Summer Spots In NYC

I’ve had the pleasure of training up to New York City quite regularly over the last few months, and thought for those of you planning a trip to the city soon, I’d share some of my finds!

Hotels

Where to stay? These are two recents that I really enjoyed.

Hudson New York: From the Morgan’s Hotel Group, this hotel is billed as “Cheap Chic. Urban adventure, daredevil design, and true affordability meet in Hudson, the ultimate lifestyle hotel for the 21st century.” The rooms here are small, think well appointed ship cabins, and there are many a ton of them. Great location off Columbus Circle, near Subway stop and Central Park. Love the Tequila Park out back..the hotel’s patio serving up Mexican food and beverage. And the Sky Terrace with great lounging spots and views for cocktails at night. I got a great deal through Tablet.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Manhattan: This brand new hotel is half a block from Penn Station so super central. It’s only 2 months old! Very nicely appointed, 244 rooms and suites. Very affordable including breakfast and wifi AND an awesome surprise…rooftop deck with great sunset and city views. Booked great deal through Booking.com.

Things to Do

My top 4 for the summer months…

The High Line: This is an oasis in the city…a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Open from 7:00am to 11:00pm daily. Check out the website for details, maps (and how to get onto The High Line) and list of events.

Bryant Park: I love this park all year round but in the summer there is even more to do. Le Carrousel for kids. Movies in the park. Many restaurant choices, like the laid back Southwest Porch loacted near the Fountain Terrace. Chill in Adirondack chairs with a drink and watch all the goings ons.

New York Public Library‘s The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter: The Library is a place to check out any time, but especially now to see this free exhibition that examines why children’s books are important. Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time. Sit in the classic Good Night Moon scene, see the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh and many other surprises.

Make Meaning: Where else can you go for a few hours of hands-on creativity with friends or the kids…make glass, candles, soaps, all under one roof…fun for adults and kids. Two locations in Manhattan, Upper East & Upper West. Upper West even serves wine!

Shopping

I haven’t done much lately but this is one of my new spots…

Cadalie Boutique: My favorite spa, Caudalie from France, has opened two boutique stores in NYC (building on their fabulous spa at The Plaza). Vinotherapist Val is awesome…he’ll show you around the Barrel Bar (yes, their products are rooted in grapes and vines from their vineyards) and introduce you to some great products. The Bleeker Street location is in the West Village, a great neighborhood is great for shopping and dining.

Bars & Restaurants

So many choices…where does one begin? Here are a few I’ve enjoyed and will be going back to.

Lattanzi Ristorante: Just discovered this restaurant last week and YUM! Looking for a classy Italian in the Theater District? Lattanzi is your spot!

Vive la crêpe: A little piece of Paris in NYC! With several locations across the city, you must pop into this little Parisian influenced café for delicious sweet or savory crêpes and coffee.

Chobani SoHo: Like the yogurt? Check out their super cool spot in SoHo to get your own special combo made specifically for you and served in a lovely glass bowl!

A.O.C.: More France in NYC. In the West Village (just across from the Caudalie Boutique mentioned above), sits this casual French bistro with a lovely outdoor dining space in the back.

The Champagne Bar: And when in NYC, one must have bubbles. The Champagne Bar at The Plaza may be pricey, but you feel like a million bucks while enjoying your glass!

Cheers to summer in NYC!