Other than London, New York is absolutely my favourite place in the world. It’s one of the few places I could see myself living outside of London, and I have vowed to move there for a while now.
Last month I was lucky enough to spend a few days in the city with my mum and sister, having previously been in 2014.We were staying in Hotel Hugo, a Soho-based hotel with a perfect location close to many of my favourite areas, and a rooftop bar with a killer view.
What we saw
One of the highlights for me was getting to visit the Manus x Machina exhibit at The Met. The exhibit explore the relationship between handmade and machine elements of fashion design, and showcased over 170 pieces to look at. I was amazed at the huge variety, with labels from Christopher Kane to Chanel, and many of my favourite pieces. It was so in-depth and had ensembles dating back to the early 20th century. Another culture trip was a visit to MoMA, which is a total treasure trove of art, housing many of my favourites including work from Diane Arbus, Mapplethorpe and many, many more.
We visited Brooklyn, my favourite part of New York, and walked the Brooklyn Bridge which essentially involves taking your life in your hands because of all the cyclists. But the views are amazing and on a sunny day it is perfect.
Another walking highlight was The High Line, the great walkway that spans the West Side. It’s great to escape the busy streets and wander along the eleveated walkway to get more views of the city. On our final day we caught the Staten Island Ferry across the water. It’s free and ideal for a sunny day.
Chelsea Market is a must-visit to sample food from a huge variety of stores, as well as exploring the Artists and Fleas stalls which are home to many independent brands. It’s where I go to add to my Brooklyn Charm Company necklace every time I visit.
What we ate
The majority of the trip was spent eating which made up for all the walking in the above activities. Highlights included brunch at Five Leaves in Brooklyn, a busy spot but well worth the queue (roadside coffee made it easier). Bubby’s is a family favourite from our trip a long time ago, ideal again for a brekkie that will set you up for the rest of the day.
Dinner-wise I was all about fried chicken at Alexandra, a highlight because I cannot stress enough how keen I am of a fried chicken and mash potato combo. On our final night we dined at The Dutch where I went for the ‘classy and trashy’ combo of oysters followed by fried chicken (again, soz ’bout it). Tacos at Dos Caminos brought the spice and far too many margaritas. We went because I saw it on Real Housewives of New York and figured I needed to live like Bethenny for a day.
One MAJOR moment was a trip to Baohaus, which was a pilgrimage for me because of my appreciation for owner Eddie Huang having watched his work for Vice for a while. The pulled pork bao was one of the best things to happen in my mouth ever, and I didn’t want it to end.
Where we drank
Obviously I can’t write about my visit without some in-depth chat about the cocktails. Our hotel had a rooftop bar (elevated or basement bars make all alcohol taste better as a rule) where I sampled a deliciously strong Soho Sidecar, a whisky-based number which got my evening off to a sloppy start. Obviously we were Happy Hour Hunters and enjoyed some great wine at Swine in Greenwich Village, a great place for late night drinks. One place we went multiple times was Westville, again in West Village and a stone’s throw from our hotel. Their Happy Hour offers changed every day so I had my fill of $6 margaritas on multiple occasions