New York City Birthday Trip – Part 1

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Hey, y’all!! So, I know you might have noticed that I was a little absent for a week. Well, I was one lucky girl because for my birthday, my gift was to go to New York City with my Mom!! I love the Big Apple- the hustle and bustle is fantastic and I love all of the amazing things the city offers!! I have been to NYC multiple times over the past few years, but this was truly a special and jam-packed extended weekend, so I will be having multiple posts to re-cap my fantastic time and, of course, talk about what I wore!! Let’s start from the beginning…

Arriving at LGAOn Friday morning, my Mom and I boarded our plane from Houston bound to New York City….the ride was pretty uneventful, but I re-watched some episodes of Smash. We arrived at LaGuardia and it was kind of overcast and spitting rain. (Spoiler alert: the whole weekend, the meteorologists predicted rain, but we managed to avoid most of it! Yay!) We hailed a yellow cab and headed to Times Square to check in to the Marriott Marquis. We dropped our bags and headed out to find some lunch….At this point, it was 3PM and we had only eaten a small breakfast at the Houston airport…I was starving! We ventured over to 7th ave and found this adorable market, City Kitchen. This place reminded me of the food truck farms in Austin – it had all different vendors offering different foods with an adorable seating area. What drew my attention to it, was that they had a Luke’s Lobster. I had frequented the Luke’s Lobster in Philly when I was working there because it was so delicious and just down the street from our hotel. Needless to say, the lobster roll was as good as I remember and was the perfect first lunch of the trip.

After our lunch, we decided to walk to Central Park. The weather had cleared up and it was sunny and rain free. In all of my trips to New York City, I have never ventured deep into Central Park and wanted to see the boat house. We walked up the west side of the park and stopped on a bench to enjoy the beautiful weather and ooh and ahh at all of the adorable dogs. We continued walking and found Strawberry Fields, which is a living memorial for John Lennon who used to live right outside of the park and frequent the area. It was a peaceful area, even with all of the people there. And there was a guy serenading us with Beatles songs. It was really beautiful!

Lincoln Center in NYCBoden Skirt at Lincoln CenterShirt: Anthropologie (similar, similar, want)| Skirt: Boden | Flats: Cole Haan | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs |           Necklace: Kendra Scott (with gold chain) | Sunglasses: Alexander Wang (lust, must)

After we left the park, we decided to head back towards Times Square. I realized that we were super close to Julliard and Lincoln Center. Music has been such an integral part of my life growing up, so I knew we needed to check this area out. I have driven by before, but never walked around Lincoln Center and take it in. I am so glad we stopped by! It was only a few block detour, but it was such a great experience. We saw lots of doctoral graduates who had just gone through commencement and received their hoods. And it was great to be in an area so influenced by the arts. We spent about an hour in this area before deciding we needed to head back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

Tribeca GrillTop: Kate Spade Saturday (similar) | Cardigan: J. Crew| Jeans: Chico’s | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace: J. Crew (similar)

We had reservations at one of my favorite restaurants I have ever eaten at – Tribeca Grill – we came here for my 20th birthday trip and, of course, had to have a meal for my 25th birthday trip. The food was just as good as I remember it and I tried a Mescal Mule – it was similar to a Moscow Mule, but with Mescal which has an extremely smokey flavor. After a few sips, I was hooked! After we were stuffed, we headed to a piano bar I have heard great things about in the West Village. So, Marie’s Crisis Cafe is known for being an intimate bar with a piano player jamming out to show tunes and the whole bar sings along. And it did not disappoint….it was such a great time! I was singing along (although, I have to admit – I felt like I didn’t know any Broadway songs after being there…it seemed liked everyone but my Mom and I knew all of the lyrics to every song) and knew if there was a place like this in Houston, I would be a frequent attendee. Another great thing is that this bar is frequented by Broadway stars and rising stars. And you could totally tell! Some of these people had fantastic voices! What an experience….I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves show tunes and a casual atmosphere. Since we were up early for our flight, we ended up calling it an early-ish night (it was midnight). What a great first day of the trip! Marie's Crisis CafeI hope y’all are having a good week and to all of my Houston friends, please stay safe during this Tropical Storm!!



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  1. Roxanne Lucero wrote:

    Looks like you had so much fun. I remember my last trip to NYC with my mother. We enjoyed the city so much so we’re planning to go back to NYC again in December and we’re so excited. For me it is the sort of city that you could visit endless times and still find new things to see and do. We visited some museums, Time Square and Statue of Liberty. We also went to a lot of diners and clubs and watched free concerts at Central Park after checking out the NYC Parks website. By the way, I found a website listing free events in New York which is great because I didn’t have much of a budget. I think might be useful to people also visiting New York city who are looking for free events in New York.

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