A Whirlwind Weekend in New York City

You ready for your New York
weekend? Let’s go:

1. I’d take you out for dinner
at Patsy’s Pizza, one of the few coal-oven restaurants. You can order whatever
you want, but I’d strongly recommend the arugula salad, penne alla vodka, and
of course, pizza. I’m a cheese and pepperoni fan myself. 

2. It’s famous for a reason! You shouldn’t miss the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is ginormous and has something for everyone. My mom loves the musical instrument display, my
siblings love the Egyptian temple, Spencer loves the armory, and me? I love the
period rooms. Hello 17th century French palace! Oh yeah, the art is
pretty cool too. (Insider’s tip: it’s actually pay-what-you-wish. Just donate
whatever you want and walk on in!)

3. Calories don’t count on vacation, so we’ll stop
in and grab a treat at City Bakery. Hot chocolate with a massive marshmallow, a
pretzel croissant, and people watching make for a fabulous Saturday afternoon. Their cookies are pretty darn good
too. By good, I mean divine. OR if it’s hot out (I wish it were), we’d grab a
cherry-dipped vanilla soft serve from any Mr. Softee truck and head to Central
Park or Lincoln Center to enjoy it. Janssen knows what I’m talking about. 🙂

4. The weather is perfect and getting outdoors is
a must. We’ll take advantage of the gorgeous day at the Highline. I absolutely
love Central Park, but the Highline has a special place in my heart. I love the
city views and sleek design of the elevated-railway-turned-park. The people-watching is phenomenal but
sometimes PG-13 due to the neighboring hotels (hence the nickname, the “Thighline”).

5. You’re so fortunate to have a New York insider
showing you around. The locals would stone me if I didn’t show you the Brooklyn
Bridge. I absolutely love walking across it, and the bridge gives you great
views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn (sensing a theme here? It’s all about
people-watching and city views). On the Brooklyn side, you have to check out
Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. On the Manhattan side, you
are in Chinatown – hit up either Prosperity Dumpling or Tasty Hand-PulledNoodles for cheap and authentic eats.  

6. You didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you anyway that a
trip to New York City wouldn’t be complete without visiting the West Village.
It’s my favorite neighborhood in the entire city, full of upscale boutiques,
funky shops, random street fairs, and delicious restaurants. Grab some banana
pudding from the original Magnolia Bakery and wander about the cobblestone
streets, gawking at the beautiful brownstones. 

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  • Reply Mrs Gray February 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I love this! New York City is my city–my vacation of choice when possible. I haven't been in a couple of years, and I'm missing it terribly! Thanks for a little trip down memory lane (and the thought that I oughta be checking flights)!

  • Reply RA February 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I really, really, really want to go to the Highline! Someday. We don't live far from NYC, but getting there seems like a bear sometimes.

  • Reply heidikins February 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Mmmmm, NYC pizza. Delish! I love walking the Brooklyn Bridge, it's a must-do for me every time I go to NYC. And the Highline? Swoon! Love, love, and more love!


  • Reply Andrea Smith February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Matt and I are planning a trip to New York right now, this time without being 8 months pregnant! I can't wait to try your recommendations!

  • Reply Merrick February 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    OK…time to go back to NYC. Great suggestions, Erica!

  • Reply Lindsay February 5, 2013 at 5:03 am

    This makes me want to visit NYC so badly (and watch "You've Got Mail" again). 🙂

  • Reply Stefanie Hathaway March 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Just googled whirlwind weekend in NYC and found this post again right away! We'll be there for a week next month and I'm anxious to try out these recommendations!

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