New York, New York

This New Years I was incredibly lucky to spend in NYC accompanied by my lovely Mum.

We left on Boxing day & arrived in New York around 3pm. Initially I wanted to travel like a local, getting the metro to the hotel but  we were so exhausted we jumped in a taxi. Trying to resist sleep we headed out for a walk as soon as we arrived and headed up to Washington square & then set ourselves to the task of finding dinner.  The Result: Philly cheese steak at Fanelli Cafe, it was so good we went back on the last day for lunch. The perfect combination of relaxed but lively atmosphere, homely and tasty food.

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As it was our first visit much time was spent on typical tourist things like the 9/11 memorial, Staten Island ferry, the Rockefeller Centre and so on, I won’t bore you with the details. However, if visiting the memorial,  for a quick lunch I would definitely recommend the Italian deli next to the memorial ticket office. Shout your orders & don’t be shy, I ordered the Californian wrap, crammed with chicken, avocado & salad- possibly the best wrap ever.

Two very tasty dinners of the trip were

Boyd Thai (I take my pad Thai addiction with me where ever I go). We shared the Crispy Duck with Pineapple Cashew Nut Salad to start with, it was a little salty for my tastings but my mum devoured it, just as well as our Pad Thai portions were huge but very tasty so I didn’t want to leave even a mouthful.

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Mekong bar, arriving earlier than most diners we were sat in a very quiet dinning room (it got busier) and had the full attention of the waitress, who talked to us for a while about England, the local area and our plans before leaving us to enjoy our meal, which was incredible. Especially the Goi Ga (chicken  and cabbage salad).

The first two days were spent doing so much walking meant I had to pick up a new pair of trainers, we gave up after day 2 and spent the rest of the week whizzing around on the metro.  Part of all this walking was a trip to Serendipity which, knowing my love of ice cream and all things sweet had been recommended by the lovely Abbey at fashionGrace. We arrived around 5 o’clock to a 3 hour waiting list, so sad we didn’t get to go. This will be added to my to-do list for the next trip and I will definitely be booking in advance.

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Unintentionally this has been slightly food focused. I could write forever about the trip. I think it is safe to say that I fell in love with the city. I loved how vibrant it was, the spaces, the architecture. Oh, and the amount of dogs and doggie parks. Let’s be honest, it’s enough in itself to make you love the city.

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