We leave for NYC for a week today and anxiety and excitement are running through my veins. I’ve traveled a lot this year and last year for my blog and social media which has been awesome! I’m grateful that as a family we’re able to take a long trip like this together considering that we moved into our new house in the beginning of the year and shelved the idea of any large (and expensive) family travel in 2018 due to adjustments that we needed to make in our budget. So for me, not only is this trip a much needed getaway for us to reconnect as a family, it’s symbolic to the hard work put in this year, being self-employed, to financially be able to do something like this.
This will be the first time my kids are going to New York and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite cities with them. Over the past few days we’ve been talking about all the things we want to see and do. Exploring the Met Museum, ice skating in Bryant Park, checking out Oculus at the World Trade Center, the view on the Rock, seeing all the window holiday displays, eating several slices of Prince Street Pizza (my personal favorite), and just soaking up the sounds and lights of New York.
My hopes for this trip…
As adults we are well aware of how much time, energy, and resources goes into planning a trip. I mean let’s be real here, being in a household where there’s two self-employed creative artists, money isn’t growing from trees. So I’m hoping that our kids will be grateful for the experience which I know they will, but traveling with kids can be stressful and challenging.
My other biggest hope for this trip will be that their minds can become a little more expansive by getting a taste of another perspective of life in someplace different. I think so often we’re caught up in our day to day experiences, problems, and routines that we forget to fill our hearts with gratitude, perspective, and compassion. One of the things all my traveling in this past year has really taught me was how to have compassion for myself when things go wrong or when plans don’t go accordingly, like missed flights or stress due to poor planning. Traveling has also opened up my mind to possibility that there’s so much more out there to see. I’m hoping that our daughters can taste a little bit of that after this trip too.
Your NYC recommendations
Last week on my Instagram stories I asked for some recommendations of places to see or check out during our family trip and a lot of you gave me some really awesome recommendations. I’m sharing them below!
Places to eat:
Negril’s in the Village - Savory Caribbean Cuisine
Rossaopomodoro - Neapolitan Cuisine
Russ & Daughters - One of Oprah’s favorite Brunch spots
Cafe Sabarksy - Viennese inspired cafe
Tao Downtown - Asian Inspired cuisine
Down the Hatch - Great little with the best Buffalo Wings
Catch - Creative Seafood
Cuba - Cuban cuisine
Pearl Oyster Bar - Oysters and seafood
Taco Mahal - Indian/Latin fusion tacos
Faicco’s Italian Specialities - Italian Deli
Best Bagel & Coffee - Bagels + Coffee
Beauty & Essex - New American Cuisine
Clinton Street Baking Co - Latin-Southern comfort food
Cookshop - Farm to Table
Jack’s Wife Freda - American Bistro
Rubirosa Ristorante - Pizza
Joe’s Pizza - Best NY style pizza
Don Antonio’s - Pizza
Fette Sau - BBQ in Brooklyn
Spotted Pig _ British & Italian Cuisine
Joe’s Shanghai - Dim Sum
Halal Guys - the real Halal truck on 53rd & 6th
Jacob’s Pickles - Southern Comfort Food
Eataly - Italian Cuisine
Magnolia Bakery for their banana pudding or cakes
Jeepney - Filipino Gastropub
Maharlika - Filipino Bistro
Pepolino - Italian & best Ricotta Cheesecake
Lucalis Pizza - Pizza in Brooklyn
Dr. Smood - coffee and healthy light bites
Sushi by Bou - 30 minute Omakase Speakeasy
Veselka - Ukranian food in East Village
Things to Do
Hope this list of places can help you guys plan your next trip to NYC. If there’s anywhere else you feel I should bring the kids that haven’t been mentioned feel free to leave me a comment below.