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New York Is Always A Good Idea

I was having coffee with a friend a couple of weeks ago and sharing with her that I’ve had this crazy urge to plan a trip to New York City lately. I’ve only visited New York once in my life (circa 2008) but it continues to have this crazy strange pull on me.


I dream about booking a ticket and escaping to the city on the regular. I wrote about this New York phenomenon in a post “Bigger Than My Body” back in 2012.


A few hours after we had coffee my friend texted me and said, “If you were serious about wanting to go to NYC for a weekend, I’m planning on going in a few weeks and you’re seriously welcome to come.” To which I replied, “I was serious!” Next thing I knew we had flights booked for a long weekend in New York.


We’re super lucky to be staying with her brother in SoHo. I’m so excited to get a “neighborhood feel” for New York instead of staying in a hotel. We met to plan our trip today and decided that instead of trying to do our own research on what we wanted to do…I would ask you guys! So for all of my NYC area readers and those who travel there frequently, I would LOVE your suggestions for how we should spend our long weekend. Anything from restaurants to unique fitness classes to shows to museums…whatever goes!


Please help! 🙂

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  • 1
    Shannon July 14, 2015, 9:55 pm

    That is awesome! I have always wanted to go on a spontaneous trip. New York is one of my favorite cities.

  • 2
    Katy July 14, 2015, 10:03 pm

    Best way to spend an afternoon when the weather is nice – grab a coffee and go sit in Central Park. True NYC experience and the best people watching.

    • 3
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:02 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 4
    Jess July 14, 2015, 10:04 pm

    You should try brooklyn bodyburn (http://www.brooklynbodyburn.com/) and the class (http://theclasswithtt.com/information/)!

    • 5
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:02 pm


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    Gabby July 14, 2015, 10:08 pm

    Jivamukti yoga and yoga vida in union square are great! I hope you have a great time (and come back to lead a yoga class someday!)

    • 7
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:04 pm

      Thank you!

  • 8
    Christy July 14, 2015, 10:13 pm

    Quality Meats – great steak restaurant
    Champagne at the restaurant upstairs in union square over looking the lobby fun after shopping
    Shake Shack for lunch – be prepared for a long line
    El Centro – Mexican, 54th & 9th

    • 9
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:05 pm

      It all sounds awesome, thanks!

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    Denise N July 14, 2015, 10:18 pm

    You simply MUST walk the High Line. Old train tracks that have been converted into an amazing urban oasis. Seriously beautiful flora & art along the way. And it’s totally free!

    • 11
      Elizabeth July 15, 2015, 11:00 am

      Ditto on the High Line!!!

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        Dee July 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

        I third the Highline and would add a walk through Chelsea Market on your list. You can’t go wrong with going to the Met or the American Museum of Natural History or MOMA. Sorry, that’s the Museum of Modern Art. Oh and I have a friend that raves about SoulCycle so I think that’s my fitness recommendation. 🙂 Have so much fun!

        ps. re: Eats. I have heard many great things about Eataly. Enjoy!

    • 13
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:05 pm

      Thank you!!

  • 14
    Brian July 14, 2015, 10:45 pm

    When I return to Soho I head to Aqua Grill – http://www.aquagrill.com/

    • 15
      Linda July 15, 2015, 9:50 am

      Me too! I love it so much we went twice last time!

    • 16
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:07 pm

      Thanks! I’ve gotten lots of recommendations for this, so it’s on the list!

  • 17
    Katie July 14, 2015, 11:02 pm

    So exciting! Yoga vida is a must! Especially Domenics class. Aria wine bar is an awesome place for dinner in the west village as well!

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:07 pm


  • 19
    Salina July 14, 2015, 11:12 pm

    You should really see the 911 Memorial and the museum, definitely worth it!!

    • 20
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:08 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 21
    Sarah July 14, 2015, 11:14 pm

    I just got back from 2 weeks in NYC! Banana pudding at Magnolia, lunch or dinner at Momofuku Ma Peche or Momofuku Noodle Bar, Shake Shack (cheese fries), definitely pizza somewhere. We ate a lot of different pizza, all good. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and walk along the water in DUMBO. Free ferry to and back Staten Island for a good view of the Statue of Liberty. Definitely go up into the new WTC observatory. The 360 city views are unbelievable! We saw Book of Mormon and it was a riot! A weekend isn’t enough time:)

    • 22
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:08 pm


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    Lily July 14, 2015, 11:39 pm

    the Brooklyn Bridge Park & the Highline! also, brooklyn bodyburn

    • 24
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:09 pm


  • 25
    kaitlyn July 14, 2015, 11:58 pm

    definitely eat at DaNico’s in Little Italy. BEST Italian food!!!!

