I’m going to be honest and tell you that if it were not for my husband I wouldn’t have gone to New York. This trip was on his “bucket list.” Most of the trips we have taken in our 9 year relationship have been places I wanted to go. And by “places” I mean beaches. My love language is beach vacations. Beach(or pool), sunshine, and a Pina colada in hand. So it was clearly his turn to pick a destination.
We stayed at the Moxy in Manhattan and it was an excellent hotel. Our room was cute and very small but I hear that’s common in the city. I will share some pictures of our room in the post so you can get an idea of the size. The location was great and within walking distant of several shops, restaurants, and landmarks. I would highly recommended it if you are planning a trip to NYC.
Soo.. our flight was suppose to be a direct flight early on Thursday morning. Things did not go as planned. We got bumped back in time and we had to fly to Detroit then on to New York. This always seems to happen to us. Anyone else? In addition, on the flight from Detroit to New York we ran into some turbulence. My husband and I were so happy to get off that plane. Needless to say we basically lost a day of vacation with the flight changes.
When we finally made it in to New York and to our hotel we did some exploring of the area and grabbed a bite to eat. We tired some pizza that was near our hotel and it was alright but nothing that I thought was outstanding.
We headed out and grabbed coffee at Gregory’s and then on to Dough Doughnuts in City Kitchen. City Kitchen is on the second floor and there are several eateries within the space. There are floor to ceiling windows and you can grab a bar stool and eat at a bar by the windows. It was lovely. Coffee, donuts, my husband, and people watching.
After breakfast, we headed out to get on a bus tour that goes around the city. We used the bus company Topview and had a good experience. We were always able to get a seat on the top and never waited long for a bus at any of the stops. We chose this one because you can hop on and off at any of the routine stops. I think most bus tours allow for the getting on and off and it’s a nice way to see and travel the city.
We hopped of the bus mid-way through to get on a the Liberty Cruise that takes you around New York harbor. During this we were able to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, a beautiful Manhattan skyline, and views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The cruise was longer than we expected but we enjoyed it.
After our boat cruise we ate nearby at P.J Clarke’s. We were able to sit outside under some patio lights and it was such a lovely outdoor dining experience. We ordered the fish & chips and a cheeseburger and split them between the two of us. The food and drinks were delicious and I would highly recommend going there if you are in that area.
We took advantage of our hotel’s roof top brunch at the “Magic Hour.” It was a beautiful day and the rooftop had such a cool vibe. The menu had both unique and traditional breakfast options. I could have definitely ate here every morning but you had to have reservations so no such luck on that. I tried to be very casual in my picture taking… lol
Once we finished our brunch we decided to go to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It’s such a beautiful and moving tribute to all that lost their lives that day. We decided to do the self guided audio tour and it was nice to have some more insight into the memorial and the events of that day. I’m sure most of you recall what you were doing that day. I was in high school at the time and we were able to watch the events happen on TV’s that were in our classrooms. I remember going home from school and there was a line about a mile long at the gas station near my house. I think everyone felt shaken and unsure what would happen in the days to come. I didn’t take any pictures at the memorial as I truly just wanted to be in the space and pay my respects. We spent about 5 hours at the memorial so I would recommend carving out some time if you are planning to visit.
Afterwards, we found a sushi restaurant called Haru. I’ll be honest and say that it was decent but I think the sushi restaurants we have in Des Moines are better. We walked to the Brooklyn Bridge after dinner and then went and got frozen yogurt at a place called Taiyaki NYC. It was sooo small inside and smelled wonderful. They are known for their fish cones and they have lots of different options or you can make your own. They have a few locations in the United States and if you are ever near one you should go.
We ate breakfast at Scotty’s Diner on Lexington Ave and it was good but nothing to write home about. The service was fast and friendly and the price was very reasonable for New York. After eating breakfast we realized how close we were to Grand Central Station so we walked through the grand terminal and looked at some of the shops/market inside.
We journeyed on to rent some bikes to ride around Central Park. It took us a minute to figure out where the bike lane started and what side of the lane we should be on. You can’t ride a bike in the park but they have a bike trail right around the park. You can get off it and walk your bike into the park. Riding the bike was a good workout and a great way to see the entire park. It’s truly magnificent. We went into the park when we were done with our ride. It’s such a busy place but not crowded and I believe you could always find a quiet spot if that’s what you wanted. It was Ryan’s favorite part of the trip and I think it might have been mine as well.
That night we went to Little Italy for dinner and it was fantastic. The city blocks off Mulberry street so there is no traffic and all the restaurants and shops are open and people are eating outside and going from shop to shop. I’m not sure if that is just a weekend thing or if that is even on weekdays? We ate at Buona Notte and it was excellent. It’s so hard to choose as there is so many options but I don’t think you can go wrong with anything. After dinner, we did a night time bus tour which was fun but a little chilly. To see New York at night is something in and of itself. Also, you can cover a lot of territory this way.
We booked a late flight out of New York on our last day. Check out time at our hotel was 11AM so we were able to check our luggage at the hotel, free of charge, until we were ready to leave for the airport. It made it really nice to not have to carry luggage around the city.
We grabbed some coffee and then did some walking around. We really didn’t have a plan so we just did some exploring. We walked in Bryant Park, looked around Rockefeller Center, and went into Saks Fifth Ave (just to dream a little). We saw a movie being filmed outside of Saks and we watched that for a little while. Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory was there so we had our first and last celebrity sighting. We stopped by Magnolia bakery and I picked up a banana bread pudding. They are famous for it and I now know why, it was one of the best things I ate on this trip. Then onto pizza at John’s near Time’s Square.
We had an excellent time together and the city treated us well. I am so happy that we were able to go and check this off the bucket list. We were happy to head home to the Midwest.
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