22 Jan 2016 78 comments

New York In Photos.

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I’m so sad to be writing this post, as it means my New York trip is officially over. I honestly think that’s half the reason why it’s taken me a while to get this post done, as I’m usually pretty quick with these things!

New York was of course, amazing. Like, seriously amazing. I could not have asked for a better trip, we did everything! Well, everything we didn’t do in June, that is.
It’s absolutely our favourite city, so we just had to pack in as much as possible. Which was a lot.

We arrived at 5pm on New Year’s Eve (hence the balloons above), and all I wanted to do is stay in and wake up afresh on New Years Day! That was pretty much exactly what we did – I’m not a big fan of NYE so it was good to escape it all – although we could hear the noise from Times Square, and we watched fireworks being set off down by the Statue of Liberty.

We stayed in Manhattan this time, rather than Brooklyn as we did in June (we were staying close to the wedding for our friend’s wedding), and I loved being in the hustle and bustle of it all. We chose the Hudson Hotel as they had a deal on and I’m cheap, and it turned out to be a really lovely experience – albeit the darkest hotel ever. The place was so awesome though, below is the view from our window – straight down 9th Avenue! Also seen below is the lobby of our hotel, it was so pretty!

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We spent two days walking around Central Park (with breaks, obviously. Didn’t stay the night there!) and still didn’t see it all. That park is massive! We did go right up and walk around the reservoir, which I highly recommend. The view at the top of the post is taken from there – you can see all the buildings, it’s incredible.

As for food, we discovered some amazing places we didn’t go to last time. We mostly brunched, and my favourite place was Egg Shop in Soho, this was the best breakfast I’ve ever had. Seriously, you gotta go. Such pretty decor too!

We also stopped at Tacombi for drinks, a cool little garage-like place with a cute red VW van parked inside. The chef cooks up tacos inside the van – how cool? Worth it just for a look.
Another awesome place for a little snack is Macbar, which is also around Soho. This is a little joint that serves up different flavours of mac’n’cheese. Yup. It’s incredible!

I also found the Birchbox shop whilst we were wandering around Soho, which I was very happy about. So many beauty brands on display, I had to stop myself ransacking the place.
The area also has other beauty stores like NARS and Aesop, so make note if you’re heading to New York any time soon.

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Another brunch spot I loved was Sarabeth’s; we went to the one near Central Park as it was close to our hotel, but I know there is another. We shared a plate of pumpkin waffles and a jalapeno omelette, and both were delish!

One thing I had to do whilst I was there was go up the Freedom Tower to the One World Observatory. We didn’t do this last time, opting to do Top of the Rock instead (also awesome!), but this was next level. You could see for miles! It was extreme – even though I knew the windows were made of (hopefully) strong glass, I had to get Jordan to hold the back of my coat whilst I took photos. It was scary!

We also went to a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, something we didn’t do last time either. Tickets were quite pricey but totally worth it, we had such a great time and the entertainment between the game is so fun. A must if you’re up for a fun experience!

After the Observatory, we headed across the road to Brookfield Place – we were hungry by this point and decided to check out this shopping centre. To our surprise, there was quite the food court happening in here (as well as some cute beauty stores!). There was a Sprinkles Cupcakes place, and a few other awesome (very New York!) eateries. It was a bit of a cool find!
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We spent a lot of time just wandering, seeing the sights and snooping around Sephora! We mostly saw Manhattan on foot, I think only getting the subway once or twice!

Jordan is a massive Star Wars fan so we just had to go to the Power of Costume exhibition going on. I’ve never been a Star Wars fan (slowly getting in to it now) but even I thought it was amazing to see all the original costumes, there was a big fashion element to it so it was super fascinating.
Of course, we had to have an obligatory slice of Junior’s cheesecake before it – I had the Red Velvet and it was YUM.

We also went to a late night show at Comedy Cellar, a well-known venue that the likes of Louie CK, Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Ray Romano have performed at. Jordan has been desperate to go, and it was such a good night! I laughed SO much, whilst sipping on boozy peach iced tea. Heaven.
We went to Sushisamba first for dinner too, and it was incredible. Like, seriously good. I’ve been dreaming of their perfect sushi since I arrived home – put it on your list!

