NY Day 3: The Last Day

Our final day in NY we had planned to stick around Brooklyn, but instead ended up checking out Brooklyn and heading back into the city! We got to do and see some random things which made the trip come full circle for us.

We started this morning by just getting ready and heading out. If you know me, you know that I need a cup of coffee in the morning to kick things off, but I actually did okay. We made it to Ix’s for coffee, stew, and a sandwich.

We could have probably just had the soup and been fine! The soup was so incredible and the flavors in the broth were warm and savory. It was definitely the star here!

After that we headed to Prospect Park and enjoyed the sunshine and walked around. I won’t lie I think after a few days of being on foot and some lingering jet lag we were both really feeling it because we (I) got tired of the park pretty quick and we went on to another adventure.

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Brooklyn Heights is something we wanted to check out and it’s a beautiful little stroll by the water! After a short sit to hydrate we decided to take the trek over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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I love that the bridge has a place for walkers and bikers so anyone can enjoy the view and enjoy strolling into Manhattan from Brooklyn.

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Once there we rewarded ourselves with a hotdog from Nathan’s. Apparently we need to eat after each trek otherwise we’ll wither away 😉

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With a bit more energy we went and saw the World Trade Center. I had no idea there was a Westfield mall there, but it was cool to see.

Afterwards we went to find the NY Stock Exchange and on the way I needed a snack…pretty desperately. We found a biryani truck that also sold Kati rolls. We ordered one Kati roll with lamb.

I was expecting one roll when we opened up the package, but instead we got two little ones-even better! These were so good!! It’s meat and sauce and lettuce wrapped in a paratha and made to eat on the go. We just stood there and scarfed it down, but one of my favorite items we had this trip.

After finally arriving at the NY Stock Exchange we took in all the buildings and took a few minutes to just sit on the stairs across from the stock exchange building just to take it all in.

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Then we headed to Di Fara’s for a slice of cheese 🙂

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And took a short walk for taiyaki at Taiyaki NYC…this was really good, but Somi Somi will always have my heart ❤️

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L’industrie Pizzeria was the last pizza stop of our trip and it was a pretty great one. It was a great slice, but different than a traditional NY slice. The crust was a little flaky and the cheese was lighter despite being topped off with parm before being baked. I really enjoyed it!

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We were both so beat that we headed home to pack up some things before heading out to our evening plans at Union Hall. We love comedy and this particular comedy show combined magic and comedy. We didn’t know it when we bought the tickets, but we were more than fine with it and enjoyed the show!

After our Chinese food in Philly I had been wanting to try some in NY and got the chance after the show. Sadly, I don’t remember the place and I wasn’t a fan of the food sooo…it all works out?

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By the time we made it home we were ready to crawl into bed and get some shut eye before having an early wake up time for JFK!

If you’ve been following along on our travels thank you so much! It’s been fun posting and remembering our trip 🙂

Have you been to NY? What things did you enjoy-food or other?

NY Day 2: The day of 3 Pizzas

NY day 2 started the similarly to the way day 1 started-coffee and a bagel. This time with a bit of a further walk…I think the place was called Lola’s.

After showering up we headed back to the city for some more exploring! We had some plans on what we wanted to do for the day and our first stop was this NYC institution.

We bought a chocolate chip and a chocolate peanut butter chip and my oh my were these cookies incredible!

After securing our dessert we stopped by a pizza place called Made in New York Pizza.

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Quite possibly my favorite slices of the trip!

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We walked around exploring the area and found our way to Central Park. If the first day was cold and rainy, the second was sunny and pretty warm. We took off our jackets and found an ice-cream truck!

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We walked some more and headed to a subway station to head to another NYC institution-Katz Deli.

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Okay, don’t kill me for saying this, but I have to be honest. As a foodie, I am so glad we went! It’s a place I would have always wondered about if we hadn’t gone. As a foodie, I felt a bit let down because the food was just okay? Maybe I missed something!

If you’ve been to Katz let me know what you thought?

For our dessert stop we found a Black Tap that was super close and couldn’t resist. This is something that’s been on our list for YEARS and let’s just say it did not disappoint!

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We shared this monstrosity and felt like we were 10 years old again! Super giddy on sugar we walked around explored some more. We explored Chinatown and found a million little stores selling the same little touristy trinkets!

It was time for another food stop, another slice of pizza! Prince Street Pizza had a line that went quickly and a slice that was worth the wait. We devoured this slice and walked some more contemplating our evening plans.

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We found ourselves in Washington Square Park and sat down as it started sprinkling down some rain.

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We were torn between a few things and finally decided on some live music. We were not disappointed by any means! This band played R&B and hiphop and man were they good! We had so much fun singing and swaying to the music…

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Right next door there was an Artichoke Pizza-we honestly could have shared one slice because these slices were HUGE. I don’t think the picture does it any justice!

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We headed back home and slept hard!

What’s your favorite slice in NY?

