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Travel NYC: My Top 10

New York is one of my all time favorite places in the world!

Here are my top ten must-visit spots to check out in the Big Apple.


Polo Bar- It’s really tough it get a reservation, but it is well worth it. I set a timer on my phone to remind me a month out to log on to OpenTable and grab a reservation. Ralph Lauren’s high-end, rustic, lodge-style restaurant is a New York classic. The food is amazing, and I swear I had the best burger of my life the last time I was there. I am already looking forward to going back, especially because it’s also a great spot for celeb sightings. The last time we were there, we saw John Cena and Nikki Bella (RIP)…and we did not play it cool!

The Polo Bar, photo credit @thepolobar

BG- I can’t rave enough about BG. Not only do they have the most fabulous food, the atmosphere and service is incredible. The decor is beautiful, and the views from the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman can’t be beat. Make a trip of it, and shop around Bergdorf while you wait for your table. This is also a very popular spot, so if you know what time you want to eat, go ahead and make a reservation beforehand.

Entrance to Bergdorf Goodman @bergdorfs

Empire Rooftop- The Empire Rooftop is the perfect spot for an afternoon drink and the best spot to relax after a long day of walking and window shopping the city. It doesn’t hurt that the Empire is featured on Gossip Girl as Chuck Bass’s hotel. Be sure to snap a picture with the neon Empire sign to document your time there.

Classic Empire Sign, photo credit @theempirehotel

Laduree- Only the best macaroons in the world! Shipped in from Paris daily, Laduree’s macaroons are so fresh, fluffy, and delicious. This is always a fun spot to stop for an afternoon pick-me-up and a little sugar to help you shop until you drop. There are a couple locations in the city, but I love visiting the Soho location after shopping around the neighborhood.

Laduree macarons, photo credit @maisonladuree

Shops at The Plaza- The Shops at The Plaza has a similar feel to a bustling, classy food hall. It is a great place to grab a quick lunch while you are out, and you don’t have to spend too much money or time. The desserteries are always tempting!

Entrance to The Shops, photo credit @retroflame

Catch NYC- Catch is another one of my favorite restaurants in the Meatpacking District. We have been visiting NYC for years, and it has been fun to see the neighborhood change over the years. After stumbling upon Catch years ago, it has become a regular stop for us. They also have an amazing rooftop and cocktails.

Catch rooftop drink, photo credit @catch

Walk or Buggy Through Central Park- This activity is so touristy, but classic New York! We rode a classic buggy the first time we came to New York, and it has always stuck with me. It is such a cute photo op, and a neat way to see Central Park too.

Aerial shot of Central Park, photo credit @abovesummit

Boathouse- I have yet to go to the Boathouse, but it made my list because I have been dying to go. Katie went the last time she was in the city, and she was lucky enough to have a couple give her their buzzer because they couldn’t wait any longer for a table. It is another spot you have to dedicate some time to if you want to eat at a table or make a reservation prior. They have a nice bar as well, and the views of Central Park and the lake are tough to beat!

View of the river from The Boathouse, photo credit @carpe_nyc

Sarabeth’s- Another go-to brunch spot! Sarabeth’s has the best brunch food. The buttermilk pancakes are to die for, and if you are feeling more of a healthy dish, the avocado toast with a poached egg is the way to go. I love meeting friends here to start the day off on the right foot.

Blueberry pancakes from Sara Beth’s, photo credit @sarabethsofficial

Whitney Museum- I had to put a museum on the list! There are so many museums that are must-sees in New York, but I have a soft spot for the Whitney. They have amazing exhibits that rotate pretty regularly, and they also have a great terrace with amazing views of the city.

Sunrise from the Whitney Terrace, photo credit @whitneymuseum

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