We've been blessed with the amount of travel that we've been able to do the past few months, and New York certainly did not disappoint. New Story was asked to ring the opening bell for Nasdaq the Tuesday after Labor Day, so my husband and I flew up to New York early to spend the long weekend exploring the city. We stayed with family in Hoboken so took the ferry (only 7 minutes people!!!) in and out the city. Mike used to live in New York for a few summers in college, so it was nice to be able to go back and explore together; we had the yummiest food, and spent some quality time with each other. Below are our favorite spots from the trip.
La Isla Restaurant - If you want good Cuban food and you're in Hoboken, then this is your spot! Naturally I got the stuffed french toast, which they're known for since Omar beat out Bobby Flay in his show: Throwdown With Bobby Flay. It was stuffed with cream cheese and guava filling and strawberries, then topped with a crunchy cornflake crust...ohh nelly!!! Their cuban coffee was also delicious but should come with a warning label because that stuff is strong - we both had the shakes after! We tried to go back again Monday morning for the breakfast sandwich but it was closed for Labor Day.
The Plaza Food Hall - Last time we were in the city, we stayed at The Plaza Hotel so we went back to walk through the hotel and see Eloise ;-) We were starving to went down to the food hall under the hotel and grabbed two sandwiches to-go for a picnic in Central Park.
Alta - The is a charming tapas restaurant in West Village that is perfect for a date night or a larger group. It was lovely with the dim lighting and homey feel - we put away our phones and enjoyed each other's company. We got a bunch of different things and shared: bacon wrapped dates and olives stuffed with almonds, lamb meatballs, shrimp and chorizo skewers and much more, while sipping on their house-made sangria.
Lupa - If Italian food is your thing, then you must try Lupa! We had a large group and ordered almost everything on the menu and it was all delicious. The pasta was perfectly cooked al dente and all the meats were tender and delicious. (You know a place is good when people are still talking about how good it was the next day!)
Gallow Green Roof Top - This is a super cool and dreamy rooftop but you're going to pay for it. It has a 1920s theme with bellhops escorting you up in the old elevator, then you walk into what feels like a secret garden with bright green vines covering everything and Christmas tea lights.
Mandarin Oriental - This one is a bit fancy-shmancy but if you're in the area, I highly suggest taking the elevator up to the top to see the amazing views (and super chic purple chairs in the dinning room!).
Press Lounge Rooftop - New Story had their celebratory drinks here on our last night and wow...just wow! With the steep price you have to pay for a drink aside - the Press Lounge has incredible views of the NYC skyline and the Hudson River. This is definitely a must for the view alone!
La Newyorkina - This is a must have while walking the high line on a hot summer day in NYC. Skip the other vendors because La Newyorkina is the real deal. We shared the nectarine pop and it was bomb-diggity - so fresh with chunks of fruit.
We had a terrible long day of traveling (if you follow me on Instagram then you know) so were so excited to be in NYC and without a jacket!
We had to make a pit-stop in Warby Parker. Their store is pretty awesome and a "quick" stop turned into 25 minutes. I fell involve with these and wouldn't take them off!
On Sunday we went to Hillsong Church, which was amazing on all sorts of levels. We both has been wanting to go for so long so it was really special - the message and music was so great. It was a great day to start off our Sunday before exploring.
We ate our sandwiches up on this rock with such pretty views of the city.
These are the amazing purple chairs with a view that I was talking about at the Mandarin Oriental.