I’ve been meaning to write this post for weeks. Back in October, I had the pleasure of going on a trip to New York, with two of my best friends/roommates. We had such a blast! And I just wanted to share some of the places we visited.
We split our trip between staying at this rad hostel hotel in East Midtown in Manhattan, and up state New York. I loved the city, because the best pubs were just around the corner. We even found this BOMB ramen place (that literally changed my life), and we got to explore Central Park and take a boat ride. But I’m not gonna lie…Upstate New York is totally my favorite. It offers you escape from the city. We took this AMAZING but brutal 9 hour hike in the mountains, and saw some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen.
I’m so thankful I got to spend some time with the people that mean the most to me, and make some new memories in a rad place like New York. I know it’s only been like a month and a half since I last visited, but I’m already planning a trip back there just for the food. Here’s some of my favorite places we got to visit:
Tavern on the Green – right near Central Park, this ritzy upscale restauraunt offers a haven from the cold winter nights. It’s a bit pricey, but their drinks and desserts are pretty awesome. Their espresso creme brulee and chocolate fudge cake is the BOMB dot com!
Totto Ramen – Legitly, the best ramen I’ve ever tasted, planning a trip back to NYC just for Ramen! This little place is tucked in the hustle and bustle of New York City, and it’s easy to miss. But the ramen is freaking amazing.
Meatball Shop – Visited this restaurant last year when we stumbled into their Upper East side restaurant and had the best meatballs ever. Maybe i was so delusional with hunger, but all I’ve dreamt about since we left was their meatballs. So we went back this fall, and let me tell you…they did not disappoint! They’ve got a cute decor, and a mix and match menu. We had to wait a good 45 mins to get a table, but the food is so worth it! Definitely try their ice cream sandwiches too!
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria – GO! It’s a must. Best pizza in Brooklyn and it makes you wanna embrace your Italian roots. Bomb Pizza. End of Story.
Juliana’s Pizza – right next door to Grimaldi’s. There’s a long time rivalry between the two pizza shops. I’m a bigger fan of Grimaldi’s pizza, because I think the crust and the dough taste better there. Juliana’s pizza is good, a little bit thinner crust than I like. But, Juliana’s root beer and cheesecake is da BOMB.
Ugly Duckling – Randomly stumbled into this place on a Friday night after our flight landed, and they have a great beer selection with some awesome sweet potato fries. The rustic decor is really cute, and the staff are super friendly and welcoming!
The Highline – Once a thriving railroad built back in the mid 1930’s. The railroad was shutdown in the late 1980’s and later abandoned. Today it’s a revitalized public park built above the historic freight way lines, owned by the city of New York. It has some great views of the Chelsea, with pretty awesome architecture and plant designs. Their still working on renovating and extending the railway, but if you’re in the city you definitely need to check it out!
Lemon Squeeze Hike – Alright, I’m about to share one of the BEST kept secret hikes in Upstate New York. Pretty sure my pinky toe almost committed suicide after the 8 hour long hike, but the views were spectacular and totally worth it. We hiked through about 2 hours of woods before we got to the Mohonk Mountain House, which is this gorgeous resort in the upstate woods that looks like it came straight outta Beauty and the Beast. From there, we hiked up the mountain to get to the Lemon Squeezer. You’re literally on your hands and knees crawling underneath boulders of rocks in the dark, and walking on rickety old ladders across rock crevices; while following a trail of red arrows to reach the top of the mountain. When you reach the top, you climb this ladder through a narrow rock crevice that you have to squeeze under, then towards the top you have to hoist yourself up about 5 feet and squeeze through a narrow rock opening to reach the top and pull yourself up. It’s a PRETTY INTENSE hike, with a labyrinth of rocks that you could easily get lost in. However, the views were absolutely AMAZING and totally worth it. Seeing all the different colors of the trees in the fall, was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen.