Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A 48 Hour Guide to the Big Apple

Two weeks ago, we were in New York City for a quick weekend getaway, and we had the best time! 

Although we were delayed by several hours on the way there (remember the huge rainstorms that were hitting the East coast?), we definitely made the most out of our two days there!

We got in at around 8pm on Friday (we were supposed to get in at 4!!!), and checked into our hotel, the The Michelangelo. The Michelangelo is our favorite hotel in NYC, and we stay there every time we visit. It's located in Midtown (on the corner of 51st and 7th Avenue), which makes it easy to hop over to see a Broadway show, shop along Fifth Ave, visit Rockefeller Center, and dine at some of the best restaurants nearby in Hell's Kitchen.

The hotel has a great, quaint lobby bar, which is where we started our {late} Friday night. From there we went to Il Melograno for dinner. They're known for their homemade pasta, and the food was so delicious. The atmosphere was romantic and cozy, and the burrata, pappardelle and ravioli are a must try! One of our other favorite little Italian spots is Erminia, which is a great early dinner spot after spending the day at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka the Met).

On Saturday we slept in and headed to Toloache for brunch. We literally can never get enough Mexican food (hello, we're Texans haha), so fueling for the day at this hip spot was a no brainer. Our favorite part of the meal - their 'Frutas Guacamole,' which has avocados, Vidalia onions, mango, apple, habanero, thai basil in it, and is topped with pomegranate seeds. SO good!

After a margarita or two, we set off to do some shopping along Fifth Avenue. My favorite, must visit store along this stretch is definitely Bergdorf Goodman. Be sure to stop and look at their awe inspiring window displays, and give your feet a rest at the luxurious BG Restaurant - very 'ladies who lunch.' The stunning Central Park views can't be beat either. From there we went and shopped along Madison Ave, stopping at Goyard to buy a new handbag (eek so exciting), and at Laduree for my favorite macarons.

From there we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner before we saw a show that evening. We went to the Quality Meats for a delicious steak dinner (the best), and then headed to the newly re-opened Hudson Theater. We saw Sunday's in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal .... and we were in the second row (!!!!). It was so amazing, and I tried not to be a total fan girl. Seeing shows while in New York is my absolute favorite thing to do. With so many big Broadway musicals, to small, kitschy off-Broadway shows, there's always something to choose from that everyone will like.

Sunday we started out the morning at Alfie's, where we had the most delicious brunch, which consisted of homemade donuts stuffed with raspberry jam and nutella. Mmmhmm. Afterwards, we set off for Central Park, where we walked around, and then rented a rowboat to go around the lake (a tradition for us - so romantic). After that, we hopped on the subway and walked through SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Adam surprised me by ending our walk in Foley Square - the backdrop for all the courthouse scenes from Law & Order!! If you know me, you know I'm a L&O SVU addict, so I was going crazy!!

After snapping some pics, we hopped in an Uber and headed back to the hotel. I swear, I thought my legs were going to fall off from so much walking, but that's what I love best about NYC is being able to walk everywhere. We had dinner that night at Taboon - hands down the best meal of our trip. The house made focaccia with a trio of sauces, and the shishito peppers were out of this world. Followed up with the ricotta gnocchi and Tunisian short ribs, and our stomachs were in heaven!

The next day I was on my way back home after eating, shopping, walking and enjoying every minute of my short stint in the Big Apple. Although I've been to New York City countless times, I feel like I'm always discovering something new each time. I definitely am no expert, but wanted to share some of our favorite things to do with you, and would love to hear yours!

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