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The Big Apple! -NYC

Let me start off by saying my feet are so dead. lol. I don’t know if I have ever walked so much at one time in life. However, NYC was well worth it. Michael and I have been to NYC before on separate occasions  but this was our first time going together and it was so magical. There were so many fun things that we did and I am so happy we took the trip!

Why NYC?

Let me start from the beginning….

Michael and I both have birthdays in August and they are 4 days apart from each other. This year it was my golden birthday (which means I turned 25 on the 25th of August.) Golden birthdays are a big deal in my family so I was super excited and wanted to do something big this year. We were looking for flights to Mexico, Arizona, California, etc then I got a notification that NYC tickets were super cheap from SLC! We also have family and friends that currently live in NYC so we figured we could not pass up the opportunity and we surprisingly pulled the trigger.

That night I instantly dove into researching where to go, what to do, what do eat and where to stay in the concrete jungle. I new that I wanted to take advantage of the blogging opportunity and take a bunch of pictures.

I not only wanted cool quality content but I knew that I wanted to write a blog post about our trip to help people who are planning future NYC trips! So…let me say, you’re welcome and enjoy! 😉

Where to Eat?

Charlie Palmer at The Knick Hotel $$$$ -Times Square 

I had the fortuante opportunity to collaborate with the Charlie Palmer at The Knick Hotel Restaurant. And let me tell ya it was delish! Not only was it super scrumptious the place was super fancy and the waiters and hostess took great care of us! I would go back there in a heartbeat! Just take a look at the pictures…you will start to drool.

Joes Pizza -$ Broadway 

To be honest Joe’s Pizza was a little over hyped. Don’t fight me just yet. It was good and the portions were plenty big but for being “AMAZING PIZZA” it was just good pizza.



















The Spice Symphony $$$- 50th Street

The Spice Symphony is an Indian/chinese restaurant and was really yummy! The staff was deliteful and they sand Michael and I Happy Birthday/ Happy Wedding Anniversary (even though it is not our anniversary) but that is another story.
























The Parm $- Columbas Ave

The Parm was pretty good for the price you paid. It is really close to Central Park. It was not my favorite place we ate at but it was a good meal and good sized portions.

Black Iron Burger $$$- Madison Square Garden

This resturant in my opinion is overpriced. It was really really good food but for what we paid and the amount we ate I was still hungry even after my meal. But to be fair we were sharing with three people, but we had no other choice considering the prices haha.


Wo Hop $- China Town

I would recommend going to Wo Hop if you are in China Town. It was by far some of the best chinease food I have ever had. It was more traditional and less Americanized. If you are in the area and hungry you need to stop by!


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Hotel Chocolat– Lexington Ave

This place is a fun and fancy chocolate place. Take a second to look around and admire all the pretty packaged chocolate.

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Smorgasborg Market $ to $$- Brooklyn

Unfortunately, Michael and I made it to the tail end of the market. However, there were so many different vendors and types of food. Sweet and savory. I would highly recommend going to this if you want a one stop shop of a smorgasborg of food.’)

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Where We Stayed…

The Lexington Hotel- Lexington Ave, NY

The Lexington Hotel is an ideal place to stay when in the city. The Lexington Hotel is right on Lexington Ave and the heart of the city. It is right by Grand Central Station, The Chrysler Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. We stayed in the Norma Jean Suit and it was to die for. We not only had an amazing private balcony view, but we also had our own kitchen and separate living room. It was luxurious and spacious. Fun fact: The room we were staying in was the exact room that Marilyn Monroe lived in! It was a fun experience.

When a guest of the hotel you receive free continental breakfast every morning at the Stayton Room which was a money saver. The hotel is full of history and great service. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to experience and stay at The Lexington.

Other Places to Stay?

The Boro Hotel – Long Island

The Knickerbocker Hotel– Times Square

Ace Hotel– 29th Street, NY

Moxy NYC Times Square– Times Square

The Grand Hyatt Hotel-42nd Street, NY

Where to Shop?

The Chelsea Market– Chelsea Market is a fun hodgepodge of stuff. They have things like pop-up shops, carpet and decor shops, candy shops, restaurants, clothing stores, gelato, produce, post cards, trinkets and knickknacks, etc. Literally they had everything!

Canal Street– This is a good place if you are looking for a “bargain deal.” Unfortunately Michael and I did not have time to shop on Canal street, but we were told that this is the place to look for curb side cheap shopping and fake designer items.

The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards– This is a really fun place to look and walk around. The mall is HUGE and they have everything from Gucci to Zara to H&M!

5th Avenue-  Fifth Avenue is all about high fashion. The Big Apple’s most famous street is 5th Avenue, also known as Millionaire’s Row. It crosses the whole of Manhattan from north to south. It is New York’s most expensive and best shopping street with the world’s most expensive retail spaces.

What to do?

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Chelsea Market

The High line

Washington Square Park

Times Square

Bike Central Park

Empire State Building

Top of The Rock

Brooklyn – Smorgasborg Market

More Photos of Our Adventure

(12) Comments

  1. I’ve been to NYC once and I remember it being fun, despite going in the winter! I’d love to go back in the summer. I’ve eaten at Joe’s Pizza and shopped at Chelsea’s Market!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Talk about one amazing trip! I’m so glad that you got to experience NYC to celebrate both of your birthdays, that’s incredible! I’ve only been to NY once, and I was a little girl – but my husband and I both want to go together really badly, so hopefully one of these days we’ll get up there to see all the things, and when we do – I’m coming back to this post to make sure I hit the right spots!

  3. Looks like an amazing trip babe!! So cool that you guys got to experience it together! Such a unique city, the people, the food, and the vibe!! Love it!

    cute & little

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  4. I love any trip where I can just eat and eat !! I have yet to go to NYC, but I know I really need to. I’m saving this post for some great recommendations since there are SO many options.

    1. keilara says:

      Thank you so much girl! I really appreciate the feedback and the love! There really are so many options! NYC is the BEST!


  5. Nataly says:

    I want to go to NYC right now! It looks like so much fun and so much good food!

  6. I love NYC – it’s always a fun time! There’s just so much to do and see! It looks like you had a great time!

  7. Whitney says:

    NYC is the best! I’ve been several times now and can’t wait to go back. There’s just so much to do!!!

  8. Jennifer Prince says:

    Eeee!!! It’s such a fun place to be. The food, the fashions, the shows. I love your suggestions – there is always a new place to try!

  9. It looks like you had an amazing trip together! Perfect timing for your Golden Birthday!

  10. Yukti Agrawal says:

    I loved the NYC as it is so diverse and lot many food options too. Times Square and Brooklyn Bridge were my favorite spot to take photos. It is good you share many useful tips and where to eat options.

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