Tea or coffee? I still despise both, ergo, I’ll have a hot chocolate. New York City is, in fact, one of the greatest cities in the world. However, if you’re not from the city or it’s counterpart, Queens, planning a day trip could be overwhelming. Here is the first of many installments of day trips in Manhattan, specifically SoHo.
Sleep in. I am all for seeing the entire city and all it has to offer, but sometimes it’s nice to get some rest for a long day, which is going to start off with brunch. One of my favorite cafe/bistro to go eat at is The Grey Dog. The prices are more than affordable, especially along the lines of city prices. Eat till your heart’s content (fun fact: the french toast as well as the turkey, apple, & brie sandwich are divine)
look at the french toast
After you’ve recovered from your food comma, head on over the New Museum. Yes, it is actually called the New Museum. The art stresses the use of media and how multipurpose it can be. While I have my problems with modern art, I found the exhibits compelling. It dragged me out of my comfort zone as far as museum exhibits go. It is truly an example of genuine innovation.
Aside from its atmosphere of artistry and pretentiousness, SoHo is one of the many fashion Meccas of the city. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking up and down Spring Street, perusing shops like Chanel and Crocs. From the museum to Spring Street, if you are a lover of literature, go to McNally Jackson. It’s officially one of my favorite book shops as well as cafes. Now, if neither of those suggestions are your cup of tea, try Broadway. Along that road are shops like Zara, Madewell, H&M, and TopShop.
THE LATE AFTERNOON
Just as my Grandmother taught me, 4 o’clock is meant for coffee. My favorite spot is Once Upon a Tart. It’s charming, French, and well-priced. The tile and exposed brick make it feel cozy. Spend an hour or two there, just relaxing, reading a good book, or enjoying the presence of your company.
If you still feel the need to go out and explore more, go to the Drawing Exhibit, which, according to Wikipedia, “focuses on the exhibition of drawings, both historical and contemporary”. Another museum you should 100% visit is the Tenement Museum. It “tell[s] the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.”
It’s New York, you’re young at heart, enjoy a night out. For dinner, I recommend Little Prince. Eating wonderful French food in an equally wonderful atmosphere, is the creme de la creme of life. Now, if you’re ready to retire for the night, go for it. If you’d like to stay out a little later, I will suggest moving a little bit outside of our SoHo area and going to Amelie. It’s a wine bar. Wine + Cheese = happiness. I’ve yet to go *baffled by the fact that in America 19 year olds are responsible enough to vote our future leaders and, by default the future of our nation, but not responsible enough to drink a glass of wine,* but my sisters have a many of times, and they swear by it. Bye for now!