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New York Trip (Summer 2016)

New York Trip (Summer 2016)

"The city that never sleeps." This statement holds true for New York City. From the many times I've gone, it was a first for me to experience the sweltering summer heat and the blaring sounds of the city when you're trying to get rest at night. 

I instantly felt sweat crawling down my back as I stood in subway platforms, anxiously waiting for the next air-conditioned train. I felt exhausted as I was walking on an average of 8 miles a day, but it was physically fulfilling especially since I'm used to driving everywhere in Southern California.

Here's a full recap of my week. I hope you enjoy the photos and I hope this can be your guide if you ever visit NYC and want to do what locals do!

 

DAY 1 - THURSDAY (DAY OF ARRIVAL)

Didn't even bother to stay in and relax at my brother's apartment. We immediately got out of the door, met with one of my best friends, and walked around Williamsburg to eat an early dinner at Baoburg and grab some sweets at Momofuku Milk Bar. We then grabbed some delicious beer at Greenpoint Beer and Ale and ended up at Union Pool for some cheap drinks and a cute little speakeasy called, Featherweight. (not pictured)

   "Veggie Bao"  at  Baoburg :  King Oyster mushrooms tempura, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, miso soy reduction,  and agave - miso vegan mayonnaise.

"Veggie Bao" at Baoburg: King Oyster mushrooms tempura, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, miso soy reduction,  and agave - miso vegan mayonnaise.

 Catching the East River sunset facing the Manhattan skyline.

Catching the East River sunset facing the Manhattan skyline.

   "Cereal Milk Sundae"   topped with Cornflake Crunch topping at   Momofuku Milk Bar

"Cereal Milk Sundae" topped with Cornflake Crunch topping at Momofuku Milk Bar

 

DAY 2 - FRIDAY (MY BROTHER'S BIRTHDAY)

It was my brother's birthday and we went to pick up the cronuts I ordered at Dominique Ansel Bakery. I then took him out to a Kosher Vegetarian Dimsum restaurant in Chinatown at Buddha Bodai that serves mock-meat and vegetable dimsum. Don't cross this off your to-do list because it was absolutely delicious! I could totally give up real dimsum for this! After our savory meal, I had to buy some Vans at The General DQM because my feet were hurting from my sandals! I've been eyeing these slip-ons for a while so I thought it was about time to own a pair. We then went to La Colombe for some iced mocha and took a couple of photos in SoHo and in the Financial District. Later in the evening, we went to a Japanese restaurant called, Suzumethen went to Skinny Dennis to meet his friends for some live music and cheap drinks.

   Buddha Bodai:   Kosher Vegetarian Dimsum Restaurant

Buddha Bodai: Kosher Vegetarian Dimsum Restaurant

 Waiting for the train at Chambers Street.

Waiting for the train at Chambers Street.

 Prince Street, SoHo.

Prince Street, SoHo.

 I got drawn to this beautiful building in the Financial District.

I got drawn to this beautiful building in the Financial District.

   "Chilled Cucumber Noodle with Mackerel"  at    Suzume  .

"Chilled Cucumber Noodle with Mackerel" at Suzume.

 

DAY 3 - SATURDAY

Met up with my friend Leslie and her boyfriend Jaycob at Egg Shop for some brunch. It was a good place to eat but it was slightly overpriced! I feel like you could make most of their menu items at home. We then proceeded to check things off my list and went to Cha Cha Matcha for some iced green tea latte with almond milk. It was refreshing and not to mention, good for you! We then went to hang in the backyard of Saturdays Surf then went to see the Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. This $4 billion architecture is a minimalist dream. I couldn't pass up the aesthetic of the place and asked my friend to be my subject. After that, we went to Boba Guys for some Jasmine Tea and ended up at Kinfolk 94 in Williamsburg to meet some of her friends. We sweated it all out dancing to Drake, Beyonce, and Kanye. It was such a fun way to end my Saturday!

   "The Scrambler"  Soft scramble or whites, roasted mushroom, tomato confit, scallion, pecorino at    Egg Shop

"The Scrambler" Soft scramble or whites, roasted mushroom, tomato confit, scallion, pecorino at Egg Shop

   "Iced Green Tea Latte with Almond Milk"  at  Cha Cha Matcha

"Iced Green Tea Latte with Almond Milk" at Cha Cha Matcha

 Hanging out in the backyard at   Saturdays Surf

Hanging out in the backyard at Saturdays Surf

 The Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

The Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub

 Architectural Gazers.

Architectural Gazers.

 Photo taken by   Leslie

Photo taken by Leslie

 Eyes on the sky at the  One World Observatory

Eyes on the sky at the One World Observatory

 

DAY 4 - SUNDAY

Started Sunday a little later at a vegan sushi place called, Beyond Sushi, with Leslie. We then walked to the Low Line Lab to see a glimpse of the future project that is going to be the world's first underground park. It was pretty interesting, but it won't be completed until 2021. We then went to Chelsea Market for some beers at The Standard Biergarten at The Standard Hotel. It was a little too bougie for us so we drank our beers as fast as we could to get out of there. We then walked a couple blocks to get some ice cream from Ice & Vice then had amazing cocktails at Suffolk Arms. We met up with Jaycob at Samurai Papa and had the best vegan ramen in the land! (No joke!)

