New York minute…

Growing up we didn’t travel very often. So I never in a million years thought I would be exploring the streets of New York City, especially twice in one year! So I decided to pick a few of my favorite moments and share my New York MUST HAVES.

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I know, I know. Time Square is the most uncool scene for anyone trying to blend in to this vibrant city. However, it is always the first place I end up. There is something so magical about it. It’s loud, it’s packed, and it’s everything you would imagine it to be. From the moment you step foot into Time Square you are overwhelmed by all the cool sites, whether it be advertisements, mascots, hundreds of selfies being taken, you name it! It’s almost impossible to capture the beauty of this popular tourist location in its full essence.

So if you find yourself in Time Square, take the perfect shameless selfie, and then go grab a last minute ticket to a Broadway show and be prepared to be inspired.

Second.

EAT! Try everything. It’s safe to say that it would be impossible to eat at all the restaurants in New York in lifetime, let alone a 3-4 day trip. But you should definitely try, you will not be let down.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.16.29 AMMy first bite in the “Big Apple” was a 99cent slice of pizza. I must say it was not what I have heard people rave about. However, it definitely filled my appetite.

Top foods to try:
New York Strip
Calamari
Hot Dog
Thai food (any kind)
Pizza
Warm sandwiches
Chicken & Waffles

 

One of my favorite activities in Dallas is brunch, I have lists of my favorite patios to brunch on every weekend. So naturally when I arrived in New York I had to find the best of the best brunch locations.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.12.59 AMAfter a few minutes of searching Yelp, I found what would become my favorite place in New York to grab a bite. I quickly jumped on a train to Brooklyn and was on my way to Five Leaves. Once I arrived on the corner of Larimer St. and Bedford Ave. I knew I was about to venture into my new food heaven. My first impression of Five Leaves was that it was certainly intimate and small (like most great places in the city), but I washed down that discomfort with a nice latte and began to browse the menu. The food choices all were appealing but one thing really stood out to me…Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.13.10 AM

These pancakes can speak for themselves. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach that morning. It was a struggle just getting through a fourth of the stack delicious carbs, let alone the whole thing. The fresh fruit, the scoop of buttery peanut butter, and a chilled mimosa were the perfect touches to make these pancakes the best brunch treat.

 

 

Third.

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.15.02 AMTour the city. Walk, cab, train, anything to see as much of the city that you possibly can. During the warmer months, walking all day can be a little daunting, so I would highly reccommend a boat tour and really capture the city’s beauty from a far.

The boat tour was a great adventure. Nearly all the touristy sites you would want to see can be covered on this thirty minute boat ride tour of Manhattan. This is something I would suggest doing first, so you can gain an understanding of where everything is located…definitely helps to know where you are, and what direction to go so you don’t take a turn in a completely wrong direction.

Another way of giving your feet a break is to take a bus tour. I accidentally found myself using this method. The driver caught me and my friends on a random street corner and asked if we need help (oh yeah, there are some really friendly people there), we told him where we needed to go and he let us on board. As we began to pull out money to pay for the ride, the driver shook his head and said, “This ride is on the house, welcome to New York.” So we jumped on the top deck to enjoy our free ride.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.15.52 AM

New York should always be a part of peoples lives. It will definitely capture your heart and keep you wanting more. Below are a few more photos of my times in this beautiful city.

 

 

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