How to do New York Like A Blogger

I’ve done so many guides to New York, that I thought I’d approach it a little differently this time. So, I present to you, my guide on how to do New York like a blogger. If you’ve been to New York, you’ll probably agree with me when I say that New York is a creative’s playground. Everything from the cute cafes, to the beautiful hotels, to the fashion scene are inspiring. Creativity is the pulse of New York.

As you already know, I went to New York for fashion week, which was the perfect time to get a true feel of the city. I wanted to share where I ate, where I caffeinated, and most importantly, where I stayed:

Where to stay

Whether you’re going for fashion week or just for fun, location is everything. I usually stay Midtown when I go to New York because I find it’s the most central. While in New York, I stayed in 3 different hotels, all of which I loved.

Hotel 48 Lex 
Can you really get more central than 48th and Lexington? This is where my first hotel was. Hotel 48Lex impressed me as soon as I entered it. I was greeted warmly by hotel staff, and escorted to my room immediately despite the fact that I was a little early for check in. My room had a beautiful view of the city, and was *gasp* spacious! I was able to comfortably make my room my home for 2 days, a rarity considering the size of most New York hotel rooms. Also, a quick tip for my fellow foodies: the Molten S’mores at the Lexington Brass is unreal.  

Arlo NoMad 
If you appreciate a good view as much as I do, this is the hotel for you. Located on 31st and Madison, the location is unbeatable. It’s a stone throw away from 5th Ave, and practically right next to the subway. In terms of the hotel itself, I absolutely fell in love with the interior. It was the very definition of a chic boutique hotel. The rooms are quite small, something I could deal with considering the location and view.

The Roger 
The last hotel I stayed in was The Roger. This is also located on 31st and Madison, so great location-wise. The interior of the hotel is charming. My room reminded me more of Europe than New York with its elegant wall mouldings and beautiful furniture. Breakfast was a highlight for me here, I got room service which I loved. The rooms are also quite spacious, so I was able to settle in quite comfortably.

Where to caffeinate

I’m not even embarrassed to admit that half the reason I keep going back to New York is for the cafes. There are so many beautiful ones to pick from, these were a few of my favourites from this trip:

Ost Cafe: This little LES joint has strong coffee and beautiful floors. I also found it was a great work space.

Ramini Espresso Bar: One of the very few cute Midtown cafes. Their chocolate chip cookies are one of the best I’ve ever had.

Culture Espresso: Another Midtown spot with the most delicious donuts.

Ralph’s Cafe: Located at the Ralph Lauren store on 5th Ave, this is a great spot to take a shopping break.

Miss Paradis: Although they do serve food, I went for coffee. We ordered the meringue latte, which was as good as it sounds.

Greecologies: Although it’s known for its various yoghurt based parfaits, I just ordered a latte (which did not disappoint). The interior is beautiful as well.

Cafe La Cerra: Another great midtown find, this place has the most beautiful interior, and delicious hot chocolate.

Where to eat

Citizens of Chelsea: I ate here on my very first day in New York. I got a gluten-free avocado toast and latte. It’s an Australian cafe, so needless to say, they knew what they were doing.

Gramercy Tavern: After hearing about Gramercy Tavern from everyone and their uncle, I decided to pay it a visit. It was on the pricier side, but definitely worth it. You don’t need a reservation to sit in the tavern, but you do for the dining room.

Oficina 1m: Hands down, the best brunch I’ve ever had. I would literally say ‘oh my god’ with every bite. I never ever order frittatas (I actually hate them), but Oficina’s frittata is out of this world. Also make sure you get their salmon pizza. And their desserts. Okay, just get everything.

Epistrophy: If you’re looking for a healthy meal, go to Epistrophy and order one of their salads. It did not disappoint!

Rubirosa: The last time I went to Rubirosa was in 2015, and I was looking forward to returning ever since. It’s a small, no-fuss pizza joint which will blow your mind.

Morgenstern’s: If you have Instagram installed on your phone, chances are you’ve heard of Morgenstern’s. And that isn’t for no reason, the ice cream here is incredible.

Black Barn: Everything on the menu is delicious, you can’t go wrong.

