So the weekend before I left for Israel, I spent about 36 hours in New York City. This is how I spent my time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way:
9am: Explored the Lower East Side. My friend Mallory who I was staying with lives in the Lower East Side. I decided to walk around and do a little exploration. I think the place I liked most was the Essex Street Market that was just opening up as I was walking around. They had your typical market goods – vegetables, fresh fish, meat, poultry, bread, etc. I think if I lived there, I would go everyday.
11am: Took the subway to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and went to Smorgasburg – A Brooklyn Flea Food Market. The market is right on the water and has a picturesque view of Manhattan.
This place was overwhelming but heavenly. Any type of food possible was there. I finally got to see the ramen burger in real life. That looked amazing. My friends went to Takumi Taco which is a Japanese inspired Mexican taco place. I already had plans to meet my parents for a late lunch so I withheld from trying each vendor possible. I had a taste of my friends tacos and they were DELISH.
1pm: Still waiting on my parents to meet for lunch, so we decided to walk around Williamsburg. Found a bunch of jewelry/clothing markets that were cool. We stopped by Artists & Fleas which is an artist, designer, and antique flea market. I bought that cool choker featured above ^^. They had a lot of unique and handmade jewelry that I loved. I would definitely recommend stopping by if you’re in that area.
2:30pm: My parents finally found parking and we met for lunch at Fat Goose. We kind of stumbled upon this place as we were walking around and were delirious from not eating. The food was very good, however the service was lacking. I ordered the avocado toast with a poached egg and added smoked salmon on top. It was exactly what I was looking for. It was all very fresh and I have no complaints about the food. For some reason, they only had 2 or 3 people waiting on tables and then playing bartender as well. Water was not refilled in a timely fashion, and the food came out later than desired. I would definitely give them a second chance though, their food was great.
4pm: Made my way back over to Manhattan and met my friend for a little shopping in SoHo – the abbreviation for the area South of Houston Street. Note fellow Houstonians, you DO NOT pronounce it like city we live in. For some reason i’ts pronounced HOW-STON. You’re welcome for that tid-bit. After shopping, I did some relaxing and hanging out before the big birthday dinner and night out.
8pm: Met with a bunch of my friends who live in NYC for dinner at the Grey Lady in the Lower East Side. Overall I had a great dining experience. Even before I got there, I kept changing the reservation number and the hostess was very helpful and didn’t mind me changing it 3 times. Then upon arrival, the waitress was very warm and friendly. She made sure I was happy for my birthday dinner. She especially made sure that I always had a drink in front of me – the drink of choice that evening was the “Shady Lady” which was some sort of whiskey concoction and it was GREAT.
We all ended up sharing a bunch of appetizers and then our own dinners. The appetizers included: oysters, hummus plate (in preparation for all the hummus I was going to eat in Israel), bacon wrapped scallop, and smoked blue fish pate. Everything was honestly delicious.
Then for dinner, I ordered a buttery lobster roll. Living down in Houston, I feel like I never have the chance to eat a lobster roll so I had to take full advantage. It was everything I hoped and dreamed of. The roll was toasted and buttered to perfection.
10pm: And this is where the night gets a little fuzzy…Went to a few bars with some friends and had an amazing evening!
Great way to start my birthday and I’m so happy I got to see all the people I did before I left for Israel. Can’t wait for my next trip into NYC!Note that if you add the hours above it doesn’t add up to 36 hours. But just add some sleep time in there and it all adds up.