This past fall, my husband had the opportunity to travel to New York for work. I of course, volunteered to tag along! I was reluctant to like New York, as I had visions of the dirty, crime-ridden city depicted in Crocodile Dundee ("That's not a knife, this is a knife") in my head. Though after a full weekend spent meandering, my worries faded and I began to fall in love with this energetic city. We were also fortunate to spend time with friends who call New York home. They led us to some unique and fun places we would never have found on our own.
Next time, I'd love to visit in the summer and stay in the picturesque West Village neighborhood. Until then, I'll cherish the memories of a wonderful trip!
Here's a recap of our New York itinerary:
Arrive in New York
Take a cab to our Airbnb in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Take the subway to Manhattan
Walk up Madison Avenue, stopping at Kate Spade, Kwiat and J.Crew - all my favorites!
Have an early lunch at Fred's at Barney's - a must!
Stop by Ladurée for some macarons
Stroll through Central Park, stop at the sailboat pond to sit and eat our macarons, take some photos and ponder our next move
Walk to Mid Town to admire the department store winter window displays and the tree in Rockefeller Center
Meet friends for pre-dinner champagne at the Plaza - expensive, but so worth it for the experience
Mexican for dinner at Mayahuel
Drinks at Fig 19 - a speakeasy-esque bar hidden in the back of a closed art gallery
Walk to Williamsburg
Stop for coffee and Catbird
Take the subway to the West Village
Shop on Bleecker Street - Jack Spade for him, Diptque for me
Lunch at Le Pain Quotidien
Meet up with friends at the Otheroom - they serve a good Kir Royale!
Decide upon Left Bank for dinner - excellent food and even better drinks - loved their Aviation
Head into Little Branch for post dinner drinks - and to escape the rain
Check out of our Airbnb and fly back to sunny San Francisco