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Anniversary Weekend in NYC

Anniversary Weekend in NYC

Last weekend, we took a long weekend getaway to NYC! I lived in New York for 4 years (and Austin in New Jersey for 2) so in a lot of ways it feels like a home to me. I was totally in my element- walking everywhere (we clocked 50,000 steps in 3 days), riding the subway (I hate driving and love public transportation!), eating the best meals we’ve had in a long time, visiting with friends, and even seeing Hamilton (a bucket list experience!) We had the best time and our only complaint was that it was cold (February is probably the worst month to visit NYC) and our time was too short.

After so much time apart, Austin and I really wanted to celebrate our fourth anniversary with quality time and a trip which is our shared love language. We are great travel partners and are always on the same page on what we both want to do when traveling and we really have so much fun together. Even though, Austin doesn’t love NYC like I do (and he got a bad cold while we were there), we had the best time just unplugging (these are all the photos I took- which isn’t many for me! Being super cold probably helped!) together and making the most of our quality time reminiscing at our old favorites and discovering new favorites together.

We fit a lot in a quick three day trip, here are some photos and some of our favorite spots if you’d like to see…

Prince St. Pizza! Making me hungry just seeing the picture…

Prince St. Pizza! Making me hungry just seeing the picture…

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Romantic Dinner at The Waverly Inn

Romantic Dinner at The Waverly Inn

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Quick Drink after dinner at the Carlyle Hotel on the UES. A slice of NYC history.

Quick Drink after dinner at the Carlyle Hotel on the UES. A slice of NYC history.

Restaurants:

Friedmans - great spot for brunch on Sunday that was near Hillsong Church that we attended (we attended when we lived there and miss it!)

The Waverly Inn - The perfect date spot in NYC. Cozy, roaring fireplaces and absolutely incredible food. I had the chicken pot pie, Austin had the pork chop, and we split the winter citrus burrata (which was AMAZING) and chocolate mousse. Be sure to jump on a reservation a couple weeks before, but 100% worth it.

La Mercerie - A beautiful space in Soho that is one part home decor store, one part cafe, and one part flower shop.

Prince St. Pizza - Best pizza in the city (and in my life) hands down! It’s not traditional NY pizza style- this is sicilian and thick and square (see pictures below). Austin and I agree it’s the best of the best. There’s no seating- you take a slice to go!

Emily West Village - Another pizza spot, but Detroit style which is thin and square with unique toppings! We loved the atmosphere (It’s more upscale but also relaxed. I felt like I was in London!) and we loved our meal too.

J.G. Melon - Solid burger and a great place to go if you have kids. Very casual and yummy. We went to the UWS location to meet a friend for lunch and walked up Central Park West and explored my old neighborhood!

Bemelman’s Bar - After our dinner at Waverly Inn we ventured to the UES to the Carlyle Hotel (where Jackie Kennedy lived a lot of her post-White House life). The bar is gorgeous and full of murals painted by the illustrator of the Madeline book series (my absolute favorite). When we arrived they were setting up for a little jazz performance which we were told would add $35 per person to our bill. We decided to make our drink a short one and leave before we were charged. I’m sure that would have been really lovely, but just a heads up that there is an up-charge for live music there.

Cotenna Winebar - We stumbled upon this little gem after dinner in the West Village at Emily and still had time to kill before Hamilton. It is a tiny but adorable restaurant! We sat at the bar and had a glass of wine but the food looked amazing! We’ve made a note to come back next time we are in NYC because the pasta looked amazing.

Walking around the UWS on our way to brunch at J.G. Melon and freezing!

Walking around the UWS on our way to brunch at J.G. Melon and freezing!

Lunch with Jess!

Lunch with Jess!

Strolling through Central Park

Strolling through Central Park

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Pre-Hamilton drinks at an adorable wine bar in the West Village

Pre-Hamilton drinks at an adorable wine bar in the West Village

Hamilton! Clearly, I’m thrilled! Austin was very sick that night but he rallied!

Hamilton! Clearly, I’m thrilled! Austin was very sick that night but he rallied!

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Activities:

- Walked around Central Park - even in the middle of winter, it’s still beautiful!

-Shopped in Soho - Sezane, Reformation, Outdoor Voices, Credo Beauty were on my list this trip

- Walked around the West Village

- Saw a Broadway show - Hamilton! We bought tickets ahead of time because we didn’t want to risk not seeing it, but since it’s an off travel season for NYC there were tickets still available day of for a lot less- just FYI if you want a deal!

-Visited the Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District. The latest exhibit was Andy Warhol and it was great to see so many of his most famous works together and learn more about him as a person. Now, I want to read one of his diaries that he published.

-Walked the High Line

Visiting The Whitney for the Andy Warhol exhibit

Visiting The Whitney for the Andy Warhol exhibit

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We walked from church in Midtown to the Whitney via the Highline.

We walked from church in Midtown to the Whitney via the Highline.

View from the top of the Whitney

View from the top of the Whitney

Visiting NYC scratched an itch for me as I have been missing it. We both want to return this summer or spring in hopes of better weather! It’s such an easy flight from Durham so might as well take advantage of it!

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