Happy Wednesday, Friends! We hope you had a fun Halloween! Trying to get into the groove after a trip definitely takes a few days. Returning home from New York City Monday, I wanted to share some exciting highlights and fun photos from one of my favorite destination.
Have you been to NYC? We surprised one of my closest friends and took off for Manhattan last Thursday. I have been many times before so I am familiar with popular attractions. I lined up a few reservations for dining out and the rest, we took as it came letting the birthday girl decide!
We stayed at the Park Central Hotel which was a perfect location. It is a short walk to Times Square while only a few blocks from Central Park. So many good places to eat and shop along the way, too!
The first day, we started out in the Financial District and went to the 9/11 museum alongside the Freedom Tower. It is hard to put into words how impactful and emotional it was. If you are in NYC, you have to go!
The Freedom Tower is not far from Battery Park where we took in scenic views along the Hudson River. The sun was starting to set and the Statue of Liberty was beautiful.
Hudson River – Statue of Liberty
After a day of exploring, we had dinner at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant. It was delicious and perfect for a group as it is served family style. It is in the heart of Times Square, so we walked around and took in the sights.
The next day led to brunch at one of my favorites, Tavern on The Green. It is located in Central Park. With it’s gorgeous backdrop and delicious food, it was nothing less than perfect!
From there, it was time to make our way to the Empire State Building. I have always seen it, but this was the first time I have ventured to the top! On a previous trip, I did go up to the Top of the Rock, located next to Rockefeller Center. Needless the say, the views were breathtaking and it was wonderful!
View from Empire State Building
After taking in the views, we made our way back to our area by rickshaw. (Yes, we took a rickshaw and it even had a nice sound system!) After a little shopping and pizza, because you can’t visit NYC and not have pizza or shop! It was time to get ready for the big birthday dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Mastro’s is a chain in major cities but this was the first time I have been. It was the best meal! I can’t recommend it enough. Just check out these desserts….
Birthday Dessert at Mastro’s
Obviously, there is so much more to see. I have only included a few highlights of our trip that are unforgettable and recommended if you are traveling to the big city!
Lastly, I have to leave you with a picture of Times Square. This point, where all corners meet, no one sleeps (it seems) and it holds the most amazing sights and sounds of the city.
If you are traveling to the city, please let us know your favorite points of interest! We would love to share other ideas as well or any answer questions you may have!
Ashley and Morgan