   "Jolly Onion" -    Ramen noodles, Kalamata olives, roasted onions, sundried tomato, topped with lemon toasted panko, sumac, and rosemary & "  Mighty Mushroom" -     Six-grain rice, enoki mushrooms, baked tofu, braised shiitake, and micro arugula with Shiitake truffle sauce at   Beyond Sushi

"Jolly Onion" - Ramen noodles, Kalamata olives, roasted onions, sundried tomato, topped with lemon toasted panko, sumac, and rosemary & "Mighty Mushroom" - Six-grain rice, enoki mushrooms, baked tofu, braised shiitake, and micro arugula with Shiitake truffle sauce at Beyond Sushi

 Leslie at the  Low Line Lab

Leslie at the Low Line Lab

   "Bath Salts"   - lavender and pine stracciatella + "  Milk Money"   - toasted milk, sea salt, and chocolate ganache at   Ice & Vice

"Bath Salts" - lavender and pine stracciatella + "Milk Money" - toasted milk, sea salt, and chocolate ganache at Ice & Vice

 Brooklyn Sunset Skies

Brooklyn Sunset Skies

 Lorimer Station at night

Lorimer Station at night

 

DAY 5 - MONDAY (4TH OF JULY)

Happy Birthday America! My brother and I roamed around a surprisingly peaceful Manhattan. Everybody seemed to be out of town and it was actually really nice. We went to grab rolled-up ice cream at Frozen Sweet. It was $7 with all the toppings you want! It was so good because it wasn't sweet at all. We then walked to the Elizabeth Street Garden to take a couple of photos then grabbed a cold beer at The Randolph. We then proceeded to the South Street Seaport District to check out the Festival of Independence and had something to eat at the Smorgasburg at Lumpia Shack. We then killed some time watching a band on stage then went underneath the bridge to wait for the Macy's Fireworks. I started feeling anxious being in a crowded place so we only stayed 10 minutes in when the fireworks started. We also wanted to beat the crowd so we headed back home early.

   "Thai Tea + Lychee"   with Graham Cracker bits, Lychee Boba Pops, and Roasted Marshmallow at   Frozen Sweet

"Thai Tea + Lychee" with Graham Cracker bits, Lychee Boba Pops, and Roasted Marshmallow at Frozen Sweet

 View from the   Elizabeth Street Garden
 Bokeh Brooklyn Bridge

Bokeh Brooklyn Bridge

 Land of the free. Home of the brave.

Land of the free. Home of the brave.

 

DAY 6 - TUESDAY

I started the day with brunch at one of my favorite places in Williamsburg, House of Small Wonder. I always make sure that I come to eat at this place because it is THAT GOOD. I always order the Sashimi Zuke Don but I decided to try the Tsukune Don and it was the best thing ever. I could totally eat another plate of it! After brunch, I went to Matcha Bar to try their iced green tea latte then went to meet up with Stephanie, a friend from back home who now models for Wilhelmina, at MoMa. We then went to Central Park so I could take some photos of her and then went to an Indonesian coffee place called, Kopi Kopi to try the Es Alpukat (layered avocado espresso smoothie). We then walked to her workplace before we said goodbyes and I ended up meeting some of my former coworkers for dinner at Eataly.

   "Tsukune Don"   - Japanese chicken meatball with teriyaki sauce, nori, scallion, sesame, and soft egg over rice, served with miso soup at   House of Small Wonder

"Tsukune Don" - Japanese chicken meatball with teriyaki sauce, nori, scallion, sesame, and soft egg over rice, served with miso soup at House of Small Wonder

 Stephanie at   Central Park

Stephanie at Central Park

 Sheep Meadow at   Central Park

Sheep Meadow at Central Park

DAY 7 - WEDNESDAY

My brother and I went to Grand Central Station Terminal to eat some Shroom Burger from Shake Shack then walked a few blocks up to see the New York Public Library. We then trekked up to Harlem just to see the Royal Tenenbaum House. (Any Wes Anderson fans out there?)  He then showed me where he worked at the Michelson Studio and wow, it was beautiful! It's a wide, modern, open space with big windows overlooking the Hudson River. They recently shot a commercial for Coach with Chloe Grace Moretz, Garnier, etc. I would love to work here! 

I spent my last evening in NYC with my friend, Leslie, and went our for happy hour at Zadie's Oyster Room and dinner at Wok to Walk. We also enjoyed our last cocktail (for now) at a speakeasy called, Attaboy. We were both so sad that I was leaving the next day!

 The Royal Tenenbaum House off Convent Avenue

The Royal Tenenbaum House off Convent Avenue

 This is Kitty Cat the house pet at   Michelson Studio  .

This is Kitty Cat the house pet at Michelson Studio.

 Oysters and Rosé at   Zadie's Oyster Room

Oysters and Rosé at Zadie's Oyster Room

 

...and here's my Snapchat Story for the whole week!

Nicole's Bridal Shower Tea Party

Nicole's Bridal Shower Tea Party

The Hagen Family

The Hagen Family