New York, I Love You, XOXO III

About 3 months ago, we went to fashion week in NYC (read all about my experience and the Asaf Ganot show here) and even though Mr. Gentlementality and my primary purpose was for fashion week, we had go to squeeze in time to go explore! As promised, here is the rest of the post from what we did- don’t forget NYC I and NYC II. We stayed a couple of extra days to explore the city (yes, in the cold). The cold wasn’t bad at all- it was the wind and the slush from the snow melting from the storm the day before that was difficult, but it still didn’t stop us from walking around EVERYWHERE! We hit some more Gossip Girl and Sex and the City locations of course along with some other hot spots.
Jibin and I took an early flight so that we could land at 8am and explore the city before the rest of the fashion week crew arrived. We stayed at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway in Times Square and started the morning off with a walk over to one of my favorite areas of the city- Greenwich Village. We dined at a lovely Parisian boutique espresso bar called Sant Ambroeus (yes, a Gossip Girl location). The cappuccino, nutella brioche and pancakes were some of the best I’ve ever had.  

Before meeting up the crew for lunch- Jibin and I strolled over to Anna Wintour’s house (172 Sullivan Street) and then over to Panchito’s (where Blair Waldorf had her bachelorette party in Gossip Girl) to snap some shots.

Greenwich village was gorgeous with snow that had not melted and I could only dream of living here one day!

We met up with the crew at Sarabeth’s (yes, another Gossip Girl location). The food was great along with the hipster ambience in Tribeca.

After lunch we strolled over to the Friend’s building again and then went over to Westfield Mall at the World Trade Center which was gorgeous. I couldn’t get over the bright white design! Afterwards, we headed on over to the Garret which is a 1920s feel speakeasy on the top of Five Guys on Bleeker Street where I also got to meet up with my cousin Aakash who had just moved from India and I had not seen in over 7 years!
For dinner we had reservations at Hell’s Kitchen hoping to spot some celebs. The brussel sprout soft tacos were delicious! The night ended with a fun time at Brass Monkey with the fashion week crew and I also got to meet up with a couple of my besties- Tina and Vaishnavi!
The next morning started off with one of the most amazing brunch I’ve had at Craftbar. The avocado toast and beet salad are a must at this place along with buttermilk fried chicken and waffles for you meat eaters! We also stopped by Eataly in the Flatiron district to grab some crepes and of course… a cappuccino.
After the fashion show, we went over to Stanton Social for dinner. The tapas were absolutely divine- make sure even if you make a reservation that you still account for extra time! This place is popping and well worth the wait. Our night ended with a fun time at SlateNY and of course some 99 cent pizza!
The next morning started off with some comfort food with ramen at Ippudo. Just a warning- the portions are huge and you cannot take home leftovers- they don’t want you to have their ramen the next day because it only tastes good fresh! I’m not a big ramen fan, but there’s so much hype about this place that it’s worth checking out. The rest of the day was filled with hanging out at our friends apartment, dinner at another bestie’s apartment (Saumya) in Chelsea and spending the night at my bestie Vaishnavi’s apartment in the Upper East Side.
The next morning began with a stroll over to Sant Ambroeus for coffee and macarons at my favorite place- Laduree which was packed with lovers as it was the day before Valentine’s Day.
Walking on Madison Avenue on our way to Laduree was one of my favorite moments. I could only dream of living on the corner of another one of my favorite areas of the city- 72nd and Madison. Wishful thinking!
Finally, we got to Fifth Avenue where the magic happens and spent some time on the various floors of Bergdorf Goodman before we went over to BG Cafe for an early Valentine’s lunch. The butternut squash soup and roasted cauliflower were amazingly good. Make sure you ask for a table with the scallop shell balloon chairs for views that overlook central park.
Our afternoon was followed by a trip to the New York Public Library to see the famous reading room and adore the breathtaking architecture.
However, let’s face it- we all know I only wanted to go to see the famous grand staircase that Carrie Bradshaw runs up and down during her wedding in the Sex and the City movie.
Our second to last stop was the Museum of the City of New York. This set was used as the private school courtyard in Gossip Girl .
And of course… the trip ended with a walk over to Blair Waldorf’s apartment in Gossip Girl at 1136 Fifth Avenue in Carnegie Hill which is worth almost $6.5 million. It’s right around the corner of Diller Quaile Music School… don’t know what that is? Read all about it in my post about the Upper East Side.
Until next time Manhattan….XOXO, New York, I Love You…


  • Burton Boutros

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

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