There is so much to do and see in New York City, I can’t help but to document the fabulous eats and to-dos of our trips on the blog. Hanging with locals, I feel a need to pass on the good spots we experienced during our last trip for you to possibly check out for yourselves one day!
Here’s what we’ve been up to so far:
• Surprise 30th Birthday in New York City
• Queen of the Night & New York City Shows
• Brooklyn Bagels, Spa Castle & Southern Hospitality
Tuesday was our last day in the city! We had an evening flight to catch, so Scott and I wanted to make the most of our full free day in New York.
I was so glad my friend Lauren was off to hang out with us, too! We got rolling by Noon, and she took us over to the East Village for lunch.
It was such a beautiful walk over after our subway ride!
Cafe Mogador is a charming Moroccan & Mediterranean restaurant with a cozy atmosphere.
It was gorgeous out, so we asked to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while we dined. Lauren ordered a hummus platter to split as soon as we sat before we even had a chance to look over the menu and place our orders. It was delicious!
I fell for the lunch special that came with a side soup or salad for a reasonable price. I opted for the salad, which was much more exciting than it appears.
Lauren ordered an egg and cheese platter, I ordered the tomato and arugula penne special, and Scott ordered a burger. It may sound odd, but the burger was a serious highlight! Everyone raves about it here.
Pleasantly full, we planned to walk off a little bit of lunch on our way over to find the best cheesecake in town. We found some interesting art on our walk, which of course, Scott felt he needed to mimic.
I’m officially calling him Baby Hulk from here on out.
After searching Yelp and Trip Advisor, all signs for the best cheesecake in the city pointed to Eileen’s Special Cheesecake on Cleveland Place.
It wasn’t terribly crowded, but then again, we were visiting on a Tuesday afternoon.
There were plenty of mouthwatering flavors in the window to pick from!
The chocolate lover in me wanted the oreo, but I settled on splitting the salted caramel with Lauren. Scott got a strawberry cheesecake, and both were incredible! Wherever you are, it’s definitely worth a trip over for a couple of bites.
Also, I loved how perfectly portioned the cakes were. I could have easily brought several home!
We kept walking through the afternoon and stopped into several stores along the way. I loved a trendy, affordable stop we cut through on Broadway called Necessary Clothing. It’s a great store for a fun party dress or fashionable number to wear out on the town.
I couldn’t resist picking up a pair of floral shorts I can only hope to wear sooner than later. My fingers are crossed for a long, warm Michigan summer!
We took our time popping into different stores on the way home, including the biggest costume shop I’d ever seen. If you ever need anything for Halloween, a themed event, or even awesome $5 paper face masks, New York Costumes on 4th Avenue is your best bet.
Isn’t it crazy how much they match our real faces? A bit creepy, but hilarious.
We wrapped up our time in the city with a brisk walk all the way back to where we started.
After four full days of walking the city, my feet were starting to miss my fuzzy Minnetonka slippers at home. Walking the city day in and day out can make you pretty sore, but it’s so worth the throbbing and discomfort.
Every time Scott and I visit the city, we fall in love with New York all over again. Even the sight of the skyline on our way out stole my heart!
As we took off and rode into the sunset, I just kept thinking how grateful I am for such wonderful friends. I told Scott how much he spoiled me, and we agreed that a celebratory Netflix marathon and take-out is the perfect birthday celebration for the next five years or so.
He, Lauren, and a handful of others definitely outdid themselves this time!
Glad you enjoyed our fair(ly bustling) city! Being from here, it’s always amazing to go to other cities where people don’t walk as much. It’s definitely the culture (and aggravation with the MTA), but I easily walk 4-5 miles just to and from school or work each day.
I really wish there were more areas near me to walk. I enjoy having access to a car, but it would also be nice to take public transportation like subways and walk to my destinations from time to time!
That hummus plate looks so good and refreshing!
It was SO good! I need to recreate something like that next time we have people over. I’m sure it would be a hit!
I went to NYC with my university’s art and music program back in 2010. We were only there for 3 days but we did so much and the city stole my heart! After living through you for the past few posts, I think it may be time to plan a return trip 🙂
Aw, school trips can be so fun! I think you would love another trip to the city. <3
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Dang you did NYC right! What a fun trip!!
Haha, thanks girl. We certainly don’t stop exploring when we go on trips. I hope to go back sooner than later!