This past December, Chiko and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary by driving to New York for a couple days. We didn't know we were going to do this until about a week before when I randomly had 5 days off for Christmas break. We wanted to see Wicked since it was coming to Chicago but the tickets ended up being double the price that they were in New York. So I came home one night and he asked me if I wanted to to spend the money we would've used all towards a ticket to Wicked in Chicago and go to NYC instead for half the price. I was like.... DUH! I haven't been there in four years so I was dying to get back to one of my favorite cities.
On Thursday, we came home from work, packed our bags and started driving to the Big Apple! We got there Friday morning and luckily were able to check in to our hotel room early. We stayed at the InterContinental Barclay hotel in Manhattan. It was beyond beautiful and decorated for the holiday!
Once we got settled in, we headed to brunch at Two Hands in Tribeca. I walked in and fell in love with the energy. I ordered the mushroom toast which is odd for me to order that over avocado but lately, ALL i've been wanting is mushroom anything. I HATED mushrooms up until these past couple of months. I also got the matcha latte which was one of the best I've ever had. They topped it with cinnamon which is a plus. The more cinnamon the better! Literally the best brunch i've had in a while.
After brunch we headed to Greenwich Village to walk around and check out Spring Bone. I got the Chakra broth with classic chicken broth, sweet potato, turmeric and garlic puree. It was amazing walking around in the chilly weather sipping on a cup of soup. The icing on the cake was getting to the bottom and having a soft, tender sweet potato! :)
Afterwards, we just kept walking and ended up finding HU Kitchen and got a green juice and then found Cha Cha Matcha and got a matcha and soft serve. Literally ALL I did this day was eat/drink. It was about time to head back to the hotel, take a nap and get ready for the show so I grabbed some Sweetgreen to-go and headed back to our room.
After our nap, we got ready and headed to see Wicked!!! When we got there, they ended up telling us that our tickets were for the 2pm NOT 7pm show so thankfully the man at the ticket counter was very helpful and ended up getting us WAY better tickets for the same amount of money and we got refunded for the other tickets. The show was amazing and I loved Glenda the good witch character. Once the show was done, we headed to Serendipity. Such a classic and is always on my list when I visit.
The next morning we headed to The Butchers Daughter for brunch. It was so freaking cute and freakishly fast. The service wasn't the best but it was still on my bucket list to try. I got the avocado smash benedict, golden mylk latte and the hangover juice. I didn't have a hangover but it sounded delicious! I wouldn't say I'm dying to return but it was still cool.
Afterwards we went to SoHo and checked out Muji pop up clearance shop. The perfect store for all the minimalist goods. From home goods, basic clothes, luggage, etc. We then headed to CAP beauty which is literally a dream store for anyone who loves clean beauty. I wanted to take home everything but had to control myself.
We were pretty hungry so we went to BAOHAUS restaurant by Eddie Huang. I got the fried fish bao which was incredible. Afterwards, I was oddly craving a turmeric latte so we went to Saltwater Coffee. It was THE MOST legit turmeric latte i've ever had.
Later that night we went to dinner at Mermaid Inn and got oysters, scallops, ceviche. Aka allll the fish. It was incredible and perfect dinner to finish off our anniversary trip. After dinner, we headed back near our hotel and went to the Rockfeller Center to see the tree. The best part was that at the Saks on fifth avenue, they had a Snow White window display for the 80th anniversary that collaborated with designers like Prada, Chanel, Burberry, etc. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. And because Snow White is my FAVORITE princess ever since I was a kid.
The next morning was Christmas eve and the day we were headed back home. We had breakfast and then headed to Macy's to get some last minute Christmas shopping done for our parents. It was INSANE but a great experience shopping downtown NYC on Christmas Eve.
The drive home was super scary and we were stuck on the top of a mountain while it was snowing and no street lights but we made it home safe on Christmas morning and had a really chill day with my mom.
Hope you enjoyed my recap from our trip. I cant wait to get back! What are some of your favorite places in NYC?
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