As we will soon be officially bidding the Northeast farewell in favor of the mid-Atlantic, we decided that one last trip to New Your City was necessary. Mumsie came for a final visit to our Bethlehem abode so we decided that it was the perfect time to take a jaunt into the city. We were so excited because my dad, who has lately been gallivanting across the country for work, was able to meet us in Manhattan for the weekend.
We spent the weekend in the Grand Hyatt which was completely fabulous.
For NYC standards, the rooms were GIGANTIC. And the fact that it was on top of Grand Central Station made it the most convenient location EVER. We did not have to take a single cab all weekend. Plus, since my dad has been basically living in Hyatt Hotels across America, he has “super duper special status” and we were able to hang out in the “Club Room.”
Basically this place was my favorite–free wifi, great views of the city, free drinks, tea, coffee and free food! It. Was. Awesome. When my family was able to persuade me to actually leave the special room, we did some quality New York adventuring.
We brunched as Sarabeth’s where I got the most amazing spinach omelet:
(I did not eat the toast–but it made the plate look pretty–also, I totally forgot to take a picture until I was a few bites in–sorry!)
It was such a darling restaurant.
I have wanted to visit Sarabeth’s ever since I saw her delightful looking preserves in the carefully selected food stuffs of Williams-Sonoma
We also visited one of my all-time favorite spots in NYC–The Plaza Hotel!
Did anyone else read Eloise as a kid?
My mom always used it as a lesson in “how NOT to act” since Eloise was basically a spoiled brat–however, I always dreamed of being able to LIVE in a hotel–and not just any hotel–The PLAZA!
We then went inside and pretended like we were celebrities!
Did y’all know that there is a luxury book publishing house INSIDE of The Plaza? They sell these incredible (and pricey!) books on fashion and luxury living. The people that work there were surprisingly unpretentious and actually urged us to explore (and TOUCH!) the books. Am I the only person that turn into a scared 8-year-old when I am in an expensive store? I suddenly feel like I am in severe danger of “you break it, you buy it” status.
After acting very civilized in the bookstore, we headed down to the lower level of the Plaza to Eloise Wonderland
They even have a TEA room for little girls to visit!
It was completely magical!
After Mumsie and I absorbed every adorable square inch, we all headed to Central Park. Chase proceeded to make friends with a musician who let him try to play his crazy instrument. Chase definitely needs to stick to doctoring…
We had some seriously amazing meals when we were in New York. We decided that if we lived in New York there is no way you could go to the same restaurant twice because there are just too many delicious places. While we were in the city, we ate at this guy’s restaurant:
Bobby Flay knows what he is doing!
The food at Mesa was insane!
From the pork
To the Chili Rellenos
To the insanely delicious side dishes (Roasted corn, Smoked Chile collard greens, Double-Baked Potato
with Horseradish, Green Onions
+ Creme Fraiche)
Um, yeah…it was all DELICIOUS!!! If you are visit NYC, you MUST go to Mesa!
We also discovered an amazing Mexican restaurant called Sinigual.
This place had the BEST guacamole I have ever had in my entire LIFE. It was heavenly.
In addition to the amazing meals we had, Mumsie and I made sure to include some cupcake tasting (or frosting eating in my case).
We tried Baked By Melissa Cupcakes
Which only sells mini-cupcakes and when I say mini, I mean MINI.
(Magnolia Cupcake on the left, Melissa’s mini on the right).
I was not a fan of Melissa’s because for a frosting-only girl like myself, Melissa did not give me much to work with! My heart still belongs to Sprinkles–I mean they sell FROSTING shots!
This would be me with a heavenly shot of cinnamon cream cheese frosting–like I said before–who needs alcohol when you can have FROSTING shots and cupcake tastings?!
Aside from experiencing culinary and cupcake perfection, we also did several quintessentially NYC tourist activities:
We took the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty ferry. I, happily, did not get sea sick which was truly miraculous as I get nauseous in the bathroom.
It was amazing to see the statue up close. We took the audio tour which was incredibly fascinating. I totally recommend it!
Besides visiting the statue, we also spent an afternoon at the Met!
It was wonderful! We saw everything from stain-glassed windows created by Louis Tiffany (as in the lamps and the son of the Tiffany Jeweler founder), Egyptian tombs and mummys (I love a good mummy) and tons of paintings.
No trip to New York City would be complete without a bit of shopping. Mumsie and I may have happened upon a TWO-STORY Lilly Pulitzer store on the Upper East side. Pure heaven.
Mumsie may have FORCED me to get this little gem…
I am thinking pink high heels–thoughts?
Basically it was a perfect trip from start to finish!
Have you visited NYC? What are your favorite places in the city or where would you like to visit?