My 21st Birthday trip to New York.
We flew out to the JFK airport the day before my birthday, I was so excited. I had always wanted to go but never had the chance, due to my parents preferring the beach to a concrete jungle!
From the airport, we headed straight to our hotel, The Carlyle. It was stunning, a large, warm reception made us instantaneously relaxed. We checked in and received a lovely bottle of champagne in the room, before heading straight off. A walk through central park, down towards Madison Square gardens, was filled with fascinating scenes. New York really is a city like no other City, and what really surprised me was how big Manhattan really is! We stopped off for some pizza on the way, because everyone knows pizza is from New York, not Italy right? We had coursed Tickets to watch the Knicks and from never watching a basketball game, I immediately liked it. It is so fast-paced and fun to watch. I would recommend it to anybody who is visiting America, go and watch a basketball game.
The next day we were all up early for Pancakes and to set off exploring the city and Madison Avenues shop. After a leisurely hour getting lost in Nike, it’s huge, it was time for our helicopter ride of the city. Apart from the helicopter pilot hitting on my girlfriend the whole ride, there were some spectacular views, and you get a real perspective of how big New York is! That evening we went to Per Se, a three Michelin star restaurant overlooking the central park, and it was perfect. You can read more about it in my top 5 places to eat in New York. Coming soon.
Following our late dinner, we had a late morning in bed before breakfast. From here we went exploring the tourist areas of Manhattan. A trip up the empire state building took most of the morning, before wondering around times square, going to the Grand central station and visiting a few shops and taking photos. a very relaxed day. For dinner, we visited Nobu, it was my first time in a Nobu and I loved it. The food, wine, and atmosphere were fantastic!
We crammed a lot into our final two days, visiting the Natural history Museum. For someone like me, who usually doesn’t go to museums, I was impressed. It is very interactive and kept me interested for a few hours. We went to a burger and milkshake restaurant called black tap, which served the biggest and best milkshakes I’ve ever seen! Before going to the Citi Field to watch the Mets beat the braves, but jeez it was cold!
On our final day we went for Breakfast near Wall St. before walking around the 911 Memorial, this was extremely moving.
After this, we went for a walk along new Yorks high-rise. They said it would be green with lots of plants growing. In reality, it was just an old abandoned railway line, with not a lot growing. Before our flight, we had the chance for a long lunch at New York edition. This was superb, and I had one of the best soufflés I have ever had!!
Overall I loved New York and I am looking forward to returning soon!!