The minute we landed on the first day we went straight to our hotel, checked in and then got to the tkts stand at times square to get tickets for that night, we went to see Charlie and the chocolate factory which was incredible (from what I saw anyway, I may have nodded off during a little of it, bloody jet lag)! Once we were finished in times square we started to walk to smorg square for smorgasburg, rookie mistake! Don't be over excited like us on the first day and want to see eveything at once, take your time, save your feet and get the underground! It was worth the trip though, I got shredded duck fries and a duck bao which were incredible, it started to get a little dark when we were there and there were fairy lights which lit up the market which was lovely.
If you get to the Chelsea markets head straight for Rana. If you are coming to Chelsea market from the North end you will pass the restaurant but keep going and once you get inside the market its the first entrance to the right, go to the take away counter, you can choose any pasta type and toppings you like and it's half the price of the sit down restaurant and seriously delicious. I wouldn't be a big pasta eater but when there was fresh pasta I couldn't turn it down, I went for bolognese with spinach tagliatelle and I can hands down say it's the best I have ever had and super quick with not much of a wait. Once you order you can see your dish being made in the kitchen behind glass, I can still taste all the flavours in my mouth as I think about it now. I don't have any pictures because I was so hungry I had to dive straight in but this place is definitely worth a visit if you're in NYC. There's also this amazing cook shop downstairs along with lots of other cool places. I tried the tahini goat's ice cream which was nice and then if you're into homeware there's an anthropology right at the entrance to the market.
We spent more than three hours in the 9/11 after taking the free Staten Island ferry to see Lady Liberty, I'd definitely recommend this rather than paying, you get pretty close to it and it runs every half an hour, no need to book. you also can move around the boat looking from different levels or sides and on the way back in you've the most amazing view of New York. Once we were finished in the world trade centre museum (which was absolutely incredible and a must if you're visiting) we were absolutely starving, we decided to have a look in the Oculus when we were so close to see what it was as it's visually amazing from the outside. Turns out its bloody massive and if you're not prepared to walk I'd advise you to stay well away! It's basically an underground shopping centre that runs from one side to the other of the where the world trade centre stood, but despite the length we had to walk it was all worth it when we had the best steaks we ever had in a restaurant there, now I don't even know the name of it but it was at the side closest to the water and it had a shop similar to dean and deluca. We both ordered the hanger steak and similar to the pasta we were able to watch it being cooked, we sat at a bar overlooking the kitchen. It was served with fries and a salad but I had noticed there was a truffle aioli on the menu so I got some of that too and it was amazing, seriously my mouth is watering thinking about it now, bring me back!!
If you're like me and love all prop kind of bits or even kitchenware in general I'd definitely recommend Fish's Eddy, it's on 19th Broadway. I picked up some nice glassware and platters. New york cake and bake is great too along with pearl river market (but they're opening a new one of these in chelsea market soon aswell) I was lucky enough to get these recommendations from a friend before I went. I got a few nice mental trays in the cook store downstairs in Chelsea market and they had a huge amount of glassware. I spotted a sign for a flea market that takes place in Brooklyn on a Saturday and Sunday but we didn't make it out, probably just as well or I would be still trying to fit everything in my suitcase!
ok so a huge thing on my bucket list has been to see the turtles in Central Park, and I wasn't going home without doing this! For me this was nearly as important as all the foodie spots! I know right that's big! Well if you're feeling in the mood what we did was rented a bike and cycled around Central Park...in the sun! It was pure heaven!! We stopped by the ice rink and literary walk which was just like the movies! If you're thinking of going to the natural history museum (a night at the museum was filmed here) it's so close to Central Park so definitely do that when you're around the area.
As well as all the tourist sights and amazing foodie spots we did the usual tourist things, ate waffles on the red steps in Times Square and went to see shows. The two we managed to get to were Charlie and the chocolate factory, which was incredible, and high school musical, also brilliant! We love sport and really wanted to go to madison square but there was nothing on there so we went to Barclays to see ice hockey, what an experience! The most fun you'll ever have at a game!!
So lets talk about this hot chocolate you've all (admit it) been drooling over. Oh me oh my was it good, as you know I have been off dairy and not really eating sweet things but I didn't hold back when a friend told me about the hot chocolates in the City bakery and how they're easily, in her words 'guzzled down' and she wasn't wrong, this was one of the nicest I have ever had and definitely needed after all the walking! One of the main things I wanted to do while in New york was visit as many brunch places as I could, I managed to get to a few and they were so good they deserve a blog post to themselves so they're coming up this Sunday, stay tuned!