I took my first work trip with coworkers this past June and we perfected the art of mastering 48 hours of play, plus a full day conference, a partner meeting and travel time. Here are some highlights of our "play" time and some recommended stops!
Breakfast at Jack's Wife Freda
A self-described "lively bistro", Jack's Wife Freda completely lives up to the hype. Everything we tried was delicious, from Rosewater waffles to the Mediterranean Breakfast and tasty lattes. Next time I'm in the city, I plan to order the Green Shakshuka (a guest favorite). There are two locations; one on Lafayette and one on Carmine and either are worth checking out! As with anywhere in the city, be sure to arrive for breakfast when they open (if you don't want to wait in a massive line that is).
A walk up the Brooklyn Bridge not only gives you a great feel of NYC's history, but provides some fabulous views of the city along the sidelines. There are tons of tourists, but it's still worth the trek to admire all that historical beauty. Next time I go, I plan to catch a sunrise along here to enjoy the view without the swarm of people.
Chelsea Market is so much fun because it has a bit of everything. For those that haven't been, it's an indoor urban food and shopping market with TONS of options. It's the perfect place for an indecisive group to be able to get a variety of food samplings and wander around to enjoy live music and cute local shops.
The High Line
One of my favorite parts of the trip was visiting the High Line! I had never been before and I'm all about that rooftop garden life. It's a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a mix of lush greenery and flowers framing the view of sky scrapers. A perfect juxtaposition in my book.
Drinks on Boats! Cc: Grand Banks + The Frying Pan
Something I never knew I was missing out on: bars on boats! I'm not a big drinker at all, but I appreciate a well-made cocktail every now and then. We enjoyed a margarita on top of The Frying Pan during the day, with a fabulous view of the ocean and then returned the following night to Grand Banks. It's a swanky bar on a boat with sweet yellow umbrellas and corner seating. The cocktails compliment well with a stunning skyline view at night, with the twinkling lights reflecting over the water.
This place is the Chipotle of salads and it's straight up heavenly. There always seems to be a line out the door, but don't let it deter you -- it goes super fast! They also have delicious teas on tap. It's quick, convenient and healthy; my three favorite things in a meal.
Coffee: Two Hands
A dreamy little cafe that also serves food. I popped in for an iced matcha latte with almond milk and it took twenty minutes because they forgot about our order, but it was tasty none-the-less. In the pursuit of coffee/brunch combo, I also want to try Cafe Henrie and Happy Bones!
Office Tours: Refinery 29 + Google
Mixing a little work with play, we toured the HQs for Refinery29 + Google. Alyssa Coscarelli (@alyssainthecity) was sweet enough to carve out some time in her morning to show us each floor of the office and where the magic happens. Their space is light and airy with bright pops of color and fun prop rooms. My friend Neysa also reached out to one of her contacts at Google to secure us a tour at the oh-so-awesome Google offices, where rooms are made of legos and food is available every 150 feet in the office. #dreamlife
Obviously a must for every trip to New York, no matter the season. It's the best place to people watch while simultaneously enjoying nature with a concrete backdrop.
Dinner: Uncle Ted's Modern Chinese Cuisine
This dinner location was sort-of-business-related, but it totally ended up being one of my favorite meals! We were all starving after a long and early flight, so we couldn't wait to dig into a variety of dishes. Uncle Ted's definitely isn't your average Chinese restaurant though -- nothing was greasy and each dish was light and fresh. We complimented our order with sweet cocktails (I ordered a lychee champagne) and afterwards enjoyed some ice cream and a stroll through Washington Square park at night.
Other food highlights: Shake Shack (duh) + Prince St. Pizza (bonus: there's a #lovewall around the corner).
Sunset View: Top of the Rock
We booked our tickets in advance to secure a sunset view some 70 flights up. While it gets crowded during sunset, the 360 view means pretty much guarantees everyone has a great view. It's a complete tourist trap, but it's totally worth it. Touristy things get their reputation for a reason!
What are some of your favorite things to do in NYC?