36 Hours in NYC

New York City 1 Last month Hubby surprised me with a quick trip to NYC and the change in scenery was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered.

It had been 11 years since my last visit and I was eager to see (and eat) as much as I possibly could!

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New York City 3After we checked into our hotel Hubby and I headed over to Times Square…New York City City Kitchen To grab a bite at City Kitchen!New York City City Kitchen 8Hubby ordered a piping hot bowl of ramen…New York City City Kitchen 2while I headed straight for the Dough Doughnuts counter.
New York City City Kitchen 1Donuts!! Who doesn’t love a good donut?
New York City City Kitchen 6They had so many different flavors to choose from!New York City City Kitchen 5I had a rough time deciding…New York City City Kitchen 3New York City City Kitchen 7Wouldn’t you?New York City City Kitchen 9 But ultimately chose this beautiful hibiscus-glazed donut…New York City City Kitchen 10And this seasonal pumpkin spice one!

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Which Hubby and I ate while walking through the busy crowds of Times Square.New York City 4We then continued our explorations, walking through Rockefeller Center,
New York City 5And up 5th Avenue towards Central Park.New York City 6New York City 10But I’m a food tourist at heart. Which means I eat A LOT on vacation.

So, as if the ramen & donuts weren’t enough, Hubby and I ducked into Momofuku Milk Bar for soft serve sundaes too!

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New York City 12I opted for the classic cereal milk soft serve with cornflakes.New York City 13While Hubby opted for a chocolate chip passionfruit cake soft serve. Both were so creamy & yummy!Barbour Stuart Weitzman Lowland Equipment 2Afterwards we walked through Central Park and explored as much of the southern portion of the park as we could (post here).
New York City 15Once the sun began to set we made our way back to our hotel to change for dinner.
New York City 16New York City 17Passing plenty of familiar sights on the way.New York City 22Once we were all dressed we headed down to Soho to grab a drink at the Crosby Street Hotel bar.
New York City 20Anna stayed in this hotel while she attended Fashion Week in September and spoke so highly of the space, I just had to see it for myself. It’s a beautifully swanky hotel with some charming British touches for my anglophile heart.New York City 18And the drinks are SMASHING!

I fell madly in love with this ‘Golden Eye’ cocktail of Belvedere vodka, cinnamon, lemon juice and pear nectar topped with champagne and star anise. So spicy yet smooth with just a hint of bubbles from the champs.

Absolutely perfect and especially delicious in fall!
New York City 19Hubby tried the ‘Cherry Orchard’ of Woodford Reserve shaken with Maraschino liqueur, cranberry juice, a dash of Campari and a squeeze of lemon.

Another delicious cocktail and one that I’d especially like to replicate here at home since its ruby-red hue is perfect for the holidays!New York City 24For dinner Hubby and I headed to another of Anna’s recommendations: Osteria Morini.
New York City 26Romantic, dark, and cozy for our date night!
New York City 27We started with the S’Formato of caramelized mushrooms and parmesan custard with truffles.New York City 28 New York City 30Which was absolutely delicious heartily spread on thick bread!
New York City 32For our main meals Hubby opted for this Gramigna of macaroni, sausage, tomato, and cream.
New York City 35While I chose something a little more adventurous — this Torcia of squid ink pasta, shrimp & seppia ragù.

Both dishes were beautifully executed and a delicious ending to a delicious first day in NYC!Dominique Ansel Bakery Soho NYC Cronut 15But the next morning I woke up bright and early to complete a very special quest — having my first cronut at Dominique Ansel (read the whole story here).by Chloe Vegan Soho NYC Restaurant 8After wandering most of the morning through Soho, I ended up having lunch at one of the hottest NYC restaurants, by Chloe. A vegan restaurant for meat-lovers if I ever saw one, this spot has one of the best avocado toasts I’ve ever had! Read my full review here.
New York City 37After lunch I walked up to Washington Square Park to explore some more.New York City 41And shoot more of the beautiful fall foliage!New York City 38New York City 39This spot is just so majestic — there’s no other word to describe it.New York City 42New York City 40Aren’t the details beautiful?New York City 43Afterwards I continued north through Manhattan taking in as many sights as I could!New York City 46New York City 45Including a few famous ones like the Flatiron Building…New York City 47And Grand Central Station!New York City 50 New York City 48New York City 49Which was as magnificent as I hoped it would be!New York City 58I continued exploring for the rest of the day while Hubby was off working.New York City 2New York City 52New York City 53New York City 56And found a cute little spot to grab a coffee at before our flight home called Ralph’s (a great, casual option to Chicago’s delicious RL restaurant). It was the perfect ending to another perfect NYC day!New York City 5736 hours in NYC isn’t NEARLY long enough to see everything you could want to see.

And yet, 40,000 steps, two blisters, one large food baby, and a box of Ladurée macarons later I couldn’t help but marvel at the magic of NYC. And how ANY amount of time there can lead to some of the most amazing adventures.

Until next time, Big Apple!

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  • Amazing, Ashley! I miss NYC too…haven’t been since 2009. Your photos are smashing! You’re super talented – such a good eye…especially those doughnut pics!

  • You got so many amazing shots… now I’m having some major NYC envy!

  • We’re headed there in December and I think I may drag my hubby on your exact trip! It looks like perfection. We’re going to be there for 5 days so we have plenty of time, but I still feel like we won’t even get our feet wet. I had already legged Yimes Square and Central Park of course. And I told him we are going to Ralph’s. We’re not foodies, but we are coffee lovers!

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