Travel Diary: NYC

Last week, I posted a lookbook for my spring break to New York City. This week, I am going to tell you all about my trip! I am super lucky that my two best friends, Meg and Taylor (I will link their blogs down below), are from Fairfield, Connecticut, which is a suburb of NYC. We spent some time in Fairfield so they could show me around their hometown, but the highlight of the trip was for sure the city. Keep on reading if you want to hear about our adventures!

Day 1

We took a train into New York City! When I have visited New York in the past, I have flown or drove into the City, so taking the train was super fun. The ride from Fairfield to Grand Central Station was a little bit over an hour. When we arrived at Grand Central, I was in awe, since I have never seen the train station before. It was a beautiful building with so much chaos. I typically get overwhelmed in chaotic situations, but there is something I love about the chaos of big cities. IMG_2114.jpeg

After checking into our hotel, we took a necessary stop at Taylor’s favorite coffee shop in NYC, Macchiato Espresso Bar before heading out for the day. Obviously, we went shopping. We went to Sephora and Zara before taking a lunch break/ photo shoot in Bryant Park. For lunch, we had outstanding salads from Sweetgreen. Sweetgreen is a make your own salad joint. Let me tell you, the salad I had from Sweetgreen was THE best salad I have ever had. Everything was so fresh and sweet!IMG_2116.jpegIMG_2120.jpeg












Once we finished lunch, we headed over to Broadway. I love theatre and have seen a bunch of shows at Playhouse Square in Downtown Cleveland, but this was my first time seeing a Broadway show. We saw ‘A Bronx Tale’ which is newer to Broadway and it was fantastic. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend seeing this show. The story, the music, and the dancing were amazing and I loved every second of it!IMG_2131.jpeg

Although I have not yet had the opportunity to see ‘Hamilton,’ Meg and I are both obsessed with the show, so we had to stop by the theater to take a picture. We were lucky enough to come across a Hamilton pop-up shop where we spent a good amount of time looking around. For dinner, we went to a delicious Italian restaurant near Broadway called Tony Dinapolis. The dishes were served family style, so we collectively decided on a few items. Everything was fantastic!IMG_2101.jpegIMG_2150.jpeg

To end the day, we taxied to Eately for dessert! I had hazelnut and chocolate gelato that was good… but I have had better. To be honest, I just such a big fan of regular ice cream, I don’t think gelato did it for me. Otherwise, Eately was awesome. There was fresh Italian food everywhere. I wish I could have bought ingredients from Eately to cook a meal. IMG_2158.jpeg

Day 2

The second day in New York City, we decided to go downtown to Soho. Before we took the subway to Soho, we had to stop for coffee. My family friend owns Joe Coffee Company, which has multiple locations throughout New York. We went to the Joe Coffee inside of Grand Central for our morning lattes. This was one of the best almond milk lattes that I have ever had. It was perfect for my morning caffeine fix! IMG_2236.jpeg

By the time we got to Soho, we were starving, so we searched for a place to have brunch. As we were walking around, we came across the cutest vegetarian restaurant called West-Bourne. None of us are vegetarians, but according to Meg, West-Bourne had “the best breakfast sandwich I have ever had.” I can agree that my mushRuben (a vegetarian Ruben) was absolutely delicious. I also had homemade Kombucha for the first time. IMG_2252.jpeg


After lunch, we explored the shops and art galleries of Soho. Soho is Taylor’s favorite part of NYC and the part where she feels most comfortable. She showed us the office in which she interned in last summer. I decided that Soho is my favorite part of NYC too. Downtown is a lot more chill than uptown. Uptown is fun, but the chaos of Time Square drives me crazy. There are fewer tourists and more locals downtown.IMG_2265.jpeg

After a coffee and cupcake break at Georgetown Cupcakes, we decided to walk to the 9/11 Memorial. This was the one tourist spot I wanted to see during this trip to the city. It was a beautiful monument and very emotional. Next time I am in NYC, I would love to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. When flying into New York, when I saw the city skyline, the first skyscraper that I saw was the One World Trade Center which stood out to me more than the rest of the buildings because of its significance.




To end our time in the city, we had dinner at a sushi restaurant. Like all of the other meals I had in NYC, it was absolutely delicious. If you’re a foodie, you have to try the restaurants in New York City. Every meal I had was so fresh and yummy! On our way to Grand Central to catch our train, we stopped at Baked by Melissa and got some mini cupcakes for our ride back to Fairfield.


This was such a fun girls trip to New York City for spring break! I had the best time with my best friends and can’t wait for more adventures! Shoutout to Meg and Taylor for showing me around their city. XOXO

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