Thursday, 17 May 2018

NYC trip guide


I have finally got round to putting together my NYC guide. I give my recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and everything in between. My visit was with university as part of my course but we were given complete freedom to do whatever we wanted and we definitely did our fair share of exploring and made the most of our week.

Before you go: Make sure you apply for an ESTA before you visit the USA (you even need one if you're catching a connecting flight in the USA) You want the official goverment website and it can take anything from 5 minutes to 48 hours to be approved.

Getting there: 
We flew from Newcastle with KLM and had a stopover at Amsterdam airport. We ended up traveling for 11/12 hours altogether.

Where to stay: The Row Hotel, Times Square. The location of this hotel was perfect and as it was close to everything, it was also great value for money. When in a city such as New York you don't spend a lot of time in your hotel room but these rooms came with two 3/4 beds, a bath and shower, tv, wardrobe and everything else you could need.


How to get around: They have the subway in NYC, very similar to the tube in London which makes getting around NYC super easy. You pay per ride and can preload your ticket with a certain number of rides and then top up at any station. You can get ubers and taxis too but we used the subway for big sections of journeys and then walked in between. We were doing over 20,000 steps every day!


The weather: We went in February, towards the end of fashion week and we were lucky with the weather. It was still a little on the chilly side but we had days of sunshine which meant it felt much warmer. If you're looking for hot sunny weather then obviously spring and summer are for you. I've also heard that January is a good time of year to go if you can brace the cold, there aren't many people around and is very quiet after Christmas.

Where to eat:

Jacks Wife Freda - The most instagrammable breakfast you can imagine but be prepared to wait for a table!


Shake Shack - I know we now have these in the UK but I had never had one and we had one just across the road from our hotel. I wasn't disappointed and particularly loved the fries loaded with cheese and bacon!


Ellen's Stardust Diner - Pre warning that the queues for this can be very long indeed! You can't book so you may have to be willing to just go and wait for a table.

Tipping:
I found eating out in NYC quickly became very expensive, there are tax and tips added to all meals. You're usually expected to tip at least 18% or staff can get very offended and rude about it as its basically their wage.

What to see: 

9/11 memorial and museum - A must see and I would really recommend the museum too. It was extremely interesting and very moving.


Central Park - We walked through Central Park on the way to the Met, there was snow still on the ground and it was so pretty. Not sure I realised how big it really is!


The Met museum - The largest art museum in the USA, there is a suggested entrance fee but you can pay what you feel is suitable. You may recognise the steps outside from Gossip Girl!


Grand Central station - Worth the visit, it's huge and so beautiful, also featured on Gossip girl!



Times Square - Times square is bursting with shops and restaurants and is a must visit in both day and night. There is so much stuff going on and definitely something to tick off the list.


The Rockefeller - I was told by many to visit the Rockefeller rather than The Empire State Building as you get a much better view of New York and they were not wrong! We went up just before dusk so saw the view in the daylight and as the sunset.

Brooklyn Bridge - I'm glad I've ticked this off the list but it very busy when we visited with lots of people taking photos and we even saw someone get engaged!


Chelsea Market - Amazing for food! So many different food stalls, almost too much choice. There are loads of vintage and quirky shops too.


High line - The Chelsea Market is on the high line route so after grabbing some lunch we jumped on the high line and walked along for a while. It is basically an elevated walkway above the city, you can jump on and off anywhere and it goes on for miles.


Flea market in Williamsburg - On Saturday we got the subway over to Williamsburg and visited the flea market, there were so many food options and loads of vintage stalls.


Where to shop:

Glossier showroom
Macy's
Victoria Secret



I hope this post helped and gave you a few recommendations to bookmark for an upcoming trip. Would love to hear any recommendations you have below for my next trip.




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