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I spent a weekend in New York with my new friend Cassie. Having spent a little over two years being based in the Big Apple as a flight attendant, I have picked up a thing or two when it comes to navigating the city. I had the opportunity to play tour guide as well as explore some cool bars and restaurants unfamiliar to me that I had come across through social media. We pretty much hit the big tourist spots from Times Square to the Brooklyn Bridge to the top of the Empire State Building and paid our respects at the One World Trade Center, but also stopped to enjoy some good eats and treats along the way. Below I listed all the sites and bites (if you will), from our mini vacation, and trust me you'll need more than a New York minute to really experience all this amazing city has to offer! (I won't provide too much detail on the Tourist spots, as most of the locations are self-explanatory, but I did include some fun facts of each of the sites.)
(Photo from web; not mine).
Grand Central Station
Empire State Building
One World Trade
New York Public Library
(Photo from the web; not mine)
Museum of Sex
(Photo from the web; not mine)
Set L.E.S - 127 Ludlow St.
I came across this restaurant on Instagram. With photos of tasty-looking tacos and mouth-watering burgers, I was dying to test my taste buds at this place! We ordered tacos with a side of tater tots and washed it down with some spicy margaritas. While we dug in, I had forgotten to take a picture beforehand, so I'll post one from their IG @Set_Les so you can see what I mean, but to taste what i mean (if that's a thing), you'll have to visit this place located on the Lower East Side for yourself!
Spot Dessert Bar - 11 W 32nd Street
With a few different locations this restaurant offers unique desserts, with some items on the menu that change by the season. We opted for a special tapas set where you can order 3 desserts for $27. The orange-look-alike dessert was filled with cheesecake/mousse texture and had a graham cracker crust. The one topped with vanilla ice cream was was on top of a warm chocolate chip cookie texture except it was a pecan flavored and filled with yummy gooey melted chocolate! I believe the third tapa is a standard on their menu. It's called Yuzu Eskimo - a frozen Japanese citrus cream car with chocolate ganache and oreo crumbs. Ours was served with like a raspberry sorbet.
Blue Stone Lane Coffee Shop - Bryant Park, 1114 6th Ave
If your looking for a coffee shop, other than the Starbucks on every corner, try Blue Stone Lane. I also found this place on Instagram as well. Their menu varies from juice presses, coffees and cappuccinos to breakfast pastries and quick bites. We stopped in for breakfast on our way to Times Square and both opted to have the salmon toast (pictured below) which was delicious!
Cafeteria Restaurant - 1802, 119 7th Ave S
Take the simple idea of a school lunchroom aka cafeteria and turn it into a swanky diner and you'll find yourself at this place. Cafeteria Restaurant offers American comfort food, but in their own unique way. We chose to order from the Mac & Cheese selection of their menu, and ended up trying the "Mac Attack" - a tasting of all three of the mac & cheese they had to offer! I think both of our favorite was the Cheddar and Fontina on the left!
The Park - 118 10th Ave
We stumbled upon this place as we were trying to dodge the rain after exploring Chelsea Market and attempting to walk to high line, but it was pouring outside. The Park feels just like its name describes. We had some appetizers (calamari and a charcuterie board) with a couple glasses of wine in their glassed-in garden with real birds nesting and chirping above us. The patio was decorated with strings of lights, and there is also a rooftop patio overlooking the High Line, but wasn't open at the time. I can see it being a fun spot during the summer and one we'll have to revisit!
Lillie's Victorian Establishment - 249 West 49th Street
A Victorian style bar serving cocktails and food. You can stop in for brunch, lunch, happy hour, high tea or dinner! The bar was named after Lillie Langtry, a highly successful British actress and socialite of the late 19th century. Once inside you feel like you stepped back in time with the amazing decor from the furnishings around the bar to the photographs and paintings on the walls including decor all the way up on the ceiling.
The Back Room - 102 Norfolk St.
One of the only two speakeasies in New York that operated during the Prohibition Era and still in existence today, the Back Room is a hidden speakeasy tucked away down a dark alley with an atmosphere that boasts all the glamour and "coolness" of the 1920's. You can order cocktails served in teacups or beer covered in a brown paper bag. How cool is that?
Rye House - 11 W 17th St.
We stopped in this bar while waiting to get into another speakeasy (listed below). The Rye House was a neat upscale bar with an old-timey, old-fashioned New York feel (photo from The Rye House website).
The Raines Law Room - 48 W 17th St
Another Speakeasy with prohibition-era drinks, The Raines Law Room is located down a flight of stairs with a small sign letting you know you're at the right spot. Ring the doorbell and you'll be greeted by a hostess. We had to wait an hour and a half as it was a busy Friday night. Inside it's decorated like an old-fashioned club with couches in a dark atmosphere and has a very jazz-like/intimate vibe.
Tanner Smith's - 204 W 55th St
Another Prohibition themed bar that serves craft cocktails, wine, beer and bar food. The bar was named after Thomas F. "Tanner" Smith - an American criminal and gang leader in New York City during the early 20th century (photo from website).
What are some of you favorite spots you've come across in New York City? Leave comments or follow my Instagram @TheFitFlight_Attendant.