Just in case this isn’t totally obvious from the rest of our blog: I LOVE New York. It’s the center of almost every industry: finance, fashion, law, politics, journalism, etc. I feel so fortunate to live in the City while I’m young, single and essentially free from obligations. Who knows how long I’ll be here in NYC? It could be 1 year, 10 years, or forever, but before I have my last day here I am determined to have the perfect one. I imagine that day will look a lot like this:
9:00 am – Get up and go for a run. It’s a fantastic way to experience the City. I recommend the 5-mi Central Park loop. Last time Em and I jogged this route the people watching was so stellar that the miles flew by (which is really saying something since we went to bed around 4am the night before)! I also love this loop around Lower Manhattan. It takes you around on the East River Promenade and West Side Highway with fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty. Not a bad backdrop for a morning run!
10:30 am – Breakfast at the Croissanteria. Pick up the NY Times from next door and snag a table in the windows. I can’t imagine a better start to my perfect day than posting up here with a latte and enjoying a freshly baked chocolate croissant. Heavenly.
11:30 am – Shopping in SoHo. It’s easy to spend hours perusing the cute boutiques on Mott, Elizabeth and Prince streets. I never miss Rebecca Taylor, Dolce Vita, Calypso and Wink. Em has turned me on to Rag & Bone (I get 90% of my fashion advice from her) and we love this funky little boutique called “Love Adorned“. We stumbled in one rainy day and were entranced by all of the seriously cool merchandise. We have plans to go back and get friendship bracelets! Judge us if you want…
1:30 pm(ish) – Take a break in Washington Square Park. Grab a coffee from La Colombe, sit on a bench, and just take it all in. Hopefully the piano man will be giving one of his casual performances (this guy legitimately has a full-size piano in the park–don’t ask me how he gets it there) and the daredevil skateboarders will be up to some entertaining new tricks. Obviously the weather will be idyllic on my perfect day (77 and sunny) making it very conducive to these outdoor excursions.
2:00 pm – Leisurely stroll over to the west side for lunch at The Standard Grill. I’m frequently struck by cravings for the Standard Cobb Salad; it’s one of the best I’ve ever had with chunks of crispy bacon some exceptionally tasty blue cheese. Definitely get one of the tables outside in the sun.
3:30 pm – Walk the Highline and check out Chelsea Market. Hopefully there will be a good sample sale on display, like the Alice & Trixie one last summer where I scored some great jewel-toned party dresses.
5:00 pm – Happy hour! Afternoon snack and cocktail. Maybe at our St. Marks go-to, Ten Degrees. 2-4-1 cocktails from noon-8pm every day. Even champagne cockatils.
6:00 pm – Home for a shower and quick post-shower nap. I received this amazing spa robe from Restoration Hardware for Christmas and it’s the best for cozy naps before getting ready.
7:00 pm – Get ready for dinner. Hopefully I’m donning a fabulous new outfit purchased on the morning SoHo excursion and I will most definitely be enjoying a “dressing drink”. I picked up this term from my mom, who got it from her grandmother, so I guess it’s kind of vintage? I love it.
The 5 of us @ Rosemary’s brunch.
8:30 pm – Flag down a West Village-bound cab for dinner at Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria. This will be a lingery dinner with copious bottles of wine, maybe two orders of their fantastic brussel sprouts, and the decadent olive oil cake for the finale. I chose Rosemary’s out of the 1000s of incredible restaurants in NYC for dinner on my perfect day not only for their amazing food and farmhouse-chic ambiance, but also for the memories it brings back. I’ll never forget our 5 best friends from college all reuniting for the first time since graduation at Rosemary’s over brunch, exchanging Valentines with my girlfriends here amidst too many bottles of prosecco, or when Em and I ventured up to the roof and were once again awestruck that we live in the greatest city in the world.
11:00 pm – When my perfect day segues into a perfect night I will likely venue-hop (Do people say venue-hop? Like bar-hopping, but to various clubs/lounges/etc.?) with the usual suspects in tow (you know who you are ;)) to a variety of our favorite places. Who knows where the night will take us, but that’s one of the best things about the City–you NEVER know what to expect. You can be sitting on your couch on a Friday night, deciding what time you should wake up in the morning to make it to that 10 am hot yoga class in Herald Square, and next thing you know you’re throwing back glasses of Veuve Clicquot while dancing on tables at Lavo with New Zealand’s national rugby team until 4 am. Disclaimer: I think dancing on tables is my guilty pleasure.
4:00 am – In all likelihood, Em and I will be in a cab back to the East Village, and I will be on the phone with Lil Frankie’s ordering our usual. Me at 4 am: “Hiiii Lil’ Frankie! Can we have a pizza? Something with truffle involved? Yes, to East 4th St. Thanks Lil’ Frankie, you’re the best!”. I’m SO over the Lombardi’s v. Grimaldi’s debate for best pizza in NYC. Will they bring you a truffle pizza at 4 am? Nope. But Lil’ Frankie will and that’s why he’s the best.
Well, I think that just about covers everything. That’s my perfect day. I’ll be sure to update when it happens!