Recently, I had the chance to travel to New York City for a couple days to tour the design studio of a cousin who works in the fashion industry. That in itself was an amazing opportunity but I got to spend a lot of time touring and exploring the city itself. I’d been to New York on another occasion to see and do all of the touristy stuff that one has to do on their first visit to New York. However, this time I could fully enjoy myself and spend time doing thing that I really liked.
The 48 hours went by fast but I felt really satisfied with everything I managed to do. There is so much going on and you practically have pick and choose everything, but when going to New York, you should choose to do things that you really like. I picked restaurants that had food that I like and I did plenty of research on museums and plays beforehand. That way I could be confident that I’d not regret my time spent in the city. Research is key because the amount of choices in New York is extremely overwhelming.
After a morning of travel and checking into my hotel, I ventured over to the world famous Carnegie Deli for a giant lunch consisting of a pastrami sandwich and cheese blintzes. The line is always long but the experience is well worth it and the food is truly classic. They are known for their deli meats such as pastrami and corn beef which are served as different types of sandwiches. Also, don’t neglect the complimentary homemade pickles as they are completely different in a good way than your typical grocery bought kosher dills.
Lunch at Carnegie Deli is a big ordeal. The line is long and it takes a while to devour the giant sandwiches. After you’re finished, you will feel obligated to walk around. Thankfully, the deli is conveniently located a couple blocks from central park where you can stroll around for hours. I chose to meander my way through the park on my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The park is a great escape from the city. Although there are plenty of tourist, it is still really peaceful and enjoyable. Take your time to explore the different paths and vistas. Surprises await after every turn, keeping visitors curious and engaged.
Eventually, I made myself to the museum where I tried to soak in the cool air. The temperature was brutally hot but thankfully, the trees in the park helped to provide a nice shelter from the sun.
The MET is huge and very overwhelming. Have an idea of what you want to see since there is no way you can do it all. I visited the european painting galleries since I’m more into european art but there is so much more to see such as ancient and contemporary art.
Between the MET and the park, my afternoon was shot but I felt like I’d done a lot since arriving in the morning.
That night, I had dinner at a great restaurant called Gramercy Tavern. It’s an upscale fine dining place but being one of the best restaurants in the city, it was well worth it. The food is contemporary American but there is an old fashion comforting feel about it. I had the duck breast for my entry and the carrot cake for desert. Sounding unassuming, the carrot cake was quite exceptional since it was a amped up version of the traditional American desert. For me, Gramercy Tavern really embodied the finest in American cuisine and it was a perfect meal to have in New York.
I spent the next morning with my cousin at her office in the Garment District. If you ever have the chance to tour the design studios of a clothing line, take advantage of it. It is extremely fascinating for someone who loves fashion and you can learn so much behind the scenes.
After that, it was time to shop. My hotel was conveniently located a couple short blocks from 5th avenue, the heart of New York shops. There are grand department stores such as Saks along with designer flagship shops. Although the prices are pretty hefty, it is really fun just to look around and believe me, you wouldn’t be the only one window shopping. Among the shops are large and more reasonable european brands such as Zara and Topshop. It’s no wonder why these types of stores are taking over the world by storm. They have everything for any kind of style and the prices are great for the quality you get.
By the time evening came, I’d finished my New York fashion fix and it was time to hit the theater. After a great seafood dinner, I walked the bright streets over to Broadway to witness a fantastic rendition of The Phantom of the Opera. Quintessential and classic, the show did not disappoint. Anything on Broadway is going to be fabulous and you can’t go to New York without seeing something. It is a great way to spend the night too!
With the show ending around 10, I exited the theater right near Time Square. Take some time to admire the amazing lights of the world famous square at night. It is truly incredible!
The next morning, I had a leisurely breakfast and finished some more shopping before leaving and completing a short but satisfying trip. Even 48 hours is fabulous in such a big city!
Carnegie Deli: http://carnegiedeli.com
Gramercy Tavern: http://www.gramercytavern.com
The MET: http://www.metmuseum.org