Being a Tourist

Being a Tourist

I took a much needed social media and blog break  this weekend to spend time with friends visiting. It was such a fun filled, NYC weekend. It’s times like these where I enjoy being a tourist for a little so I can experience New York from a different point of view. Here is what we did.

Friday night we had dinner at Panna II in the East Village. It’s an Indian restaurant that actually allows your to bring your own drinks. This saves us so much money! This is an interesting restaurant because it’s filled with Christmas lights and celebratory banners. There are 3 other Indian restaurants in the same spot and the owners will stand outside and try to get you to come into their restaurant while you’re waiting but you have to walk up and to the right to go to this one. Supposedly it’s the most famous?? This place is great for a group because you can share multiple dishes and bring a few bottles of wine. It’s easy to go out in that area afterwards, too. Just a short walk from multiple bars in the East Village and Lower East Side.

Saturday morning we traveled down to Le District at Brookfield Place in the Financial District/Tribeca. It reminded me of Eatly where there are multiple places to grocery shop and also a few restaurants. We had brunch at Le Bar which had a view of the Hudson River and some boats that were docked right there. I hadn’t explored that area yet but was pleasantly surprised. After walking from the Financial District all the way up to Meatpacking (phew) we indulged in a drink at top of the Gansevoort Hotel. I’ve been up here a couple of times for the beautiful views of the Hudson. When we were on our way to the elevators I stumbled on a door to the back. There is a back patio to the rooftop with a view of the rest of Manhattan. One of my favorite rooftops just got better!

Saturday night we went on a cruise around Manhattan with some of the best views I’ve seen of the city so far. I’m a sucker for a good view of this island so this had to have been one of my favorite things I’ve done in the city. It started at 7:3o at night so we caught the sunset just as we passed the Statue of Liberty. AMAZING.

Sunday morning we grabbed some picnic goods at Eatly by the Flatiron Building and took the tram over to Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is a little strip of land in between Manhattan and Brooklyn. There are some residences on the island but it’s mostly made up of park space. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to get there. This park is also GORGEOUS. I plan to head back up there to go on a run sometime soon. There’s an amazing view of the eastern skyline of the city, too.

After finishing our picnic we did a little shopping in Soho. I can’t wait to share some good finds on the blog soon! We walked through Chinatown and ended up in NoLita, one of my favorite parts of the city. There are a lot of neighborhood bars and restaurants which seem less touristy than the surrounding areas. Since there was some extra time to spare before dinner, we grabbed a drink at Pietro NoLita. The cutest, pink themed restaurant. It’s definitely one of the most Instagramable places here! After finishing up the worlds cutest cocktail (Rose Sangria to be exact), we realized we were right by Chinatown so we walked over to Nom Wah Tea Parlor. There are a couple locations in the city but only one that has been there since 1920 which makes it the oldest dim sum restaurant in the city. If you’re looking for a cheaper meal, on Manhattan standards,  then head to Chinatown. We left this meal more than full AND with leftovers for about $15 each after tax & tip. And it was delicious!

This embroidered t-shirt dress from SheIn is the perfect summer wardrobe staple. It’s a little baggie which makes it more comfortable than others.  To make it more flattering, I added a belt to bring it in at the waist. Adding a belt to dresses is an easy hack to either make the look more flattering or switch it up completely! These kitten heel sandals from Aerosoles are also so comfortable to wear in the city. We walked almost 20,000 steps a day this weekend!

This weekend was definitely a New York weekend for the books. I always like having friends visit me because I show them why I love this city so much.