Planning a trip to New York City for just a weekend can be really difficult! We would have loved to have a few more days, but our work schedules wouldn't allow more than a weekend. My boyfriend and I attended a wedding in New Jersey last week and decided to spend the remainder of the weekend in New York. My boyfriend had NEVER been to the city that never sleeps and I won't ever pass up a trip to NYC.
It is impossible to see everything in New York in just a weekend, but I will share everything that we did in our trip! We saw many iconic spots, ate some AMAZING food and stayed at a beautiful hotel with a gorgeous view in lower Manhattan.
Let's do it!
WHERE WE STAYED
We knew one thing we wanted in our first hotel together in New York and that was a view of the city. After doing some research and talking to friends about the best location to be in we chose Hotel Indigo LES. We were beyond happy with our pick! I mean waking up to that city view we had was enough to keep us happy, but the hotel offered so much more. The room was sleek, chic, and modern for us millennial couple. Our room overlooked the famous Mr. Purple rooftop, which we really enjoyed. Saturday night, we took the elevator down and enjoyed cocktails on the rooftop and met some real interesting people. The crowd was a lot of younger folks around our age. The Hotel Indigo was walking distance to so many attractions that we wanted to see, so it worked out really well for us. Not to mention very comfortable beds and a room that was decently big...especially for New York City!
WHAT ATTRACTIONS WE SAW
The Empire State Building
The 911 Memorial and Museum Tour: get tickets here. If you do the tour...try to find someone who works there and listen to them speak. They have so much knowledge to share and interesting stories that you can't find anywhere else in the museum.
Grand Central Station: if you are also a Gossip Girl fan...this is a must.
The Met Steps: another gossip girl must :)
Shopping in Soho
Statue of Liberty: we didn't have time this trip, but I've been before. If you don't have four hours to spare on the ferry ride, you should go see it from Battery Park.
WHERE WE ATE + OTHER RECS
Bel Fries: some of the best fries I’ve ever had…with so many sauce toppings of your choice!
Jack's Wife Freda
Beauty & Essex
A Pasta Bar
The Polo Bar
The Plaza Hotel
Levain Bakery (also the taco place next store is SO good)
Little Italy Pizza
Eataly Flat Iron
Cuts and Slice NYC
Worlds Best Dough
Sam’s Fried Ice Cream
Maison Pickle - INCREDIBLE LOOKING FONDUE FRIES
Chocolate Dip (Crepes)
I-Sodi (cacio el pepe lasagna)
Caffe Reggio - Breakfast/Lunch
Minetta Tavern - Lunch/Dinner
The Happiest Hour - Bar/Burgers
Every other time I've been to NYC, I was lucky to be with a local who knew how to work the Subway. My boyfriend and I struggled to find the right trains. We had some nice locals help us out, but we soon realized we were wasting time taking the Subway. We ended up spending more money Ubering, but we had more places we wanted to see in our short time here.