When starting to plan our trip I did what any good travel consultant does…research.
When it came to trying to figure out where to stay, there were so many great choices of course. But we landed on a new hotel that has a totally different approach to hotel living. We stayed at the EVEN Hotel near Penn Station. The reason I wanted to check it out is because it has a unique opportunity for the hotel guests. Each room has a workout space in it equipped with an exercise ball, yoga mat, exercise bands and loads of workout options from a booklet to multiple workout channels for you to turn on. From the catchy slogans on their signs to the water bottle for us (to be more green) this place impressed me the most by their outstanding service. Some of the best service I have ever had at a hotel to be honest. They have a healthy option restaurant, Cork and Kale, for breakfast, dinner and on the go meals. Of course this type of hotel wouldn’t be complete with a 24 hour fitness center with more equipment for you to use to make certain you can stay healthy while traveling!
So many things to do and see in NYC and too many to try to list here in this blog. One of the most unexpectedly interesting things we did was the Rockefeller Center Tour. I had no idea it was going to be mostly outside and all about the 19 buildings that make up Rockefeller Center. Who knew? Our tour guide was amazing and just the right amount funny! We learned a ton and were in awe most of the 75-minute tour. It is worth it if you haven’t done it. Some must-do’s in my opinion would be to visit the 911 Memorial, walk the financial district, get to the Top of the Rock and for the romantics out there, take a carriage ride with your sweetheart through Central Park. That is just the beginning of things to do over a long weekend in the city that never sleeps.
New York is known for great food…and it did not disappoint. We had dinner at Minetta Tavern – a great spot in Greenwhich Village that seemed filled will locals. It’s been around since 1937 and for good reason. They are known for their Black Label Burger, but have a wide range of options from Roasted Bone Marrow to King Salmon and so much more. Great wine list, excellent Martini, and impeccable service. If you decide to go, be sure to make reservations a few weeks in advance!
We also hit David Burke Kitchen in SoHo. My husband has been there for dinner a few times so we had planned to have brunch there, but ended up doing breakfast, which was amazing! Best French Toast I have ever had! Most unique Bloody Mary we have come across – but the hubs says it was amazing! You can’t go wrong with anything you order any time of day! Reservations are ideal.
Of course we hit the random pizza joint on the street to grab a slice and it was great!
One more place to note that we hadn’t planned on going to but SO glad we did is Patsy’s Italian Restaurant New York. It is a family run restaurant that has been there since 1944 in the Theater District in Midtown Manhattan. From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted with fabulous service and likely to see at least one of the family members. They have only had 3 chefs – the late Patsy himself, his son Joe, or Joe’s son Sal (who has been running the kitchen for the past 29 years). The best service we have ever had, some amazing Italian food and we even got to see Tony Danza dining at his regular table. And yes, we made eye contact but I did not bother him. ;-) This restaurant is a must! And you will want to have a reservation there also!
If you have the opportunity to go to the Big Apple for the first time or your 10th time, there is always something new to see or a restaurant you haven’t hit. Needless to say, his first time visitor will be back!