Oh Hai, remember that time I went to New York for 4th of July weekend and never showed y’all the pictures? Yes. I finally get to share these snaps with you. By get, I mean I finally got off my lazy bum to load the pictures and caption them. Warning: TONS OF EATING ahead. When I go on any trip with my sister, you can get that it will be chock-full-of-eating.
We arrived around 3pm on July 3rd and our hotel was ALLLLL location. Yes, we stayed right in the middle of Time Square at the DoubleTree. Funny story…ran into one of my Pharmacy School friends here, as she and her family were also staying here.
Let me tell you something about DoubleTree Hotels. They give you warm yummy cookies before you even finish checking in. Kevin and I once went to a wedding in Maryland and stayed a DoubleTree and it was basically the best experience of our lives. We will only be staying in DoubleTrees from now on, for this reason. Let me tell you something else about New York. Everything is really freakin tall. New York has got this vertical stacking thing down pat. We were on like, the 23rd floor, and had an amazing view.
Our first stop was the most-talked-about stop. Ippudo Westside is classic New York Ramen. Even though we couldn’t go to Momofuku, this was an excellent choice for our first dinner in town. PS check out my *flawless* make up. SPICY PORK BUNS! These are the classic appetizer to Ramen. And they were as delectable as ever.I got, what I *think* is a Karaka-men. Unfortunately, Ippudo does not allow you to switch up the noodles. I am a thick-and-curly ramen girl, and I had to settle for these thin straight noodles. Pro Tip: ALWAYS GET PORK BELLY. We had a little time to stop by the M&Ms store, as it was right next to the hotel. That place is WAY too much stimulation with the people and the colors. But these little organized pots of M&Ms calmed me right back down.
When we got back to the hotel, we finally got to dive into these AMAZING cream puffs. We had passed it walking to dinner, however I told my sister this was her chance to get them. Lemme tell you….SO WORTH THE CALORIES. These were from Bibble & Sip, known for their Green Tea cream puffs. Unfortunately they were out, but we forgot all about them once we bit into the the Chocolate cream puff. I mean, WOW. We meandered our way back through Times Square to find where our theater was located. Then we passed Guy’s American. This place smells like what I think Guy Fieri’s sweat would smell like. Burgers and steak.
We found the theater SUPER quick, and right around the corner from it was Junior’s Cheesecake. As one Yelper said, “it’s like a dope cloud in my mouth”. I could not find a more accurate description of this place. When they say World’s Best Cheesecake, they are being humble. Sooo we scarfed down the cheesecake much sooner than we had expected. We popped into the Toys R Us store. Surprisingly, not as over-stimulating as the M&Ms store. Although very impressed that there is a functioning Ferris Wheel in this joint. Not pictured: the Peeps section of the store. IN LOVE FOREVER.
Alright… show time, and we are seeing Matilda! We did plan on seeing other shows, however we had a kid with us and this was wildly appropriate. OMG Let me tell you about this show!! The set design was absolutely fantastic. They made use of every inch of the stage and the songs were catchy. It was a great experience!
Well, good night New York, and goodnight to these dudes checking out these fancy cars outside of the gentlemen’s club outside of our hotel. Oh yeah, there was a gentlemen’s club next door to the Double Tree. GOOD MORNING NEW YORK! It’s absolutely no surprise our first stop in the morning is Dominique Ansel’s Bakery for a Cronut–and holy jeez it was worth all the hype. Downside: they only had the flavor of the month available, which was banana. Bright side: it didn’t even freaking matter, it was delicious. Best Parts: the deep-friedness, the layers, the custard. Basically, everything.
And how adorable are these additional pastries! Laduree in SoHo was next, of course. You can’t go to NYC without going to Laduree! Next places we trekked to are China Town and Little Italy, not pictured.
We followed the lovely scents of the Fresh store to escape that odd “city” smell that New York is known for. Bestill my apothecary heart, this little custom scent bar is darling. The guy in the Fresh store is judging me hard. My sister and I geeked out over this sink because it was exactly like the one we had in our elementary school. Theres a little lever you step on at the bottom and it kinda comes out in this weird flowing fountain.
In my quest to find the ELF Studio store, we ran into Eataly, and I had to see what it was all about! I read about it before and have just been overwhelmed by the rave reviews. It’s kinda like a really clean market and all Italian food. The. Nutella. Bar. is all I have to say.
I was really more here for the cannolis and the espresso. It was a delightful afternoon snack. After a little afternoon nap and hiding from a rain shower, we cabbed it back down to China Town for Joe’s Shanghai soup dumplings. OMG they are amazing! My sister has been talking about this for years and now I finally get to have this little burst of heaven in my mouth.
Dinner before fireworks was in the Williamsburg area. Traif is was bomb dot com. We did the tasting menu, so the chef just brought out whatever he damn near felt like. Everything complemented each other and the desserts completed our meal perfectly.
Being the good Catholics that we are, we went to mass Sunday morning knowing full well that we were not going to make it home in time for the evening mass. I heard about St. Patrick’s Cathedral in so many movies and shows (It Takes Two, Ugly Betty, etc) and the church really is a magnificent building in the heart of Manhattan.
Breakfast was at Bouchon, the bakery that is always in the back drop of the Today Show. We missed the live broadcast, as it wraps up pretty early on Sunday mornings.
We then got in some last minute shopping at this enormous H&M. Did you know they have housewares??? Everything is so adorable and I am so mad they don’t sell it in their normal stores!
Our little buddy loves Legos, so why would we not stop in the Lego store? They had a mini Lego version of all things New York, and especially every huge landmark in Rockefeller.
Will never tire of seeing iconic New York symbols. Something about Rockefeller just draws me. Could be the Today Show and my odd obsession with everything NBC. Or the Christmas Tree.
Last spontaneous stop was the Magnolia Bakery, where it is rumored that all this cupcake craze has started. Tastes like it too.
I am still trying to work off the savory foods and the sweet treats we had in New York. I can’t wait for our next adventure!