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Another foodie highlight that has been on our list forever is Crif dogs. We were meant to go here last time, but didn’t get a chance. This is a cute hotdog place tucked away in the East Village, the hotdogs are goood (as are the tatertots), but it’s truly famous for its speakeasy. Or maybe notย famous, since it’s meant to be a secret?
Basically, you go in to a phonebox in the tiny restaurant, dial one and then you are taken through the secret door on your left to a secret bar! The bar is called Please Don’t Tell, and they serve a variety of interesting cocktails.

Jordan, of course, had to have the Star Wars lightsaber theme concoction, whilst I opted for something truly vile. It was like spicy cucumber… not sure what I was thinking.
Worth it for the experience though – just choose a better drink than I did.

We also stumbled across Dough in Manhattan! We went here when we stayed in Brooklyn, and I’ve been dreaming of the delicious, pillowy soft donuts ever since. We found it in a little foodie place near Times Square I think, but I do believe they now have a shop in Manhattan. Sadly, I didn’t even get to try one this time as I was so full when we found the shop! *tiny violins play*

Oh, but I did get myself a peanut butter frozen yoghurt at Forty Carrots in Bloomingdale’s and it was everything. I would do anything for another right now, tbh.

Okay, more food talk BUT we also went to Jack’s Wife Freda! Another place we were meant to go to last time but didn’t get the chance. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was amazing… just, go. Drop everything and go right now.

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Other highlights include the Diptqyue shop, which was situated dangerously close to our hotel! As was the West Elm store – sigh. We wanted EVERYTHING from here.
Sephora was pretty much on the same street as us too, and we were seconds from CVS. You can just imagine the excitement!

We also went back to Bubby’s for some brunch – I told you we were brunchin’ – and walked the Highline from start to finish, just as the sun was setting. Such a beautiful way to see New York!

It was such a magical trip, I am just obsessed with this city! Can I just… live there?
I have a proper New York guide coming next week, so sit tight and I’ll reveal all my favourite places. I also have a couple of vlogs coming! Stay tuned.

Anyone planning a trip across right now?! I must go back.

  • I’ve lived in New York, on and off, for about 10 years, and I’d never heard of the Egg Shop or of Tacombi — both sound very cool! From the look up your trip, sounds like you hit up NY like a rockstar. At no point reading this was I ever thinking “ewwww, she went theeeeerrre? Which is a mighty task to accomplish from a picky, snobby New Yorker ๐Ÿ™‚


    • HAHA amazing! Allow me to introduce you to your own city. Such a great comment, thank you. I feel like I’ve won at New York *flexes muscles* x

  • So many beautiful photos here that are making so so jealous! It’s a dream of mine to visit New York, I would love to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    Abbi | http://www.simplyabbi.com

  • Dream trip!


  • missgetaway

    Your pictures are gorgeous, as always! And you just made me want to go to NY so badly!! Sounds like you’ve had a WONDERFUL trip <3

    Love, Kerstin

  • StephMillard

    I’m off to New York tomorrow and the gorgeous pictures in this post have got me SO excited! Thanks Kate x

  • Camilla

    Looks like it’s been an amazing trip! Gonna visit NY with my best friend in March, and these photos just made me even more excited! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Beautiful pictures! You’re making me want to head out to NY! First time there wasn’t a great one and I’ve always told myself that I wouldn’t go back again, ever. But seeing your pics, I really wanna go now. And, I totally love that Trump artwork! Sums him up so well hahaha x


  • Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing!


  • Selene

    wow, beautiful pics!! โ™ฅโ™ฅ


  • I already have a pretty big sense of wanderlust for New York and after reading this it’s even bigger. It sounds like you had a lovely time Kate! x

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

  • Lucy Birchall

    Your pictures just scream New York to me (I’m not being dumb, YES I know they are pictures of NY but you just get the feeling of NY…. ya know?)! I’m just gonna send this to my boyfriend as a little wink wink, nudge nudge that we have GOT to go. I think I’d have to lose about a stone in weight before I visit just to make way for all the food, ha. Fab pictures and you’ve posted so many ideas of great places to visit. Thank you!

    She’s So Lucy

  • Your travel posts get me every time! Now I neeeeeed to go to New York!


  • elisha mae

    this post was the best new york i have seen – so much to do and see and sounded like the most amazing trip. if ever i finally get to go, i’ll come to you kate!

    elisha-mae I wear this?

