summer travel guide: new york

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was in New York last week. I took a trip to my hometown on Long Island to visit my family, but also spent some time in the city to work at one of our satellite offices. This was the longest time I’ve spent in Manhattan for awhile, so I took the opportunity to visit & experience some new places.

The entirety of my trip was made up of eating and shopping interchangeably (arguably two of the best & most important things to do in New York). I’ve summarized some of my favorites from this week below. (I also included some of my classic favorites from out East too, which I’ve mentioned before in a previous post but I think need reiterating here since summer is in full swing!)

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New York City (Manhattan)

Food:

Boat Basin – This is such a cool hidden spot right on the Hudson River. I would never have known about it if my sister didn’t live on the Upper West Side. This is a great place to drink & dine quietly (a hard to find thing in NY) on the water while watching the sunset.

Prince St Pizza – I just had to get some local pizza while in town and this was close to my office in NoLita. It is a classic family owned place with pictures of all their celebrity patrons on the wall.

Canal St Market – In the midst of crowded, grungy Canal Street lies the bright & airy Canal Street Market, which has amazing food options from vendors serving lobster, ceviche, matcha lattes, and more. They also have a studio attached featuring art & gifts from local artists.

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Shopping:

Sezane (photo at top of post) – This Paris-based brand that perfectly encapsulates French girl style has one store in the U.S. in NoLita (dubbed L’Appartement New York). I was not disappointed by the selection or presentation (macarons and flowers were EVERYWHERE).

HVN Liana & Levi’s Popup – On my way to Sezane, I conveniently walked by the HVN popup on the same street (Elizabeth St), so I had to stop in. I was lucky enough to have Harley Viera-Newton herself check me out! This popup is only up for a limited time, closing in late June, so if you haven’t had a chance to swing by, do it now before it’s too late.

Red & White Spa – I went here to get lash extensions for the very first time. I was really pleased with the professionalism and results. I also love that there are several locations all over Manhattan, making them a convenient option.

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Long Island & Southampton

Food:

Cassis – My favorite French restaurant in Huntington, NY. This was also a favorite of

Sol Bol – This açai bowl chain has cropped up everywhere on Long Island recently! I loved the menu options, plus they have their own almond butter available for sale.

75 Main – This restaurant is an absolute must for people-watching in Southampton while sipping on a glass of Rosé.

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Shopping:

Hildreth’s – You’ll find everything you need for your (imaginary) Hamptons cottage – kitchenware, linens, bath needs, and beach accessories. I love stopping here for gifts.

One Kings Lane (photo above) – The new One King Lane in the historic building that once housed the local library . It feels more like you’re stepping into a beautiful coastal home rather than a store. A lot of the items are also not available online (at least, I couldn’t find them), so this is a great spot to pick up exclusive items.

Roberta Roller Rabbit – The purveyor of the most gorgeous, brightly-colored, Indian-inspired textiles on the softest cotton. I always go for the pajamas but they carry beautiful beach cover ups and linens too.

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