As I told you yesterday, I spent this past weekend celebrating my 30th birthday in NYC. Besides watching the EXPRESS fashion show at Times Square, I also did lots of eating, drinking, some shopping and tons of walking. When traveling, I really enjoy just walking through the neighborhoods and watching as the locals go about their day. NYC is a great city to do this in. There are so many interesting neighborhoods and not to mention beautiful Central Park.
If you are planning a trip to NYC anytime soon, here are some places you should check out!
Located inside the Crowne Plaza at Times Square this chic bar is a great place to grab a drink and do some people watching. I had a Pink Martini ($15-yeah we were definitively in NYC). The drink was very refreshing and just what I needed to start celebrating.
We took the subway to the West Village and got off on 14th street quickly coming across this hip bar/restaurant. We had already had dinner so we were just there for drinks. But I did see a sign that said $1 oysters and happy hour from 5-7 p.m. every day! So if you like oysters and happy hour you might want to check this place out when you are in NYC. Sadly, we missed happy hour. I did enjoy a glass of their signature sangria, “many try, but only few succeed in replicating the authentic Spanish potion featured in the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.” I can’t say if it is a successful replicate of 1964’s but I can say it was really really good!
Cheap drinks! We stumbled onto this cafe on the corner of Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village. We sat outside and ordered some of their $4 margaritas. I had a strawberry margarita and enjoyed some late-night people watching. We didn’t order any food but it looked yummy. Their specials are $4 margaritas every night and happy hour on weekdays from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. all beers only $3 (includes imports). If you are looking for cheap drinks in NYC this is a great place to enjoy them at.
Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for some delicious pizza. It’s located next to Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge on Old Fulton St. Originally, we were going to have pizza at Grimaldi’s but I was quite hungry by the time we made it across the bridge. And of course it was lunch time on a Friday so the line at Grimaldi’s was super long. There was not a line at Juliana’s and since we have a Grimaldi’s in Dallas (which I’ve been to several times) I thought let’s try this place out. And I was so glad we did because the pizza was just as delicious as Grimaldi’s! We had a small white pizza (has 8 slices) with pepperoni. They also have the cute glass bottle soft drinks. It was a perfect lunch date in Brooklyn! So, if you do not want to stand in line at Grimaldi’s, check this pizza place out. After all, I heard it’s owned by Grimaldi’s and they opened it for the over-flow.
If you find yourself in Rockefeller Plaza and in the mood for some burgers & fries at a reasonable price then this is the place for you. I think my burger was like $8. I say reasonable because at another place they were like $19.
We stopped at a Cafe Metro on Avenue of the Americas for breakfast. It’s a quick-casual restaurant. They have some sample plates to choose from, as well as a menu. It’s cafeteria style, so you let them know what you want & they quickly make it for you. They can make you an omelet, pancakes, french toast or perhaps you want an egg sandwich. Breakfast was very satisfying and got us ready for our busy day in NYC.
A super-quick and cheap lunch in NYC is a hot dog and drink for about $4 from one of the many hot dog carts. We enjoyed our hot dogs at Central Park. Some of the NYC hot dog carts even have Dr Pepper for those of you who are addicted to this particular soft drink (I have several friends who only drink Dr Pepper).
Unfortunately, every time I came across a Wafels & Dinges I was stuffed. Otherwise, I would have definitively had me one or two. They looked delicious and the reviews all seem to be positive. Maybe next time I’ll save some room for Waffles & Dinges.