Since my boyfriend and I recently started our 2nd long distance relationship in the (almost) 6 years we’ve been together, I’ve been lucky enough to have an excuse to visit NYC a lot more frequently these days! Growing up, I used to go every summer with my Dad and do the typical NYC touristy stuff, hit up Central Park, check out the beauty of Grand Central Station and stalk MTV networks and try to check out where TRL was filmed.
(If you are reading this and have never heard of “TRL” than its official, I am old AF.)
My boyfriend took a great job in NYC about 4 months ago and since then we have been thrown back into the adjustments and struggles that can come with a long distance relationship. I’m thinking of writing a blog post in the future with ways to deal with long distance relationships, since this is our 2nd crack at it, and while there can be ups and downs, ultimately I think it CAN work. Both parties just have to put in the same amount of effort.
Anyway, that’s for another day but since my boyfriend has been living and working in NYC we alternate the weekends he comes home, and I go see him. This past weekend I got to go see him and hang out in one of the most beautiful, exciting, fun (and expensive) cities in the world! Being the high maintenance chick that I am I told Justin that instead of staying at his apartment in Harlem, we were actually going to be staying in a hotel in midtown. (Surprise!)
Not to knock his apartment, it’s a place for him to sleep during the week but that’s about it. He lives with two other dudes who are nice and all, but I’d prefer to sleep in a big bed with my own bathroom & space to throw my makeup and hair straighter on.
On Friday night we met at the hotel in midtown. The place we ended up booking is called Hyatt Place New York/Midtown South. The rooms were a little small but the place was clean and the bed was super comfy. Not to mention we booked it through Hotel Tonight with great rates for two nights! If you are looking for a place in the mix of everything that won’t completely break your bank then definitely check them out. The staff was super friendly and helpful too!
We are lucky enough to have great friends in the city that I also get to see when we visit. Our friends live in Queens so they had us over for dinner and then we stopped by a casual dive bar. It’s owned by an Irish guy so I’m all for it. If you are in Astoria and like cheap Vodka Sodas and cool Irish accents then this bar might just be for you!
Go check out Veronicas but don’t expect any frills, but do expect lots of fun. Also, they have a jukebox so #bonuspoints.
The next day Justin took me to the high line (which I’ve weirdly never been to!) it’s free and has gorgeous views of the city, plus the weather was a sunny 65 degrees in February which is the stuff of dreams. We had a great time and I took some pictures along the way.
The high line stretches 1.45 miles long but we only did a little bit of it and got off right by Chelsea Market so we could check out The Standard Biergarten. It’s apparently pretty crowded at night so we opted for a brew at noon. Hey, it was a Saturday, Okay??
The Biergarten is right below the high line and is pretty spacious and served with traditional German fare and of course, beers. We only had one and then hit the road, but I was glad that we went.
After the Biergarten we just walked around the West Village and I got to check out the DVF store as well as the gorgeous surroundings that NYC can offer, especially on a warm day!
That night we celebrated our other friends 29th birthday in Park Slope, and then the next day we had the most delicious brunch at Spoon Table and Bar! I love how they offer mostly healthy options, and the side salad was one of the best I’ve ever had, seriously.
After that it was time yet again to say “see ya later” to my boyfriend and that concluded our fun weekend in the city, before it was back to reality and the work grind. What are some of your favorite spots to go to in NYC? I’d love to check them out next time I am visiting!
Wishing you all a great week.