New York City - A Weekend
- just came back from an amazingly crazy whirlwind weekend celebrating one of my best friends 40th in the Big Apple. Somehow my iPhone went missing in the process (don’t worry - it came back…) therefore no iPhone pictures of mine this time. Here is my list of the latest places we hit and that I greatly recommend. There are a few “older” repeat spots, but they are still very much good spots.
Hotel Americano - our home base for the weekend. Slick place that caters to the art/design crowd. Rooms are miniscule so don’t bring a lot of luggage (or kids for that matter). In room iPads and Aesop toiletries are a nice touch.
Highline Hotel - this would be my 2nd choice and where I would stay next time - just take a look at it.
Marlton Hotel - former SRO turned hip hotel in an up-and-coming part of Greenwich village, many ghosts of writers past…
Blue Bottle Coffee - recently opened a cafe and brew bar next to Chelsea market. I love their coffee. very smooth lattes and cappuccinos.
Chez Sardine - a West Village hotspot I really enjoyed, both vibe and food.
Chop Shop - a sleek Asian diner in Chelsea.
Doughnut Plant - the coffee cake doughnut is my latest obsession, I would travel to NYC solely for these baked pieces of heaven.
El Quinto Pino - super tiny (come early), super fun and super delicious tapas.
Hecho en Dumbo - proving the taco craze is hottest in NYC, the gulf shrimp in squid ink is to die for.
Luke’s Lobster - the best lobster roll, period.
Marimoto - the Iron Chef’s sushi is some of the best I’ve had on the east coast.
Musket Room - New Zealand meets Nolita in this elegant chic room, perfect for a date.
Red Farm - casual and the fusion food is delicious, the atmosphere playful.
Stumptown Coffee - the West Coast roaster hits Manhattan with this awesome, awesome let me tell you, espresso bar.
Tacombi - lots of fun (it feels like you are in a Mexican backyard), with delicious tacos.
Taim - the best falafel sandwiches outside the Middle East.
Tipsy Parson - chicken and waffles!
Aesop - the new Chelsea shop is pretty cool.
Flight 001 - a must stop for any serious jetsetter.
Gallery Hopping - Chelsea is art central, you would actually need a few weeks (possibly months) to see them all.
High Line - winter isn’t the optimal time to visit, but remains popular all the same.
New Museum - check what is exhibiting here before you go as quality varies wildly, the rooftop deck is open only on weekends.
Odin - one of my favourite shops in NYC.
101 Spring Street - fan of artist Donald Judd? Even if you are not, this restored single-use cast-iron building, the last remaining one in SoHo is worth a look.
SKU - menswear made in the USA!
Sleep No More - the hottest site specific show in Manhattan is going strong and remains highly recommended. Currently on sale until early 2014.
Union Square Holiday Market - perfect place to buy some stocking stuffers and stuff your face with waffles, meatballs and hot apple cider.
A FEW TIPS
There are 5 airlines that serve the Toronto to NYC market so fare wars are commonplace but you do need to book early as the last minute fares, even with all the competition, can be steep.
If I had a choice I would not travel to NYC the weekend immediately after the US Thanksgiving, the city and more importantly the shops, are empty and the Christmas decorations are not quite up yet, I would suggest mid December.
NEW YORK HOTEL WEEK is back in 2014 for a 3rd year, 30 hotels are participating this time with rates of $100, $200 or $300 per night (including the Americano) for stays between January 3-12.
this trip I stuck to the Chelsea, West Village, Union Square, Bowery and Nolita neighborhoods. I would go so far as saying if you are going for a weekend only, pick 2 hoods max. There’s just too much to see and do, and doing more than 3 in 36 hours is just crazy…
all images (except the 1st one) are via the respective business* top image is a Pamela Barsky bag with a little NYC’ attitude.
SLEEP NO MORE!!!