Last year before Johnathan was deployed we decided to take a mini vacay to New York to spend some quality, family time together. We decided to go to New York because Johnathan and Christopher had never been and its been years since I had. That and his pre-deployment leave was approved like two weeks prior so we had to pick somewhere close enough to drive. New York is only 8 hours from us so we said why not! Since we’ve traveled there I’ve had several friends ask me for places we went on our trip so I decided to put together a list of all the places we saw/ate at and make a post about it. This is a lengthy post because we were there for a week. I hope you read it all because it is super informative.
I’ll start off with our favorite: FOOD. There are so many yummy places to eat at we barely made a dent in my list. We stayed in Tribeca which was pretty much in the middle of the city so it was easy for us to jump on the subway or grab an Uber. Crave Cafe was the cutest little cafe right across from our hotel and it had the BEST breakfast bagels. It also had a frozen chai latte, yep thats right FROZEN chai. It was sooooo good. We ate there almost every morning.
Sarabeth’s was another good brunch spot and came highly recommended. They have a variety of food but the Lox Egg’s Benedict was our favorite. They also had a really good selection for kids and Christopher absolutely loved it! Everything was so fresh from the fish to their juice.
Cafe Habana located in Little Italy was probably the most delicious cuban food I’ve ever had. Their cubanos (cuban sandwiches), tostones (fried plantain) with garlic sauce, and elotes (corn on the cob with fixings) totally filled our latin food craving.
One night in Manhattan we were able to visit Mario Bitali’s Eataly and it was exactly everything I thought it’d be. I’m a huuuuge fan of The Chew I actually watch it everyday so I had to go. Its basically its only little supermarket with a couple of different restaurants. We decided to go to Manzo which is basically the “meat” restaurant and we went ahead and did the chef’s tasting. I could literally kick myself over and over again for not taking any pictures of our food because it was all divine. I also honestly can’t even remember what we ate either because it was things I’ve never heard of before nor could I pronounce it. I did happen to save one photo of Christopher’s bolognese which was also by the way delicious even if its just a simple ragu. I wish I could’ve bought all the bread and cheese, I was like a kid in a candy store.
This are a few of the sweet treats we had when we were out and about. Dominique Ansel’s is a super famous bakery and I read that their frozen s’mores were super popular. Bub and I enjoyed it, Johnathan not so much. Emack & Bolio’s is the cutest little ice cream shop with the coolest cones and flavors. I chose fruit loops and the boys shared fruity pebbles. I wish I had someone to share with because the cones were massive. If you want a really good burger with dessert go to Black Tap and get there SUPER early. Like before they open. Its a tiny place with a line bigger than inside but man oh man it is worth it. They have some awesome sauces and shakes big enough for 3 people to share. I wish I could remember the name of the little bakery across the street from Rockafeller Center because it had some really good French macarons. After we went ice skating we needed some hot cocoa and coffee so we happened to stumble upon this place. 10 Below is the so very famous and oh so satisfying to watch rolled ice cream. It was super rich and creamy and fun to watch.
Next I’m going to talk about places we saw and things we did. First up is the infamous Statue of Liberty. We were so bummed when we showed up and were told that we weren’t able to go up to the crown. Apparently there is a 2 year wait so if you’re planning to go id get on the list like NOW.
We obviously went any way and had such a blast. The entire ferry ride there Bub kept saying “I can’t wait to see Lady liberty!!” He was the exact same age as I was when I went to New York and I remember being just as excited to see the statue.
Here is our handsome little fella and us hanging out. He spent a lot of time feeding birds and squirrels. We took some pretty cool pics and had a lot of fun. We also went to Ellis Island which was really informative but not as much fun.
Next stop: Central Park. It is so. We went to Bow Bridge where we rented a row boat and paddled up and down The Lake. When we walked on the bridge all I could think about was Brittany Murphy jumping into The Lake in Uptown girls one of my favs.
We saw so many cute little turtles and beautiful foliage. Fun fact we were actually filmed in the background of Jenni Rivera’s kid’s reality show.
In Central Park on our way to The Pool we passed Bethesda Fountain where they have a man that blows giant bubbles for everyone to enjoy. Johnathan had been wanting to sail RC sailboats with Christopher for the longest and before we left I was watching one of my favorite movies 13 Going on 30 and remembered that The Pool had them. We spent two hours watching the boats go around and I got the best pictures of these two.
Our last stop was Brooklyn and it might have been my favorite. The ferry ride on the East River was awesome going under the Brooklyn Bridge and the view of the city was magical.
We went to the Brooklyn Brewery something special for Johnathan since he has a love for beer and as we were leaving we stumbled upon a East River Park that had a hole in its fence that lead to this awesome spot. It had the perfect view of The East River and they even found baby crabs.
After that we went right next door to Smorgasburg which is a food market in Brooklyn that is filled with different food vendors from all over the city. It is a foodie’s dream. Everything we ate was oh so scrumptious especially that lobster roll. It was served on a warm brioche bun topped with buttery lobster. That chicken with buttermilk ranch sauce with kosher pickles pulled at my southern heartstrings; it had me at ‘with a side of watermelon’. I have a weird obsession with dumplings so the ones I typically buy from the frozen food section or our favorite sushi place had nothing on these! I don’t think we had room for dessert but we made room and got CHURROS. The boys got plain churros with dulce de leche dip but I had to have the ice cream churro sandwich. If you weren’t drooling already you are now.
Once we were done stuffing our faces we went to ride 100 year old Jane’s Carousel. It was so pretty and you obvi can’t beat the view. The line surprisingly wasn’t too long and it went by pretty fast considering it was a Saturday.
We then went to DUMBO (down under the Brooklyn Bridge) where I was able to snap this beauty. As we were waiting for our cab we went into a little local store to get something to drink and when we came out Anna Gasteyer walked right in front of us and smiled at me. ANNA GASTEYER. I totally got star struck and told Johnathan after she went in the store because I didn’t want her to hear and he asked why I didn’t stop her for a picture. I said if our cab still isn’t here by the time she walks out ill ask. Well we were still waiting as she walked out of the door but I just couldn’t ask. She just looked like a regular person walking to the grocery store down the street in workout clothes hoping to get what she needs without being hassled. So thats my celebrity encounter story lol.
Our last stop on our way back home we stopped in Hoboken,New Jersey to see the original Carlo’s Bakery. I have watched the show for years and have been such a huge fan of Buddy Valastro I was so ecstatic to finally be able to have a canoli and a lobster tail.
Well this ends my post about our family trip to the big apple. Not everything we did made it to the post but I hope you enjoy everything that did. If you made it to the end of this oh so lengthy post, THANK YOU and I hope it was helpful! Thanks for reading.