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Spring in New York City

Spending a weekend in NYC? Welcome to the ultimate guide to New York City! Whether you're a local looking for new experiences or a visitor ready to explore the Big Apple, this guide is your go-to resource for all things dining and activities: Spring edition. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, let's dive into the heart of NYC's vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and endless entertainment options.

Where to Stay

We spent our weekend at the iconic 1 Hotel - Brooklyn Bridge, my favorite hotel in all of New York! Situated just steps away from Brooklyn Bridge Park, you have direct access to waterfront promenades, green spaces, and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Whether you're exploring the Brooklyn or venturing into the heart of Manhattan, the hotel's prime location makes it the perfect home base for discovering all that New York City has to offer.

Where to Eat

Coffee shops & Brunch

A go-to destination for a delightful brunch experience in Brooklyn where you can savor an array of tempting dishes crafted with the freshest seasonal ingredients. From fluffy pancakes drizzled with artisanal syrup to savory egg creations bursting with flavor, their brunch menu offers something to delight every palate.

For coffee with a view!

The perfect spot for lazy weekends and catching up with friends. You can't miss it with the picturesque Pink landmark NYC Townhouse!

A culinary gem in the heart of New York's West Village, where they serve exceptional food in the most stunning decor. Their menu showcases a fusion of Australian-inspired dishes and American classics, prepared with the finest ingredients and meticulous attention to detail.

Your favorite corner coffee shop! Literally a window shop in the city!

One of my favorite spots in the city to grab a coffee and live the new york city life! Grab a coffee on their terrace and enjoy the city sounds before walking around the neighbourhood.

Ladurée Soho transports you to a serene oasis in the heart of New York City with its enchanting indoor garden terrace. Nestled within the bustling streets of Soho, this hidden gem offers a tranquil retreat where you can escape the city's hustle and bustle. Surrounded by lush greenery and bathed in natural light, the terrace provides the perfect setting to indulge in Ladurée's exquisite pastries, macarons, and signature teas.

Lunch & Dinners

Want to feel like you are in Italy for a night? This is the place to be! This local wine bar is a Tuscan-inspired Italian deli with imported groceries, espresso, wines and sandwiches and is open every day from 8:30Am to 10PM. PSSST: they have a special deal on Mondays and Tuesdays were all their wine bottles are 50% off (half price).

This place is a family favorite! When staying in Brooklyn, specifically DUMBO, taking the ferry to Williamsburg is the easiest way to get there, so be sure to plan accordingly! They're open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering a fun twist on American staples!

BLUEBERRY MAI-TAI
Rum, Blueberry, Macadamia, Makrut Leaf | Pebble Ice

This restaurant is a New York Times three-star restaurant and a 2021 Michelin Star recipient from Chef Stefano Secchi and Partner David Switzer in New York City's Flatiron neighborhood. Definitely an expensive but worth it experience to try if you are celebrating something special. Their menu specializes in house-made pasta in celebration of the cuisine of the Emilia Romagna region. On their menu, they offer this parmesan cheese tasting (as shown on the image below) and for all cheese lovers out there it is definitely a must!

Drinks

Step back in time at this charming neighborhood bar! Inspired by the legendary Orient Express, you'll feel like you've stepped into a scene from a classic movie set aboard the iconic vintage train. It offers a truly unique atmosphere and experience that you won't want to miss!

Classic New York Sour

Nubeluz by José Andrés offers a rooftop bar experience, melding the Spanish words for cloud (“nube”) and light (“luz”). It offers contemporary takes on traditional cocktails and small bites, all against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York City skyline with its remarkable 270-degree views. Be sure to register on their website to receive a special welcome gift toward your next $75+ visit ($25 credit). No reservations required, first come first serve for the bar area!

What to do

We were fortunate to visit during peak cherry blossom season, which occurs annually around the end of April! However, the botanical gardens are a delightful place to visit throughout the year.

The Whitney Museum of American Art's print machine in the gift shop offers visitors a unique opportunity to take home a piece of American art history. This innovative machine allows you to get a mini print featuring works from renowned artists showcased in the museum's exhibits. It the perfect souvenir or gift for art enthusiasts! And no need to visit the whole exhibition if you simply want a print!

A modern culinary destination located in the historic South Street Seaport district. Offering a vibrant mix of dining options, artisanal markets, and cultural experiences, it celebrates the city's rich culinary heritage while embracing innovation and sustainability. With its sleek design and diverse array of eateries, the New Tin Building invites visitors to savor a taste of New York's dynamic food scene in a stunning waterfront setting.

  • Photo ops in Brooklyn
Morning shoot by the water (close to Time out Market)
the famous Washington St viewpoint (8am)


Bon Appétit & Safe Travels!

By

Megan Chartrand-Robichaud

June 1, 2024