NYC Recs?

Happy Monday readers!

After a two week blogging hiatus, I am glad to be back in the saddle!

I have some great posts lined up for you this week, but today, I am here to ask for your help!

I am headed to NYC this Thursday night to visit my best friend, Anna. Believe it or not, this will be my first time visiting The Big Apple.

She is always the hostess with the mostess, so I don't need too much help, however, I am going to have to entertain myself for a bit while she goes to work on Friday.

Her apartment is right near Central Park so I plan to spend a good chunk of the morning exploring the park and hopefully checking out Good Morning America's free Dierks Bentley concert in the park (thanks to a great mom of one of my students for that recommendation!).

What should I do beyond that? Where would be the best spots for me to grab a solo lunch?

Any museums or more "touristy" attractions that may be boring for Anna, but great for a NYC rookie like me?

What is in semi-close proximity to the park that I must see?

All help and recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Have a great day!


  1. You're going to have the best time!! I'm so jealous :)

  2. I literally just published a post on where to eat in SoHo if you feel like adventuring downtown! East or West side of the park? Either way, I would venture to the Met, the Frick, or the Museum of Natural History. During the day is also a great time to hit up the more crowded department stores like Bergdorfs and Barneys. A nice place for lunch on the Upper East Side is Maison Kayser. You can easily grab a quiet bite there alone!

  3. Eek! You're going to have SO much fun!! :) I <3 NYC!!

  4. What a fun trip! I don't have too much advice but I highly recommend the Met and a stop by Laduree (it's also close to Lilly Pulitzer)!

  5. Please please please go to Laduree and get some macarons! I did that one of my first trips and have now made it a must every time a visit the city. They are delicious and are perfectly portable to take to the park to eat while people watching. As far as museums go, I've only visited the Met (and I loved it!) so that's what I would recommend. I can't wait to hear all about your trip!!


  6. Ahhh so fun! We just visited back in December. SO much to do, so little time. I don't think Serendipity was close to Central Park, but the frozen hot chocolates were SO worth it!

  7. Oh my gosh, you will love it! When I visited, we went to five napkin burger in gramercy (it was a B rating so cheaper food but still pretty good), and we went out at Phebe's which was basically a UVA reunion...talk about small world. Have so much fun exploring the Big Apple! I am super partial bc I was born there!


  8. I leave for NY on July 6th so thanks for all the info and posting on your blog. I too am a first time NY trip

  9. Definitely walk around central park and get lunch or a milkshake at shake shack. Also, channeling your inner child at Dylan's Candy Bar is so fun, then get a late afternoon frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity. I absolutely love NYC! Doing the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty is also fun without being too touristy. Walking the High Line and getting a beer and pretzel from the Biergarten is also fun! Opportunities are endless, honestly

  10. NYC is one of my favorite cities, my sister lives there so I always enjoy visiting her! If you are in Central Park, I love eating at Tavern On the Green or The Boathouse. Walking the High Line is a must as well. Enjoy! Xo, Stephanie


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