    • 26
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:10 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 27
    Natalie July 15, 2015, 12:09 am

    Hi Jen! I’ve never posted before but love reading your blog! I lived in NYC and LOVED it! I’ll refrain from dumping 2 years of my life in your comments section but here are some highlights:
    Food- meatball shop (I don’t even eat meat but they have great veggie balls and incredible combos of sandwiches or grilled veggies or salads to go under the balls!) healthy veggie places: blossom, candle cafe
    Dessert: levain bakery (best biggest cookies ever!)
    Outdoors: I echo the high line comment and its super close to Chelsea market
    Also the Brooklyn bridge is a great walk if you beat the crowds
    A run in Central Park is a MUST!
    Another favorite and simple life pleasure was to pick up lunch at the Columbus circle whole foods (at least 5 food bars of prepared food) and take it to Central Park across the street to eat a picnic
    Enjoy your trip! I’m jealous 😉

    • 28
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:13 pm

      thanks for all the suggestions!

  • 29
    Sarah July 15, 2015, 12:22 am

    You MUST go to Lyons Den Power Yoga in Tribeca! Best place ever! Try to take Bethany’s class but all teachers are phenomenal! Eat at Hu Kitchen!!

    • 30
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:13 pm


  • 31
    Mary July 15, 2015, 1:44 am

    Kelly at http://www.runselfierepeat.com/ would be a great resource for runs! I personally love to run through central park, I think its beautiful. but so do many other people, so take that as you will….

    I love St John the Divine Cathedral, we used to record chorus albums there. What else….. Shake Shack, for sure! I’m usually just a visitor to NY, but being from Boston it was a pretty quick trip. I think also just be okay with not seeing EVERYTHING. Oh but the Highline is cool, and walking over the brooklyn bridge (if you do it early enough) is fun!

    • 32
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:14 pm

      Thank you!

  • 33
    Mary July 15, 2015, 1:49 am

    OH! And my friend Emma teaches at Soul Cycle! If you look up their schedule, she teaches in a couple different boroughs, so she may be at one near you! She’s killer, such a strong motivated and cool girl.

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:15 pm


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    Cat July 15, 2015, 5:21 am

    Ahhh so jeal! I visited NY last autumn and could not have loved it more – I would attempt to list all the best places I went (mostly ones that involve food!) but I’d be here forever. If you’re interested though I did blog about the whole week! http://www.catfoodisgoodforyou.com/2014/09/nyc-day-7-bye-bye-brooklyn-and-the-best-bagel-ever/

    • 36
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:15 pm

      Perfect, thanks!

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    meredith@ Cookie ChRUNicles July 15, 2015, 6:26 am

    I love that you will be here! There is so much to see and do I don’t even know where to begin lol….So many cute places down where you will be- go on a cupcake tour down there! Walk around union square – go to Max Brenner (right by the Whole Foods!)…Make sure to get up for Saks and Bloomingdales – flagship stores are amazing and Bloomies has great food options (and cupcakes)…Serendipity is near Bloomingdales too if you have never been there and make sure to grab some bagels (H & H) is my favorite. Oh, and the Smith for brunch. Or dinner. So good! There is one by Central Park if you want to go for a run first and then eat 🙂

    • 38
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • 39
    Julie July 15, 2015, 6:42 am

    I second the High Line – great spot to run / walk and enjoy NYC! Not to mention the Battery Park area is great for running alongside the river and capturing a view of the Statue of Liberty.
    I took my first trip last past December with my husband where we ate every (WONDERFULLY BAD) thing known to mankind!! and again this past May with our two girls. INCREDIBLE!! Serendipity 3 is big for tourism for their desserts which are pretty darn good! You CAN NOT PASS UP Dominque Ansel’s Bakery though (he who invented the CRONUT!) but MY personal favorite was the DKA! TRUST ME 🙂 >> For more of a local feel and in the Meat Packing (near High Line) Clooney’s Cafe is incredible. Magnolia’s Bakery is right around the corner too – THEN you can WALK along the High Line! LOL … For a healthy fare, Hu’s Kitchen is delicious …

    • 40
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:23 pm


  • 41
    Alex St. Clair July 15, 2015, 7:15 am

    I’ve lived here for 18 years (Gramercy Park).
    For classes:
    Barry’s Boot Camp
    Physique 57

    • 42
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:24 pm

      Thank you!

