"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." - You've Got Mail
I love New York in every season (although I have not been there in the winter, which I hope to change soon), but New York in the fall seems right. G and I have been to New York a few times now; enough to have done all the touristy things and now I'd like to start exploring the neighborhoods and doing "real" New Yorker things. I have been a lot of places for work and fun, and hands down NYC is always my favorite. I wish we could move there, and maybe one day we will, but until then I will take any opportunity to visit this city.
I am by no means an expert, and you have probably already heard of most of these things, but this is what I love to do when we're in New York.
We love to eat pretty much everywhere we go. So far, we've stayed pretty safe in NYC and gone to the classics. Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity; hot dogs at Gray's Papaya; Pastrami sandwiches at Katz's Delil; Cereal Milk ice cream from Momofuku Milk Bar; and Shake Shack - every time, in every city there's a Shake Shack.
And then there's the Chelsea Market which is the foodies delight.
And while you're in Chelsea, you should probably check out The Highline. A perfect place to hangout, people watch, and eat...of course.
Last summer we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and over to the Brooklyn Flea. There's several fleas at different locations in Brooklyn including a food market called the Smorgasburg, which we will be visiting next time.
And don't you kind of just have to visit the Today Show at least once? Say hi to our pals Matt, Savannah, and Al...and the Donald. I just got an email that said they've suspended the NBC Studio Tours, but my mom and I went on the tour and really enjoyed it! Plus, even though I do think everyone should visit the Empire State Building at least once, the Top of the Rock actually has better views. Rockefeller Plaza is really just a great place to hang out and people watch (something I love to do everywhere) - we usually find ourselves there several times every trip because we somehow wind up crossing through there most places we go.
I think the Comedy Cellar is literally our favorite thing. We've gone every single time. Make reservations online, head down to Greenwich Village early and grab some food or if you're in a rush a falafel at Mamoun next door. Last time my mom and I were there, it was a rainy night and randomly Aziz Ansari and Howie Mandel popped in and did unannounced sets!
If you love baseball like my husband, you'll definitely want to head out to the Bronx and catch a Yankees game. It was amazing how big the stadium is. We caught the Yankees/Red Sox game which was surprisingly easy to get to tickets to and we caught a celebrity or two there.
My mom and I went for her 50th birthday last year and had the most amazing weather. Here we are at Rockefeller Plaza, the Whispering Wall in Grand Central, and at the Top of the Rock.
Last but not least, Central Park. Just go and spend as much time as you can there - it's huge. In my dream world Central Park is our backyard and little Daphne can go run around there every day. One day.
If you ever get the chance, go to NYC. You'll love it, I promise. And if you're a NYC veteran and have amazing recommendations, please send them all my way!!