Oh New York, you exciting, charming and enticing city! This was the last stop of our honeymoon before heading home back to Perth.
We stayed at the Ace Hotel in Midtown which was in a really convenient location while being a really cool hotel. Our room had a record player in it, with one of my favourite albums, Jeff Buckley’s Grace in it… how’d they know?! The downstairs lobby sold flowers, had a photobooth and an awesome bar which we could just sip our cocktails and people watch in. The restaurants downstairs were gorgeous but a little to ‘meaty’ for me.
We purchased a New York City Pass before we left which turned out to be such a great move. We managed to see all the galleries we wanted to go to (Guggenheim, MoMA, Natural History Museum and the Met Museum) while skipping the long lines and entrance fees. I really made an effort to avoid queues on our trip so using the pass, getting to attractions just before opening and booking in advance really made a difference. We were in the first lift up (7.30am) for Top of the Rock so we were able to enjoy the glistening sun and view all for ourselves!
I couldn’t believe the amount of Christmas markets that were around New York during our stay. It seemed that every park had been transformed into a wonderland of gifts, local produce, delicious food and hot drinks for us to enjoy. In the picture below I am exceedingly happy with the hot chocolate I just purchased. Eating at markets was a great way to try lots of new food, eat outside and admire the view while saving a bit of money in the process (the food there was so cheap… and there was no tax added to the purchase!)
One of my favourite experiences in New York was going to Upright Citizens Brigade for some improv comedy. We booked tickets to the Asssscat 3000 show which includes comedians from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and The Colbert Report. The tickets were about $10, the beer was cheap and it was flat-out hilarious. Purchase tickets in advance online (and early – it sells out!) to save yourself a wait in line. We also went to Gotham Comedy Club which while still enjoyable seemed a bit too polished.
We waited for a clear day (still approximately 0 degrees though!) to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and then wander around DUMBO. I told Ryan that there was a pizza place there that was meant to be good and didn’t realise until we got there and saw the enormous line that it was the very popular Grimaldi’s. We decided to stay in the line and an hour later we were seated at our table enjoying the warmth and perhaps the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.
We’re already planning on returning to New York in 2015 and renting a little place for at least two weeks. We know that we just scraped the surface and that there are so many more rooftops to visit, plays to watch, food to devour and galleries to wander. And let’s face it – I need to go back to have more salted caramel icecream from Eataly and another vanilla cupcake from Sprinkles.
You can see more from our trip here.