Last week was the first week in a long time that I haven’t had to work while in New York, so I wanted to spend my time there doing whatever the hell I wanted and revisiting some of my favorite places and attractions! Today I wanted to share my travel diary with all of these favorite places (most of which are downtown). Enjoy!
I’ve been dying to try Dirty French, and it did not disappoint. Located in the Ludlow Hotel, Dirty French is a small bistro with amazing French fare and an extensive wine list. It was a little pricey, but the food & wine were incredible. I’d love to come back for a special occasion.
Sadelle’s, with its incredible lox & bagel bar at a trendy location in SoHo, felt like the perfect balance of old New York and new New York. The lox was the best I’ve ever had – sliced extra thin and had a unique marinade (olive oil?) that I am probably going to try and recreate in my kitchen and fail spectacularly at.
I finally got a chance to try Maman. The coffee and breakfast was lovely, but the ambiance of vintage French furniture and chinoiserie evoked an intense nostalgia for me as a first-generation French immigrant.
Little Prince was the sweetest bistro. I was partial to it before I even got there since it’s seemingly named after one of my favorite childhood books but the food & drinks were also amazing.
This was such a great place to stop to satiate sweet cravings. They have a full menu, but their dessert (cupcakes & cookies) steals the show.
NYC’s rooftop game bar has historically been surprisingly lacking, so I loved Mr Purple’s half-inside, half-outside vibe. There’s something almost ethereal about hanging out amongst the skyscrapers.
This was such a cute, teeny Matcha bar in SoHo painted in the nicest shade of Emerald Green.
Joe & The Juice
This smoothie & juice bar had outposts everywhere downtown and was the perfect place to stop for a quick pick-me-up.
I’ve been hemming and hawing for MONTHS now over obtaining my very own Le Labo scent (I’ve only done lotions and samples in the past). I finally took advantage of the special occasion of being in their Nolita boutique to pick up a Santal 33 oil roller. I still want a bottle at some point, but the roller is PERFECT for travel. They also have lovely candles I want to come back for.
It wouldn’t be a trip to New York if I didn’t pop into the Sézane boutique. (It’s right across the street from Le Labo, so I had to!) I didn’t buy anything this time or take another Instagram of the floor, but I’ll be back in New York in June and probably wind up there again.
If you like comedy, Comedy Cellar is an absolute must. Seeing writers from shows like Letterman, Conan, and Colbert deliver their own written stand-up is such a cool experience (and super entertaining)! Plus, sometimes famous comedians will show up to practice new material, so they make you turn off your phones and seal them in opaque plastic bags before you come in.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Since I’m normally working while in NYC, I wanted to take advantage of having daytime free time and see a museum. I’m no art aficionado, but at The Met I am partial to the European impressionists and Modern pieces so I tend to gravitate towards the Van Goghs, Picassos, Monets, and Pollocks.
The High Line
The High Line is by far my FAVORITE attraction in New York and I always make it a point to come here (or take others here). This time, I had a spiffy new camera in tow and was able to capture images of my favorite architecture right off the path.
Walking the distance of the High Line led me to New York’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards, which was packed with tourists (like me) observing The Vessel. Walking from the High Line offered a unique perspective as it started to peek out behind a couple of other skyscrapers, so I had to snap a pic.