3 Jun 2018

Travel Guide: New York City



For our honeymoon, the Mr and I went to the big apple! New York is a city I've visited before and I absolutely loved. There is just SO much to see and do and eat! We both really enjoyed the trip and are glad that we decided to do something a little bit unconventional - compared to the Maldives or Bora Bora.

I thought I'd share what we got up to, where we ate, where we stayed and everything else!





HOTEL

We wanted to stay somewhere central so we could easily get to all the places we wanted to go. We were only in New York for 4 days so every minute was crucial! My husband and I booked the Hyatt Centric Hotel which is in Times Square. Despite being in the busiest part of the city, it wasn't loud or too small - the room was a decent size and was very nicely decorated. I definitely recommend if you are looking for a hotel in the heart of NYC.





EAT

There were so many yummy places we ate at during our trip. We particularly enjoyed the street carts that were basically on every corner. I really loved the falafel gyros - if you love falafels then I highly recommend trying them from the food carts in NYC because they are cheap but so incredibly delicious.

When we weren't trying all of the food carts, we actually ate in restaurants...

We tried the ever so famous Salt Bae's restaurant, Nusr-Et Steakhouse - which I actually didn't take any pictures of as we went on our last night and wanted to enjoy the experience! I must say the experience is phenomenal. The atmosphere is just something else and really made our trip!

We tried the place the apparently sells the number 1 pizzas in the USA, Juliana's. The half an hour long line was definitely worth the wait.We shared a mozzarella and tomato pizza and it was heavenly. I'm going to admit, I never used to like pizza until we tried this place (that is how good it was!).



We had more pizza and Italian deliciousness when we visited Eataly. As the portions are rather large, myself and my husband shared a stone baked pizza which had roasted vegetables and a lot of cheese - mmmm. I definitely recommend this place if you are after something with more of a restaurant vibe, similar to our Zizzi and Pizza Express.



If you fancy some really delicious thai food, One Thai Chef is the place to go. It's literally just a ten minute walk from Times Square, so easily walkable from our hotel. Dishes we recommend: chicken pad thai, golden coconut fried shrimps and chicken satay.


SIGHTSEEING





Helicopter Tour
As we were only in New York for a short space of time, we decided it would be best to go on a helicopter tour so we can see everything in a speedy 30 minutes. A helicopter tour has always been on my bucket list and honestly, it didn't disappoint. It was the most amazing experience and by far my favourite part of the honeymoon. We booked the tour with HeliNY, if you are looking to book too!



Staten Island Ferry
We wanted to see the Statue of Liberty from a closer view and instead of booking a really expensive tour, we decided to hop on the free Staten Island Ferry, especially since we were close by to the helicopter port anyway. I highly recommend going on this instead of paying £££ for a Statue of Liberty tour.





Central Park
You obviously have to go to Central Park if you are visiting New York. We took a little stroll around a portion of the park and engaged some fresh roasted cashews - yum! Unfortunately the lake and boating area wasn't open when we visited as it was rather cold but that is next on my to-do list if we visit in the summer!





Times Square
The atmosphere at Times Square is just something else. The iconic screens and huge Mcdonalds is literally as you see in the movies. There are plenty of shops and places to go whilst you are in Times Square so shopping and entertainment won't be of a shortage!





Brooklyn Bridge
If you have a good 45 minutes to spare, take a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. We decided to go from Manhattan to Brooklyn so we could stop by Juliana's for pizza at the end! The walk across the bridge is filled with amazing views and even more amazing photos!

Woodbury Common Shopping Outlet
For shopping, we took a day trip to Woodbury Common Shopping Outlet. We booked a bus directly from the concierge at the hotel and it took about an hour and thirty minutes to get there. The shopping outlet is insane! Think of Bicester Village and think 10 times larger than that. There was a huge food court and every shop imaginable. It's definitely a spot where you must visit if you are looking to shop.



Friends Apartment Building
If you are a Friend's fan, you have to go to the iconic building. It is literally just a building but it's a new area to walk around in too. Here is the address if you are looking to go the corner of Bedford Street and Grove Street.







Other spots to visit: 5th Avenue, Top of the Rock, Flat iron Building, Ground Zero, The Oculus, Grand Central Station and Madison Square Gardens.


TRAVEL

Travel wise, we bought Metro cards from the nearest subway station and travelled around like the locals do. Using the subway was rather easy except when every sub station looks the same and you keep going round in circles! There is also a subway app that you can download if you need a little help with stations.





And there you have it, my NYC travel guide! Have you been to New York? What are your favourite spots that I've missed?
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