City Guide ~ Where i ate while in New York

IMG_7622While visiting New York, I was amazed how cheaply you could eat. You’re always told that NYC is really expensive but in my opinion there are places for everyone’s budget, you just have to do your research.

Before my family and I visited New York we googled a lot! Our hotel was situated in the Upper West side so we made sure we knew the area and what was local to us, such as coffee shops, independent restaurants and grocery stores. We also researched other areas like midtown, Upper East Side and the West Village. You may never even visit the places you’ve found online but at least you will know about pricing and if your ever stuck on where to eat you will know a few places you can try.

The first restaurant I wanted to share is where I had my first New York meal. It’s an all American diner situated in the Upper West Side called Big Daddy’s. We ate here twice purely because the food was so good! You can get a shake, Burger and fries for $19! Their fried chicken is definitely one try!!

If you love sports then make sure you visit Tonic bar Time Square! We visited Tonic on game night the Giant’s were playing! (My favourite team) and the atmosphere was amazing. We got seated and served right away. I recommend the spaghetti and meat balls for $15. I’ll warn you know they were huge!!

One night we fancied something different so we decided to try one of the restaurants we saw while researching. Brick Lane Curry House is situated in the Upper East side so we took a taxi across the park. Once we arrived we was seated and served quickly, I have been to a few good curry house’s but BLCH is the one of the best. If you are a fan of Man V Food then you will remember Adam eating the “PHAAL” curry which is the spiciest curry in the world.

Other place we ate…

Magnolia Bakery ~ Ok so this is my favourite places to visit while in New York, their cupcakes don’t compare to any I have had before. We visited the original store on Bleeker St West Village which was featured on Sex & The City!! Proper fan girl moment!! This is one place you can’t miss!! Their classic cupcakes cost $3.50 each and their Speciality cupcakes cost $3.75 each.

The last place on my list is a hidden gem which we only found out about while researching. It’s a sweet lovers paradise!! Dylan’s Candy Bar is on Lexington Av just across the road from Bloomingdales. There’s a sweet shop but also a cafe and bar!! Where you can have slushy’s, cakes and at night Cocktails!!

I have loved writing this post and remembering all the amazing memories I made in NYC. I hope this has helped you if you are planning your first trip to the big city!!

Sophie Xx

**Stay Tuned** I will be sharing more city guides soon which will included Paris & Edinburgh!!

“Fall” NYC Travel Guide

This time 2 years ago I was getting ready to fly to New York City for my 21st birthday. Since a young age I have had an obsession over anything American and my dream is to visit as many states as possible. As New York was my first US state visited it holds a very special place in my heart!

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies”   ~ Joe Fox

New York is at its prettiest during fall/winter and I miss it every year. There’s nothing better than walking around Central Park with the leaves crunching under foot with a hot chocolate keeping your hands warm! Oh it sounds perfect right now!

So this post is my “Fall” New York City Travel Guide and also an excuse for me to reminisce. Lets get started!!

Where I stayed.

While in New York City I stayed at the Beacon Hotel in the Upper West Side. I loved this location as I’m as massive You’ve Got Mail movie fan I was in my element! As everyone knows New York Hotel rooms are very small but at the Beacon it was like having your very own NYC apartment. The location for this hotel was the main stand out, with it being only a few blocks from Strawberry Fields and the Lake, a 2 minute walk to the closest Starbuck and only across the road to Fairway Market this hotel really is perfect!. The staffs were so friendly and willing to answer all our questions. I really can’t recommend this hotel enough!!

Seeing the sites. 

  • Central Park – You can’t visit New York in the fall without walking though Central Park. As the leaves are changing colour and there covering the paths Central park is gorgeous. You could either take in all the views by foot or take a horse and carriage ride and keep warm by snuggling up and watching the sites pass by.
  • Rockefeller Center – Now this is a must, take the elevator to the top and enjoy the best views over New York. I loved visited the Top of the Rock as you get views over The Empire State, Central Park and Freedom Tower.
  • Times Square – Ok so no matter what time of year Time Square is always on the list of things to see! I recommend going twice once at night and once in the day, there’s nothing better than seeing the lights.

Shopping Shopping Shopping – Ok so this is another thing that’s on the list no matter what the season! I love Christmas so I was really happy that all the Christmas stock was in the stores like Christmas cards, decorations and also Christmas gift sets that you can’t get here in the UK! Also as America does Halloween bigger and better than us look out for Halloween candy!!

Where to Eat & Drink

Ok so this all depends on how much money you have decided to spend, while I was there with my Mum and Sister we wanted to eat proper american food without the fancy price tag. In New York there’s so much to choose from. 1. Do your research! 2. Talk to the staff in your hotel, they will know the best places that locals love that are not tourist hot spots.

My Tips & Tricks

  •  Walk EVERYWHERE ~ Theres no better way to see everyday Manhattan life then walking the side walks! While I was in New York my family and I only used the subway once, not because of money but because we wanted to see things and find those places we wouldn’t have found without walking!
  • Catching Yellow Cabs ~ While visiting we took a few cabs daily at night when we didn’t want to use the subway and also on the days we did loads of shopping it’s so much easier than walking with all your bags! Just remember if you’re in Midtown hailing a cab you could be sitting in a lot of traffic!
  • Markets not Room Service! ~ First things first, room service is expensive anywhere you go so if you are wanting some food while you’re relaxing in you hotel room take a trip to the local market/store it works it a lot cheaper!

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I really hope you enjoyed this post I cant wait to share more of my travels with you!

Sophie Xx

**Stay TUNED** I will be posting a few more posts where I will got in to more detail on the places I love to visit in NYC. Also stay tuned for October’s My Little box!!