If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a birthday princess. I love going all out and having my closest friends there to celebrate with me. This year I picked NYC for a birthday bash, and it was such a fun time. While it was a FABULOUS trip, I am glad to be back home and ready to detox after all of the fantastic food and drinks we had.
The night before I was scheduled to leave, I got a message that my Airbnb had canceled on me for the weekend. I booked the Airbnb almost 6 months ago, so I was definitely shocked - but it really was a blessing in disguise. I originally planned on having a bigger group, so it would have been unnecessary space and money. I frantically searched for alternative options that could accommodate me so last minute and was so happy that The Moxy - Chelsea could squeeze us in. I had known of The Moxy because there is a property in Denver, and the Chelsea location did not disappoint. It was located in the flower district, so every shop on the street was packed full of flowers, green plants, and yummy smells.
Our room was small but super functional. Everything had a purpose, and the views were EPIC.
It was quite the journey getting to NYC after storms and tornadoes left us delayed by five hours but we made it and really had the best time - such a great way to ring in a birthday! Now it’s time to start planning for the next one ;)
Thursday: DAY 1
The Frick Collection: I stayed with my mom on the upper east side after landing at 1:00AM on Thursday, but I’m so glad I did because we were close to the great museums. The Frick is, and it is always a pleasure to visit (highly recommend!)
Restoration Hardware: I have always loved RH (I wish they would do weddings at the Denver location because it is goals) The NYC store has a wine bar, a terrace, and a restaurant and it was such a beautiful space. The best part? The food is AMAZING!
Burrata - Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Aged Balsamic, Charred Sourdough
Geme Lettuce - Radishes, Feta Cheese, Avocado, Buttermilk Herb Dressing
Shaved Ribeye on Charred Garlic Bread - Swiss cheese, Au Jus
Truffled Grilled Cheese on Sourdough
Rosies: This fun little Mexican spot was an excellent place for a tasty margarita and even tastier queso.
Chips & Salsas : Tomatillo + Charred Tomato-Habanero Salsa
Taquitos de Papa
Queso Fundido (omg so good)
Al Pastor Taco - Spit-roasted pork, pineapple avocado-tomatillo
Picadillo Taco - Grass fed beef, onions, garlic, potatoes
Guava + Classic Margaritas
Friday : DAY 2
Chelsea Market: Always a favorite stop in NYC, Chelsea Market is a foodies dream. Food stalls, wine bars, flower stands, and so much more make Chelsea Market a little bit overwhelming. We walked around trying to decide what to eat for at least an hour. Ultimately we decided on a panini, pizza, pork hotcakes from a Japanese stand and a hot dog. Everything was great, and I loved exploring inside of the market.
City Vineyard: After walking the highland and along the water - city vineyard was our next stop. Located on the water City Vineyard offers picturesque views, a rooftop terrace, and delicious food + wine. Perfect on a sunny afternoon!
The Fleur Room: The Fleur Room is on the top floor of The Moxy and serves up awesome cocktails and unreal 360 views of the city. It was the perfect spot for some pre-birthday dinner drinks!
Galli: Galli was recommended by my friend Sophia, and it was such a cool little spot in Soho. We had a group of 12, and they did a great job of accommodating our party. The pasta was the star of this meal, especially the penne ala vodka and pesto pasta.
Milk Bar - Where else would you need a birthday cake from? We ended our meal with sweet treats from Milk, including crack pie, birthday cake, and macaroons from Laduree.
Saturday : DAY 3
Nothing to report for breakfast or lunch after a late night out in the city that literally does not sleep. After an attempt at picnicking in Central Park, we showered and napped, and we were ready to go again.
Corkbuzz: Sweet little wine bar across the street from our dinner restaurant, we ordered flights and snacked on some tasty cheeses. I ordered the sommeliers choice, Taylor tried some New York wines including an orange wine, Bridget sipped on a red wine flight, and Sophia tried the rose flight.
Babu Ji: Indian food - yummmmmm! I love Indian and don’t eat a ton in Denver (I’ve yet to find a great spot) Babu Ji was exactly what I wanted. We ordered the papadum platter that came with a bunch of dips and chutneys to start. Naan pizza, butter chicken, and tasty rice dishes made my tummy all sorts of happy. The cocktails were delicious too!
McSorley's Old Ale House: The night ended with beers at “the oldest Irish tavern” in NYC. They ask if you want light or dark, there’s sawdust on the floors, and they only take cash.
Sunday : DAY 4
Brooklyn Bagel Company: I couldn’t leave NY without a bagel (I ended having like three more because I stayed longer in NY due to delays) I ordered an everything with scallion cream cheese, and it was everything I needed in life.
Brooklyn Bridge: Post bagels all I wanted to do was sleep, but we powered through and walked over the Brooklyn Bridge to explore DUMBO before we had to leave. It was such a pleasant area with lots of greenery, shopping, and beautiful views.
Cecconi's: Even though we just ate bagels, we honestly forced ourselves to eat a little more at Cecconi's. Huckleberry ricotta pancakes, Aperol spritzes, and glasses of a rose for our final meal in NYC while enjoying the beauty of Brooklyn.