New York is a city that I could never get tired of. Mr. ESLT and I had both visited before we met each other and fallen in love with the Big Apple. Therefore, we knew that we had to return together. We took our first visit in May 2009 during a heat wave and we recently visited back in January this year, meaning we have visited in both summer and winter and I cannot make the call on which season is the best, as I loved both our visits equally.
I very rarely return somewhere twice let alone a number of times, but New York certainly has that something extra that will keep me going back for more for years to come and with so many special offers around at the moment another visit for us is certainly on the cards. If you are looking to visit New York, and you should, why not check out the superb deals here.
There are a million and one things to do in New York including sailing to the Statue of Liberty, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, visiting Times Square and not forgetting admiring the views from Top of The Rock at sunset. We’ve done all of these things, most of them twice, and they are great and must-dos in New York, especially if it is your first visit. However, there are 5 specific reasons why I want to return again (and again), and soon. I have listed them below:
1. The Rooftop Bars
When we first visited New York we had every intention of spending most evenings sipping cocktails in the swanky rooftop bars dotted across the city. However, after walking the streets and visiting all the amazing landmarks that The Big Apple is famous for, for hours and hours on end, we were good for nothing but our bed and certainly not partying the night away. When we visited earlier this year, we assumed that none of them would be open because of the cold, almost freezing, weather. How wrong were we?
We were introduced to the magnificent rooftop bar at The Refinery hotel located near Bryant Park and overs breathtaking views of the Empire State Building and neighbouring skyscrapers by our friend Anisa from Two Traveling Texans who lives in the city, proving a local’s recommendation should always be taken on board, as they more often than not know what they are talking about. A great combination of awnings, heat lamps and strong cocktails, even in the winter months, rooftop bars are an option and a great one at that.
Therefore, next time we visit New York we intend to indulge more in the rooftop bar scene because if they are great in winter I can just imagine they are awesome in summer and because we have ‘done’ most of the major sites, we’ll have more time to dedicate to experiencing the city’s nightlife.
2. The Museums
Mr. ESLT and I love visiting museums, often regardless of what they are displaying therefore when we visit New York, we are in our element. With over 100 museums in the city and neighbouring boroughs, I feel like we have only scratched the surface of what’s on offer. Our current favourite, of the ones we have visited so far, by far, is the American Museum of Natural History, it’s phenomenal, and we could have spent days in there.
We already have a list as long as our arms of other museums we want to visit on our return visit including the Frick Collection, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Gulliver’s Gate amongst many others of course. There are also a number of very niche museums including National Museum of Mathematics, Morbid Anatomy Museum and Museum of American Finance, which I must admit are all very low down on our list, but obviously, float some people’s boats!
We also found that they are a great place to seek shelter from the hot summer sun and the cold winter winds proving that regardless of the season a visit to a museum whilst in New York is a must and we are sure that you will find at least one that peaks your interest.
3. The Musicals
Musicals are my thing, I love them and whenever I am in New York I HAVE to see one. The first time we visited we watched Wicked and on our recent visit, we watched Aladdin, both of which, I can confirm, are amazing and I may have even shed a tear at the end of them because I loved the experience that much.
Even though I am British and have watched numerous musicals, and plays, in the West End in London, nothing compares to the atmosphere of Broadway – the lights, the hustle and bustle, the general vibe of the area, it’s just electric. I love nothing more than combining a show with either a pre or post theatre meal and drinks and really making an evening of it. I have converted Mr. ESLT into a musical lover too since we have been together, a decade ago the idea of watching a musical on Broadway was one he certainly would not have entertained, yet now he gets as excited about it as I do. Tickets can be expensive, especially for the more popular shows, therefore we always look for special offers and deals to try to save a bit of cash where possible.
We even have a Broadway bucket list of shows we would like to watch next time we visit, top of the list currently is Chicago. However, I have recently heard great things about Kinky Boots and even though I am not a Potter head (sorry!) I would still love to see love to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as I have not had the chance to see it in London and it’s heading to Broadway next year.
4. The Food
The New York food scene is one of my favourite in the world and it is hard not to try to eat it all whilst over there. I’d put money on the fact that you could find any dish from around the world in the City, and probably cooked to perfection. Mr ESLT is a massive steak lover and what better place to pick up a New York Strip than New York itself? In fact on our first visit together he ate steak every night we were there.
But it’s not all about the steak, we also love heading to Little Italy for authentic ‘like mama used to make’ pasta and picking up noodles whilst walking around China Town. New York is a melting pot and the culinary scene certainly mirrors it. Mr. ESLT and I are not really breakfast people however a diner breakfast is a must even if it’s just to try home fries, trust me they are amazing and if you are looking for a great, albeit slightly pricey, brunch place check out Sarabeth’s, there are few branches dotted throughout the city, thinking about the spinach and goat cheese omelette I had is making my mouth water. And if it’s cheesecake you are in search of, look no further than Juniors – it is AMAZING! We opted for a slice each when in reality one slice was more than enough to share.
Street food and snacks can’t be overlooked when in New York either, when we visited the first time together in Summer, we found we were so busy during the day, a sit-down lunch was out of the question, therefore a hotdog from one of the many street vendors was the perfect, and tasty, solution.
5. The Sport
Even though I am not the sporty type, I do love watching it and when we visit America, New York, in particular, we always try to catch a game of some sort. Unfortunately the first time we visited we were unable to get the timing right for anything, however last time we had the pleasure of catching both an ice hockey and basketball game.
We headed over to Brooklyn to watch the Brooklyn Islanders, which was a great experience and one I would certainly repeat, although maybe next time catch a New York Rangers game instead. I can imagine seeing anything at the iconic Madison Square Garden is probably great, however seeing the Knicks was something else. The place was packed to the rafters with hyped up fans and the atmosphere was crazy, even I joined in with my foam finger. Obviously, we were not courtside as we did not have $10,000 to spare(!) however we still had a great time up in the cheap seats.
The next two sporting events we want to tick off our list when we next return are to watch a baseball game, either the New York Yankees at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or the New York Mets at Citi Field in Queens. Also, catch an American Football game and see the New York Giants at the MetLife Stadium, as we love NLF and have actually visited Wembley twice to watch games, but the dream is to catch one stateside.
Have you visited New York before? Do you love it as much as we do? If so, what do you love about it and what makes you want to return? If not, it really should be on your bucket list, it really is an amazing city.
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