I just recently got back from my trip to NYC and it’s safe to say after my third time visiting the city, I’d be able to pack my bags (my pup, Ellie included) and move there. There’s just something about the hustle & bustle, big city vibe that makes me feel so alive and wanting more each time I get back home to Seattle. This last time more than ever since Bridger and I finally for the most part, know our way around Manhattan.
In typical me fashion, we packed as many activities into our 3 ½ day vacation as possible. Too many matcha lattes to count, a Knicks game, several workouts, and countless miles walked later, it was over before we knew it. Take me back to New York!
I’ve kept a list of my favorite foodie spots, coffee/matcha latté joints, things to do and workout classes to take while visiting (including several recommendations from you guys) and created my own NYC Travel Guide! Hoping this helps next time you’re in the big apple.
– Two Hands: (BYOB: build your own bowl is the way to go! Pick your favs. Mine was the scrambled eggs, bacon, watercress, sweet potatoes, roast tomatoes and avocado)
– Bluestone Lane: my favorite avocado toast in nyc
– Hu Kitchen: “food for humans,” nothing processed. Make sure to get the almond butter cookie dough truffles and a few of their paleo chocolate bars.
– Sweetgreen: simple, seasonal & healthy on-the-go salads, soups, bowls
– Bare Burger: organic burgers
– The Butcher’s Daughter
– Sweatshop Coffee
– Van Leeuwen: vegan and non-vegan ice cream
– Ellary’s Greens
– De Maria
– Jack’s Wife Freda
– Loring Place
– Prince St. Pizza: Classic NY pizza, the best of the best. Definitely not gluten-free, dairy-free.
– Cafe Clover
– Blank Slate
– Miss Lily’s: Went there solely for the hummus!
– Dig Inn
– Springbone Kitchen
– Chalait**: My favorite matcha in NYC! Get it with the house made almond milk
– Cha Cha Matcha
– Bluestone Lane
– Brodo: bone broth, soup
– Pressed Juicery
– Juice Press
– Grass Roots Juicery
THINGS TO DO
– Spin: Endless ping pong tables + bar + sports on TV
– Chillhouse: Dual cafe and spa. Basically THE spot for nail art, massages, and lattes. Super chill
– Central Park
– Walk the High Line
– Go to a live show taping at Rockefeller Center: Tickets are available day-of for The Tonight Show and Late Night
– Sporting events: (I’ve been to both a Knicks and Yankees game)
– Discover Grand Central Station
– Shop (and eat) your around Chelsea Market
– 9/11 Memorial and Museum
– Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
– Top of The Rock: to see the entire city. The Empire State Building is more expensive and too busy
– Run along the west side highway/Hudson River park
– Switch Playground: tough and effective full-body workout that includes cardio, strength training and plyometrics. 20 stations are set up around the room, at each station with a partner for 2 minutes, during which you complete 2 exercises in 30 second intervals. Intense!
– Solace: Crossfit, sculpt, yoga (*take Flow Into Strong with Alex Silver-Fagan)
– The Phitting Room: I’ve personally never been, but it’s on my list! Kettlebells, bodyweight moves, and battle ropes
– Dogpound: boxing, full-body workout, HIIT
– Swerve: team-inspired indoor cycling
– Everybody Fights: boxing
– Tonehouse: extreme, athletic-based group fitness studio. For elite athletes or those who want to train like one
– SLT: combination of cardio, strength training and pilates
– Y7: Hip-hop inspired yoga