Last week I had the opportunity to travel to New York to visit good friends and finally be acquainted with the iconic, magnificent, odd city that is New York. I have a lot of friends who've visited or moved there and so I already had an idea of what it would be like, but nothing amounts to actually being there yourself.
To no surprise, I absolutely loved it. It was very reminiscent of my hometown, Naples, Italy. The sights, the smells, the pace-- it reminded me of an old city, rich with history but still brimming with new experiences for both locals and foreigners to the area. Around every corner there was something new to discover and yet it's not new at all. New York has a lot of history; it's old. And that's a huge understatement.
Thank you to everyone who made this trip fantastic! Thank you Alison and Kai for letting me and Sandy stay with you. Jerome, KP, Michelle and Zerina for hanging out with us. Thank you Sandy for accompanying me! I feel like I forgot someone and if I did, charge it to my head not my heart.
Here's a list and links of places we tried (most are listed):
Places to eat:
- Dominque Ansel: Known for cronut, crossaint/donut hybrid
- Momofuku: We went to the noodle bar
- Food Gallery 32: Koreatown; lots to choose from
- Wo Hop City: Chinatown (not Wo Hop, the one upstairs)
- The Bean: Great wifi and smoothies in addition to coffee and tea.
- The Meatball Shop: The “Kitchen Sink” is delicious. Doesn’t sound like it, but it is.
- House of Small Wonders: best Matcha Latte w/ Almond Milk. The taco rice was interesting.
- Two Boots Pizza: Not the best pizza, but good enough for 2 a.m.
- Eataly: Try almost everything. Lots of small countertop shops for cheese, meats, bread, pastries, cafes. There are Italian goods to buy in addition to small restaurants.
- Otto Enoteca: Really good, average-priced Italian dishes.
- Halal Guys: classic.
- The Bagel Store: Rainbow Bagels
- Chelsea Market: Lots of shops and restaurants. You can find local vendors here so it’s a good spot to get gifts.
- Doughnut Plant: Try the Crème brûlée donut
- Plaza Hotel Food Hall: Fancy food court next to Central Park!
Places to see:
- Grand Central Station
- Central Park
- Highline Park
- New York Public Library
- Soho for shopping
- Brooklyn Bridge