A Travel Guide: New York City

New York City is a city like no other. The hustle and bustle, the lights, the buildings. Everything is on such a grand scale, so fast-paced, and I love it. I have been multiple times and it’s a city I could visit every year and never get tired of. From the Empire State Building to Central Park to the Financial District and everything in between, I am going to recap the best of the best in an effort to show why you should visit New York City.

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Where to Stay

The Redbury New YorkThis hotel is in the heart of NoMad and is located on 29th Street between Park and Madison. My husband and I stayed here when we visited during Christmas 2015 and back then, it was called The Martha Washington Hotel. The rooms are updated and nice, but not large. I have found this to be case in most hotels in NYC. This hotel has character, which I love, and a great restaurant on the bottom floor called Marta. The hotel offers room service, it’s expensive, but the option is there if you want it. It’s one block from the 28th Street Metro which runs the 6 line, three blocks from Madison Square Park, and a seven-minute walk to the Empire State Building.

The Chelsea Inn: This is small, boutique-type hotel in the heart of Chelsea. The rooms are small and some rooms have a shared bathroom, so be sure to read the descriptions before booking. With that being said, it’s super affordable. If small rooms aren’t your thing or you are expecting five-star treatment, this hotel is not for you. If you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in your room and don’t mind a small, quant room to lay your head down at night, then this is a good choice.

The Hudson Hotel: This is another budget friendly, boutique hotel centrally located near Columbus Circle. The hotel features a beer hall and burger restaurant that has nightly entertainment and a rooftop bar called Sky Terrace (open seasonally).

1 Hotel Central ParkLocated on 58th Street between 5th and 6th, one block from Central Park South, this hotel is stunning. It is a five-star hotel, so expect to pay the price that comes along with it, but if you are looking for luxury, this is it. The outside of the building is covered in Ivy and is jaw dropping. The hotel has a very rustic feel to it, which I love, but is very chic at the same time. There are also several subway stations nearby that allow for easy access to the rest of the city.

Where to Eat

Marta: This is an Italian restaurant located on the bottom floor of the Redbury New York. It has really good, thin crust pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven. I got the Margherita pizza and ate the entire thing by myself – it wasn’t a big pizza and it’s thin crust so it’s easy to do. At $19.00 a pizza, it is a little expensive, but worth it.

Dos Caminos: This is a Mexican restaurant with several locations throughout NYC and the food is really good. At least I liked it. The lighting is dim, there is plenty of room and you can hear the person across from you, which is a plus. I enjoy low-key, quiet places. I ordered the chicken tacos and they were delicious. Expect to spend around $50.00 for two people (without drinks) – although the price can increase significantly depending on what you order.

Mighty Quinn’s BBQ: There are several locations throughout the city. We ate at the one in Brookfield Place in the Financial District. My husband and I both got the Pulled Pork Sandwich. He loved his, but I thought the meat was a little dry. I am not a huge BBQ fan and even with the somewhat dry meat, the sandwich was still decent. We shared an order of the Dirty Frites (french fries with burnt ends, chili-lime sauce, red onions and scallions) and they were amazing.

Lombardi’s: This pizza joint has been open since 1905, so they know how to do pizza. If you ask a New Yorker, I am sure they will say there are better places, but as a girl from Texas, it was amazing. It’s expensive, but worth it. My husband and I had a large pepperoni pizza (eight slices) and our bill was over $30.00.

Cafeteria: Located in Chelsea, don’t let the name fool you. There is nothing “cafeteria” about this place. The menu is expansive and the food is top-notch. Breakfast is served until 5:00pm and they have four different types of mac and cheese. Wait, what!? Give me all the mac and cheese, please. They also serve salads, sandwiches, burgers, and a bunch of side items. Did someone say parmesan truffle fries?

What to Do

Central Park: There is just something about Central Park. I prefer to explore it on a bike (you can cover more ground that way), but taking a nice stroll is also a great idea. I love the peacefulness of the Central Park. I love how you are in a city with millions of people, but don’t hear a single car in the heart of Central Park.

Brooklyn Bridge: I have been to NYC multiple times, and my most recent trip is the first time I have ever actually walked across Brooklyn Bridge. Let’s be honest – it’s a tourist spot, and I don’t particularly love tourist spots. BUT, I do love a good view and there is no shortage of good views from the Brooklyn Bridge.

Battery Park: I love Battery Park because I love the squirrels that will come right up to you and let you pet them. Yes, I am a weirdo, but I love animals. The park also has a decent view of the Statue of Liberty on a clear day, but lets be real, I only go there for the squirrels.

Trinity Church: Located in the Financial District, I visit this church every time I come to NYC. It’s beautiful. Walking the grounds around the church is my favorite part and it’s so cool to see all the history.

Top of the Rock: Seriously, the best views of the city can be seen from here. I suggest everyone go if for no other reason than to just take in the views. You can buy tickets online and I would suggest getting them a few weeks in advance. Oh, and go early! Less people.

There are also a ton of free things to do in New York City. So, click that link right there to the left and check those out!

What are some of your favorite places in New York City? Leave me a comment!



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