  • 43
    Samantha July 15, 2015, 7:36 am

    Ahhh this post excites me so much! I currently live in NYC and my blog, Blue Eyed Adventurer, is mainly about my adventures around New York City. There’s so much to do here!

    In regards to fitness classes, I agree with Mary if you want a spin class that is the craze in NYC. There’s also Physique 57 which is a barre class that gives an incredible workout. And if you like running, the path along the West Side Highway and the Hudson River is beautiful to run on.

    For restaurants, since you’re staying in SoHo a couple that I enjoy around there are Spring Street Natural and Delicatessen.

    For museums, I think the Whitney Museum in Meatpacking is very unique and fun to see and it’s not too far from Soho. Definitely a nice walk to get there through the West Village.

    I’d also recommend going uptown for a bit and seeing Central Park. It’s one of my favorite places in the city and has so many paths, gardens, statues, and playgrounds throughout.

    Please email me if you want more suggestions about things to do in a specific area or where to eat, or anything New York related!

    Blue Eyed Adventurer

    • 44
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:26 pm

      Thanks!! I’ll definitely be using your blog for ideas.

  • 45
    Anne July 15, 2015, 7:36 am

    Soul cycle!!! (they open classes Monday of every week and they fill up quicks, so read up on signing up.) Barry’s Boot Camp is also great.

    Make sure to go to the west village. Rosemary’s is so fun and has an upstairs roof garden. Aria wine bar. Chelsea market is great too. And run across the Brooklyn Bridge.

    • 46
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:28 pm


  • 47
    Michelle July 15, 2015, 8:01 am

    Eat at Nobu & go to a Physique 57 class!

    • 48
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:28 pm

      Thank you!

  • 49
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life July 15, 2015, 8:07 am

    Ah so sad I’ll just miss you here! You’ll have a blast and there’s obviously no shortage of things to do. My favorites: Meatpacking District (Chelsea Market, Gansevoort Market, The Highline), Central Park (obviously) and Madison Square Park area.

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    Parita @ myinnershakti July 15, 2015, 8:56 am

    I’ve only been to NYC twice so not too many recs here. BUT you must make it a point to eat at Hangawi – it’s a unique Korean restaurant with incredible food!

    • 53
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:31 pm

      Yum! Thank you

  • 54
    Kate July 15, 2015, 8:58 am

    Go to the High Line and walk around, go to Eataly and stuff your face, if you have time go see the Lion King (best broadway show to exist lol), and then go to Donut Plant and gorge on delicious, fresh donuts!

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:32 pm


  • 56
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt July 15, 2015, 9:13 am

    I’ve only been to New York once too… circa 2002 🙂
    I’d love to go again! What a good idea 🙂

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    Emma Hogg July 15, 2015, 9:19 am

    Hi Jen! I am a long time reader from Kansas City, but have the opportunity to be interning for the Todah Show in New York this summer. I definitely recommend going to yoga in Bryant Park on Thursday evening and paying a visit to Magnolia Bakery in 30 Rockefeller Plaza! Hope you have a great trip!

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      Alisa July 15, 2015, 11:20 am

      Skip Magnolia (it’s so touristy and their cupcakes are only mediocre). Go to Buttercup Bakery instead (if you must go to Magnolia, get the banana pudding).

      Levain (West 74th Street) has GIANT cookies that are seriously life-changing.

      Run along the west side highway – it’s beautiful! and not nearly as crowded as the highline.

    • 59
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:33 pm

      Thank you!

  • 60
    Meg July 15, 2015, 9:20 am

    If you want to leave Manhattan, Cafe Enrique in Long Island City is amazing and then you can walk along the waterfront and check out the skyline. You can take the NY Waterways ferry from downtown/South Street Seaport area to get to the other side of the East River. This is also a great way to reach areas in Brooklyn (and go to Smorgasburg!)

