Last week for spring break my mom and I went out to New York City for a little girls trip. I flew out early Saturday morning and got into the city just in time for lunch. I went to The Butcher's Daughter and got their Spicy Kale Salad. I loved everything about the Butcher's Daughter, the decor, the food and the location.
After finishing up my salad I headed over to the New Museum. The art wasn't my taste but they had an amazing view on the top floor of downtown Manhattan.
When I left museum, I wandered around SoHo popping into some shops, killing time until my moms flight got in. Once she got into the city we got dinner at one of our favorite spots, Serafina. We went to the meatpacking location it had such a cool vibe, just like the neighborhood.
Sunday morning we got breakfast at the Instagram famous Jack's Wife Freda. It was just as adorable in person and the food as delicious. My mom and I both got cappuccinos and the Eggs Benedict (which is pink!).
After breakfast we headed in to the heart of SoHo for some of my favorite shopping. The number one place on my list of stores was the Mansur Gavriel Pop Up Shop. I have had my eye on their Sun Bag for a while and there are just too many beautiful colors to choose from, but I'm loving this one.
We headed to Laudrée (my favorite macaroon patisserie) for a little bit of lunch and a raspberry and rose Saint-Honoré. After lunch I picked up these shoes and I am obsessed with them. We ended the day at Balthazar, who hands down has the best french onion soup.
Monday morning we started with breakfast at the Cupping Room Cafe and then headed over Brookfield Place. They have such a cool interior with real palm trees and tons of perfect lunch places. Behind the mall are they have beautiful patios that look out on to the Hudson River and from some spots you can see the Stature of Liberty.
After Brookfield, we crossed the street and went to the Oculus at the World Trade Center for a little shopping and lunch at the new downtown Eataly.
Post lunch we had tickets for the One World Observatory. The views from the 100th floor of One World Trade center are stunning. You can see for miles in every direction. It was a little hazy when we were up there but we could still see far.
Once we got down from the observatory deck we walked through the 9/11 Reflecting Pools to the 9/11 Museum. There was one tree by the pools called The Survivor Tree, it survived the events on 9/11 and is said to be the first tree to bloom in the spring and the last one to lose its leaves in the fall.
Going through the 9/11 Museum was heart wrenching. Being only 5 when it happened I don't have any memories from that day, so it is always eye opening for me to learn in detail what happened on 9/11 and how our country was able to come together and rebuild after such tragedy. If you are in the city I highly recommend that you go to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
When we left the museum we walked up to Landmarc in Tribeca to meet my cousin Polly, who lives in the city, for dinner. I got the Landmarc Burger and it was perfect.
On Tuesday morning we woke up to rain so we took a cab up to Jacob's Pickles for breakfast. I ordered the biscuit french toast and oh. my. goodness. it was the best meal I have ever had. It was so sweet and delicious I didn't even put their homemade maple syrup on it because it tasted too good on its own. After finishing the best french toast ever, we decided to go to the Museum of Natural History to get out of the rain and stay on the Upper West Side.
After the museum we went to one of the best bakeries in New York City, Levain. They make the best cookies I have ever had. They are almost cake like, but they are perfectly crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Later that night we saw Aladin on Broadway and I loved it! After the show we stoped by the Carlo's Bakery store in Times Square to pick up some cannolis.
Wednesday morning we started the day with breakfast at my favorite restaurant in Chelsea, Cookshop. I love their pancakes, the are kinda eggy which makes them almost taste like crepes, and they have amazing biscuits. After breakfast we walked down the Highline to Chelsea Market. They have the cutest Anthropologie and lots of other cute little shops and restaurants.
We finished walking down the Highline to the Whitney Museum. Two of their floors were closed for the Whitney Biennial but we were still able to see a few galleries and go out onto the roof.
At the end of the day we grabbed dinner at Sarabeth's. I got their seafood cobb salad and it was so yummy.
Thursday morning we slept in and then meet Polly for lunch down by her office at the Original Shake Shack. While we were down town we went to the Tenement Museum. It was interesting to learn how immigrants were living in the city, but the tour was a little long and only talked about 2 families If your in the neighborhood and bored, its a good time killer, but not a must see.
After the museum we headed back up town and got an afternoon snack in the lounge of the Mandarin Oriental. They have beautiful views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.
Later that night we ventured back downtown for dinner at Nobu with Polly and one of my best friends Hannah.
Friday morning we woke up to snow so we got brunch at Sarabeth's and decided to go see a movie. We saw La La Land and I loved it. After the movie we walked around the Upper West Side and through Lincoln Center.
We had reservations for dinner at the Polo Bar, one of my favorite restaurants. The decor is just as perfect as the food. I love their carpaccio, shrimp cocktail, kale salad and filet. After dinner we went to see Wicked, I haven't seen it in years but it was just as magical and I have had the songs stuck in my head for the past week.
We had planed to spend our Saturday in the park but the snow and 20 degree weather put a little damper on that. We still had brunch at the Loeb Boathouse, but didn't walk through The Mall or over Bow Bridge. We did head over to Madison Avenue to stop into a few shops and pick up some macaroons at Laudree.
When we got down to 56th street we popped into the Ralph Lauren store to get coffee at Ralph's and warm up. When we had gotten feeling back in our fingers and face we headed back out into the cold to go see the JP Morgan Library.
On our last day in the city, Polly met my mom and I at Norma's for brunch. They have some of the craziest dishes on their menu but everything I have had is delicious! After brunch I had to head to the airport to catch my flight back to school. A week full of amazing food, and the best shopping in my favorite city was exactly what I needed to break up the semester.