New york diaries I: Midtown, Soho and Chinatown

Today I will take you around Midtown, Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy – one of the tour options for sightseeing once in NYC. Welcome to NYC diaries!

Last November I turned 30 and i couldn’t have better present from Kristoffer than a long weekend trip to NYC. We took advantage of every moment staying in the city, we walked around all day through different neighborhoods, we went out for nice dinners, clubbing, shopping, OMG I ended up completely exhausted. Today I will take you around Midtown, Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy – one of the tour options for sightseeing once in NYC. 
I used to dream about living in NYC, live in the West side neighborhood, drink a lot of cosmopolitans and work for Vogue. this sounds familiar, right? I guess it has been the dream of thousands of twenty something girls after obsessively watching Sex and the city… Even though I had a very high expectations on the city, this city captivated all my senses, it is the city of cities, everything is there, all kind of trends, food, urban tribes,… We were staying in a friends apartment in Midtown, just next to the Empire State building. I am not a big fan of heights but it is true that when you are in Manhattan you lose all kind of vertigo feeling since everything is high so in the end you don’t care.

So… We started our DAY 1 from the center of Midtown around Penn Station and headed east. We prepared ourselves for a long day with brunch at Penelope on Lexington Avenue and OMG I had the best pancakes in my entire life, they were just super soft and tasty… if you are in NYC I would totally recommend you to go there for lunch or Brunch.
Other options for breakfast in this area are: Friedmans 

After Penelope’s we walked down past Madison Square Park to check out the famous Flatiron building as well as the market and cute bookstands at Union Square.

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Continuing down on Broadway we arrived to SoHo. In SoHo we first strolled around the main shopping streets of Broadway and Greene St. This part of SoHo for me was very commercial but if you stop for a while and avoid getting sucked up by the crowds you can find small islands of beauty, find the Pop Street Artist Matthew Courtney and all the premium brands you can imagine around the world.

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We then headed of to the much calmer and warm streets of Mott St and Elizabeth St. They are full of small beautiful cafés, bars and boutiques with jewellery and vintage clothing. There we stopped at Café Gitane for a martini, avocado toast and some celebrity spotting.

Leaving Soho you can stop by http://thebutchersdaughter.com to get a fresh juice in one of its cool bottles, they also have a very good vegetarian food and the delicious egg sandwich.

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After SoHo we headed down to check out the classic spots of China Town and Little Italy. To walk back we went up 5th Avenue finishing of the day savoring New York by night with the magical views of the Empire State.

 

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What I loved the most? The feeling of being completely anonymous, walking around among hundreds of different people, people with different backgrounds and stories behind them.
What i didn´t like? the signs of tiredness and stress. It is a tough city, I would not recommend anybody to live there for more than 5 years.
Personal recommendation: bring good shoes to walk (that’s what everyone tells you, but YES do it, I didn’t and had to buy new ones 😉 ) , bring a warm jacket if going in winter it can be super cold!
When I felt like a New Yorker? Grabbing a pizza slice in one of these narrow and creepy stands around midtown to take home and eat in the apartment with the views over Manhattan.
Around Soho… Go and discover the streets behind the main stroll before getting to China Town, i liked a lot the Nolita area.

 

Hotels in the area:

The Nomad Hotel:  1170 Broadway , New York
The Mercer – 147 Mercer Street, SoHo, New York
Gramercy Park Hotel – 2 Lexington Avenue, Gramercy, New York
Pod 39 Hotel: 145 East 39th Street.
 Be Hotel (125 Canal Street)  – chinatown
Greenwich Street Apartment SoHo –  http://www.timeout.com/newyork/hotels/greenwich-street-apartment-sohohttp://www.timeout.com/newyork/hotels/greenwich-street-apartment-soho
Crosby Street hotel https://www.firmdalehotels.com/hotels/new-york/crosby-street-hotel/https://www.firmdalehotels.com/hotels/new-york/crosby-street-hotel/
Solita Soho Hotel http://www.solitasohohotel.com/

 

Restaurants in the area:

Balthazar 80 spring St, Soho

http://gatonyc.com/

Miss Korea BBQ 10w 32nd st

Taan cuisine(thai) 17e 31st St 5ave/madison

Les Halles (french steakhouse) 411 Park ave

Jacks wife freda 224 – Lafayette st

 

Hope you enjoyed my little tour of my first day around NYC! Second part coming soon….

 

Thanks with love ♥

LV

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