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37 Comments

  1. February 24, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Omg, I LOVE your photos. NY is on top of my travel wishlist & you really make me wanting to go there soon 😉
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  2. February 24, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Looooooove your guide babe ♥ Been to NYC already twice but there are just so many nice spots to eat/ get coffee/ etc… So I will probably return later this year and already saved your guide for then 🙂

    xxx and have a great weekend Love ♥
    Tina
    http://www.styleappetite.com

  3. February 24, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Although I have traveled to many countries NYC is always my favorite. There is something about it that I just love. You are looking absolutely stunning!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  4. February 24, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Love the photos!

  5. February 24, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Ario Nomad definitely has a killer view! You’ve been in some cool places while in NY :x. Really wish I’ll make it there by the end of this year. Thank you a lot for the lovely recommendations and wishing you a lovely weekend! x

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  6. miri
    February 24, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    WOW, Siffat, I really like your original guide to NY. It is much more interesting than boring guides and I learned a lot. When I go to NY next time, I will definitely visit those coffee places! Have a relaxing weekend, sweetie.
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  7. Tamara
    February 24, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I’m definitely checking your recommendations next time I’m in NYC!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com
    NYFW Vlog

  8. February 24, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    Wow, love your pics. Thank you for sharing these awesome recommendations. Arlo NoMad is definitely a hotel with a view that I would love to check out the next time I am in NYC.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

  9. February 24, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    I’m pretty jealous of the view from your room. OMG 🙂 Your photos are stunning! I love NYC! This is amazing blog post! Love it! Have a fabulous weekend darling! xx
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  10. February 25, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Omgosh so many amazing food and coffee shots! And wow that hotel is stunning, especially with that view!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  11. Amy Arnold
    February 25, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I am having NYC withdrawals. It’s been too long and this post is making it worse. I miiissss it! I’ve been to a few of these but will have to bookmark this for next time.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  12. February 25, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Beautiful post! The food looks amazing and now I want some coffee 🙂

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

  13. February 25, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Prevosodnye pictures!
    So many of inspiration!

  14. February 26, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I’m drooling over this post, I absolutely can not wait to go to New York! These are all stunning photos, as well!

    xx

    I M O G E N // http://www.faux-silk.com

  15. February 26, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Beautiful photos! I’ll have to keep these in mind if I ever visit! 🙂 xx

  16. February 26, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    So beautful shots!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  17. February 26, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    This looks amazing! Must be wonderful to wake up with that view 🙂

    Malin | Spark&Bark

    xx

  18. February 26, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this babe! I will be visiting New York in September so this post was necessary! I’ve stayed at the Roger before and loved how spacious the rooms are! Definitely pinning this post!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

  19. February 26, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    The coffee looks delicious!
    xx

  20. February 27, 2017 / 2:03 am

    Your photos are beautiful! I would love to go to New York, it seems like a really busy place but like you said there’s so many places a creative mind can go to! Your hotel is absolutely gorgeous as well, would love to wake up to that amazing view xx

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

  21. February 27, 2017 / 5:14 am

    Great tips, hunny; lovely pictures too. Trust you had a great time.

    Have a blessed week darling!

    Funmi xx
    http://www.funmialabi.co.uk

  22. February 27, 2017 / 6:29 am

    Hi,

    I really love your blog! I would like to invite you to write a guest column for Blog and The City. Please read some of them on our website to get an idea of it, and mail us at info@blogandthecity.net if you’re interested.
    x Suzanne
    Marketing Manager | http://www.blogandthecity.net

  23. February 27, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Lovely post

    Molly

  24. February 27, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Oh yum, the food in particular looks incredible! So many delicious meals I can’t pick a favourite! 🙂

    I’d love to visit NY one day. We were just talking about that this morning though, given the recent events none of us are game to go visit for a while! There was quite a bit in the news here about the very bad treatment of an Australian children’s author by US customs lately, so we are all pretty wary!

    Hope you have had a great weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  25. March 3, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    These photos are so amazing! All three hotels look like great places to stay (the view in your first photo is incredible) and all that food looks so delicious!
    I can’t wait to go back to New York again and I will bookmark your guide for when I do!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com