    • 61
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:33 pm


  • 62
    Farrell July 15, 2015, 9:24 am

    So many recommendations. If you are staying in Soho you should go to LaColombe coffee (I have a list of 50+ coffee places if you want more!).
    Prana yoga is good for a yoga class (and not too expensive) but if you want something very “new yorky” Soulcycle or Daybreaker (basically an early morning dance party- nothing else like it). If you really want to see a bird’s eye view of New York I would recommend going to the Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center instead of the Empire State Building. Shorter lines, less expensive, and better view (you can actually see the Empire State Building).
    On the west side Chelsea Market, right underneath the Highline, is packed with great little food places and is in a really neat area. If you want to just stroll around East/West/Greenwich Village are great for that. I really like the smaller parks as well- I live by Madison Square Park which is really cute and usually has live music, etc at night (as does Bryant Park, Washington Square Park).
    You will have a great time!

    • 63
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:35 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • 64
    Cassie Tran July 15, 2015, 9:31 am

    Indeed NY is always a good idea! I love Beyond Sushi and Hu Kitchen!

    • 65
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:37 pm

      Thanks! Hu Kitchen sounds awesome!

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    Hannah July 15, 2015, 9:40 am

    The Whitney Museum just opened a new location. The inaugural show is great, and you can walk The Highline from there, which starts from the museum.

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:38 pm


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    Meredith July 15, 2015, 9:55 am

    You won’t be too far from Peanut Butter & Company in Greenwich Village!

    I know you can find the peanut butter in stores, but the shop is my favorite and I swear it tastes the best there!

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:39 pm

      Yum!! Thank you!

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    Sara @ Oats & Rows July 15, 2015, 10:11 am

    I went a few years ago and we went to Union Square Market which was so cool!

    Have so much fun!

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:39 pm


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    Stephanie July 15, 2015, 10:22 am

    i agree, new york is always a good idea!!
    i like to pair all my weekend workouts with food, so my recommendations for sweat sessions & after-sweat eats:
    lyons den yoga & Sun In Bloom (Tribeca)
    y7 (hot vinyasa yoga) & Dig Inn on 23rd (Flatiron) (but there’s also a Y7 in soho)
    peloton spin & WestVille (Chelsea)
    barry’s bootcamp & Hu Kitchen (Chelsea)

    more food: Uma Tamakeria for a sushi burrito!! Juice Generation for their kale kolada (my summer obsession)! and definitely try to get to Westville (there are a few locations).

    have so much fun!! and re the high line, it’s cool enough, but it can be soooo packed. just a quick tip if you decide to do it early is better.

    oh, and i am giving seriousssss consideration to your september retreat! so excited about this announcement!

    • 73
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much! I’d love to have you on the retreat!

  • 74
    Lacey Howell July 15, 2015, 10:53 am

    Hi Jen- I am the Dir of Marketing for Wickles Pickles and have been reading for years. We just went to NYC for the Fancy Food Show and I would recommend Elios for great Italian on the Upper East Side. The Guggenheim Museum. Rooftop Brunch at the McKittrick Hotel. Fig and Olive in the Meatpacking district for afternoon snack/wine. Balthazar for brunch in SOHO (+ shopping). Beauty + Essex for dinner on night. Have fun!

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:41 pm


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    Michelle July 15, 2015, 11:07 am

    Crossfit Solace: http://www.crossfitsolace.com This is by FAR the nicest Crossfit/Wellness facility ever. It looks more like a high end spa than a gym. There are Crossfit classes, bodyweight classes, and yoga all day long…and the yoga instructors are incredible – gymnastic and competitive pole dancing backgrounds. Check out a class with Kenny Santucci, he’s a great coach and a fellow Premier Protein Ambassador, he’ll take care of you. He’s wonderful.
    Barry’s Bootcamp.
    Yoga Maya: patrickfrancoyoga.com I adore Patrick.
    Soul Cycle.

