recapping our trip to new york city

My mom and I just returned from celebrating my sister’s 21st birthday in NYC! She lives there and we surprised her by coming in for the weekend. It was SOOOO much fun!

Where we stayed
We stayed at The Maxwell (Marriott) because it’s really close to my sister’s apartment. We loved it! The rooms were surprisingly big for NYC, and we got free breakfast + a $30 bar credit each day that definitely did not go unused.

Where we ate
I am realizing more and more that I’m a creature of habit, ha. Two of the dinner places we went to were repeats from my last trip to NYC. They are that good!

Horny Ram – we stopped here when we landed for drinks and appetizers. I had no idea it would be as good as it was! All of the food was phenomenal and the drinks were so fun. It was the perfect way to start the weekend!

Budakken – It’s all about the ambiance here! It’s dark with tons of candles and lights, and it just feels cool. Their menu is mostly dim sum and sharable meals. We got edamame dumplings, general tso’s dumplings (our favorite!), vegetable fried rice, mushroom noodles and filet.

Bocca – This was my mom’s request and I’m so glad we went. We split the burrata appetizer, Cappuccina salad and of course, their signature Tonnarelli with cheese and pepper (basically pasta twirled in a giant wheel of cheese at your table). This was probably our favorite meal this trip!

La Esquina – From the outside, this looks like a fast casual taco joint/deli. But when you knock on the basement door, it opens to a somewhat upscale Mexican restaurant with the best tortilla soup and queso fundido I’ve ever! I also got the enchiladas with 24-hour mole sauce. I just looked back at my last NYC post and I literally got the exact same thing. Wow, I’m adventurous! 🙂

Joe’s Pizza – Always!

What we did
230 Fifth Igloo bar – Such a fun concept! We went to an igloo bar for drinks after dinner one night. In addition to 100%, hands-down the best, most life changing hot chocolate I’ve ever had, the view was fantastic and the igloos were nice and toasty. The mulled wine was delish too!

My sister’s birthday party! On Saturday, we celebrated my sister’s birthday with a “2000s” party (yes, that makes me feel old). We hung out at her house (my mom and I in graffiti t-shirts, ha) and then went to Public House.

BeetleHouse NYC – My sister loves Tim Burton so we had to check out the BeetleHouse bar. The drinks were…interesting. I definitely won’t be ordering wine with dry ice in it ever again BUT the general theme/decor was awesome.

Beetle Juice on Broadway – OMG. I can’t say enough good things about Beetle Juice on Broadway. Again, my sister loves Tim Burton, so my mom and I got up on Sunday AM and got tickets at TKTS (get there around 10:15 and dress warm – they open at 11!). I would have never thought to go see this show and I can honestly say it was one of the best, if not the best, I’ve ever seen. It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s AMAZING!

Refinery Rooftop Bar – Had a quick drink here for a break from walking so much. Great view outside, beautiful green-house-feel inside!

Lots of exploring and walking around! We shopped, checked out a few new-to-me areas (Bryant Park! Canal street!) and enjoyed the decent weather when it wasn’t raining. My mom and I also cashed in on some old Massage Envy gift cards and got a massage on our last day. 🙂

What I wore
Ummm…nothing crazy. My staples were my Herschel hat, Jeffrey Campbell booties (good for ALL weather) and a Zara fur jacket (similar to this). I also got this new Chaser tee right before we left…love it! My carry-on Calpak suitcase (TJMaxx…always!) was the perfect size for a weekend trip.

It was the BEST trip celebrating my sister and hanging with my mom! Any NYC recs for next time?