The Travel Itch - NYC??

It's been nearly a year since our last big vacations (Victoria and Mississippi) and I've got the itch. Mike and I will be celebrating five whole years of marriage this June and want to escape somewhere just us two. We're thinking maybe New York...

Any recommendations where to stay, eat, or do in the big apple?? Have you been, did you love, am I going to be insanely disappointed with how little I can afford... spill.

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And don't be shy, I want to hear all of your fav cities for an extended weekend getaway!

p.s. have you seen these awesome retro city children's books? Maybe we can start instilling the travel bug in Alice early. The illustrations are pretty stinkin' adorable.

Thanks, y'all!
Christine

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  1. Aaaaaah! New York sounds amazing. I've never been, but have always wanted to go. Happy trip planning, Christine!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! It's been on our bucket list forever, I can't wait to go check it out.

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  2. New York is definitely a city that you will fall in love with as soon as you arrive. We stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton in Chelsea and it was great (location was perfect). Statue of Liberty and Empire State building at night are a must! And as for restaurants, serendipity 3 is definitely a place to visit! If you do find yourself in New York, you won't regret it! :)

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  3. We went to New York last summer and had a fantastic time. I recommend doing the Top of the Rock observation deck at 30 Rock, because then you get to see the Empire State Building from there! Also recommend the Shake Shack (burgers, milkshakes) in Madison Square Park. It's just so lovely. I loved Greenwich Village. We found a coffee shop there and sipped lattes while reading the paper/a book and taking in the bustling sights. It was awesome. If you like stand up comedy, I suggest the Comedy Cellar. When we went, Aziz Ansari (big time comic right now, also on Parks and Recreation) showed up unannounced and did a set. It was so cool. We also went to Brooklyn (walked across the Brooklyn Bridge), which I totally recommend. Really, it's all awesome! And it was affordable for us - we usually had breakfast at the bagel place by our hotel, went for cheap (but delicious) pizza one night and spent a lot of time just walking around enjoying everything. It doesn't have to be crazy expensive to be enjoyable!

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    1. Thank you, Krista!! I've heard Shake Shack is an absolute must see - I'm prepared to eat my way through the whole city ;)

      Your recommendations are so great, definitely things that sound right up our alley, thank you SO much!

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  4. I went to New York for my honeymoon last year! We ended up renting an authentic New York walk-up apartment (on vrbo.com) in Nolita which was blocks away from shopping in Soho (visit Topshop, you will love it) and delicious and cheap New York pizza from both Lombardi's and L'asso in Little Italy (they have ruined all pizza here for me - SO GOOD).

    My top New York moments:
    • Renting pedal bikes and going for a bike ride around Central Park and stopping for a popsicle by one of the many lakes
    • Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and spending a bit of time lounging in the Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO
    • Going up to the Top of the Rock at 30 Rock for beautiful views of both the Empire State and Central Park
    • Taking the Staten Island ferry for FREE at sunset to cruise by Lady Liberty rather than paying to do the tour
    • Visiting Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) which has a much more casual feel than Manhattan and is nice for a low-key day, very similar to Whyte Ave. Eat at The Meatball Shop, you won't be disappointed. If you like thrift shopping, be sure to visit Beacon's Closet for designer finds (I found a vintage Diane Von Furstenburg dress and skirt, each only $30!!)
    • Walk the Highline in Chelsea - beautiful elevated walkway. Visit Chelsea Market.
    • See a Broadway show

    You will go to New York and you won't want to come back! It definitely casts a spell on everyone that visits. If you want to do one fancy dinner while you're there, I'd recommend Balthazar in Soho (you'll need a reservation) or the Blue Ribbon (also in Soho) if you like seafood.

    Have so much fun if you end up in NYC! I'm already itching to go back :)

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    1. ohmygosh, Nicole, you are AWESOME. Thank you so much for all this. Yay! So many great tips, your top moments sound perfectly up our alley. You have me SO excited now!

      Can I ask where you guys stayed from vrbo.com?

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    2. You are so welcome :) I just checked the listing for our apartment in NYC and it doesn't appear to be listed anymore which makes me so sad! We stayed on Elizabeth street in between Spring and Kenmare, and honestly that whole area was so quaint and close to everything you could ever want, with super easy access to a few different subway lines that will get you anywhere you want to go.

      I had a lot of fun searching through the available NYC apartments on vrbo.com. You could also try airbnb.com for more vacation rentals. Good luck!

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  5. I've been to New York a few times and never had to spend a ton of dough. We stayed in Times Square which is noisy and bright but so much fun and we've also stayed on the Upper East Side which is quiet. As for must-see we did the hop on and off bus and it's an amazing way to get a snapshot of what you want to go back to. I love Central Park, Soho, Rockefeller Centre, MOMA. There's just so much to see just by strolling around the streets and people watching. Oh, I wish I was going back again.

