Saturday, 12 March 2016

New York: Taking a bite outta the ‘Big Apple’

Lindgren's on Brooklyn Bridge

I have visited New York many times. I have been with my mother, my sister, my friends, family and this time, I wanted to do New York like a New Yorker.

It had been quite a while since I was in NYC, the last time I was there I was picking up jewellery from Tiffany & Co, and my Vera Wang wedding dress, that was 2011; my visit now I would be with my 12 week old son, my husband and turning 27!

Manhattan through Brooklyn Bridge

We had chosen to stay at The Roger, a midtown hotel located on Madison Avenue with views of the Empire State building. The Roger is extremely chic and fashionable, very Madison Avenue. It’s location in NoMad was perfect for us, I am not really a taxi (unless I really have to) or public transport girl, and prefer to walk everywhere; staying here meant we were a block away from Park Avenue (and the nearest IHOP), West Village and SoHo.
Empire State Building view from PH04

When we checked in, which was late at night and I was part zombie part myself, I received our 2 free Roger cocktail vouchers, an extra for booking with Mr and Mrs Smith, and a keycard for the Penthouse. As mentioned, I was a little far away that I didn’t realise until I pushed the ‘PH’ in the elevator that we were going to the Penthouse level, an upgrade given to us, which was extremely generous and very much welcome. Not only were we on the hotel’s top floor with access to those Empire State views, I was going to try and capture from a lower level floor, but, we had our own private terrace to enjoy coffees (in March, in the cold) and a beautiful room.

Chance, big bed, small baby at The Roger
I cannot comment too much on the Parlour Restaurant and Bar, the only time MrL and I had visited was early morning before he went to the gym, to get his large coffee and my green tea. A conscious decision as I wanted to experience New York breakfasts and dinners like a New Yorker, for once.

MrL seemed to have only visited NYC every decade, whereas I knew my way around having visited by myself and essentially every year following since I was 5. As soon as morning came, we were up and out to the IHOP. I had planned our first day to be the day which we did the longest walk, all the way to Battery Park and back. We popped into kids store Babesta Cribz on the way, where I purchased some really cute teethers for Chance (planned post), a long walk across Brooklyn Bridge and a tourist shot at the Charging Bull. Then we did the walk back to NoMad making a stop at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. If you haven’t had a Shake Shack burger, with a vanilla shake, you should!!!
MrL & Chance at the Charging Bull, Financial District

Our third day was spent a little closer to home. I had heard of this cute place called the BlueStone Lane Collective Cafe which served clean and natural foods, with a classic Australian cafe feel. Breakfast was yum. I enjoyed pumpkin pancakes with Chai-poached pear, fresh banana, topped with honey-cinnamon butter, pepitas, pecans and maple syrup...took me all of 5 minutes to eat. If that all sounds good to you, then you have to add it your list of cafes to visit when you’re in NYC, it’s definitely worth the $. We followed this by a walk through Chelsea and the flower shops, a peek into interior store Room & Board, and a walk up fifth avenue ending at Barney’s. In fact there is a new Barney’s in Chelsea, which is the old Barney’s revamped and it’s stunning. I took a shot of the stairs from the men’s fashion section and followed it all the way down to accessories. We had to make a stop at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street, especially as it was World Book Day, and saved a kiss for the 55th and LOVE sculpture.
Another burger session followed, this time Uncle Sam’s...I am not embarrassed at all to fuel my burger obsession when I’m in New York.
Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe
My birthday! The 4th of March. Strange and surreal, the year before I was enjoying Istanbul and not pregnant and this year I was enjoying NYC with a 12 week old. What a difference a year makes. My birthday treat was a Chanel WOC from my boys as well as my trips to get my favourite treats at Dylan’s Candy Bar and Laduree! We had made the trip to Greenwich village and it’s pretty houses to the Spotted Pig for lunch and my wonderful day ended in bed watching the Real Housewives of Potomac and more Shake Shack, following a romantic horse and carriage trip around Central Park.
Dylan's Candy Bar & Maison Laduree 
Our last day in New York and I was keen to cram as much as possible in before our flight later that day. I’d planned to go to Bleecker to pick up some Diptyque treats; I also had fallen in love with the CO Bigelow toiletries that was in our hotel room, so a trip to the CO Bigelow pharmacy to stock up was also planned. This was all great but the highlight of my day...the fluffy french toasts I enjoyed at Sarabeth’s the perfect meal to stock up on before a walk around Central Park (from the Swedish Cottage to Central Park Zoo) and back to The Roger. Sarabeth’s at Central Park South is a MUST. I feel like I have said everything is a must, but truthfully there are people who wait for like 30 minutes to get in, so it must be good.
Central Park
It was a lovely trip and Chance’s first long haul trip, and I am sure he enjoyed it as much as I did...even if he slept through most of it. I was a little upset that I couldn’t take him to what was my favorite childhood stores such as FAO Schwarz and Toys r Us, as they had closed down due to the high rents...thankfully he is so young that he wouldn’t have remembered the experience, but it is extremely sad to hear that these iconic stores are closing.
MrL & I at the Love Sculpture

Here are some Whitelist LOVES for NYC:


Children’s Stores:


Dylan's Candy Bar
Lifestyle Stores:
  • Super Runners Shop
  • Room & Board Chelsea
  • Tiffany & Co
  • Barney’s New York
  • Diptyque
  • CO Bigelow Pharmacy


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