Our first point of call when we arrived in New York was to have a big lunch at Madison Square. Shake Shack is easily one of the best burger joints in the USA. After being refuelled, we headed to Union Square to start some serious shopping, passing the great Flat Iron building on the way.
To toast our first night we ate at Pranna Restaurant and had drinks on the Gansevoort’s rooftop bar.
On our first full day, after eggs at a local diner, we were well fuelled to hit the five-floor Forever 21 store in Times Square. From here, it was easy to cut through to Fifth Avenue and take in the sights and the big department stores: New York Library, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks and Henri Bendels.
As avid Sex and the City fans, we dined that night in Il Cantinori, the restaurant Carrie turns 35, only to be stood up by all her friends and have to pay for her own cake. Our evening here however, was less disappointing.
The next morning was spent in the West Village, perusing down Bleecker Street. We couldn’t resist posing outside Carrie’s house on Perry Street. After a turn around Marc Jacobs and having a Magnolia cupcake, we headed to the shopping districts of NoHo, SoHo and Nolita.
That night, we ate at Buddakan Restaurant (another Sex and the City haunt)
Friday was spent strolling around uptown taking in different sights. We stopped for a break at in the Upper West Side at Cafe Lalo’s which features in the movie, You’ve Got Mail.
New York can be exhausting, there is so much to see and do, you have to pack something into every second. On the Friday night, we had a chilled night eating at the Diner in the Meatpacking District.
Saturday, we spent the first half in New Jersey on the Sopranos set tour. If you love the Sopranos TV show, you’d love this tour. They take you everywhere, most excitingly to the diner scene of the show’s finale, Holsten’s Diner. All tour-goers are given free onion rings – the best in town as far as I’m concerned (Sopranos in-joke).
After visiting the unrefined alleyways and car-parks of the Soprano fame, we headed back to Manhattan to experience the height of refinement: Afternoon Tea at the Plaza.
The day was capped off by drinks in O’Nieals (SATC’s Scout bar) and a bar crawl in Williamsburg.
Our final full day in New York had arrived. We started the day with brunch at the Boathouse in Central Park. We were so lucky to have sunny weather, which made the day perfect for the park. Later we headed downtown, and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. We had an amazing view of Manhatten from one side, and the Statue of Liberty from the other side.
On our last evening we went to Da Marino Restaurant near Times Square. The staff make you feel like part of their extended family, getting everybody to join in with the live entertainment. We were also excited to hear that Sex and the city’s Chris Noth frequents there and happened to be there a day before us!
A final toast to our week is New York, we had cocktails at the Hotel Empire. We did not see Chuck Bass. Unfortunately.
On our last morning, we went to the famous Serendipity 3, a restaurant that specialises in desserts. The owner of the restaurant happened to be there signing recipe books. He told us tales of Andy Warhol and other great names passing through Serendipity’s doors.
So, after travelling close to four months it ended here in Manhattan: London Bound.