10 Things : New York City

For the holiday weekend I ventured up to New York City.  As I found myself rushing to get into the city, it seemed like everyone else was rushing out.  The city was empty. This weekend could not have been more perfect weather wise, seriously how amazing was it out?!  After walking 22 miles over the course of 2 days, I feel like I successfully conquered the city and I am here to bring you my Top 10 Things from my NYC Weekend.

  1. Cupcakes – NYC can be known as the land of Cupcakes, but to me there is only one king – Sprinkles.  The OG of Cupcakes is a NYC staple and always a priority on my to-do list.  Although I think all flavors are great and wonderful, my personal favorite is the Chocolate Coconut – this flavor is only available on Wednesdays and Sundays so make sure you schedule around that.
  2. The Whitney – The museum of American Art located right along the High Line not only offers amazing art work from the last 100 decades, but also boasts amazing views of the city throughout the 8 floor building.  Honestly its worth it to go solely for the views itself.  Helpful Tip : if you are a Bank of America card member, the first weekend of every month offers FREE admission { usually is $22 to enter } to anyone who shows their card !!!
  3. Gansevoort Market – if you have worked up an appetite walking around the Whitney, no worries, just around the corner is the amazing Gansevoort Market. Filled with food trucks and street vendors offering every type of cuisine you could be craving, I suggest checking out the Tacombi taco truck.
  4. Street Art – NYC is a city full of artists, it doesn’t matter if your work is in a museum or on a street wall, art is everywhere.
  5. Roosevelt Island Tram – although most people use the Tram as a mode of transportation to get in and out of Manhattan, its also a great, cheap way to see the city through a different angle.  For $2.85 you can take a ride across the East River in an aerial tram car with views of all the Upper East Side.  When you make it across to Roosevelt Island you can walk along the waterfront to see some of Manhattan’s major landmarks like the United Nations building.
  6. Columbia University – the oldest institution of learning in NYC is not only a historic landmark, but is simply beautiful.  When you get off the subway at 116 st, it is hard to believe you are in the city anymore.  The main quad of campus is lined with charming coffee shops and restaurants and is a great escape from the hustle & bustle of downtown – 100% worth the subway fare.
  7. Soup Dumplings – yes, these are dumplings filled with a delicious soup and you can find them at Joe’s Shangai in Midtown.  Make sure you ask a server the proper way to eat the dumpling, instead of trying to figure it out on your own like I did.  It will save you some embarrassment.
  8. The Opera – The Metropolitan Opera is my idea of quintessential NYC, but unfortunately it is not the easiest to attend.  If you are like me, and would love to experience the Opera but may not necessarily have the funding to do so, you are in luck!  The Met offers a summer series of FREE showings of their classic performances, such as Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet outside of the Opera Hall.  Grab some food, a to-go bottle of wine and sit outside to watch some of the greats.
  9.  Italian Food – has anyone else noticed that NYC has AMAZING Italian restaurants ? Whether its a Pizza joint or a 5 Star place, NYC has something Italian on every city block.  This weekend we ate at Patsy’s Pizza located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  This family style restaurant is a classic NYC eatery – it has held its ground since 1933 ! We shared a Margarita Pizza, Spinach and Garlic Pasta and a bottle of White Wine – yum !
  10. The Plaza – is there anything more NYC than The Plaza itself? Walking through the fabulous lobby full of extravagant chandeliers and elegantly dressed women is one of my favorite things to do while in the city.  Little do people know, beneath the grand entryway one floor down is an expansive food marketplace.  You can choose from Macaroons, Lobster Rolls or a Caviar bar.  Next time you are in The Plaza, remember to take the escalator down.

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