November 16th through to November 30th were some of the best 2 weeks of this year. With three friends I ventured to NYC. During that time we went to watch the Knicks play, dropped into the Ballet, raved out at a gig (Of Monsters and Men, we love you), made it to the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade – at 6am, hit Broadway, made it to as many museums as we could, and – ate our hearts out. Here are my top tips for NYC travel.

1) If you’re going to Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, wear two pairs of socks.
2) It makes sense to get this
3) Do go to Broadway, and when The Book of Mormon comes to London, make sure you go.
4) For accommodation, it is a no-brainer, make use of Airbnb, hotels are too expensive.
5) If you like quirky bars stay in the Lower East Side
6) Make at least one expensive purchase at Bloomingdales.
7) Avoid going to the Apple Store by central park, you WILL end up buying something.
8) If you go to one museum, make it the MoMA
9) Going in the winter? Take Long johns
10) If you happen to be in Harlem and want to take a taxi down town, hail a black cab (yes, really) and tell him to take the Express way and that that you’re willing to pay $25

EAT, EAT and EAT out in NYC. 

There is something for every budget, below are some of my favourites.

Buttermilk Channel – Fried chicken and waffles, melt in your mouth Lamb, and also they serve AMAZING vegetarian food.

Café China – good authentic food in Midtown and very affordable. We had starters and mains for about $25 each.

Jane Restaurant – we went here for Thanksgiving Day dinner and it was about $55 for a 3 course meal, very worth it.

Punjabi –if you’re in the Lower East Side, please go here, a down to earth café were meals are $3.50
Go to Food Swings, a vegan fast food restaurant. Even the most committed carnivores will be impressed – please get their milkshakes and mac and cheese and cupcake and burgers and….

Thai Tai – go here for some real Thai food, it really reminded me of the Thai food I had when I was in Bangkok. About $20 each for starters main and one drink.

Numero 28 – the lady in American Apparel told us to go here, whilst it was good Pizza, I don’t think it was the best ever.

There was a deli on the corner of 1st avenue and 2nd Street where the server was from Liverpool. This 24 hour haven was perfect for hot chocolate first thing in the morning and a bagle at 4am.

Sea – this place is as good for the experience as it is for the food. Their servers could have a lesson on manners, but that’s a different story. The food is gorgeous and comes pretty quickly. They have a DJ playing as you eat your food and the design of the restaurant is quite impressive.

Go The Blind Barber - it's a barber shop by day and by night, you go through the secret door and you end up in a really swanky bar.

Other points worth noting - 
1) If there is a few of you, it's worth getting a cab from the airport to the city. 
2) Taking taxis in the city are much cheaper than in London and Paris. 
3) Get a weekly metro pass. 
4) New Yorkers are really friendly so if you're stuck for a place to go, ask people in the stores they always recommended us great places. 
5) ( keeps a cool blog of great food places in the city. 
6) Get ice-cream from Laboratorio del gelato, take the F train to 2nd Avenue. 
7) YELP.COM - is amazing. 
8) There are great, cheap bars around North 9th and Bedford.

Here are some pics from the trip
 Taken around Williamsburg by an old friend.
 Dylan's Candy
 The MoMA
Of Monsters and Men at Terminal 5

New York

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Thursday, 6 December 2012



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