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    1. It sounds like the most expensive part might be accommodation. I will definitely be checking out all of those suggestions. Thank you so much, Carol!

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  6. i have always always always been a Brooklyn girl myself. 7th avenue slope was pretty much our favourite place to hang out. great shopping, great food, a movie theater, beautiful park near by (prospect park) and a laid back feel to it. another favourite past time of ours was to go to coney island, feast on some nathan's hot dogs first and then ride the cyclone. it's over a 100 years old and pretty much the scariest roller coaster ever. then more hot dogs and a romantic walk on the boardwalk.
    we were lucky that my parents lived there for a few years so we didn't have to pay for a hotel. i imagine that's pretty expensive. another favourite of ours is Manchester, Vermont. such a darling little town and absolutely stunning. perfect mix of stupidly expensive shopping and outdoor activities lol.

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    1. ohmygosh, a 100 year old roller coaster? That sounds terrifying! haha. Thanks, Shabana, for your suggestions. Brooklyn sounds lovely!

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  7. first of all, adore those books! want to get them all [we have only 2 of them!] and like you said, instil the travel bug early in jack.

    second of all. i used to work on a cruise ship and basically lived in new york for 4 months.....will spill all the beans on wednesday if you come by. it's one of my most fav places on the planet! good for you guys for going:)

    and third. i feel ya on the travel bug. i am dying to get somewhere fast!
    xoe

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    1. That is so cool, Erinn, I didn't know about your cruisin'/NYC past! You will definitely have to spill the beans!

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  8. Being from San Francisco, I am going to tell you of course you should visit San Francisco. The weather will be much better in June than it will in NYC :)

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    1. Funny you say that because we were totally trying to decide between NYC and San Francisco! I definitely want to visit there soon and I will be tracking you down for some tips!!

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  9. Gah it's our five year this July and when we were on our honeymoon I was all ... Sure we'll come back here for a week just us two when we hit five years. Now I am all... There is no way we can spend $5k and no way we can leave them for a week. So now we are thinking Quebec City, two nights

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    1. Quebec City sounds awesome too and I hear ya, a week is a long time we'll most likely do 4 nights.

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  10. I loooovvve San Fran (maybe just because it's further for me?). Chicago is also a great city.

    But New York is lots of fun - I've been a few times, but it's been about 3 years since my last visit. Hotels can be expensive, but like Carol I stayed in Times Square where the hotels can be reasonable...I'm sure you could do priceline and get something in the $175ish/night range...another fun option would be to look at Air BNB or VRBO for an apartment to rent in the city.

    You can definitely find cheap (and good) food everywhere...and as for shopping for yourself there is a ton of fun stuff to look at and splurge here and there. There is SO much to see in NYC that you can just walk around the whole weekend and feel satisfied. Basically it's an expensive city to live, but with so many people prices for consumables are super competitive so you can find stuff at all price ranges.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! We totally want to do San Francisco too, we were actually deciding between the two. San Fran is definitely more accesible for us out west but NYC is just calling my name!

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  11. Christine! I love the new look of your blog!

    When in New York we stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was an experience unto itself. Stay in midtown, you're already near many landmarks and commuting is much easier. Happy planning!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! Glad you like the new look :) and the Waldorf-Astoria!? Wow that place looks amazing.

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  12. Just recently found your blog, actually through Calmly Chaotic, love it. Love this post, we are hitting the 10 year mark this year and also planning a trip to NYC!

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    1. Hi and welcome :) Happy 10 years to you and good luck with your NYC planning too!!

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  13. Ahh, I've loved those classic M.Sasek books forever. We have the Paris one and its funny to read about how different that city was when it was written in the 1960's.

    I love NYC. It can be exhausting (you'll want to walk or subway everywhere) and it truly is the city that doesn't sleep! Some of my favourite things: visits to Fishs Eddy, ABC Home, Muji, Aero Studios, EATaly; Breakfast at Sarabeth's (I always get the Lemon Ricotta pancakes!), lunch at Balthazar, dinner anywhere along Restaurant Row (West 46th st); Times Square at night; Rockefeller Center, shopping in Dumbo, slow walks in Central Park... the list could go on! You MUST go there at least once in your life!

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    1. Yes! Thank you sooo much for all those awesome suggestions, Jen! You are getting me so excited!

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  14. Maybe Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant for a laugh? Just kidding. :)

    Last time I was in NYC (too long ago), I stayed at Club Quarters. There are a couple of locations, we stayed at the World Trade Center one, which is not in anywhere useful but it was cheap, $100/night. For places to eat, definitely Momofuku, ssam bar was excellent and not too expensive. Also the Meatball Shop. And Eataly, as was mentioned in the post above. For sweets, Bouchon Bakery. There's just so much to do/see/shop/eat....hope you get the chance to go!

