New York Part I
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Over New Year's George and I, and our friends Katy and Sam, took a trip to New York. We're so lucky that 2018 has been the most incredible year and we wanted to go out with a bang!
Katy had no idea we were going, so surprising her at JFK was really special. Once all together we hopped in a cab to the city and checked straight into our hotel PUBLIC. The hotel was gorgeous, really modern but spacious rooms (especially in a skyscraper in NYC!). It also has a great rooftop bar for guests.
After a quick freshen up we took the subway over to Times Square for some dinner and drinks! Before collapsing into bed after a really long day travelling.
But we didn’t let that stop us getting up and out bright and early the next day. We had brunch reservations at Sotto 13, so took a leisurely walk to get coffee and take in the sights on the way.
Seeing the Empire State Building peeking out above the rooftops at the end of a street is a magical sight.
Brunch was a boozy affair fuelled by bottomless Mimosas! But the food well exceeded our high expectations too. Italian style eggs, spicy potatoes, waffles and breakfast pizzas all to share. If you're ever in NYC, brunch here and you won't regret it!
After Sotto 13 we headed to 5th Avenue for some retail therapy. The boys kept us from going too out of control though.
We wound our way through the streets towards The Empire State and stopped for a warm up and a drink at Heartland Brewery.
Next on our agenda was a place I was really looking forward to.
Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of The Rockefeller Center!
Book ahead! The queue for non-reservations isn’t for the faint hearted and you almost definitely won’t get a table even once you’re up there.
The views are breathtaking. The best view of Manhattan I’ve ever seen, it really felt like a bucket list item to be there is such good company. I recommend their take on the Aperol Spritz!
We watched all the lights in the city start to sparkle as the sun faded.
The next day started in a rather overcast Central Park.
We wandered around the lake bundled up in our hats and scarves for warmth.
Acting out scenes from Singing in the Rain.
Coat (Old): Similar here
And taking in the city skyline.
After all the fresh air it was time to warm back up! We walked back through the city on 5th again. Past the prettiest, most festive building in NYC.
Bag: Kate Spade
Until we reached Grand Central Station.
We had bagels at Zaro's (get the Lox), before heading down to see the Flatiron Building.
For New Year's Eve we went to a restaurant called Raclette. I have no photos as we didn't even stop and think before eating. Steak and melted wheels of cheese. If you plan on going make reservations, it's a pretty small place on 12th Street.
I'll share our final day in New York soon!