 

NY Day 1: The day of 3 Bagels

Our first morning in Brooklyn, we woke up and went for a short stroll for a coffee and some breakfast. We found PLG Coffeehouse and had our own coffees and split an everything bagel with cream cheese.

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We hurried back home to shower and head out for the day! We took the subway into Manhattan and explored Grand Central Station.

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Immediately after we had to stop for another bagel at Ess-a-Bagel. There was a pretty hefty line, but we finally made it to the front and ordered an Everything Bagel with lox, cream cheese with chives, capers, tomatoes, and even some lettuce.

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We knew we’d want something sweet to have post bagel so we also decided to get a black and white cookie.

The bagel was so, so good! It’s one of my favorite bagels of the trip and the cookie was so soft and cakey! I normally am not a cakey cookie person, but it worked so well here…I devoured every last bite!

As we were heading out we noticed that it was downright pouring outside and let me tell you we were not prepared, but we also did not care one bit! We love being anywhere downtown in the rain…there’s something romantic and magical about it (blame rom-coms)!

We had some sights we wanted to see in the area we were in so we started our journey and stopped a few times to take some pictures. There are so many incredible buildings and doors in NYC!

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Rockefeller Center was one of our first stops to look around…

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Our next stop was the NY Public Library and again such gorgeous doors and ceilings! I may have already been a little door obsessed and being in NY made it worse 🙂

Right around from the library was Bryant Park where everything looked so green…

We walked from there to the Empire State Building

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No idea who this guy is!

From ESB to ANOTHER bagel shop (our 3rd)! Best Bagel and Coffee had everything seasoning on the top and bottom of the bagel…we shared another bagel with lox and all the fixings.

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We had stopped by a Lindt shop on our way and picked up some truffles and we had a couple for dessert post bagel.

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We headed out to find the High Line and found these tulips on the way. Besides doors, NYC is filled with so many tulips!

The High Line stretched on forever and we walked basically all of it, admiring the new apartments and taking in murals.

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We hopped off eventually and headed to Chelsea Market where I smelled the most incredible candles (and yes, nearly cried), but sadly we had barely any space in our luggage so I couldn’t get any. A blessing and a curse.

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At Chelsea Market we found a taco shop that we wanted to check out anyway and got a carne asada and a chicken taco to share.

Our dessert stop was at City Cakes where we got 3 cookies. A chocolate chip walnut, white chocolate mac, and a snickerdoodle I believe? These are hefty half pound cookies!

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We walked off our food by heading to Times Square and walking around! We had seen some of it during the day when we arrived, but it was just incredible to be there IRL at night.

After all the bagels we wanted to have at least one slice of ‘za before our day of eating ended so we had a $1 slice…it felt wrong to not have at least one slice of pizza!

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We had some plans for the night-a comedy improv show at Upright Citizens Brigade in Hell’s Kitchen. We made it there and were so happy to finally sit for a bit after all the walking!

The show was great and even though we had thought about grabbing food after-our bellies were full and our feet were exhausted. We found the fastest metro route home and made it home to finally chill the heck out!

Are you guys as obsessed with doors as I am? Or with bagels? Let me know in the comments!

Arriving in NY

Sooo….I think I left off with our last day in Philly! We woke up the next morning pretty exhausted, but gathered ourselves and our things and left for the Amtrak to NY. We arrived a couple of hours later and decided to get an unlimited Metro Pass for a week. We had decided it would not be a good idea to do a rental car and would be much easier to get around through public transportation-which ended up being very true!

We got our passes and came out at Madison Square! We decided to stop and grab some pizza before heading to our AirBnB in Brooklyn. We lugged our luggage around the crowded city in hunt for our first NY slice. We found Joe’s and grabbed a few slices…nothing like eating a slice in the fresh NY air!

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Knowing us you know we looked up desserts and found that donut place we wanted to try-Dough-was just a little ways off. We obvi decided the right thing to do was to head on over and get a few 🙂

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Honestly, by the time we did all this we were pretty much done carrying around our stuff and were ready to unload. We hopped on a subway station, took a little stroll, and arrived at our home for the next few days.

After taking a minute to chill and somewhat organize ourselves we headed back out to explore. B was born and lived in Brooklyn for a while in his young life so he wanted to go check out his neighborhood, school, stores, parks, and such we headed that way.

It was really sweet to see where he grew up and and hear his stories about growing up there. We took some pics to send to his fam and finally decided to find some dinner!

We found Taci’s Beyti Turkish Restaurant-YOU GUYS! Holy cow! The service was SO BAD here, but the food was delicious. I don’t even want to get into the service, but we were in tears laughing at how terrible it was.

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They brought us some bread which was warm and so yummy!

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We ordered a pastrami hummus platter to start…

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And their lamb kebabs for our main. We were able to comfortably share both of these and were both stuffed! I couldn’t even think of dessert…who am I?

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Veggies hidden behind the pita

We caught a bus back home and watched some television until we couldn’t keep our eyes open. That concludes our first night in NY! I’m hoping to get the rest of the posts scheduled soon so fingers crossed!

Have you ever been to Brooklyn? What did you think?