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    1. Me too, rachel! Thank you so much for you suggestions! I so appreciate it.

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  15. My husband and I were in NYC pre-kids. Just walking around and visiting shops is fun. We watched a taping of Martha and met her afterward. I definitely think you could do it on a budget!

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    1. yes!! but you know the sad part is their photographer took our picture and they never sent it to us!!

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  16. Joanna Goddard from A Cup of JO blog has a personal NY guide - she lives there! You should check out her blog.
    Have fun planning!:)

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    1. YES! Thank you! I will definitely check that out.

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  17. Aww happy 5 years coming up! We just had our 5 year in December and we went to Vegas..classy I know right?
    It was just fun to get away for 4 nights to somewhere warm in December. New York is so on my bucket list! I heard its better to see New York in the winter because it is so humid there in the summer. But honestly you live in winter most of the year so you probably want the heat! Erinn might know more about this and thats exciting she can give you all this great insider info. Happy planning!!! xo

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I cannot wait to getaway, we're leaning towards fall now so it shouldn't be so hot.

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  18. I am DYING to go to NYC...or Paris of course! ;) You could always do a SF/Napa trip!! ;)

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    1. Yes, who wouldn't want to got to Paris, Natasha! SF/Napa is definitely on the list as well.

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  19. I love those children's books! They are super cute. Our 19 month old has a few of them, given to her as gifts. They're still too advanced for her (I think) but they make adorable shelf decor.

    NYC would be a BLAST! I'm in Nor Cal and love SF. Have you been? It's such a fun city with great food, lots to do, beautiful scenery, and did I mention great food?

    We just booked a little spring weekend getaway to New Orleans and I can't wait!

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    1. I've heard so many great things about SF, Lesley, it is definitely on the list. We've been to New Orleans twice now, love it there!

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  20. I soo need a vacation!! I can't take all of this rain and pre-spring weather!! I like california at this time because of the warmth but you can't go wrong with NYC. Top of the rock, shopping, tons of restaurants.. Either way you will have an amazing time!

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  21. Meant to comment on this when I saw this post and forgot! Ryan and I went before kids for 4 days and we jam-packed everything in! He was of the mind that we should see everthything we possibly could, and even though I complained about my aching feet, I'd say it was well worth it. ON my list of must-do/visit while in NYC:
    -broadway-go to a show!
    -empire state (usually a lengthy line up, but public service providers like firefighters-Ryan-get an escort to the top!) World class view on a nice day
    -Carnegie Deli (best NY cheesecake and massive $20 sandwiches...when you see them you`ll know why!)
    -SOHO (dean & Deluca was fabulouso!)
    -Grenwich Village
    -Skip 5th Ave for shopping and go to Madison (in my opinion!)
    -Canal street (for knock offs)
    -Brooklyn Bridge (great pizza place under the Brooklyn Bridge http://www.grimaldis.com/)
    -Yankee stadium
    -I`d skip battery park and the statue of liberty
    -Times Square
    -Central Park

    Thats my list! I`m sure there is more I`m forgetting, but these were the memorables!!
    Hope you get to go!!



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    1. Awesome tips! Thank you so much, Michelle!

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  22. New York. I've been, I LOVED, and would go back in a NYC heartbeat! My top 'to do' recommendation is to take the time to visit St. Paul's Chappel at Ground Zero. It's sobering and incredible. With all the amazing things to see and do, this is one that touches the soul. A harbour tour is great as well. Is there anything like the New York cityscape? I hope you go! What a great get away for you and your husband! :-)

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    1. I hope we go too, Sheila! Thank you for your suggestions!

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  23. I just found your blog via Pinterest and wanted to let you know about a series of posts I've done on NYC as I was just there in the March Break. This post is about the hotel, food, and packing, but I also wrote about our itinerary etc in another post: http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.ca/2013/03/new-york-city-hotel-food-and-packing.html.

    By the way, I saw your snowstorm photos. I'm from Toronto and we just had our first day of spring with 12C temps. The snow is really wearing out its welcome this year, isn't it.

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    1. Thank you SO much, Grace. I checked out your posts, so helpful!

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  24. We took a five day trip to NYC in February to celebrate our anniversary. It had been about six years since we'd been, so it was a much different trip than our previous one. We stayed at The Algonquin and really liked how convenient it was to Broadway (we were there for shows mostly), and the style of the lobby and remodeled rooms. It's not designer, but it has a long history in NYC and you can definitely feel that when you're there.

    I need to do a real recap for the blog (I only posted pictures).

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    1. YES! Please do do a recap on the blog! I would love to read it!

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