New York State of Mind

Ahhh the city that never sleeps…New York, New York <3


New York is just one of those places you have to see for yourself. Not only is it a world-wide known destination; it is filled with so much to do that you could never be bored.

Now if you are a first timer and not a big city person, then you might be a bit overwhelmed and it might be a scary thought to plan a trip to NYC. Being from Chicago, it is just another big city for me, but when I say big…I really mean it. It is impossible to get through everything in one weekend, but also a weekend is the perfect amount of time as well because you know you will be back.

The city sucks you in somehow and leaves you with wanting more of it, so book that ticket you will not regret it.


Check out some of these spots below for a user-friendly guide to the Big Apple:


The Meatball Shop – I am not a big meatball person but OMG were these good! I had these amazing chicken meatballs and the sauce was to die for. Make sure you also try their ice cream sandwich for dessert because it is amazing. There are a few Meatball Shops in NYC, but you have to check one out on your trip.


Saluggi’s Pizza – located in the neighborhood of Tribeca, this little pizza shop has an amazing atmosphere and delicious pizza. It felt very homey and I felt like I was transported to Italy at a little mom and pop shop.


Catch – this place deserves 10 stars. This is hands down one of my favorite restaurants I have EVER been to, and that says a lot because I have been to a lot of restaurants. Not only is this place a hot spot and you might see some celebrities (I saw some of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules reality stars), but the food is totally worth the price. Make sure you make a reservation because the place is always packed.


The Osprey – this place is so picturesque and has such a fun and vibrant vibe. Not only is it super cute inside but they have outdoor seating with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Come here for some mouth-watering brunch and then walk it off in Brooklyn.


Jams – another great brunch spot. It is in the perfect location (located by Central Park), so offering you a lot to do after. The food is also pretty amazing and the ambiance is also very hipster and cool.


Parker & Quinn – this place also has a very cool vibe and ambiance. It almost feels like a speakeasy. The food was also amazing and it is in a good location; a few blocks away from Rockefeller Center and Times Square.


Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza – the first pizzeria in the United States and if that is not enough to visit this restaurant then just know that the pizza here is some of the best I have had in the states. Located in Little Italy, this pizzeria makes the classic Neapolitan style pizza and let’s be honest…that is the best kind of pizza out there (sorry Chicago – deep dish doesn’t even come close, I still love you dough (HA get it) <3). Anyways, try this place out, you will not be disappointed.


To See/Do

See a Broadway Show – you’re in New York so this is the perfect opportunity to go see one. If you do not feel like spending a lot of money, then check out a smaller production and not one of the big hits like Wicked (those are the pricey ones).

Times square – you did not go to New York if you did not see Times Square. This is something, although SUPER touristy and crowded, you just have to go and see. There are a few shops that you can go in and explore. Do not forget to take the sights in of all the billboards.

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Bryant park – this place is so magical during winter. There is an ice rink and all these little shops are set up that sell food and lots of holiday goodies. It is also great to see during other seasons as well, you can come grab a drink or some food and people watch all day.


Central Park – now this is a given. I have been to NYC twice now, once in the fall and once in the Winter. Each season has so much to offer, the fall was gorgeous with the leaves and the winter well it still had its charms and you can even spend your time ice skating. The park is huge, so if you do not want to do it all in one day then come back each day of your trip to see something new. My goal for sure is to come by in the spring and the summer, when the grass is green and the flowers are blooming.


Grand Central Station – gossip girl here…if anyone has seen GG then you know this is where Serena was first spotted in the pilot episode. The station is really pretty and it is a cool spot to see and visit. It is also right by Bryant Park, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

Empire state – if you love beautiful views then this is a must. I cannot even begin to explain how beautiful the city looks from the top of the Empire State Building. It is absolutely breath-taking (literally…it was pretty windy) and I highly recommend seeing it once in your life.

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Brooklyn Bridge – Instagram Haven for sure! This bridge is so picturesque that you will not be short of amazing Instagram shots. It is pretty crowded and you have to watch out for the bikes (they can be kind of mean), but every once in a while you get a moment without people to snap that perfect picture. Start over on the Brooklyn side and make your way into the city and check out Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial once done.


Rockefeller Center –  this area is filled with shopping and dining. It is magnificent during the holidays due to having a big tree and ice skating available. It is on 5th street, so it is super close to a lot of other attractions and shopping.

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Statue of Liberty – you can see lady liberty from different points of the city and especially if you are by wall street. You can walk up to where the ferry leaves and still get some pics from further away. If you want to see it up close, then make sure you hop on the ferry for a closer look.

Neighborhoods to check out:

Astoria – for a fun night life

Manhattan – that is where pretty much everything is

SoHo – for some extravagant shopping

Tribeca – for the architecture

China Town – well because it’s China Town and who doesn’t love that

Brooklyn – for those hipster vibes


Upper East Side – gossip girl here…enough said – check out the Met

What is your favorite neighborhood in New York City?! Comment below, I need another excuse to visit NYC πŸ™‚

Happy Travels – xoxo Dre <3

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