My younger brother lives and works in New York and it is the perfect excuse (not that I need one) to go visit the Big Apple! I love visiting; from the moment I enter the city I’m instantly excited for what I’ll see and all the things to do. My husband came with me this time and as he says, “it’s like sensory overload”!
We decided to have a fun, chill weekend, complete with great eats!
My brother was finishing up some work after we checked into our hotel, so he said for us to head to Salvation Taco – BJ and I were like huh? (sounded so random) – he said to go have drinks and he would meet us there. He told us ask to go to the roof when we arrived; we did just that and walked out to a small, but very cool roof deck and bar with a beautiful view!
Midtown East/Murray Hill
145 East 39th Street
From there, we headed to the Meatpacking District because I was dying to go to Le Bain at The Standard Hotel – I went a few years ago for my friend Veronica’s birthday and fell for the scene and the view!
Le Bain at The Standard Hotel
848 Washington Street
It was getting late and we were starving, so we headed to get food. After checking into a few places, that my brother said were awesome and there being too long of a wait, he gave his Amex concierge a call for the hook up – thank goodness! We were instantly headed to Bobby Flay’s restaurant Gato! AMAZING dinner!! Apparently, Flay is often at the restaurant cooking but unfortunately he wasn’t there that night.
Everything we ate, was truly delicious! Would highly recommend.
324 Lafayette Street
We started the morning off at the most phenomenal restaurant, Sadelle’s. Seriously, awesome! In atmosphere, experience and food – couldn’t recommend more for breakfast. My brother raved about it and said it was a must. It is a Jewish deli style restaurant, but I found it to have a french twist in the atmosphere of the restaurant. Fresh bagels made by hand in the center of the restaurant, numerous fresh fish and caviar options to go with your bagels, and if you wanted a traditional ‘american’ breakfast, you can have that too!
Loved the tower of fresh fish, the small crystal jars of caviar, the freshly sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and capers brought out – all served on beautiful french bistro style plates! I had a plain bagel with smoked salmon (and all the fixings were brought out for me to enjoy along with chive cream cheese – yum); I also had soft scrambled eggs topped with our servers’ recommendation of caviar – literally, heaven.
Did I mention, that despite the casual elegance of the restaurant they have an amazing top 40 playlist going in the background – such a fun experience and I will be going back every time I’m in New York.
463 W Broadway
After this amazing meal, we went shopping in Soho – can never go wrong with that.
For dinner that night we headed to Catch – I was craving the crunchy rice and wagyu on a rock – order it when you go – you’re welcome.
From there, we went upstairs to their rooftop club – fun times and even better people watching! I love the convenience of being at the restaurant and ‘going out’ afterwards.
21 9th Street
We were headed home in the early afternoon, but we checked out early and headed to Brooklyn (a first for both of us) to see my brothers’ apartment and grab brunch before getting on the road. P.S. Brooklyn is huge, I didn’t realize how big it was – and so many places to see there too! See, sensory overload…
My brother took us to Mile End Delicatessen – it is a very small deli with phenomenal food (you will have to wait because it’s so small but worth it). Their brisket truly melts in your mouth… I ordered the potato latkes with smoked salmon and caviar – delish.
Mile End Delicatessen
97 Hoyt Street
There is just too much to see and do in New York and never enough time to do it! Can’t wait to go back #empirestateofmind
…when you’re trying to take a pic and your husband photo bombs #rude