"Welcome to New York; it's been waiting for you." Song lyrics have never been more fitting. Thanks, Taylor. (And also thank you for releasing your albums on Spotify.) Before I started my clinical in D.C., I spent a long weekend exploring NYC with my girlfriends, Kari and Bailey. I am in no way an expert on the city but here is a recap of where we spent our time.
Kari and I took the train into NYC from D.C. on Thursday morning and hopped on the subway to Kari's friend's apartment on the edge of Central Park. Seriously God bless her for letting us crash for the weekend and for teaching us how to work the subway because yikes. Bailey met us there after her flight landed. Trains, planes, and automobiles in the most literal sense brought us to NY from D.C., Chicago, and Indianapolis for the most perfect Purdue reunion weekend.
First stop on our agenda was food. We took the subway to Rubirosa for lunch, and I highly recommend this stop. We ordered a bottle of wine to start off the weekend and a couple of pizzas to share.
After lunch we walked to the Brooklyn bridge and had a full on photo shoot. Man oh man, what a view.
We walked through SoHo on our way to Ground Zero, stopping for coffee on the way (mainly because we needed to use the restroom lol). If you ever wonder what it feels like to be in the middle of the city surrounded by complete silence, go to the memorial. It really is breathtaking.
We made dinner reservations at Carroll Place. Do yourself a favor and order the bruschetta! The upstairs is beautiful and serves amazing cocktails, but if you're looking for a better deal, the downstairs bar has 1/2 price beer, wine, and spirits, $5 pizzas, $2 sliders, and $1 meatballs during their happy hour until 7 PM.
After dinner, it was time to watch the Purdue vs. Kansas basketball game. Months later and it's still too soon to talk about that loss.. Still, we were very happy to find a Purdue bar in NYC. 3 Sheets Saloon had a great atmosphere (mainly because it was full of a bunch of Purdue alumni) and also great drink specials! We're talking $9 pitchers. You can hardly find a single beer for that price in the city.
We woke up Friday starved and ready to explore. We stopped at Boston Bagel Company for breakfast sandwiches and coffee. I know, I know, definitely the wrong city, but when you're hangry, you stop at the first place you stumble upon. And I have no regrets because that may have been the best bagel I've ever had. Multiple people recommended the High Line to me and now I understand why. The views from the walkway are unreal! Pictures can't do it justice, so grab a cup of coffee and check it out for yourself.
Next stop for us was Chelsea Market. You CANNOT skip this stop! It is right off the High Line and sooo worth it. Bailey and Kari picked out a lot of beautiful handcrafted jewelry and I went crazy at the Free People popup shop. I bought myself this bodysuit and wore it that very night because I'm obsessed. I can't wait to wear it to a concert this summer! Good news for you; it's on sale! I also had my very first can of rosé here; let's just say whoever came up with that idea is a genius. We tried going to DO (surely you've heard of the latest cookie dough fad), but the wait was almost 2 hours!! I had a friend go a couple of months after us and had no wait at all, so you might get lucky!
When in NYC, shopping is a must. We walked up and down the streets, popping into shops during the afternoon. I bought myself a pair of Adidas Superstars (I ended up getting them in kids because the store was sold out of women's and it saved me $10!) and this cute dress from Brandy Melville (which I wore in this blog post). We eventually ran into Café Select and stopped in for an afternoon coffee and dessert.
Finally, we made it to Times Square, and I felt like I was in a movie.
We went to the original Shake Shack for dinner but honestly weren't super impressed by the service.. Sorry to hate on all of you Shake Shack lovers! Then, we went to the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar for a view of the city lights! It is free and you can get the Empire State Building in your pictures! Great photo op stop.
I swear we did not plan on having matching magenta purses haha! What can I say, they've got good taste.. Kari and I did, however, buy matching shoes that day!
Saturday morning we had a boozy brunch at The Flying Cock. It opens at 11, so show up around 10:30 to get in line for a seat. For $19 you get unlimited mimosas, Bellini's, and Bloody Mary's for 2 hours. Don't even look at the menu and order the breakfast waffle sandwhich. Trust me.
After brunch, we went to a few more bars before heading back to the apartment. Bailey and I took a stroll through Central Park before searching for some NY pizza and desserts!
Writing this post has me wishing I had another trip planned with these girls! Where should we go next?? Let me know where your favorite place is in NYC, because I assure you I will be back!