May 30, 2014

a quick nyc weekend guide

Somehow, I managed to catch a cold late last week and it's still lingering. I blame this crazy hot and cold weather we've been having lately, but I know that I didn't get enough sleep over the weekend. I was up early every morning thanks to the puppies and my cute little cousin Zoe who insisted we all wake up and play hide and seek each morning. Oh my goodness she is adorable. Now she's back home and we all miss having her here, especially Paisley. That pup has been going into "Zoe's room" looking for her every morning since they left. It's too cute. 

This weekend I'm hoping to feel well enough to get outside and do some of my favorite city things that I've been missing as JD and I have spent our recent weekends out of town. Most of these things, of course, involve eating, so they're doable even if I'm still sick. Honestly, I would settle for not coughing. I mind toting around a box of tissues significantly less than having a cough induced headache. And now that you are completely disgusted, lets talk about fun weekend things to do in Manhattan this weekend.

It's currently tourist season, and as odd as it may sound, I love hearing all of the different languages as I walk around the village. I like trying to identify them and wish I was on vacation too. So if you are currently visiting, planning to visit, or already live here, here is a short list of some of my favorite places to visit and things to do.
One of the many wonderful things about Manhattan is the endless amount of restaurants. I keep a running list of new places to try and most of them just happen to brunch spots. I wonder what that says about me. Once the weather gets nice, like it's expected to be this weekend, I love to sit outside for meals. Some of my favorite outdoor {West Village} brunch spots are:
Buvette - outdoor garden seating
Cornelia Street - sidewalk seating
Tartine - sidewalk seating, byob
Hudson Clearwater - outdoor garden seating

Go for a walk along the Hudson.
The High Line is great and all but it's always so crowded. Going for a walk along the Hudson River is just as pretty, but the people are more spread out. There are also plenty of spaces {on the piers} for kids to play and adults to sit down and relax. JD and I love to take a small picnic down, sit in the grass, and watch all of the boats and people go by. Just be careful crossing the bike path on your way in and out! 

Sweet treats.
Just about the minute temperatures reached fifty degrees the gelato craze set in. I've seen a couple of gelaterias pop up over the last couple of years, but so far, Grom is my favorite, most likely because it was the first gelato we had when we visited Venice. 
For cupcakes, I'm a huge fan of Billy's, their buttercream frosting is amazing and most of the time they have nutella icing. Stopping at their Chelsea location has become somewhat of a post UCB tradition, we stop on our walk home, like clockwork.
David's Tea technically doesn't sell desserts, but they do have flavors like Red Velvet and Birthday Cake. Plus, Forever Nuts tastes exactly like banana nut bread. I'm a fan and love to stop in their Bleecker Street shop every time I have to take the train from West 4th. 

See a show.
One of my favorite things to do is see a show at UCB. There are two locations, one in the East Village and one in Chelsea. It's cheap, they serve reasonably priced alcohol, and you may laugh so hard you cry. Also, as previously mentioned, there are cupcakes nearby. I haven't been in a while and they recently made a bunch of changes to teams but, some of my favorite teams/shows to see are Bucky, ASSSSCAT, The Stepfathers, and Grandma's Ashes.

Well, that's it for now. I hope you enjoy your weekend and if you're curious to see what I end up doing, follow along on instagram @proseccointhepark


  1. Beautiful picture! Happy Friday! Xoxo

  2. Hi sweetheart!
    So useful and great guide!
    Have an awesome weekend
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage Diary

  3. thanks for the tips!

  4. great post!
    i cannot wait to go to nyc one day

  5. You've no idea how much I wish that I was visiting NYC sometime soon now! I hope you feel better soon and enjoy one of those delicious-sounding buttercream icing cupcakes from Billy's for me!! :)


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    1. I haven't see it, but I've heard such great things. I'll definitely have to check it out!


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