That cost us $34 each, I think.
Top of the Rock
- We’d both done this before, but we did it at night and it was a spectacular view. We had a blast. Highly recommend.
Staten Island Ferry
- I hadn’t ever done this ferry, and it’s free! It was a 15-ish minute ride across and you get a great view of the Statue of Liberty.
- we actually didn’t end up doing this because my brother works in this building and he was able to take us to the 89th floor with floor to ceiling windows, so it was basically the same view. But the city pass works on this as well!
Central Park Carriage Ride
- We did this with my brother and his girlfriend and it was a fun and scenic ride at night. It was about 30 minutes long and although I probably wouldn’t do it again, we definitely enjoyed it.
- You’ve got to go to a Broadway show while you’re there! We decided on Hamilton and we loved it!
WHAT I WORE IN NEW YORK CITY
The weather was fantastic while we were there, so although I brought a coat, there wasn’t need for one every day. Wearing layers was best so I could shed or put on as needed.
A video of our trip to New York
I also made a little video of our time in New York City! You can watch it right here on YouTube.
And I’ll be answering some of your questions on Instagram stories later today — don’t miss that.
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