I know they say you’re not supposed to live for the weekend, but since moving here to the Big City, those few days have become our time to explore and try new things. It’s hard to get out of our bubble here on the Upper West Side due to well…life, so when the weekend comes, we have a list ready of places we want to experience. Starting with this blog, I’m going to start sharing these special experiences that happen when we get to live and breathe all the magic this city has to offer.
I hope these posts inspire those of you, who like us, love NYC, food, and new experiences. I’m also hoping that this is inspo for future vacations, those yummy dinner plans you’re eager to make, fun places to see, and of course…pics at all the Instagrammable spots hidden around every corner.
One of my favorite weekends so far including long walks downtown, coffee in a floral shop, dinner in the tiniest Thai restaurant…and of course ice cream. Sharing the fun below!
Started off our day with delicious rose lattes and a cappuccino from Remi Flower & Coffee. Their lattes are some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I also love that you can tell what season it is as soon as you walk through their door. Grab some flowers and try to snag the window seat if you want picturesque photos!
From Remi, we walked about .7 miles to Rockefeller Plaza and let me tell ya…it is BEAUTIFUL during the holiday season. Once Fall hits, it explodes with pumpkins. There’s also an ice skating rink, places to grab a quick bite, and lots of shopping. Hiii anthro! I can’t wait to see the Christmas tree in a few weeks.
After walking around the shops and taking all the pics with the pumpkins, we ventured inside the plaza in search of the Top of the Rock entrance. It’s a little pricey…aka $80ish dollars for two adults, but definitely worth doing once! The view was incredible. They take you on a quick history tour before you go outside and see the beautiful view. Make sure to check out both sides- one side is of Central Park and the other is a view of the Empire State Building.
The Top of the Rock tour took about 1.5-2 hours and by then we were real hungryyyy. It’s not a date without pizza, so we headed to Joe’s Pizza. It’s one of the BEST slices I’ve had in NYC. Bring cash because they’re cash-only ($3ish a slice)! Highly recommend the plain cheese or a Margherita slice. The closest one is 1435 Broadway, which is another .7 mile walk from Rockefeller. On the way you can stop by Bryant Park. If you go during the holiday season, they’ll have the Winter Village and ice skating rink set up. Either way, it’s a beautiful park with lots going on.
Okay, okay…I don’t love it…but did you really go to NYC if you don’t see Time Square??? Once you make it to Bryant Park, you’re basically right there. Go take a pic with Mickey Mouse or the Naked Cowboy…I won’t judge you. But try not to get swooped into taking a helicopter ride or riding in a tour bus lol. It’s a pretty amazing experience, especially if you go at night. I’ve known people to go at 2 am just to see what it’s like when no one is around.
You’re going to think we’re crazy…but we ended up walking all the way to the Upper West Side to eat dinner at our favorite Thai spot, Land Thai Kitchen. Definitely take the subway, because it’s like a 3 or 4 mile walk from Time Square. They have the tastiest, fresh Thai food I’ve had since being in NYC. It’s fairly inexpensive and just so dang good. It’s also right next to Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, which is an added bonus. Sorry- no pics of the thai, but I do have pics of the ice cream!