  • Sarah Gilbank

    Arghhh I’m booking a trip to New York next week. I will be going just before Christmas and I already can’t wait. I’ve been once before and saw most of the touristy sights and I LOVED it. Can’t wait to properly explore more of the city.. This post has just made me even more excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Such amazing photos. I used to go New York every year but I haven’t been in a few as I prefer the warmer states now haha. I really want to visit again now though! x


  • Karima

    Looks so amazing and YUM!! Would really love to go someday. Your photos are just beautiful and so professional! Haha loved the Donald Trump piece

  • Wow, such an awesome trip! I can’t wait for your guide, I’m currently planning a honeymoon in NY in May so all tips are welcome!

  • Holly Cooke

    Oh wow! So many beautiful pictures! Looks like you had an amazing time Kate, i’m dying to go back to New York! x


  • Love the view from your hotel! Gorgeous photos as always~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Awesome photos! You’ve had an amazing time in New York!

  • So many beautiful pictures, i want to visit New York so bad! Iยดve never been. ๐Ÿ™‚ ‘


  • What a trip! Makes me want to go right now!
    What was the name of the Hotel where did you stayed?
    We might gonna go this year for my brother wedding but we don’t wanna stay at his place, we would like to be independent but the last time I was in NY was in 2005 and I was at my brother xD
    Also your photos are stunning! Nice composition a beautiful story told.

  • Amazing photos! Looks like you had the best time! I want to go to NYC one day.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Looks like you had such an amazing time, you took some gorgeous photos. I want to go to NYC next year for my 21st and my sister’s 18th – I feel like I need to start taking notes on recommendations already as it looks like there is so much to do!

    Freya | freya-ella.blogspot.co.uk

  • Nia

    Beautiful pictures – especially of the food! I’m dying to go back to NY – such an incredible city ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Eep! So excited you went to Jack’s Wife Freda! That’s one of my favorite spots in NYC. I hope you swiped some of their adorable sugar packets. I always sneak a few in my purse before I leave. xx

  • Chloe

    Amazing photos! Looks like you had the best time!

  • I love that Donald Trump graffiti teehee XD

  • emily couture

    Such amazing photos!

    emily xx


  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    Love it Kate! I also just came back from there and will be popping up some pics too – Egg Shop was one of my fav brunch places and you have to check out The Apartment by The Line shop when you next go back; interior design heaven!

  • Jess Sims

    Love. So glad you went to Egg Shop – knew you’d love it. Can’t wait to hit the city with you in the near future.

  • Rue Roxanne

    I strongly believe my heart belongs in New York.

  • Ohhhhh god I NEED to go to New York! It just looks incredible (mainly for the food though, let’s be honest!) x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • Beautiful photos, New York looks like the most amazing place!

    Maddy, xo

  • i haven’t been to nyc in about a year and these photos are really making me miss it, so gorgeous!


  • Kat Horrocks

    Everytime I see a new NYC blogpost I find so many more restaurant recommendations/places to visit!! I’m gonna have to visit like 5 times over at this rate to see what I want to lol. Looks stunning. Particularly drooling over the bagels ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kat | http://www.kathorrocks.com

  • Susan

    This is an AMAZING photo diary. Beautifully done, Kate.


  • Summer Read

    Ohh I was there just before Christmas, just wish I could have stayed longer! Such a beautiful city! Love the pictures, thanks for sharing! xx

    Summer, The Twins Wardrobe

  • I adore New York. I love how everyone is in their own bubble, how fast things are there and how creative it is. Definitely my dream city. Although, it doesn’t mean I would be moving there – I need to nature around me and Central Park doesn’t count.

    Xo, Sitara | Simply Sitara

  • sophia cook

    omg, this has made me even more excited for my trip in october! I just wish we were going for longer than 5 days, we’re staying at this gorgeous hotel in greenwich village called the marlton, I think you would love it! (Herringbone floors, ugh <3 ) I have already started writing an itinerary! haha

  • New York seems always so magical and has something that made me smile but just looking at pictures of this beautiful city! So happy you enjoyed your trip ๐Ÿ™‚


  • All your photos are absolutely amazing, New York looks incredible a place I really hope to visit some day!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Ceann Reid-Stiffell

    One of my absolute favourite posts in a long time! Your pictures are beautiful and I miss New York and every blog post on it makes me miss it more. Can’t believe you’ve got even another more detailed post coming up – amazing job! x

    Ceann / From Brighton and beyond

  • Maggie

    These photos look amazing! This makes me want to visit so badly!


