Those yellow taxis (which these days are being taken over by Uber), bagel stalls and high rise buildings are staples of New York in my mind. It’s an amazing feeling to arrive in New York, there’s a special energy when walking down the streets (my step count on my health app went up big time) of the Big Apple.
It’s the second time I’ve been to New York during autumn, and the first time when I really felt the freezing cold and the first time I really got the sense of HOW much the Americans love Halloween. SO much that they’ve already bought their costumes weeks in advance and everything is made out of pumpkin (slight exaggeration).
My things to do list from this time is..
..Visiting a rooftop, there are plenty out there and it’s really the best way to soak in the atmosphere of the city. Wonderful, if not high rooftop bar/restaurant, is at the Refinery hotel (63 W 38th Street), with extremely tasty desserts and great views to the city. I think any place with a view will really do, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive touristy one.
Visiting Macy’s has almost become a tradition of mine just before leaving the town. There always seem to be some sort of sale going on, perhaps there is a sale on every day (?) and I always seem to step out of the store with something from Michael Kors. Simply because I would never go to MK in London. The wellies I bought last year have become absolutely vital in my wardrobe. I didn’t think of it as much when I bought them, but it is a proof that it does rain a lot in London.
I have always wanted to visit an outlet and this time, I did. The one I went to was The Mills at Jersey Gardens which I’d say is miles away, but in reality, only a 40min bus ride away from Manhattan. Shops like Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secrets, Michael Kors and Coach are all there lined up to fill up your afternoon.
Have dinner somewhere special, with someone special. So me and my hubster went to Blue Hill at 75 Washington Place. It’s a restaurant founded by Dan Barber, who is very focused on fresh and seasonal ingredients. So focused in fact, that the first bits of our meal were presented to us as fresh radish and white chocolate. Whilst we were chomping on those, we were brought a bunch of vegetables to take a look at, before they were brought back to the kitchen to be cooked for us.
The atmosphere of the restaurant somehow reminded me of places in London. The cocktails were outstanding, I love a place where the bar tender can prepare something from just giving her my favourite flavours. ‘Spicy’ and ‘fresh’ brought me a fantastic non-alcoholic peppery cocktail. I have never had anything close to it, even with some alcohol in it!
Have a New York brunch. The brekkies in New York are pretty amazing, starting from the ones near Broadway with singing waitresses, who want to break it on Broadway, ending with some very classy, yet down to Earth ones. My favourite is Parker & Quinn. The decor resembles something of a mafia movie, the staff look classy and can almost read your minds at times – ‘more coffee?’