My First Time Visiting New York City
I recently visited New York(the city) for the first time and it was everything I imagined!
We actually stayed in Union City, New Jersey. It’s a Hispanic area. I wish I would’ve taken more pics, but even the store signs were in Spanish. I thought this was so cool. I’ve heard of areas like this but it was different to actually live in one for a few days.
And let me just say that traffic and those drivers are noooooo joke!! I’m pretty sure I had about 5 heart attacks a day just from the traveling between NJ & NY!! It was just like what I had seen in the movies: horns honking, being cut off by drivers, pedestrians not following the signs for walking and almost seeing ppl get run over for this. It was krazy!!
We ubered to be on the safe side and to avoid having to worry about parking. This can get pricey if you are alone or it’s just you and your s/o. We had a small group, so we rotated paying for uber or you can split it in the app, I believe.
Saturday -we hit Planet Hollywood and I had the twice cooked buffalo wings w/ fries. The wings were good and so was the blue cheese (which I usually don't like). One thing I learned one thing about being in New York is be very specific, in the beginning, about how you want your check separated. The waiter tried to give us shit about splitting our checks smh. But this happened multiple times. Then we hit a bar called Tonic. Pretty dope atmosphere and great karaoke. We also experienced some of the nightlife chaos. We saw what appeared to be two homeless people fighting. A security guard stood nearby and just watched them go back and forth. Until, the homeless man through a lit cigarette into a trashcan and it began to smoke. Yeah, it was a sight to see.
Sunday, we started the day at IHOP. This IHOP was in our Hispanic area that we stayed in. I was amused when I saw the hot sauce on the table. The service was great and so was the food. They definitely had menu items that I’ve never seen at local IHOPs. Also, my friend informed us that you can ask for “real eggs” when you go to IHOP because they apparently use eggs that come out of a carton. When we mentioned this to the waiter, she knew exactly what we were talking about. I got the country omelette w/ pancakes, super yummy!
Following our delicious breakfast, we did more sightseeing in the big Apple. We chilled in Bryant Park, where they had music playing and alcohol available. It was a pretty nice area. We headed back, showered, and went back to walk the strip. We also went back to Tonic. We already started getting lit at the house, so going to the bar just added to this. The bar had great food and music. But once again we had issues with our checks being split at the end of the night.
Monday - we got off to a late start due to all the partying the night before. We decided to hit this Mexican spot for lunch, Charritos. Let me just say that this was an authentic Mexican restaurant, so the food was amazing. I had the chicken mini fajitas. However, I guess we we’re used to being spoiled because my party and I immediately noticed that we were not given any chips and salsa. When we asked about this, we were told that we had to pay in order to get chips and either queso, salsa, or guacamole. Also, we did not expect to have tiny margaritas. But once again I guess we have been spoiled at these non-authentic Mexican restaurants. Nonetheless, this does not take away from the amazing food. But once again, we ran into another issue with our checks being split and we were told that because we were sitting together, it is assumed that we were all on one check. So annoying!
After lunch, we went to the World Trade Center Mall. We did some shopping there, but what stood out was the architecture of the building. It was simply amazing and beautiful. I have never seen anything like it. Sidenote: It was so cool to see all the designer stores, not only in the mall, but on Madison Avenue. I’ve seen the stuff on TV, but it was kind of cool to actually see it in person. Following shopping, we decided to ride the ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island. The view from the ferry was absolutely amazing. We were able to see so many buildings and the Statue of Liberty. It was a very surreal experience. Once we got to Staten Island, we couldn't figure out if we wanted to eat on that side or if we wanted to go back to Manhattan. We ended up going back to Manhattan for dinner and we chose this place called Route 66 Smokehouse. Their menu items were super cute. I got their nachos w/chicken. They also have this drink called Froze (froze-say), it was so bomb. We also got an unexpected show while at dinner. The couple next to us were in a heated argument about something and it was very interesting to watch them. After dinner we went to get dessert from Insomnia Cookies. The cookies were so good. We spent the night winding down and just having great conversation.
Tuesday - we started our day at a restaurant called Park Avenue Tavern. This restaurant has such an interesting vibe, because there were a lot of people there who were dressed in business attire and looked like they were on business lunches or meetings. There was really no where to be seated. The hostess led us down a set of stairs to a whole different seating area. I thought that was dope and they had a great menu. I got some kind of spicy chicken sandwich. It was really, really good. Our server’s name was Oscar and he was the best server we had the whole entire time we were in New York. He had great conversation, great personality, and he was knowledgeable about the menu items. After lunch, we went to the Central Park Zoo, which was very disappointing. There were like five attractions to see the whole entire time, it was really a waste of money. My local zoo has so many more animals and exhibits, I was just like is this it? So after being disappointed we decided to hit a happy hour. We ended up going to someplace that had margaritas for $6. The margaritas were strong, but good. We decided to head back to the house because it had been a long day. It was also my husband’s birthday yesterday, so we were going to end our last full day with a nice dinner. But we decided to just chill and get some authentic New York pizza. So we had pizza, wings, drinks, and good conversation to end our New York trip.
I enjoyed visiting New York!
Advice for first timers:
1. Comfortable shoes are a must! You will do a lot of walking
2. Prepare to pay for uber or lyft if you don't want to drive around the city.
3. They also have a driving service called Juno. It's similar to Uber & Lyft.
4. If you are taking small children, remember that New York is a very busy city. There are people everywhere. I witnessed others with strollers having difficulty maneuvering through all the people and occasional crowds.
5. The food is soooooo good!