    MUST DO’s:
    1 World Trade Observatory Deck. The deck just opened (365 views of NYC and Jersey) and the entire experience is incredible. If you do just one 9/11 or skyline experience, THIS is the one.
    Eataly. (23rd St Flatiron District)Every Foodie NEEDS to visit this market, wine bar, and cafe.
    Broadway: ALADIN. Hands down best show on Broadway. MUST SEE.
    Donut Plant. W23rd Street.
    Chelsea Market. Fresh Spices and Artisan Goods.
    Highline. Must take a walk on the high line.
    Frying Pan. Floating Outdoor Bar on the Hudson River @ W 26th Street. So FUN.
    Hudson Riverboat Cruises. You can get tickets for super cheap (like $20) for a 2 hour trip around Manhattan on a boat with live music and drinks.

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:48 pm


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    Erica July 15, 2015, 11:26 am

    I enjoy Becco for dinner. It’s always consistent and cheaper than most dinners in NYC. The staff is very down to earth and their sommeliers have excellent recommendations at any price point. Make sure you get a reservation now…wherever you decide to go! Get gelato or a cannoli in Little Italy. Pho in China Town. Boats and fountains in Central Park. I love Whole Foods in Union Square. Yeah it’s a chain and they are in Charlotte, but it’s a nice spot to take a break from all the walking, grab a drink, snack or meal on the cheap…with the benefit of using their a/c and loo! The second floor seating area is great for people watching the windows. It looks directly over the square.

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:48 pm

      Thank you!

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    Jenn July 15, 2015, 11:44 am

    I realize there are a million and one things today but if you are itching to see a show I cannot recommend Something Rotten enough! It is the broadway show to end all broadway shows. The singing, tap dancing, costumes, and set are just so phenomenal. I wish I could see it over and over!

    Have a great trip!!

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:49 pm


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    Dani July 15, 2015, 11:45 am

    Levain Bakery (I used to live near this place – still dream about those cookies)
    Rockwood Music Hall was my go-to for great live music
    Also, get your fill on sushi – it’s all good in NY

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:49 pm

      Thank you!

  • 84
    Cameron July 15, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I go to NYC at least once a year, you will have a blast! As far as food goes, you must go to Cafe Gitane (not far from you in SOHO), cozy little restaurant with the best avocado toast. Claudettes is really good and I have heard from all my NYC friends that Bobby Flay’s new spot Gato has great ambience and food is amazing. For workouts, I want to go to Sharon and David’s Jivamukti studio .. not sure who the best teachers would be since they don’t teach much anymore? Soul Cycle is the best workout ever and so fun. Lastly, you should go to the 9/11 memorial- breathtaking! Have fun!!!!

    • 85
      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:50 pm

      Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    Eva July 15, 2015, 12:23 pm

    I lived in NY for 6 months & worked at a restaurant called Mas La Grillade (which has since closed). BUT the owner/head chef created a new restaurant called Almanac, in the west village; a micro-seasonal restaurant highlighting fresh, local food (which was similar to Grillade). Anyway – chef Galen Zamarra is awesome and the food is divine. It’s all tasting menus & as a result, pricy. But worth it.

    There’s also a great place in the East village called Graffiti. It’s a little hole in the wall (only a couple tables) and at night, with the lighting, it’s very sweet and intimate. (Great for dates, but I’ve been there with girlfriends too). They serve international small plates with bold flavors and they totally know what they are doing. Each bite has a million things going on. Definitely more casual than Almanac (and cheaper) but very hip/chic. http://www.graffitinyc.com/menu/

    I’d say if you want more traditional flavor profiles with a farm to fork feel and a heightened dining experience…Almanac. But for something fun/off the beaten path, Graffitti. Depends what you are in the mood for/what your budget is like.

    I hope you go to one of them (for purely selfish reasons) as I’d love to hear your review 🙂 Enjoy the city! (I’ve been reading your blog for years and am a big fan).


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    Eva July 15, 2015, 12:47 pm

    Hmm. I just submitted a comment but it didn’t go through so let’s try this again. Sorry if you get the same thing twice!

