4 Days in NYC

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If you have seen any recent Instagram stories of mine, you may know I just took a trip to NYC! TJ is finishing out a two-week work trip and I went up to visit and see the city with him. We packed a lot in to 4 days! We saw a lot of the city, walked so many miles, managed to find a Panthers bar, and were even able to meet up with some friends! So I thought I would break down all of the activities in a recap post.

The trip started off with a working breakfast at a Pret-A-Manger near the hotel (The Renwick), which was a grab-and-go spot that had some pretty good coffee! TJ went off to work, and I walked to Physique 57 for a barre class. I really enjoyed their method, I thought it was very similar to Xtend Barre that I have taken in Charlotte. I then walked down Fifth Ave to check out the Frick Collection museum. The collection was so beautiful, and there was a video with the history of the family and how the house became a museum. It was also conveniently located about a block away from Ladurée, so I had to stop in for some macarons! I have only been to that location once before, but it feels like reliving my trip to Paris from high school when I walk in. I then walked down Madison Ave for some window shopping on my way to meet back up with TJ. We stumbled upon Melt Shop for a late lunch that had a truffle grilled cheese sandwich, which may have been the best grilled cheese I have ever had. Then we headed back to the hotel for another bit of work, and got ready for dinner. We went to Rosa Mexicano at Union Square. I had been to the Lincoln Center location before and we both really enjoyed it, great margaritas and salsa! Then, we did the tourist thing and headed back to midtown to walk around Rockefeller Plaza and stopped into Magnolia Bakery for a late night cupcake. I had a cheesecake cupcake and I thought it lived up to the hype!

We started Saturday off by heading towards downtown for bagel sandwiches from Black Seed. We had to wait in line a bit, but it was worth it! Then we went to the World Trade Center to see the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It was a beautiful tribute, and definitely worth seeing. We also walked through the Oculus, and headed to Chelsea Market. By then it was mid-afternoon so we had a late lunch of burgers at the Cream Line. I also needed more coffee, and I found some great cold brew from Ninth Street Espresso! The market was right by the Highline that I have always wanted to see, but it was unfortunately closed early all week. After heading back from midtown, it was time for one of the highlights of the trip. We went to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, it was amazing! There were a lot of shows to choose from, and I'm glad we picked a classic. Also, we found a pretty great deal on tickets online via Broadway Box. Earlier in the day we noticed Blk Sq in Chelsea, and that it was going to be open very late. So instead of trying to figure out what else was open after the show, we went back to that part of town for delicious pizza and cocktails!

We started my last full day in town with mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. We happened to walk into the Pulaski Day celebration, before the parade started down 5th Ave. Parts of the mass were said in Polish, so that was very interesting to see. Then we headed to the Upper West Side for the Hungarian Pastry Shop. It was recommended to me by a friend in Charlotte that lived in NYC for a few years, they had the best croissants and apple turnovers! As an added bonus, their menu also had the lowest prices I saw in the city.  Lincoln Center was on the way back to the hotel, so we stopped to walk around and grabbed some coffee at Épicerie Boulud. We then met up with a friend from Charlotte that had recently moved to the city at Eataly and had a Calzone pizza! Think of a pizza that was folded into a calzone, so it had the best of both in one meal. For our next stop, being a Sunday during football season, we put on our Panthers gear and caught the end of the game at Amity Hall in the West Village. It was so much fun to walk up to a bar in New York flying a Carolina Panthers flag out front, and full of Panthers fans! As the game was ending we met up with one of my former college roommates, and we walked around Washington Square Park and to Milk Bar. We tried the "crack pie" that was basically just a yummy butter cake. Next, we decided to head back to World Trade Center to see if we could do the One World Trade Observatory, but it was getting close to sunset and the tickets needed to be bought for a specific time. So we would not have been able to see it in daylight, and did not think it was worth it. So it is something to look forward to next time I make it up to NYC! After all of the walking/subwaying done earlier in the day, we decided to just stay at the hotel for drinks and dinner at Bedford and Co. which was great! For our last night, we did the most touristy things, which was walking the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square at night. Times Square is not my favorite, but I really enjoyed the views from the Brooklyn Bridge at night!

My last morning was very chill, TJ went off to work and I walked down to Zara on 5th Ave. I really wish they would open in Charlotte, so I always have to stop in whenever I see a Zara in another city. I found a really cute navy leather jacket! Then I walked down to Maison Kayser to get a little blog work done, and enjoyed a ham and cheese croissant. TJ only had to work for a few hours, so I met up with him at Grand Central. We grabbed quick snack from Elizabar on our way to the Guggenheim Museum. I have always wanted to see this museum, so I was a little disappointed to see several of the galleries were closed for installations. However, that worked out fine because we did not have much time before I had to leave for the airport. So we did get to see everything that was still open and I did not feel like we were skipping anything. On our way back to the hotel we got some more snacks from Murray's Cheese Shop in Grand Central Market. I had some truffle potato chips, that I need to see if I can find in Charlotte! Sadly, the trip was then over, as I got an Uber to Laguardia for my flight back to Charlotte.

It was a very quick 4 days, but we really got to see a lot of the city! We also had perfect weather on both Friday and Sunday. Saturday and Monday were not bad, just cloudy a little on the chillier side. Let me know if you like more travel re-caps like this one. I have also been thinking about doing some Charlotte guides!

Thanks for reading!

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