From top to bottom and left to right:
Snow in Union Square // mini arrangements in ABC Carpet & Home // #dying because of the snow
My second trip to Maman + more snow // even more flowers // are you tired of the snow yet (taken in the Flatiron district)
Stripes in the city (wearing this Zara coat) // Jimmy Fallon (pre hours of waiting) // pristine decor @ the Marlton // Midtown views // *more flowers* // a shot from my "run" in Greenwich Village
I first visited New York in 2006. Nine years ago. I can’t even process that because time flies so quickly and I’m already almost ten years older. This is just weird writing about it. Anyways, nine years later I’m back at it in the city. As a proper ending to my “college trip” across the northeast, I spent 3 days in the city. The last few weeks or so I’ve been planning and getting recommendations for the city (thank you to everyone who commented on my post & friends who gave me recs!), there was so much to do in so little time.
After combing through google search results for hours, I found the charming Marlton Hotel. Situated in Greenwich village and a short walk away from Washington Square Park, the Marlton is a small boutique hotel for those wanting a unique experience. A full lobby of locals and travelers alike meets you once escaping the cold weather and there is an instant “cozy feeling.” There is an espresso bar, bar, and restaurant complete with pale blue couches and marble coffee tables. My “petite” room was on the second floor, which was just up a flight of stairs (I’m convincing myself this was enough exercise for the week). As you can see, the decorator for this hotel definitely knows the word “aesthetics.” Although I’ve stayed at numerous hotels in midtown, the UES, the Meatpacking, etc., I loved this one because I was in my own little “corner” of New York. Across the street was a Stumptown coffee and next to that was a darling flower shop, Spina.
Now on to the good stuff — the food. If people ask me what I do in NYC, I simply say “shop and
eat” (emphasis on the eat). This trip I tried Maman, a new coffee shop in Soho and it quickly became my favorite. In lieu of coffee (shocking, I know) I tried the Lavender Hot Chocolate and was pleasantly surprised. When I returned a second time, I tried a kale salad with polenta croutons— very tasty as well. For dinner, I tested out Charlie Bird, an eatery with an Italian inspired menu. I recommend the grilled octopus. Of course I had to go back to my all time favorites: Buddakan, Spice Market (!!), Lafayette, Blue Stone Lane Café, ABC Kitchen, Happy Bones, and BG.
Another tidbit about my NY experience — I was fortunate enough to attend a taping of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent on Hulu watching clips of the show and he never fails to make me laugh. Last Thursday, I finally got the chance to see him in person. After about an hour and a half of waiting in line, I was ushered into the studio and waited for it to begin. As much as I would have loved to take pictures, phones are strictly prohibited. The Roots came out and performed a few songs before they started and I can confirm that they are (seem like from afar) like the coolest people around. The guests for Thursday were Ben Stiller, Tim Gunn, and Rixton as the musical guest. If those weren’t awesome enough — Ariana Grande, slated to appear on Friday, had a conflict and came in and filmed her segment. The whole experience was amazing and I loved being a part of it and I even got to high five him!
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