Sometimes you just need a couple of days with an old friend to center yourself.
Lucky for me, my friend Kate came to visit last weekend and we had the best time. I haven’t had a chance to post about it until now, but I definitely didn’t want to skip the recap because there are some good NYC recommendations here.
Follow along with our weekend below!
I had heard great things about this cute, old-school spot in my neighborhood…but the prices have always deterred me. We decided to go for a drink which was the perfect compromise. I had the Hemingway Spritz which I highly recommend if you, like me, hate the taste of alcohol but love a cocktail. We had an appetizer called Baked Potato Monkey Bread and it was every bit as amazing as it sounds.
Five Mile Stone
This place has an ideal casual vibe and every person on the waitstaff has a charming accent—Irish, I think. They have tons of beer options on tap and something on the menu for literally any human on earth. I had the fish tacos and they hit the spot. Anything fried does, right?
Emack & Bolio’s
Obviously we had to finish the night with some ice cream. But not just any ice cream. We went here to get some over-the-top sweets—check out my choice of S’moreo ice cream in a Cinnamon Toast Crunch cone. $9 but worth it, tbh.
Kate is obsessed with Peloton and rides every day at home, so she was psyched to go to the NYC studio and fangirl over the instructors. I called them performers because in addition to working the bike, they have to work the crowd of thousands of people tuning in at home. That’s right, the classes are live streamed! The studio was beautiful and while I’m more into beat-based rides than numbers-based ones, it was a great workout!
The Tenement Museum
I could rave about this place for days. Kate’s friend recommended we go, and I had heard good things as well so we figured we’d give it a shot. It was better than I expected. You get to tour old apartments (tenements) from different decades and learn about the people that lived there. Our tour was called “Under One Roof” and told the story of three very different families with one big thing in common: they were all immigrants trying to make it in the US. It was so interesting and eye-opening and I can’t wait to go back to do all the other tours they offer!
We stumbled upon this place when deciding what to have for lunch. Our only requirement was that the place have rosé so we could celebrate National Rosé Day. This one had that and more. They’re known for “trapizzinos” which are pockets of focaccia bread stuffed with pretty much any Italian goodness you can imagine—I got the eggplant version. Yum!
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge has been on my bucket list since before I moved to NYC, and it was the perfect day for it! The views were beautiful and it was a good experience, but it’s definitely a one-and-done kind of activity. Too many slow walkers for my extremely fast-walking self to handle. Great photo opps, though, and we finished it off with more ice cream!
Ohmygod. I chose this place because I had seen their “YOLO Glass” on Instagram. It’s a ginormous wine glass filled with an incredible tequila-based cocktail and is meant to be shared among 3-4 people. Since we aren’t quitters, Kate and I ordered it for the two of us. I had some sticker shock since it was $80, but in New York you would spend that on two drinks each anyway. It was delicious and hilarious. The food was amazing as well—I had a paella type seafood dish that featured the most heavenly sauce ever.
This brunch was another “OMG” experience. I had wanted to come here for a while but you definitely need reservations. The rooftop is gorgeous—tons of lush plants, modern couches, string lights and a view of the Empire State Building. I tried Frosé for the first time and it did not disappoint! I wish I could eat the Mozzarella Doughnuts before every meal, and my Cheddar Waffles with Charred Chorizo were delish.