Ready. Set. Jet Set! The Dolls were long overdue for an adventure, so the besties decided to touch down in the OG concrete jungle. Cait and Dani are sharing the details on where they stayed, what they ate and what they did in New York City. Keep reading.
NYC lives up to the hype. There is something for everyone – at any time. Day or night. The energy is unreal, but we have to admit that we did NYC right! Our agenda included day trips to different boroughs, taxi hunting, photoshoots galore, delicious dinners, all while taking in the grand landmarks the city is known for.
Where we stayed: The Westgate NYC Grand Central is exactly what you want from a boutique hotel in a big city. It was just the right amount of glam, class and glitz… just a few of our favorite things. We recommend this spot for romantic trips, doll trips, family trips and just about all the other trips you want to take to NYC.
The best thing we did on this trip was stay in the heart of Manhattan AKA The historic Murray Hill district. (Basically walking distance from every top bagel shop in the city.)
Recently renovated you can feel the luxurious vibes of this property that pay respect to a rich, rich history. The Westgate NYC Grand Central is a 23- story brick building that was originally built in 1931 as the Hotel Tudor and went on to be known as the Hilton Midtown Hotel. Upon entering, the first thing we noticed was how spacious these hotel rooms are for NYC… we even had a balcony with an epic view of the city. We OooOO’ed and Ahhhhh’ed over the built in glam mirrors in the bathrooms… we love a good lighting situation.
While galavanting in and out of The Westgate NYC Grand Central we would always stop and spend some of our time each day in the Tudor City Tavern and lounge area. These Dolls always can make time for a vintage bar and lounge area that brings life to any instagram photo.
Where we went
- Fifth Avenue – Walking distance from our hotel. We strolled down the iconic street to check out all the fabulous stores including the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue. (Day 1)
- Central Park – This most gorgeous park in the middle of Manhattan took our breath away. We had a princess moment and spontaneously decided to take a carriage ride. One of our favorite experiences, highly recommend! (Day 1)
- The Met – We had to take a moment and grace the steps of this iconic museum. We couldn’t help but get glam for the occasion. (Day 1)
- Esa Bagel – This bagel place is a MUST! Get there EARLY to get the freshest bagels. Oh and they’ll probably be a line. Worth the line every time. (Day 2)
- Washington Square Park – This locally beloved and world celebrated park in Greenwich Village is the perfect afternoon hangout on a sunny day. We witnessed all the beautiful Spring blooms, artists and performers, and of course the iconic arch and gorgeous fountain. (Day 2)
- Soho – This borough is absolutely iconic. The cobblestone streets, the eclectic vibe, the high-end designer shopping district. SWOON! We found a Telavivian restaurant that is to doll for. You must check out 19 Cleveland for dinner *reservations a must. If the vibe is right, they may even open the speakeasy downstairs for after hours. (Day 2)
- The Brooklyn Bridge – Walking along the Brooklyn Bridge was a bucket list item on our agenda. It is truly powerful with so many people driving and walking across. The views of the city are great… and we even managed to take some epic photos so stay tuned! (Day 2)
- Ground Zero – We stumbled across the World Trade Center and felt that we were meant to see the museum and pay our respects. (Day 2)
- Hudson Yards – This area is known as the chic residential area for Manhattan’s hard-working, beautiful people. We did happy hour overlooking the “vessel” and beautiful sunset at Electric Lemon (Day 2)
- Grand Central Station – The train station is walking distance from the hotel. We stumbled upon The Campbell Speakeasy which was giving us old school glamour. (Day 2)
- Landmarks Cruise – We took a boat tour to see the Statue of Liberty in all her glory. (Day 3)
- Hells Kitchen – We ventured through this area walking and knew we wanted to dine in the area. We found the most instagrammable nd delish Thai restaurant, @nine. (Day 3)
- Times Square – Our final destination was Times Square. Pretty cool to see in person! The most screens ever, crazy energy, and a super cute Disney store 😉 (Day 3)
Our trip in NYC was fulfilling and traveling again is filling our hearts with so much joy. The memories we make on these Dollventures last a lifetime.