    I lived in NY for 6 months and worked at a restaurant called Mas La Grillade (which has since closed). BUT the owner/head chef Galen Zamarra started a new restaurant called Almanac in the west village. It’s a micro-seasonal restaurant highlighting fresh, local food. I haven’t been but I know Chef Zamarra’s food; he is amazing and his food is divine. It’s all tasting menus so it’s pricy, but worth it for the experience. Your mouth will dance. http://almanacnyc.com/menu/

    In the East village there is a great little hole in the wall called Grafitti. There are only a couple tables and at night, with the lighting, it’s super cozy and intimate (but even so, a great place for an evening with friends.) They serve international small plates with huge bold flavors & spices & they totally know what they are doing. Each bite has a million things going on. Definitely more casual than Almanac but hip/chic. http://www.graffitinyc.com/menu/

    I would say for a more traditional flavor profile & a farm-to-fork upscale feel hands down Almanac. If you are looking for something that is slightly more affordable but still high quality & off the beaten path – Grafitti is the place. Just depends what you are in the mood for. Can’t go wrong either way.

    I hope you go to at least one of them (for purely selfish reasons) as I’d love to hear your review! Have a great trip!


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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:50 pm

      They sound great! Thank you!

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    tara July 15, 2015, 1:01 pm

    i have the same thing with NYC. there is just something about it. it kicks your ass but loves you all at the same time if you know what i mean. i HATE LGA airport so be warned. CLT sooo much better. Ive been to NYC about 8 times last time was this June. All the food is great. i have to eat GF now so that poses a challenge though i still ate well. so i wont waste your time with my food recommendations since you will get enough of those. the only thing i will say is that sometimes on the walk back to the hotel nothing beats a pint of ice cream from duane reade at 2 AM : )
    Try to find some roof top bars they are cool and fun and lots of locals know them since they often aren’t so obvious. I did empire state building at night and if you have the time i really like it. each time i go back i say i will do it again but i never want to wait in line. i went to WTC museum. i will say…go to see the building and the massive pools but for me, the inside was very difficult to see. well done but hard for me. maybe it was a bit to much for “vacation”. If it rains have a plan ! museum or something because it can be hard to get around in the rain. and BROADWAY ! oh how i love broadway. after which you cant go wrong with cheesecake at Roxies. i feel like the city has become so casual in the past few years. you can wear workout clothes anywhere !
    also plan to just get lost in the park its the best thing. and really the jewel of nyc. good for you to get a neighborhood feel. the chelsea market/high line area is good for that. you will love it. its a great place for a girls vaca, a family vaca, or a couples vaca. have sooooo much fun.

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Laura July 15, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Levain Bakery! There is usually a line, but so worth it for this piece of cookie heaven.

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:51 pm


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    Rachel K July 15, 2015, 2:15 pm

    I would recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhattan side to Brooklyn. You could spend an entire day exploring the Brooklyn Bridge park. It’s an oasis in the middle of a bustling city! There are also some awesome pizza places nearby – one is called Juliana’s and I forget the name of the other one

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:52 pm

      Thank you!

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    Danielle July 15, 2015, 3:35 pm

    I don’t see many pizza recs so here ya go…
    Motorino in the east village for brussels sprout pizza
    Lil Frankies also in east village for meatball pizza

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:52 pm


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    Tara July 15, 2015, 4:17 pm

    You absolutely have to stop by LeVain Bakery in the Upper West Side (right outside Central Park). They have the BEST cookies I’ve ever had (get one of each 🙂 )

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:53 pm

      Ha! I might have to. Thanks!

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    Crystal @ TriFoodieMD July 15, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Based on the number of comments, you’re going to need a year in the city to see and do everything. Here are my favorites –
    Candle Cafe (UES) – vegan, best restaurant in NYC and one of my all-time favorites ever, their tempeh dishes are incredible and the indian plate filled with great flavors
    Taim Falafel (SOHO) – best falafel pita! smoothies are also great.
    Two Little Red Hens (UES) – you MUST try their scones and cupcakes
    Bibble and Sip (Hells Kitchen) – matcha latte, hot cocoa, pastries
    My Pie (Midtown) – my personal pick for best pizza, hole in the wall shop
    Chelsea Market – food enthusiasts heaven

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:54 pm

      Thank you!

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    Kaila @healthyhelperblog! July 15, 2015, 9:37 pm

    I WAS JUST THERE two weeks ago for my own little getaway! Must dos: phantom of the opera on broadway, the highline, chelsea market, lunch at a Juice Press, a soul cycle class, and LOTS of time in Central Park!

