Top 5 Spots You NEED to Visit in New York City
Okay, so I’m a basic white girl who likes Starbucks, hats, and the occasional (*cough* bi-monthly *cough*) visit to New York City. I’ve visited plenty of cities in the United States and a few other countries, and there’s still nothing that gets me like the city that never, ever sleeps. It’s magical all year round from Central Park to the thrift stores in The Village. From, my not-so-favorite, Times Square to the over-populated, crazy streets of Chinatown. I love it all.
When I first started visiting New York City, I’ll admit I was as touristy as tourists get. I spent most of my time in the main tourist spots: 34th Street, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, and of course, Times Square. As I’ve grown and matured in my New York City visits (dear Lord, can we insert the eye roll emoji here? I’m still a tourist), I’ve discovered some of my absolute favorite spots. Some by chance, some by research. But today I want to share with you my top 5 favorite spots that you absolutely need to visit next time you visit the city.
01 - Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles – This is a gem I discovered the last time I was in the city, and I will now be making it a staple every time I return. You walk into this tiny, very New York styled restaurant. The staff speaks very little, to no English and they expect you to know exactly what you’re ordering the second you sit down. I recommend – big shocker – the noodles. I got the beef noodle bowl and there were no leftovers, the portions are huge too. I crave it quite frequently. Go, seriously. Be happy. Eat noodles. You’re welcome. 1 Dovers St, New York, NY 10013
02 –Little Cupcake Bake Shop – I first got to visit this spot in June and then again in September. They have every type of sweet imaginable from cakes, to cheesecakes, to cookies and ice cream. I got the “Good Humor Strawberry Cake” both times. (I’m a repeat offender.) My only complaint was that I ate it so fast. It was delicious. We could’ve sat there all day long sampling different cakes. Also, I love how Instagrammable that place was – including the walls outside of the shop, covered in art. 30 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
03 – The Smile – One of my favorite food spots to eat at in the city. Located in the heart of NYC in an adorable little townhouse, it serves American and Mediterranean inspired food in a cute, café styled restaurant. I got the harissa honey roasted chicken breast sandwich and enjoyed every bite. The food has a very fresh, “farm to plate” type taste and it’s great. The best part is, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and every single item on the menu looks delicious. 26 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012
04 – AuH20 Thrift Store – While I’m typing this, I’m wearing one of my finds from this adorable thrift store. It’s an oversized sweater with flowers on it from J. Crew. I got it for $10. Yes – ten dollars. Don’t be fooled, this thrift store might be tiny, but it has racks of seriously gorgeous finds – even some designer. The management there is so sweet and helpful. It’s open daily from 12pm-8pm so make sure you stop by at some point in your visit! 84 E. 7th St, New York, NY 10003
05 – Chelsea Market + The High Line – All right, so I guess I cheated a little bit by adding two to this last one, but they’re connected in my mind. I also think Chelsea is a well-known spot, but I just asked a local and she told me she’s never been there. SO… the Chelsea Market is like an indoor mall type thing. (Market? It’s a MARKET, TAYLOR.) They’ve got an Anthropologie and a whole slew of amazing and tasty little cafes and coffee shops throughout. After you’re done in the market, you can make your way up to the high line and get an incredible view of the city. So many photo ops – you’re welcome. ;) 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
What are your favorite spots to visit in New York City? Have you tried any of these spots? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. :)