This past weekend, I met my bestie, Amber, in NYC for a fun girls weekend! We were both celebrating our birthdays, and what better way to do it?! Here’s a little recap of our trip!
We arrived to a very rainy and cloudy NYC. Luckily, our hotel had a beautiful rooftop view with the best Rosé. But we weren’t going to let a little rain stop us from having a good time!
We stopped at Louis Vuitton to pick up a little birthday treat! 😉 This was my first time in the Soho location, and it was stunning!
We shopped around Soho before heading back to our hotel. I found an amazing leopard vest in a vintage store and fell in love with it. I was torn, because it was our first night, and we still had so much more shopping to do. I had the store put it on hold, so I could go back the next day if I still wanted it. (More on that later…)
We went back to our room to find multiple birthday goodies waiting for us! Tractenburg & Co PR sent over two enormous bags full of products for us! It was seriously product heaven. Amber had to check her bag going home just to take home all of her loot! 😉
Sarah and the team at Charlotte Tilbury were so kind to send over some amazing new products! If you haven’t tried this beauty brand yet, it’s one of my new faves!
Amika sent over this amazing bag of goodies (and an identical one for Amber, too)! I’m so in love with the packaging. The hair mask smells AMAZING! So excited to try all these out!
For a late night snack, we walked (in the pouring rain) to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken in East Village. Oh my gosh, you guys! Best friend chicken. Ever. And that sauce on my little drumstick is chipotle honey. To die for.
Next we stopped at Think Coffee for a late night warm up. My decaf mocha was so smooth and yummy! Just what I needed at the end of the day. We headed back to our hotel and did face masks before bed. 🙂
We woke up to this view! We stayed at the Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown. I stayed there during fashion week as well, and would HIGHLY recommend it. I’m not sure I’ll ever stay anywhere else in NYC. It’s THAT amazing.
Amber and I have a “thing” for The Plaza. We went there for tea during our last visit, and we’ve had a crush on it ever since. I mean, how could we not?!
This time, we tried the brunch buffet in the Palm Court. It was so yummy! Of course I couldn’t resist the chocolate croissants! And fresh squeezed grapefruit juice? Yes please!
(Shop my sweater here)
Since it was FREEZING cold, we were both craving this french onion soup we spotted on Instagram. It was at a cute little French restaurant in Gramercy, called L’Express. We loved the “non-touristy” vibe of this place, which is open 24 hours/7 days a week. Hands down, best french onion soup I’ve ever had.
Our next late night snack was the Insta-famous dumplings at Lam Zhou, which just happened to be 3 doors down from our hotel. (Yay, because it was bitter cold. Like freeze-to-death cold.) We ordered the pan fried version as well, and they were incredible. The chili oil sauce really complimented all the flavors.
Time for a coffee stop! These pretty coffees were from Sweet Moment in Chinatown (about 2 blocks from our hotel). What a cool place! They’re known for their Bingsoo, a popular Korean shaved ice dessert, topped with sweet toppings like fruits or syrups. We loved the vibe here, and our pretty drinks! Why is coffee so much better in NYC?
Hello deliciousness! Our brunch at Yuca Bar had us talking about it the rest of the day. This was Amber’s favorite food of the trip. (I am torn between this one and the French onion soup, because both were so amazing!) These huevos rancheros consisted of a black bean quesadilla, topped with eggs, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream, and a green chili sauce. It was like a flavor explosion. I’d highly recommend this place!
So remember the leopard vest I was talking about? I knew it was no longer on hold, but I really wanted to go back and get it. We talked about it all weekend. It was one of those unique pieces that you don’t find every day. That’s what I love about vintage clothing. There was only one little problem. I didn’t know the name of the store, never left my phone number, and didn’t ask for a business card. 🙁 So we decided to zig-zag down all of the side streets in Soho looking for it. We felt like we were looking for a needle in a haystack, and after what felt like 2 hours (I think it actually was), we decided to give up and look for somewhere to eat.
Just as we were standing at an intersection (Amber was looking on her phone for somewhere to eat), I spotted it! The store! (188 Galerie on Lafayette Street) We practically ran to the entrance. As we walked in, the sales associate announced they were having 20% off all vintage clothing. I was like “YAY”! Then we look over and a women had the leopard vest IN HER HANDS. I think both of our hearts stopped. I was like “is this really happenning? We finally found the store and someone is going to buy the vest right before my eyes?!” We stood there frozen, until she finally put the vest down and continued browsing. I waited two hot seconds to avoid being rude, then ran over and grabbed my vest! 😉 I didn’t even try it on again, because clearly it was meant to be mine! haha! It’s a perfect souvenir from our trip, and I absolutely love it.
The vest hunt was finally over, and it was time for an afternoon snack. Chalk Point Kitchen on Broome Street was close by, so we headed there. It’s a farm-to-table style restaurant with a warm, Indie vibe. I had the truffle & orange toast, which was a hearty toasted bread, topped with ricotta, blood oranges, and honey. Yum! Amber had a protein bowl filled with quinoa tabouleh, cabbage, apples, hemp seeds, and organic chicken. This was the first (and last) healthy thing we ate all weekend. 😉
It was time to head home, but it’s never easy saying goodbye to this girl! Love her to pieces!
I hope you enjoyed my NYC girls trip recap, and that you’ll check out some of these places next time you’re in the city.
Thanks so much for reading!
xoxo ~ Alissa