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      Jen July 15, 2015, 9:55 pm

      Thank you!

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    Jackie July 15, 2015, 10:15 pm

    Parm is an adorable, unique take on old school Italian American food. Their bloody Mary’s are delicious – they use Italian seasoning and pickle juice…sounds weird but so good! Their Italian sandwiches are awesome too. There is one in little Italy but barely any seating at this one. Better off going to their other location.

    If you make it to Brooklyn/ Williamsburg La superior has delicious little tacos in a hole in the wall, off the beaten path setting.

    Also Crack Pie, from momofuku milk bar…..unbeatable.

    Have fun!!

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    Julia May July 16, 2015, 10:25 am

    I lived in NYC for 13 years and just moved to CLT in August 2014. I agree with the recommendations for workouts at Barry’s Bootcamp (there’s one in Tribeca and one in NoHo that are near where you’re staying) and SLT (there’s one in SoHo). For Barry’s the classes open at midnight exactly one week prior, and I cannot recommend Courtney Paul and Layla Luciano enough. Their classes are tough to get into since they are on a new Bravo show airing in a few weeks (they’ve always been tough to get into), but the experience is 1,000% worth it. At SLT I recommend Layla Luciano or Jay Centeno (there’s an SLT SoHo).

    If you want to try to fit in some healthy food options in the midst of all of the deliciousness, I strongly recommend Ellary’s Greens, Juice Press, Northern Spy and Butcher’s Daughter. They all have downtown locations close to where you are staying. And for indulgences I recommend Laduree on West Broadway (macarons from the famous Paris pastisserie) and Levain (which will be a hike, but so so so so so worth it).

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      Jen July 19, 2015, 11:15 pm

      Thank you!!

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    Ashley July 16, 2015, 9:31 pm

    Longtime reader of your blog and love it! I also love NYC! If you want to yoga- try out NY Loves Yoga. It’s in the upper west side so if its convenient its totally worth it! Small studio and unassuming from the outside, but great vibe and great people… and it happens to be near the dessert bar/restaurant from When Harry Met Sally! Amazing coffee, wine, cocktails and dessert! 😉 Enjoy! You deserve it!

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    Kelly July 16, 2015, 11:48 pm

    brunch: Clinton st. Baking company – get the biscuits and fresh raspberry jam!
    Lunch: Cafe Habana in soho (corn and a Cuban sandwich…trust me) or smorgasburg (an amaaaazing weekly food festival type thing in Brooklyn)
    Dinner: the little owl (west village) or pure food and wine (great patio and all amazing raw food!)
    And strala yoga! On Broadway just north of Houston.
    Oh and a walk or bike across the Brooklyn bridge at sunset is an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline.

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    Pam July 17, 2015, 7:59 am

    Laughing Lotus Yoga! A must!

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    Nicki July 17, 2015, 10:53 am

    Catching up on your blog and I live in NYC! I’ve been here for 4 years and LOVE it, though it can get crazy at times and I definitely miss having a car. (My boyfriend has one, though!) If you’re looking to drop in for a WOD, I go to CrossFit NYC and have been a member for 3 years. Centrally located in the city (28th & 6th Ave) plus hundreds of classes to choose from every day of the week 🙂 Though I’m sure your feet will be sore the first day or two from all the walking you’ll do.

    I could write for days about all the awesome food here… but near-ish to Soho, check out Rice to Riches for incredible rice pudding and Bahn Mi Saigon for awesome bahn mi sandwiches! Feel free to email me for more recs though I know you have literally hundreds of recommendations already. (Also, if you randomly decide to do blogger/reader meet-up, I would be all over that.)

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    Kim July 18, 2015, 3:44 pm

    Hey Jen! Longtime reader here and I’ve been living in Manhattan for the past 5 years!

    If you’re jonesing for some pizza, try Rubirosa in Nolita. Shake Shack is underwhelming in terms of burgers- I’d suggest JG Melon!

    Not disagree with the commenter above me, but I had a terrible experience at Crossfit NYC. It’s just too many people and not enough quality coaching. I go to Cf Metropolis on the upper east side/east Harlem, but if you’re not into traveling all the way up there, try CF South Brooklyn! Great coaching and great community!

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    Caroline July 20, 2015, 8:31 pm

    I live in Soho!