  • My favourite place in the world – isn’t it so seriously addictive?! We have holidayed there a lot in the last couple of years and I love how you can have a completely different experience each time x

    Sophie Cliff

  • Wow! Just wow! That’s all I can say! These pictures are stunning! Plus, I really want to go to New York City! It’s on my travel bucket list, and now the desire to go is even stronger! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Man alive Kate you’ve made me want to go to NYC so much – seriously you make each trip amazing! Birchbox looks amazzzzing

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Hannah

    Some stunning photos here, Kate: it’s like you manage to see the beauty in everything! I went to New York back in 2009 and I miss it too!

  • Nilla Austin

    Looks like a good time and the food looks delicious! I especially loved the Trump graffiti, haha.


  • Oh my god. I mean like, I wanted to visit NY before, but now I need to visit. Such a lovely post and the photographs are just stunning!

    Heather, Porcelain Beauty xxxx

  • Carys Emily

    I was in New York at about the same time as you and absolutely loved it, it was my first time and i’m already hoping that one day i can go back ! Love your pictures

    Distant Dreamer

  • Amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit New York, it’s on my bucket list for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ Drooling over your food btw hahaha


  • Your photos are so beautiful!! It makes me miss New York so much.


  • oh my god i love this post so much!!! the photos are amazing & i now have 50 million things i want to do in nyc! your trip looks like it was the best ever
    xx http://www.nuunablog.com

  • I’ve never really been overly interested in New York but it actually looks somewhere I’d definitely like to visit! Your photographs are fab! What camera do you use? Thanks!


  • The Sunday Mode

    This is perfect timing, I’m heading to NY later in the year and I’ve got a huge list going (the ‘places to eat’ column is shamefully long…) so I look forward to your full NYC guide post. This one just made me even more excited to go though. Yaaaay for nice food, views and American shopping.


  • Victoria

    Really enjoyed going through your photos. You have great photography skills!


  • grace

    These photos are beautiful – and the food all looks so good I’m seriously hungry now!

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

  • Such stunning pictures and even though I have been to NY several times, reading your post makes me wanna pack a bag and head over.

  • megsiobhan

    Stunning pictures! And Macbar sounds like my idea of heaven. I’d visit NY if only to eat there for the duration of the time I was there.

    Meg | A Little Twist Ofโ€ฆ

  • These are beautiful pictures! I’d love to visit New York at some point x


  • Lys

    Amazing pictures!! I’m heading to New York in November, this post makes me even more excited for the trip! That hidden bar sounds so cool, by the way. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Aww your photos make me miss New York so much <3 Haha the scenery looks beautiful and the food looks absolutely scrumptious! Can't wait to go back, maybe some time during the summer (hopefully) ๐Ÿ™‚

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Anna
  • Your photos are perfect! You’ve made me want to go to NY so much now. It has got to happen asap!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  • Aimee Carmichael

    These photos are amazing! This post has made me want to jump on a plane right now and go to New York! It looks like you had an amazing time and I can’t wait for your New York guide post!

    Aimee x


  • It looks like you had an amazing trip! I would love to go to New York one day!

    Laura | Breton & Blush

  • Ahhh this makes me so desperate for some travel! So many amazing places that I must go to in the future. Great post! Excited for your New York guide!

  • Sophia R

    These photos are stunning! Which camera did you use?

  • Lovely photos!

  • Katie Homer

    Looks like you had an amazing time-I’m so so so jealous!!
    Katie x

  • Someone put me on a plane to new york! Your photos make me want to go more than ever (not that the food has a lot to do with that)
    Jenny Side Up

  • Lauren Kerr

    gaah! I go to NYC on Thursday and this post has made me so excited!! Looks like you had a brilliant time, I’ll be sure to check out some of the places you visited. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Oh my gosh these photos are gorgeous! May have to steal the top one for my lockscreen!

    My Little Online Space

  • Ashley

    Hello, I’m heading to New York on Tuesday and your photos have got us really excited. You mentioned a guide – fingers crossed its live before we head. Great photos! X

  • Kate @Violetdaffodils

    Stunning photographs! I’d love to visit New York some day ๐Ÿ™‚ Also all the food looks delicious!