Places I’ve Stayed:
- Marriott Marquis… If you want to be in the center of all the action, this is the place to stay. I recommend staying in the heart of Times Square your first time in NewYork City, but after that it’s fun to explore other areas of the city.
- Waldorf-Astoria Hotel… This is perfect if you’re looking to spend a pretty penny to stay in one of New York’s most famous and elegant hotels. I stayed here with a friend one summer because her mother got a good deal on the room. We frolicked around the ballroom and pretended to be the little Eloises of the Waldorf-Astoria.
- Hilton Garden Inn Times Square… Technically, this hotel is more a part of the neighborhood Hell’s Kitchen than it is Times Square. It is a little farther out from the hustle-and-bustle of of Times Square, but still close to all the action. We had a great experience at this hotel and payed way less than we would have if we had stayed at the Marquis again.
Where to Eat:
A renowned celebrity dining spot in lower Manhattan, this sushi restaurant has a cozy, elegant atmosphere and a creative menu. My dad and I went to lunch here one day this past winter. We were boring and simply got the lunch special, but ended with an AMAZING dessert called “Zen.” It consisted of green tea mousse layered with a crunchy chocolate praline and topped with caramelized adzuki beans.
105 Hudson St. New York, NY 10013
CHOP’T SALAD– The ultimate salad emporium! With countless ingredients to choose from, you can create your own salad or choose one of their special creations. There are several locations around New York City but I ate at the one in Times Square. It’s a great place to go for a quick, healthy, inexpensive meal.
Upper East Side
The well-known movie starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale is based off of this quaint little restaurant. An extensive menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and other entrées is offered. Their meals are nothing short of excellent, but do not… I repeat DO NOT… leave without ordering dessert. The restaurant is famous for its “Frozen Hot Chocolate,” but every dessert I’ve ordered from this sweet-spot has been pure bliss. Oh, and if you’re loaded then you can order their “Golden Opulence Sundae” which is made with real gold… For a meager $1,000.
225 st 60th St. New York, NY 10022
I stumbled upon this adorable little Japanese Bakery before going to a yoga class in Tribeca one day. As a self-admitted green tea fanatic, I just about died and went to heaven when I walked in looking for a cup of tea and found just about every type of dessert imagineable made with green tea. I took my cup of tea, went off to yoga, then headed straight back after the class let out. I walked away with green tea mousse, a green tea éclair, and a good old-fashion choux pastry to bring back home. They also offer lunch and dinner, which I will have to try next time I’m in the city.
145 Duane St. New York, NY 10013