    Karyn for SoulCycle (Noho studio — her class fills up in the first minute of sign-ups, though, so be prepared!)
    Kim, Morgan, or Sade at Physique 57 on Spring Street

    Juice Press or Juice Generation for juices, smoothies, and acai bowls

    Coffee / dessert:
    Momofuku Milk Bar (cereal milk soft serve)
    Dominique Ansel (cronuts + cookie shots!)
    La Colombe (amazing cappuccinos)
    Jack’s (West Village, delicious (copyrighted!) coffee)
    Maman (LOVELY French-inspired coffee shop)
    Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck (parks in Soho)

    sweetgreen (quick, easy salads)
    Saigon (authentic banh mi)

    The Eddy (new place in East Village with great drinks and inventive food)
    L’Artusi (West Village)
    Piora (monkey bread to start!)
    il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (favorite Italian in the city)

    Whitney Museum + High Line + Gansevoort Market or Santina

    …I’ll leave it there. Have fun!!

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    Christina July 21, 2015, 8:04 am

    I just had my third year anniversary living in NYC. Here are some of my favorite spots:

    Aria Wine Bar: tiny west village spot with the best italian dishes and a great selection of wines. I love to go with friends and order a bunch of plates to share!

    Ippudo NY: The best place for ramen IMO. The first time I ate here was seriously life changing. Get the pork buns to start, they will rock your world!

    Le Vain Cookies: Worth the trek to the UWS just like everyone says. I always buy these for birthdays, anniversaries etc. and they’re so big two people can be satisfied off one cookie!

    Pure Yoga: I go to the UES location, but the UWS studio is even bigger. They have a huge variety of classes and different levels—something for everyone. It’s right near LeVain so you should take a class and then reward yourself with a big warm gooey cookie!

    Eataly: I wouldn’t recommend eating here because it can be a tourist trap, but definitely worth a walk through to check out.

    The High Line: A must see like everyone said! I recommend grabing a coffee and going early in the morning to avoid the crows. Later in the day it gets so packed it’s like you’re stuck on the freeway in bumper to bumper traffic.

    The Top of the Standard: The top floor of the Standard Hotel in the meatpacking district has 360* views of the city. It turns into a club at night, but before 9pm you can call to reserve a table. Drinks and bottles of wine are very expensive, but worth it just to see the sunset over the city and the Statue of Liberty!

    Union Square Greenmarket: Huge farmers market every Saturday

    Hu Kitchen: Right near the union square green market. All food is paleo and extremely delicious! I’ll grab breakfast here then head over the to greenmarket to buy produce for the week.

    Pala Pizza: My favorite brick oven pizza place in the entire city! I spent a semester of college in Florence and this pizza rivals the true italian ones. Bonus: i’m gluten free and they have gluten free crusts that are just as good as the regular ones.

    Grand Banks Oyster Bar: If it’s a nice day check out this super preppy oyster bar on the deck of a boat docked in the Hudson. You get great views, just beware the long line!

    The Mermaid Inn: I’ve been to all three locations in the city, and all three are small but have the most quaint New England feel. They have fresh seafood and a great selection of oysters, but I’m a fan of coming for their happy hour (5-7, weekends too) for their $1 oysters!

    Dominique Ansel Bakery: I once waited in line at 6am on a Sunday morning just to taste the famous cronut. It was worth every minute in line and the horrible stomach pain that came afterwards since i’m gluten intolerant! It’s right in SOHO so I would definitely recommend trying to snag a cronut before you head home.

    Ample Hills Creamery: If you go to Brooklyn go the their original shop, but if you don’t make it out of Manhattan they just opened a small outpost in Gotham West Market. All of their ice cream is homemade and they have the CRAZIEST most awesome flavors ever. I dream about this stuff in the summer on a hot day. My favorites are salted crack caramel and butter pecan brittle.

    Clinton St Baking Co.: Tiny and not many tables—people line up outside before the restaurant even opens just to put their name on the list once the doors open! I ate here when my dad visited and he got the pancakes which are insanely good—he was convinced they’re made with donut batter because they’re so dense and cake-like. They also have a chalkboard wall that lists which local farms all of their ingredients come from. Get the rosemary sausage on the side—it’s heavenly!

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