Some advice: go at off-peak times. We went a little earlier than typical dinner hours because we were heading elsewhere, so we lucked out with a more private experience. If you’re into smokey crusted pizza this is the spot for you. We always get the Margaretta, and add olives, and sometimes pepperoni, and I’m not going to lie as I write this right now I really wish I was eating this pizza for dinner tonight. OH man it’s good.
While the pizza at Lombardi’s is ah-mazing I have to say that Juliana’s is better. I think it’s the crust. It’s still blistered like Lombardi’s, but it’s slightly more chewy if that makes sense? Clearly I’m no pizza expert as I don’t know the technical terms, but honestly just do yourself a favor and do both. You won’t regret it.
There’s also a pretty cool backstory about this place, but do yourself a favor and read up by clicking here.
If perfectly Instagramable foods are your thing, or if you want to put a poached egg and avocado on EVERY THING this is your place. Be prepared to wait for a bit though this place ALWAYS has a line, and heads up there’s no AC (or at least it didn’t feel like it). However, the iced matcha tea definitely made up for it. And the food, of course, was delicious, and I actually wasn’t feeling the best at this point (I think from the heat), and I still loved it, so I feel like that’s saying something.
We ordered the Mediterranean breakfast, and it was glorious. That yogurt? To die for. As well at the waffles which also came with the yummy yogurt. Everything was de-lish and I would 100% go back again.
Beautiful matcha latte art anyone? Yes I thought so! Phewf! This place is cute, and they have matcha EVERYTHING. They are moving, though, so if you’re going be sure to check for the new location. I have a feeling like they were moving uptown, but don’t quote me on that.
Had I not read a BILLION articles about where to eat in New York I might have missed this spot. In fact, I walked right past it, but since I was determined I turned around and found it. Okay for serious, you need to eat here, and if you order anything order the Pinocchio sandwich. That olive paste? OH MY GOD it’s good.
After chatting with the ever lovely owner (well I’m pretty sure) he mentioned they were opening a second location near Bowery. Again I loved that he thought we were local like we needed to know about this other location for the next time. One of goals when traveling is blending in seamlessly and experiencing the city like a local as much as possible.
While no longer located on Spring Street I gotta say this place really got quite the facelift in moving over a couple blocks. The menu still has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options (that are delicious I might add), but I gotta say there’s something to be said about their new ambiance.
Besides stuffing myself silly I did manage to do a lot while I was in New York. I mean they do call it the city that never sleeps for a reason right? One of the things I found super helpful was getting a subway pass for the week, as well as our CityPASS booklets that let us into a number of the attractions on our list. I’ve used them before and I really find them helpful. Some of the attractions even had express lines for CityPASS holders – and who doesn’t love an express line in the summer time, especially with NYC-style lines.
If you’re looking for something to do that’s off the beaten path of Broadway shows, and concert venues? Be sure to check out UCB they have free shows from improv to stand up. It was so good we literally went twice in a row. They do hold out a bucket at the end of the night for donations, so bring some cash and do the right thing.
I was very happy to be in New York for the Manus x Machina exhibit. In all honesty it kind of made the whole trip worthwhile for me. I absolutely was in awe the entire time. I took like a bazillion photos, so be on the lookout for that post coming soon.
Be sure to also make it to the top before 4PM, so you can take in the Psycho barn, and maybe a bevy from the patio bar. We literally JUST made it in time, and had to ask like EVERY single person in there which direction to go, but we made it lol.
If I could lend you just one piece of advice it would be to plan your visit to the Museum of Natural History because it’s HUGE. Well I mean it would be because, duh, it has dinosaurs, but seriously you could spend an entire day here, and discover all kinds of things.
This is an odd sentiment, but I actually prefer this way of learning about animals so much more than a live Zoo. There’s something about containing animals for our amusement that just doesn’t sit well with me, and I refuse to spend any money supporting it. I’m not sure what it says about me that these ones are dead? I mean I realllllllly hope most of them died of natural causes, but somehow I think not. And even if some of them are fake it’s still really neat to see the animals to scale… well that is except for the sea creatures because they are terrifying.
They call New York the concrete jungle, and for all intensive purposes it is, and being surrounded by all that pavement can kinda get to you after a bit. Which is why I love Central Park. I’d been a number of times, but it’s honestly so big, and eclectic you can have a different experience every time. The last time we went we decided to bike the parameter which we somehow did in less than 45 mins I’ll never forget the woman’s face when we returned the bikes. Having been again 30+ degrees out that day we came back wringing wet, and like we’d been to battle (and in a way we had, at least with the heat) her jaw could have touched the ground it fell so low.
That being said this time we decided to take a less aggressive approach and explore the areas individually. It was great! Just don’t buy the coffee. YUCK! It felt like I was going against my moral code to toss away coffee, but it was awful on a whole other level.
Have you ever wondered what the DUMBO stands for? Well lucky for you, us nerds actually read the travel guide books to learn about these types of facts. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Overpass. I mean maybe I was the only dumbo who didn’t know what it stood for, but in case there are a few more out there. #themoreyouknow
I actually adore Brooklyn, and we almost always seem to plan our adventures there later in the week when things are oddly quiet (although welcomed) in comparison to Manhattan. I really have been meaning to explore it more, but again the day we showed up it was over 40 degrees, and we were DY-ING from the heat. We decided to take the train rather than walk the bridge (I.e we fully surrendered because we knew we wouldn’t make it), and we took the Ferry back over (which I would HIGHLY recommend). We wanted to explore the financial district and pop into Century 21, so what’s the shortage distance between two points? A straight line baby, so we took the ferry over, and it was SO fun, and even more fast.
There’s always something going on at Washington Square Park, and even for it’s historical value, and it’s connection to counter culture of the 60s it’s worth checking out. And you never know you might just get nearly trampled by a life sized Pokemon or appear terribly frightened in a Casey Neisat video (or two).
It wasn’t planned, but I pretty much seemed to keep the same color palette all week: mostly black and white with a couple sprinkles of color here and there. I do usually tend to try to match most of my pieces when I’m traveling so everything is interchangeable, and also can serve double duty if need be. Here’s a look at a couple looks I sported while I was away.
Outfit #1: Skirt, c/o Bench (on sale here) | Tee, Forever 21 | Chucks | Bag, Aritzia |
Outfit #2: Tee, Forever 21 (which I haven’t been able to locate again since the trip) | Cosimo Dress, c/o Aritzia (similar) |
Outfit #3: Tee, Envy Clothing | Shorts, Aritzia (other styles) | Sunnies, Givenchy via Smart Buy Glasses |
Outfit #4: Dress, Zara | Bag Auxilary via Aritzia |