Hi girls, at the start of the month i left the craziness of SBB and entered the mayhem of New York City. As this was not my first visit to The Big Apple, due to spending my Summer of 2018 there, i only made a flying visit over on a girls trip this time around! As i was only in the city for five days, I wanted to make the most of my time and cram in as many restaurants/bars/cafes as physically possible as i have ticked off all of my sight-seeing.
Where I Stayed
Lucky for me, i had no accomodation to pay for this time around as i was staying with a friend in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. However i have previously stayed in Hyatt Herald Square on a prior trip and i could not recommend it enough. It was in a central location to Times Square, Grand Central, Madison Square Garden and so much more.. I definitely recommend checking it out if you are planning on a trip to New York. It also has a rooftop bar and was one of the most reasonable prices when i was searching for accomodation at the time.
Where I Wined & Dined
The first pit-stop i made when i arrived was somewhere I had on the very top of my list and that was Westlight NYC. A rooftop bar with the most amazing views of the Manhattan Skyline from a terrace and glassed in lounge. We did intend on making it in time for sunset but you know what us girls are like when trying to get ready..however i can't complain about sipping on a cocktail whilst looking over at the bright lights of Manhattan. Gossip Girl Vibes!
Just a little tip - Book a table online in advance as this is quickly becoming a very popular spot! Oh and it is a little on the pricey side, but its not every day you get to drink cocktails on a rooftop bar, eh?
The next day happened to be my birthday so that was another excuse to get to another place on my bucket-list. Staying in Williamsburg, we headed off to Sunday In Brooklyn. Although it was very busy, the atmosphere in here was still very relaxing and definitely tricked me into thinking it was a chilled Sunday morning even though it was a Thursday Afternoon in the hustle & bustle of New York.
On the Brunch menu there is a huge variety of drinks and dishes including many vegetarian & vegan options. There is something for everyone and it is also a great place if you want to try something different!
Another top tip- order the Malted Pancakes full stop!! I'm just gonna leave this image right here..
Ok, so my ENTIRE trip didn't consist of eating but the third and last place i want to mention is Carroll Place. An Italian American Winebar & Gastropub in Greenwich Village with a rustic ambience, live music and a cocktail bar. This was hands down my favourite eatery in New York! We made a reservation here for a friends birthday so the Brunch Menu worked a little differently, almost like tapas. We picked a few of our favourite dishes which were then served out to us to share along with endless helpings of Mimosas and Sangria. I was obviously enjoying myself here too much to take any photos but i couldn't recommend it anymore, and the area that it is situated is super cute and filled with so many eateries and bars.
What I Wore
I strongly advise anyone that is heading to New York to wear comfortable footwear, and i cannot emphasise that enough as your trip will involve alot of walking.
I brought along my trusty white trainers and wore them along with almost every single outfit as they were so comfy, matched every outfit I packed and the platform gave me the extra little bit of height I need haha. The little diamante details made them a little bit dressier than regular white trainers so i could pair them up with the Dolly Colourblock Mini Dress i wore to Brunch!
Blonca Platform Sneaker
Dolly Colourblock Mini Dress
Another tip i have for dressing in New York is layers as like here, the weather is unpredictable. I brought along with me this Guess Trench Coat as i could wear it casual during the day and wear it with dresses at night time, plus it was warm but light enough to pack away if it got too warm.
Guess Alessia Trench - Suburban Beige
Another must-have in my opinion is a back-pack, i bring one along with me on every flight i go on. I just find that they are so practical for carrying around the airport plus i can fit in so many things including my IPad and a rain coat incase it is raining at my arrival destination, or even a spare sweater if it gets chilly on the plane! A great example is this Guess Backpack that we have. I especially love the zip compartment for storing loose items such as earphones or even to keep your passport handy for boarding.
Guess Urban Chic Backpack
If it's good enough for Blair Waldorf...
I hope anyone that is heading to New York finds this post helpful, it just gives a very small insight into a huge, amazing city! For any other questions just send us a message to the Instagram page.