New York Travel Diary

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The first time I visited New York was with my parents, and I hated it. It involved hanging around Times Square that of course alludes to being pushed and shoved around, and a tour around the city. I thought New York was filthy and crowded, and wanted to have nothing to do with it. 3 years later, I agreed to go back to New York to visit my best friend who was attending NYU. It was during that trip that I truly understood why people dream of moving to New York, and have fallen in love with the city several times over since.

This was my first trip with a large group of friends, which made it one of the most memorable three days of my life. I also had several New Yorkers showing me around the city which basically meant three days of fun, food, and laughter. So without further ado, here are my recommendations: vegan lunch at By Chloe for the best avocado toast you’ll ever eat; Jack’s Wife Freda for brunch; Freeman’s alley to see how magical New York really is; exploring the Lower East Side; life-changing ricotta pancakes from the NOMO SOHO; truffle fries from Dudley’s (guys, you can die happy after eating these); salted caramel cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake (I don’t care what people say, I can’t leave New York without eating these; Grom for gelato that’ll transport you to Italy; almost falling off the rocks at Central Park; getting both the burger AND the lobster roll at Burger and Lobster; wandering up 5th Avenue; finding a little piece of Europe in North America at St. Patrick’s Cathedral; Chalait for the most Instagrammable matcha latte you’ll ever see; ABC Kitchen for pizza to die for; Press Lounge for a view that’ll have you planning a move to New York.

I wish I’d had enough time to go to The Top of The Rock again, but I suppose it gives me an excuse to visit again (as if I needed one). As always, I’d love recommendations for the next time I visit, so leave your comments below!

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    • September 26, 2015 / 10:23 am

      Thanks girl, glad you liked them 🙂 xo

  1. September 25, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Beautiful shots! You definitely got some good eats in on your trip 🙂

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:22 am

      I was all about the food haha! xo

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:22 am

      I ate like calories didn’t matter for 3 whole days, and now it’s time to hit the gym haha! xo

  2. September 25, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I like all the great colors you got in your shots!

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:22 am

      Thanks Cheryl! I almost had to remind myself to put my camera down and live in the present because it was so tempting to photograph everything! xo

  3. September 25, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Nice photos! Looks like you had a great time (and great food lol), and you’re gorgeous! ♥_♥

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:21 am

      Thanks lady, as are you! And yes, New York was basically 3 days straight of pigging out lol! xo

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:20 am

      I’m so flattered, you’re making me blush! xo

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:20 am

      I really did, it was so much fun 🙂 xo

  4. September 25, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Loving the photos and recommendations! Will need to try some of these next time I am in NYC

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:19 am

      Glad I could be of help! They’re all wonderful spots to visit! xo

    • September 26, 2015 / 10:19 am

      Firstly, so jealous you live in NY! Thankfully I live close enough to visit now and then, but living there would be ideal. You’ll have plenty of time to get to the places I visited, although I recommend you go to Dudleys for the truffle fries STAT! xo

  5. September 26, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    It looks like you had a great time your second go around in NY! I’m so glad you gave it a second chance, I’ve never been but I hear that it’s such a magically amazing city to visit if you can look past all the hustle and bustle!

    xo
    Taylor
    http://www.styleiseverythingblog.com

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:14 am

      Now there’s nowhere I’d rather be than NY 🙂 xo

  6. September 26, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Outing with a group of female friends is always memorable and fun…. Beautiful pictures dear..

    Baby pink looks really good on you. Love the color combination.

    Tega Enai
    http://www.tegaenai.com
    xoxo..

  7. September 26, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Outing with a group of female friends is always memorable and fun…. Beautiful pictures dear..

    Tega Enai
    http://www.tegaenai.com
    xoxo..

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:14 am

      thanks girl, it really is! xo

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:13 am

      I had a wonderful time! xo

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:12 am

      It was a great weekend! xo

  8. Anna
    September 27, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    SO in love with these photos and following along with your trip!

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:12 am

      Thanks Anna, but I’m more in love with your photos from NYFW! xo

  9. September 27, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Loving all of your photos! Bright and colorful. I would recommend making them all the same size if you’re able since then the photos flow like a picture diary. I have never been to New York (at least not when I was old enough to remember) so I hope to have a business trip out there sometime soon! xx, adaatude.com

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:12 am

      I have to learn how to make them the same size! I’m sure you’ll end up going sometime soon and love it 🙂 xo

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:11 am

      Haha even I get hungry looking at these photos! xo

  10. September 27, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Wow, judging by your pictures it looks like you had an AMAZING time! I can see why now you are a fan of the big city! I love the list of local recommended establishments because those are the types of places that so New York.

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

    • September 28, 2015 / 9:11 am

      There’s really no place like New York, I can’t wait to go back 🙂 xo

    • September 28, 2015 / 10:13 pm

      It’s a great city to explore with a big group! Jack’s Wife Freda was amazing, I can’t recommend it enough! xo

    • September 30, 2015 / 8:02 pm

      It’s such a magical place, I can never get enough! xo

    • siffat.h91@gmail.com
      February 23, 2016 / 12:36 am

      Glad you found it useful, Zorica!