A few weeks ago, we traveled to New York for my mom’s birthday. This was my first time going back in eight years, and thought that I would share some of my favorite restaurants, places, and museums that we saw while there. Here’s a look into our 4-day trip!
If you have not heard of this delicious, vegan restaurant by now you are definitely missing out. This was our first stop in NYC after the 8-hour car journey as we were starving for food. We ordered the mac and cheese, BLT, the classic burger, and spicy thai salad. All of it was incredible, and I definitely recommend whether you are vegan or not!
We randomly stumbled across this spot walking back to our hotel and ate dinner here two days in a row. It was honestly that good, and, again, 100% vegan. This was a burger and taco joint that was literally buzzing at dinner time. I recommend the cauliflower wings (with vegan ranch), Nacho and Beyond Burger, and the Beyond BBQ burger.
This was a stop for dessert, more specifically, ice cream. We passed by this plant-based ice cream shop in SOHO and of course, had to stop in. We tried the strawberry, peaches and cream, and mint flavors.
Where to Stay
During this trip, we stayed at the Skyline Hotel on 10th and 49th. I definitely recommend if you are wanting to stay on the northern side of the city and if you are driving in. The cost per night was pretty affordable, and it was only $10 a day to park your car.
Where to Go
I feel like visiting Central Park is a given, but it still is one of my favorite places to go in the city. It’s also extremely easy to get lost in and you could honestly spend three days alone exploring it. So, here are some of (in my opinion) the must-sees of central park.
- Bethesda Fountain and Terrace
- Loeb Boathouse on the Lake
- The Mall and Literary Walk (literally the classic scene from any movie set in New York)
- Central Park Lake – on a nice day this is beautiful to walk around
Also a classic, but you can get some really amazing views of the skyline when you walk across. It’s also the perfect spot for a photo op. Also, when you make it to the Brooklyn side, you should stop in Brooklyn Bridge Park for some even more amazing views of the skyline. It’s also the perfect place for a picnic.
My sister is super into fashion, so the top of her list was to visit the Met and see the CAMP exhibit. I honestly am not much of a museum person, I would prefer to be outdoors walking around, but the Met was well worth the visit. We went on a rainy day and spent about three hours walking around, exploring all the exhibits. If you ever need something to do in the rain in New York, the Met is a super good way to spend a day. You could spend hours walking around. It’s also pretty affordable for students to get in too, which makes it a plus. You definitely can’t miss out on a gossip girl photo op either.
I have wanted to visit DUMBO for so long and finally got the chance. If you’re anything like me and love artsy, bohemian towns, then this is definitely the place for you. It’s located in Brooklyn, right across the bridge and is the perfect place to just walk around and explore. There’s also the classic photo that every influencer ever takes on Washington St.
So there you have it! Your ultimate guide to a few days in New York City. Some other honorable mentions and places that we visited were the 9/11 memorial, NYU (for my sister’s college visit), Washington Square Park, Soho, and Tribeca.