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A weekend in New York City

I had zero intentions of visiting New York City this year, but after a spontaneous "let's live our best lives!" moment with my friends, we booked some flights and started planning a weekend in NY! This was my 5th time in the city that never sleeps and having not been for 3 years, I was so excited to rediscover a few old favourites and explore some new spots! Keep reading to find out what we got up to...

How We Got There

I think I've talked about the British Airways Avios eStore on here before, but if you haven't heard of it, it is an online shopping destination for members of BA's Executive Club (which is free to join!).  On the eStore, you can shop over 100 retailers online and earn Avios points with each transaction.  You can then use these points against future flights to save a little money or upgrade your cabin.

I tend to do most of my shopping online and as much as I can, I will shop through the Executive Club eStore.  As I'd accrued quite a lot of Avios points over the last year, we were able to use these toward our New York flights and booked 2 returns with checked luggage for £275.00 each, saving about £150.00 total.

a weekend in new york city

Liz Earle Beauty Co Ltd

We flew out of Heathrow Terminal 5 and in to JFK.  It's pretty easy to then hop in a yellow taxi and make the 45 minute or so journey to Manhattan...

Where We Stayed

I won't lie, I'd never had a successful hotel stay in New York before.  From cockroaches to mouldy walls to bad service, they've never been that great.  But this time I am pleased to say, our hotel was fab! We stayed at the The Warwick on 54th and 6th in a family room (2 double beds) for just £260 each for 4 nights, which I think is a pretty swell deal for New York City.

a weekend in new york city

The hotel is an old 1920's high rise, located close to the subway and just a short walk to the hustle and bustle of Times Square.  The lobby was SO beaut and our room was comfortable, clean, with a gorgeous marble bathroom!  I would wholeheartedly recommend staying here if you are ever in New York.

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What We Did

I feel like you have to try and catch a show on Broadway when you are in New York, so our first night we headed out for pizza and to see a musical! We decided to see The Prom, which promised to be hilarious (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal review outside the theatre doors), and after being a little apprehensive due to the fact I don't anyone who had seen it, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  Being completely honest, I often don't "get" some American humour, so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy a comedy musical, but at times I was crying with laughter.  It was so funny, the music was good, the story was emotional, uplifting, relevant. I'm not sure how long it will be running in New York, but if you are visiting in 2019, definitely check it out!

a weekend in new york city

My travel buddies hadn't been to New York before, so we of course had to do all your typical tourist spots; Times Square, Empire State Building, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Statue of Liberty, etc...

a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

New York is home to some really cool museums, and in our jam-packed weekend, we managed to fit in a couple of hours at the Metropolitan Museum, home of the Met Gala and an amazing collection of art.

a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

Figleaves UK

Something we did that I had also not done before this trip, was check out Chelsea Market and walk the High Line.  Even though it was Winter and the trees were a little bare, flowers yet to bloom, it was still really cool to walk along, and the perfect excuse for fresh air and a good catch-up!

a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

We of course had to take a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge, and may or may not have timed it so we were walking across at sunset (gotta do it for the 'gram y'know?)

a weekend in new york city

I loved having a little explore of Greenwich Village; we had really good Mexican food here on Bleecker Street, and it is also home to Washington Square Park and the Friends apartment!

a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

Another spot I'd not been to before was the New York Public Library.  It is a ridiculously gorgeous piece of architecture, and definitely worth seeing if you are ever in the city!

a weekend in new york city

What We Ate

There's a few foods you have to try when you visit New York, but the two main things for me are pizza and cheesecake!

I LOVE New York pizza; nothing too fancy, just some hot roasted peppers and a load of mozzarella and garlic, and I will be the happiest tourist ever.  If you're in Manhattan and need to grab a bite before seeing a show, I couldn't recommend Don Antonio's more.  We picked this pizzeria at random just because it was nearby the theatre for The Prom, and it ended up being the best first meal we could have had for our New York weekend.

Molton Brown

I also love New York cheesecake, and I've lost count of the amount of times I've been to Juniors Bakery at the end of a long day of exploring.  They do loads of flavours, and my all time favourite is their red velvet.

I will have another post going up all about my favourite New York restaurants, as well as a post on the best Instagram spots in NYC and a full New York City travel guide, so keep an eye out for those if you are planning to visit New York soon! 


a weekend in new york city

Thanks for stopping by!

2 comments

  1. Wow! New York is on my travel list and every time I see blog post about it I get so excited! I love the photos and the fact that you manage to do so much in such a short time. Just wonderful!

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