Spending dollas in the citay
I am the worst at keeping up with this – if I could fire myself I would.
So, my last post was about traveling on a budget around the wonderful New York City. This one is going to be a wee bit shorter but has some cool night huts and places to eat that I came across while I was there. I probably wouldn’t have ventured towards them if it wasn’t for himself but really glad I did. Sure why not treat yourself! 🙂
The sleeping quarters
For our first few nights we stayed in the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. The name is a dead giveaway to where it’s located BUT in case you didn’t pick up on it, it’s right behind the red steps in TS. You honestly couldn’t get anymore central! It’s part of the Marriott group and pretty cool on the inside. If you’re looking to have a panoramic view of Times Square while you’re eating your porridge in the morning, this is the spot. They class it as a boutique hotel and I can honestly say it does have a certain little bit of slick vibe to it. We had the executive suite which was pretty cosy and fit myself, Korey and two of his friends comfortably!
For the second part of the trip we checked in to the Carlton just down in midtown. I personally preferred this one. It was away from all the craziness of Times Square and it really aired the old fashioned charm which I LOVE when I stay places. The elevators were awesome and have the old style mirrors that kind of look dirty but are just, well kind of ancient!? The room was a little on the smaller side but was exactly what we needed. Unfortunately the bar and restaurant was closed due to renovations but it gave us the chance to get out and explore some of the nearby spots.
Fork, spoon and knife with a bottle of buzz
The Renaissance – We munched here one of the evenings before we headed out for the night. It truly is a beautiful place to start your NYC adventure. We had a round of drinks and some nibbles to kick things off. It was really delicious and we all walked away happy out! The menu was what I’m going to say, flexible, so all kinds of diets are catered for.
Bar 54 – Aggh I loved this place! It has such a stunning view of the city and the drinks were loooovely! It hast an outdoor patio that you can hangout on and their drinks menu is incredible, I’ve included a link to it here. This spot was definitely on the spendy side but a nice way to experience some of classy New York! 😀
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar – I was quite excited heading to this place because I thought it would be an fun place to spend the evening. Unfortunately though, the service was kind of on the miserable side. Other than that, the food was good and it does have a beautiful view of the city. I would probably come back but only during the summer to get the full experience of it for a few rooftop drinks.
Marta – This spot is an upscale pizza restaurant just around the corner from the Carlton. I completely pigged out on a full thin crust pizza with absolutely no regrets! 😀 The menu was yum and they were happy to adjust ingredients to make it vegan (they can do gluten free as well). The service was brill but I would recommend making a reservation as it was super busy when we were there.
Output – Omg what a crazy spot. On my first night in New York, I met this fella Jesus who was visiting from Texas. Well the two of us headed off and had a whopper of a night in this club. We took the bar tenders recommendation and ubered over after a few drinks in the Local NYC. Well I never laughed and danced so much! I wish I could remember the type of music that was played but they list all the artists that come through on their website. It’s on my list to revisit when I get back to the east coast for sure! Another place that was recommended was Space by Ibiza but we never made it as far as it. Next time 😀
Molly’s – Ok so this place is not in the city but out in Mamaroneck. I used to come here a bunch when I lived in New York and randomly ended up there with Korey on our way back to the city from visiting my Godfather. I met the loveliest bar tender from Limerick there and had such a laugh just talking nonsense about home. We had a bit of a late one though and just about managed to make it back to the city in two slightly inebriated states haha!
I can’t say enough how much I love this city and the people that comes along with it. I have so many friends and family there that it just feels like home. I had the chance to catch up with some of my favorite families . The O’Neill’s who put me up for the night (we pretty much picked up where we’d left off with Jameson and Enzos 😀 ) The Townsell’s – hanging out with them was like chillin with mom and dad back home. Such a fun time laughing things out with them. They even came to hang out with my lovely Godfather, Korey and myself out in Portchester! Another bunch would be the Didona’s’ who I got visit out in Morristown, NJ. What a beautiful family they have and I wish I could of stayed longer (but it’s my mission to get out to them when they move to Virginia!)! My Godfather Vinny who made such an amazing spread of food for us and the Townsell’s at his place. Joanna, who’s another star who brought me around Queens – NYC defo would’t be the same without her!
This post is 100% longer than I intended it to be but there’s just too much haha! I can’t wait to go back again and see everyone! Before that though, I have another few trips and adventures up my sleeve which I’, excited for! Keep an eye out here for my next post on some Portland experiences! 😀