September 9, 2014

Guest Post: New York, New York.

Today, we are excited to welcome our college friend and glorified baker, Katherine, as our guest blogger. A Charlotte native, Katherine recently moved to the Big Apple after graduating from UNC. We love to follow her foodie explorations in New York City through her social media, and we know you will love to hear some of her favorite spots!

Hey, y’all! Bet you didn’t expect that kind of a Southern greeting from a gal in NYC, did ya? I am thrilled that Katie + Julie reached out and asked me to share a little bit about New York City and all that it has to offer! While my own blog could use some updating, I have been so busy getting to know the City that I haven’t posted in ages! You, though, can follow my adventures on Instagram (@tarheelinthecity).

Be warned, though - I just moved to the City in July, so this list is far from comprehensive! This city has so much to offer that I haven’t even had time to tap into, but I’d love to share some of the fun I’ve had with you all!

To Explore:

Chelsea Market: Located in the Meatpacking District just minutes from the Hudson River, the Chelsea Market is a must-see spot in Manhattan. While I could’ve put this in the “To Dine” section, I think it’s fun to go to this indoor food hall - with over 35 vendors - even if you just want to look around. From wine to coffee, hearty sandwiches to sweet donuts, they have it all. Oh, and an Anthropologie. Be sure to stop by L’Arte del Gelato (AH.MAZING), but be warned, it’s cash only!

Top of the Rock: While in the Big Apple, it is essential that you get a great view of the iconic skyline. My recommendation on where to do that? Top of the Rock. A landmark in the City, you won’t want to pass up on its incredible views of the Empire State Building, Central Park and the Hudson River. And when you’re done, you can explore the variety of shops located in and around Rockefeller Center - plus you’re only steps from 5th Avenue (be prepared to shop till you drop!).

9/11 Memorial: The Memorial portion of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is free to the public and is absolutely a must-see. While I recommend venturing into the museum as well, the memorial is non-negotiable. There are two waterfalls that flow into large reflecting pools that are located where the two towers once stood. Each pool is surrounded by plaques that name each of the victims lost in the towers. I went to the memorial with my oldest sister and both of us were taken aback with emotion. It is heartbreakingly beautiful and a true tribute to those who lost their lives. Never Forget.


To Drink:

10 Degrees: An ussaming bar in the East Village, 10 Degrees has a fabulous happy hour. Buy one, get one drinks from 12-8 p.m. EVERY.DAY. The large drink selection combined with the quaint charm and fabulous music makes for a great experience. Plus the bartneder Lee is pretty awesome.

Agave: A fun gem in the West Village, Agave is a must if you are a margarita lover like me (and who isn’t, right?!). Of course they have traditional margs, but with flavors like prickly pear and passion fruit, everyone will be satisfied! Stop by for brunch, too - less than $30 gets you an entree + bottomless mimosas, wine and/or margaritas. Divine.


The Standard Biergarten: Located under the canopy of the Highline (an amazing abandoned railway park), the Standard Biergarten serves traditional German fare in a fun and funky space. It’s open air in the summer and enclosed in the winter, but year-round you’ll find ping-pong tables and sausages + pretzels galore. And, of course, beer, beer, beer!

To Dine:

Jane: You know a place is phenomenal when it has an 1.5 hour wait for brunch (thank god for OpenTable reservations!). Jane was certainly worth the wait. While all of their menus are fabulous, they are known for their Sunday brunch. Their three eggs benedict specials are to-die-for, and any brunch entree comes with a complimentary cocktail. Their Bloody Mary is extra spicy, just the way I like it. Also the roasted shrimp it.


La Palapa: Another unassuming spot in the East Village, La Palapa is a budget-friendly Mexican option in the City. Their quesadillas were seriously delicious - and not too big! You’ll have room for a side + chips & salsa (because, duh, chips & salsa). Be sure to order a pitcher of margaritas - you can combine their different flavors!

Atlantic Grill: For more a more upscale affair, head to Atlantic Grill, which has two locations in the city. I am a seafood lover, and I was not disappointed. In addition to serving a variety of fish filets, they offer steak and sushi options. If you’re dining with a group, don’t pass up ordering a seafood tower.

To Indulge:

AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar: And, of course, I couldn’t forget about dessert. For a unique sweet experience, make your way to AYZA. Their dessert menu is heavy on the chocolate, and for someone who doesn’t love overly chocolate desserts, even I was satisfied. Their specialty is their chocolate martini and you simply must not pass it up. I got the Almond Chocolate Martini + the white chocolate covered key lime pie truffle - heavenly.


My advice for a visit to NYC? Plan! It can be annoying to plan, but you’ll be happier if you make reservations or buy tickets in advance so you don’t spend loads of your time waiting to experience all that the City has to offer! And, of course, enjoy!

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