Exploring NYC in 36 hours!
On today’s post I’m sharing with you all how we explored NYC in a short 36 hours a couple weekend’s ago! (Actually probably less than that if you include the necessary 8 hours of sleep :))
Prior to our trip, we researched and planned out the places we wanted to visit on this trip to the T, meaning I knew exactly how long it took from Murray Hill to get to the Brooklyn Bridge and which route we should take on the Subway. Disclosure, I am a crazy planning nut! I know many people would prefer to not make plans and go with the flow, but for me, I need my checklist and would go crazy if I left everything up in the air :X. That being said, I know things don’t always go according to plan, and that I can accept…you reshuffle your to-do-list and go from there!
Mr. P and I had a 5 PM flight Friday night and landed around 8:30 PM at Laguardia. From there, we ordered an Uber to our friend’s house in Murray Hill, which was app 30 mins with minimal traffic at night (other than driving on the sidewalk because of a truck being stuck in the middle of the road!). That night was spent catching up with friends and drinking lots of vino! The next morning, with a little over 24 hours left in NYC, we started our day bright and early at 8:30 AM! We obviously had to grab a NYC bagel so went to the shop down the street, Bagel Boss. There was a 6 subway stop that’s headed downtown to 33rd & 3rd Ave, just a couple of blocks away from where we were staying. Normally I think we could have taken the 4 or 5 train, but due to the Chinatown parade it may not have been running. (SEE, I told you I accept it when things are out of my control!)
Brooklyn Bridge —
The 6 train took us directly there, it was so convenient. Let me tell ya, it was a super cold day and it was even colder on the bridge. I brought my peacoat instead of my puffy down coat and I sincerely regretted my decision. Even though it was cold, the bridge was already filled with runner, bikers, and tourists. I did manage a few shots on the bridge with no one around me, just pure luck I guess! We made it about halfway across the bridge before deciding it was too cold and turned around. Next time we’re there, when it’s warmer, we’re definitely walking the whole way across.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum —
All of our family and friends who had previously visited the memorial &museum strongly suggested that we visit, so we knew this destination was a must-see on our list. We did not buy tickets online ahead of time, which worked out just fine. The ticket line was short and we waited maybe 5 mins before getting our tickets and walking into the museum. The museum was very well put together, lots of artifact, and it brought back a lot of memories. We both felt very emotional while walking through the museum. I highly recommend going if anyone is visiting NYC in the coming months. They have a guided tour available that takes app 3 hours, we didn’t end up doing that due to time restrictions.
We originally had the Charging Bull on the list as well but unfortunately we did not have time to walk over there. Next time!
Brunch @ Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow St) —
The day we were there, Hotel Chantelle had a live jazz band playing, so we all enjoyed that. The food was decent (I ordered Scrambled Egg Crostini, and everyone else at my table ordered the Chicken & Waffles – that’s the brunch fav apparently) and the brunch drinks were super cheap, as in 92 cents for their special brunch cocktail; overall, I’d say I liked the ambience (cool patio too) more than the actual food, but that’s ok! You go for the experience, right?!
Dessert @ 10 Below Ice Cream (10 Mott St) —
No meal is complete without dessert! We decided to walk towards Chinatown for dessert since we were already super close (maybe a 10-15 min walk). We happened to walk by just as the Chinese New Year parade was passing by! There were so many people out for the parade, loved that we could be part of it! Anyway, 10 Below is not an ordinary ice cream spot! They make Thai-style “ice cream rolls” and it was super cool watching them make it on a cool plate and blending all the ingredients (cream, fruit, etc) into it. It was SUPER delish as well. Highly recommend trying this Thai-style “ice cream rolls”! We roamed a little further so that we could walk through Little Italy since it’s right next door to Chinatown. Definitely getting a meal in Little Italy next time we are there—all the pictures and menus of pastas and pizzas looked soooo good!
New York Public Library & Times Square —
I know you’re thinking, WOW, you guys must be tired. Tired is not in the dictionary when you’re only in NYC for a short period of time!! I still had the New York Public Library and Times Square on my list! Yes…I have been to NYC before…but Mr.P and I have never gone to NYC together! As some of you know, I’ve been wanting to check out the NYPL since the Sex and the City movie came out in 2008 and Carrie smacked Big right outside of the library with her bouquet of flowers, so I was very happy to finally be able to see it!
Dinner @ Rosie’s (29 E 2nd St) —
Rosie’s is a delicious Mexican restaurant and they have extremely potent (but yummy) margaritas. I ordered the Esquites de Calabaza and veggie tacos. EVERYTHING looked delicious on that menu, but I had to stop myself from ordering more from the menu because Mr.P and I were planning on getting a slice of NYC style pizza as our last stop of the night before heading back to the hotel. We walked around East Village/Lower East Side some more, went to grab drinks at a few bars/speak-easys and called it a night (after grabbing a slice of pizza, duh). Our flight back to Chicago was bright and early in the morning!
Thanks for stopping by and reading about our short 36 hours in the Big Apple! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite spots are in NYC! 🙂