I love New York! I was beyond excited that we got to stay in the city for #PuffDay14. Tori and I discussed the trip before hand and we both knew that we wanted to pack in as much stuff as possible no matter how tired we were. Mostly this meant we wanted to eat a lot. I figured out that we had about 15 hours of awake time in the city that was all ours. And I really think we did make the most of it. There are a lot of things to do on a quick trip to New York and I'm sharing a few of my favorites.
Although I didn't have anything to do with choosing the hotel (this was set up by the PR company handling the Puff Pastry event) it was awesome! I highly recommend the St. Giles Tuscany Hotel in the Murray Hill area. The neighborhood was pretty quiet but still had tons of stuff to do. It was a close walk to Grand Central Station and a short taxi ride to La Guardia airport that I flew in and out of. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and way larger than I was expecting for a hotel in New York.
The lobby area was really nice too. If you look past me, you can kind of see the entryway. The walls tiled in tiny pebbles and the effect is super cool. I knew the moment I walked in I was going to enjoy staying there.
We didn't have a real plan for dinner but saw Colicchio and Sons from where we were sitting on the patio at Terrior. We popped in without reservations. It was a pretty busy night but were offered spots at the bar style-chef's kitchen in the Tap Room. The food was AMAZING! We ordered several items so we could taste a lot. Although the menu changes all the time, that night we tried the beef tartar, the hangar steak and taleggio and prosciutto pizza!
Due to some unforeseen circumstances which I will not go in to, the kitchen sent out several other dishes for us to try. One of which was the roasted octopus. I've been dreaming about this dish! The flavor was insane! As was the service from the kitchen and staff of the restaurant. They really went above and beyond and I can't wait for my next visit.
Before I left on my trip, I asked for recommendations on social media. One place that was mentioned was Beauty and Essex. I looked it up and it is by the same restaurant group that does Stanton Social, another one of my favorites from previous visits. But on top of that, I was told that you enter the restaurant through a pawn shop and that they serve champagne in the ladies room. Sold. After our full day at Pepperidge Farm, Tori, Cheri and I jumped in a cab and headed to the Lower East Side. The pawn shop is pretty cool. They sell mostly jewelry but it is styled in a really nice yet quirky way. The hostess waved us through and once inside we were able to get a table for dinner. We didn't have reservations but went as early as we could to have a better chance of getting in. We were also told that if we couldn't get a table that we should head upstairs to their lounge as they serve the full menu there as well. The ambience was awesome. The back room had a large sky light and the room sort of glowed because of it. And the light fixtures! Pretty pretty.
The. Food. Best I've had in a while. Inventive, fun and tasted amazing. Again we ordered a bunch of things to get to taste a bunch. These grilled cheese and bacon dumplings in tomato soup were ridiculous. The NY pretzel with shaved NY strip steak was melt in your mouth amazing. The Salt and Vinegar Fries? Do it.
And yes. There is pink champagne in the bathroom. Just tip the gal and you get a glass. There is also a couch in there. It is unclear to me if you are supposed to drink it in there or take it with you back to the table but I do think every bathroom should operate that way. But the cocktail menu at Beauty and Essex was great. Lots of variety and really cool flavor pairings. I can't wait to get back here again!
Since we dined pretty early, we skipped dessert at the restaurant and moved on to our second location, Max Brenner. I had been here on a previous trip and knew we wouldn't be disappointed with the menu. Cheri and I split this crazy peanut butter ice cream sundae. So rich and tasty. It's a super crowded place and they do have food, not just desserts. It is pretty touristy but also freaking delicious. If you don't want to wait for a table, you can visit their to-go counter where they offer a smaller selection of items to take away. But the restaurant is very large so chances are if you are with a small-ish party, you will be sat fairly quickly.
But Tori and I wanted to have a drink and see a view of the city so we walked about a block to the Pod 39 Hotel. They have a roof top bar that is pretty cool.
The black and white awning and bistro lights made it a bit whimsical but the brick building kept it from feeling too modern. It was an interesting mix of people (including a group of attorneys, one of whom tried to make friends with us and happened to be plasterd). But they played 90's rap so that was pretty cool.
The next morning I had a meeting with my rep from The Daily Meal (see the banner at the very bottom of my page) who is based in New York. She brought us some crazy good pastries from a place called Eric Kayser. I would definitely revisit this place next time I'm in town to see what else they have. Mmmmm. This was our second breakfast. I mean, you can't go to New York and not get a bagel at some point.
Tori and I had to make our flights home in the early afternoon but we had a few hours left in the morning to walk around. We shopped at Fishs Eddy and fell in love with these plates. This shop is filled with amazing serving pieces and glassware and silverware and so much more! Anyone who loves entertaining would LOVE this place.
And then we wandered in ABC Carpet and Home. That was my first visit and it was every bit as glorious as I imagined it would be. Their use of neon delighted me and the store had so many treasures that were screaming to come home with me.
Milkbar!!!!! I picked up a piece of Crack Pie and a Compost Cookie to take home with me and we headed back to the hotel to grab our stuff. I have to admit, by our last day, I had lost quite a bit of my sparkle. I was exhausted. It was a super quick trip and I had an amazing time. I can't wait to go back! What are your fave places to see in New York?