Welcome back to part two of my New York City guide. I’m going to get straight into it this time seeing as part one was quite a long read. If you haven’t seen it already, check it out here for all my top spots in Midtown, Upper East Side and Central Park.
Now, for the best of the rest of my trip…
WEST VILLAGE, CHELSEA & THE MEATPACKING DISTRICT
Carrie’s Apartment, 64 Perry St
West Village was my favourite neighbourhood in New York. All the apartment blocks here look beautiful, and it’s full of quaint little cafes and cool food spots. We did another Lonely Planet walk around here and found some tasty looking places for our next visit. We even took a stroll to Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment on Perry Street, where I fantasised about what it might be like to live the SATC Newyorker lifestyle!
Joe’s Pizza, 7 Carmine St
I know you can get amazing Pizza in London, but there’s something about eating a big ‘ole slice in New York that makes it taste even better. This is a great grab-n-go option. The walls are plastered with photos of celebrities who are big Joe’s fans, which I found surprising seeing as it isn’t the fanciest of places, but one bite into my giant slice of margarita and I could totally see why Leo frequents here.
Molly’s Cupcakes, 228 Bleecker St
The original plan was to go to Dō, which sells frozen cookie dough, for our post-pizza dessert. But the queue to get in started across the street and was literally a couple hours wait. Ridiculous! So we decided to go for cupcakes instead at this charming yellow bakeshop called Molly’s. It’s just across the street from Joe’s, and all the flavours looked so good it was a nightmare to choose!
Natural History Museum
Entry into the Natural History Museum comes with the CityPASS so it’s worth a visit, even if only to see the ‘Dark Universe’ space show in the Planetarium. It’s a really immersive video experience that talks about all the scientific discoveries we’ve made so far about how the universe came to be, and it completely blew my mind.
SOHO & BROOKLYN
The Butchers Daughter, 19 Kenmare St
The Butcher’s Daughter is a vegan/vegetarian café that does everything from coffee and fresh juices to avocado toast, breakfast bagels and coconut yoghurt parfaits. This sort of food is right up my street, so I absolutely loved it here. So much so that we essentially ended up having a 3-course brunch because we simply couldn’t limit ourselves to just one dish!
September 11 Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 memorial and museum is a harrowing but beautiful tribute of remembrance for all those who died in the terror attack. There’s one art instalment in particular that I loved called ‘Trying to Remember the Colour of the Sky on That September Morning.’ It’s made up of blue watercolour squares and revolves around the idea of memory: an individual’s perception of the blue sky that morning might not be the same as that of another person. But, just like our perception of colour, our memories share a common point of reference.
Brooklyn Bridge & Shake Shack, 409 Fulton St
We took the subway over to Brooklyn with the intentions of walking back across the bridge. However it was far too cold and blustery for that, so we took a leisurely stroll to Shake Shack instead, and tucked into some delicious burgers. Brooklyn is a really cool and somewhat understated neighbourhood. I would have loved to spend some more time here, and I bet you could find some really cool Airbnb’s if you want a more authentic New York experience.
Well, that’s it for my first trip to NYC. I hope you found some inspiration for your own travels, and let me know if you’re heading stateside soon!