where to: eat, stay & play in NYC

Park Avenue

Madison Square Garden

In September I went to NYC for the first time with my girlfriends for New York Fashion Week. It was an amazing trip, and everything I thought it'd be. In between the fashion related goings on, we packed all the food, shopping and fun we could into our trip. Here's a breakdown of where we ate, stayed & played. 

Airport attire (Shop cardi here: under $20 for 2 days only)
(Weekender bag here: under $23 for 2 days only)
(Other stuff down below)

Having never been to NYC before, I tried to base our hotel off of where we would be spending the most time for fashion week. I was super lucky and found the Radisson Martinique on Broadway. It was a hop, skip & jump away from everywhere we had to be. This particular hotel is in Midtown Manhattan and near the garment district. The hotel is a historical landmark, with a marble staircase that dates back to over 100 years ago. It also was the birthplace of the PGA and houses a PGA golf museum, which was cool to look through, even though I'm not a golf fan. The hotel rooms were super clean and updated and gave us a nice view of the buildings outside. I booked this hotel through and we couldn't have been happier. 

Grand marble staircase at the Martinique

Upon arriving at the hotel, we were starved from a super early flight and decided to grab a quick lunch at the Martinique cafe, which is open to hotel guests, but also has a street entrance. The food was tasty and nicely priced, and it was the perfect place to stop in for a quick bite. We also ate at The Harold, which is an American bistro, serving locally sourced food. The atmosphere was upbeat and trendy, the food was delicious and the prices were average. Everyone kept telling us to be prepared with how expensive NYC was, but honestly- we thought the restaurants were fairly priced. We found the only thing to be expensive in NYC, were glasses of wine & Prosecco. 

The Martinique Cafe

Our mortgage payments, haha 😂

We choose to use yelp and open table to help us find a dinner local. We were feeling like carbing out due to the long first day, and choose Arno. Arno is located between the garment & theater districts and is walkable to Madison Square Garden. They specialize in Northern Italian cooking, and the food was outstanding! I could've eaten there every night. Best Part? They bring out a huge cart with various desserts on it, and you literally pick what you want. The lattes were magnifico.
Wild mushroom pasta at Arno

One of our fashion week parties we attended was at Inside Park at St. Bart'sSt. Bartholomew's church is next door and offers a rescue from the busy streets of Park Avenue and also tells a storied history. 'Inside Park at St. Bart's' offered a piazza style terrace that seemed a million miles away from the crowds of NYC. This is a great place to catch lunch or dinner. We also went to The Kimberly hotel. It's a boutique hotel that is one of the 3 top business hotels in America, and also one of the top 100 hotels in the world. The hotel is so luxe, but the best part was the 'upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel'. A super swanky hot spot that boasts amazing views of the city and surrounding areas. This place is a must see/must go to if your visiting NYC and want a total city experience. 

We mostly shopped in Midtown, and visited the Macy's Herald Square. It is the biggest Macy's in the world and has more than ten levels of shopping. You could really get into trouble here, as they have stores like Louis Vuitton & Gucci inside. The overall trend we saw in shopping was, disposable clothing. Meaning, clothing from stores such as Forever 21 and H&M. Clothes that are trendy, and maybe only to be worn a handful of times, and keeping the price point under the twenty to thirty dollar threshold for each piece. We scoped out Times Square too, because well- it's a rite of passage. It was a site to see, but too touristy and over-stimulating. Nice to check out, but also nice to leave. 

The largest Macy's

To get around the city, when we weren't walking, we used taxi's and Uber's. The taxi's weren't overpriced and the Uber's were sooo convenient. Definitely, download the Uber app & the Arro app on your phone before traveling. The Arro app lets you pay for a cab ride from your phone, super easy.

Uber app

Thanks to these babes for always traveling with me 💜

Have you guys ever been to NYC, what did you think and were did you go?