Travel Notes: New York, USA

My first ever time in NEW YORK, can you believe it?! The people, the pace and photo opportunities! I remember walking through Times Square on our first day and had no idea we were even in Times Square, the digital billboards were behind me. There were so many people around me, so many tall building that stood so tall over me, you kind of feel caved in and forget to actually look up - which can be quite dizzying in itself! 

Below are some of my favourite food recommendations and the best places to take AWESOME photos!


Top 5 food recommendations*:

Gramercy Tavern - Eleven Madison Park was closed for renovation so this is the closest I could get! I have always been obsessed with all things Danny Meyer since reading his bestseller 'Setting the Table' and I whole-heartedly recommend Gramercy Tavern, the  service and food are magical.

Beauty & Essex - We were recommended by a friend and it was excellent. Be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes after your actual reservation before you're seated but the bar is ACE and you get chatting to anyone and everyone, such a great vibe!

Quality Meats - meat, meat, meat - say no more! 

Jacob's Pickles - So after a cycle ride around Central Park we were starving! Stupidly, I didn't make a reservation so we got to the restaurant and of course their waiting time was 1hr 45 minutes. Our flight back to London was leaving in about 5 hours... I could have cried but magically two seats appeared at the 'walk-in only' bar and we had the feast of a lifetime! I wasn't leaving NYC without visiting here! 

Juliana's - best pizza in town, in Brooklyn! Go early to skip the queues!


Top photography hotspots*:

Top of the Rock - This list is in no particular order, however the photos from here beat any view in the city especially looking south! We were contemplating visiting the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building, however the Rockefeller's newly re-furbushed viewing platforms gives you everything you need for a perfect photo; split level viewing, viewing platforms without glass and 360 views. Both the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building have glass windows which induce glare and interrupted city views by taller buildings relatively. 

From a hotel rooftop bar - We were staying at the Viceroy Hotel near Central Park, which had excellent viewing from the rooftop. Other excellent hotel rooftops include the Peninsula Hotel and the Hudson. 


*please note that none of these recommendations are ads or sponsored posts.

Please leave your comments and questions in the section below, I would love to know any of your favourite places in New York.