5th December 2014

New York City

There is something truly magical about this city, there’s a buzz that fills the air like no other place in all of the world. There’s no mystery behind why so many talented musicians penned songs about it and why film after film uses this landscape as it’s backdrop, it’s obvious. It’s the one island that creatives flock and a place that you’re guaranteed to find a dreamer on every corner. This metropolis is known by three meaningful letters that represent something different to each and every person who lives there, works there and visits there – NYC is something so special.

To dine. 

Whatever your palate desires you are sure to find it within the radius of Manhattan. Amongst the street corner soft pretzels, pizzerias and familiar restaurant favorites are the hidden gems. The places so uniquely picturesque that it will be hard to leave even though your appetite is fully satisfied.

If there ever was a place that I’ve always dreamed of dining it’s The River  Cafe and it lived up to every expectation. Nothing short of the most beautifully-romantic-whimsical night dining riverside under the bright lights of the breathtaking skyline. This gem is nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge and view of the skyline from this special place is stunning.

the river cafe

riverside cafe

Then there’s the scenic restaurant tucked away in the ever-so charming Central Park, Tavern on The Green. Reopening in May after undergoing a facelift, it still holds the glamorous NYC history of yesteryear, yet has been modernized for today. The eats suitably match the ambiance that this sweet restaurant has to offer. We chose to brunch on the stuffed french toast, cheese grits and poached eggs paired with salmon + lobster. We were in heaven.

tavern on the green

tavern on the green

Situated at the end of 5th Ave and the start of Central Park is the luxurious Plaza hotel. Within the classic hotel is the Palm Court, New York’s premiere destination for Afternoon Tea. The ambiance has a modern flare but, the historic Beaux Arts décor and superb service confirms that through the years everything that has made this haven so special has not been lost.

plaza hotel

afternoon tea plaza

If you’re craving something sweet you must make your way to Serendipity’s. This cute cafe packs the sweetest delights in a cozy and eclectic atmosphere. The frozen hot chocolate is a constant favorite.

Frozen hot chocolate

To shop.

If you head down 5th Ave you’ll see most of your favorite high streets shops and a few ‘flagship’ stores. The first ever Macy’s is situated on 34th street and definitely worth a stop. I’m certainly not one for just window shopping but at Christmas time the department store windows are a magical sight; Macy’s, Bergdorf & Goodman, Bloomingdales, Saks and Lord & Taylor are some of the best.

5th ave shopping

There are also tucked away boutiques spread throughout Greenwich. If you’re looking for a unique piece or want a more personal shopping experience, stroll these streets.

To entertain. 

It doesn’t take long to realize that the nickname of ‘a city that never sleeps’ is truly adequate. There’s always something to do no matter the time of day, the streets are continuously busy and the lights never go dim.  The theatre is a perfect way to spend an evening in the city and the talent on Broadway is the cream of the crop. If you’re looking for a daytime activity, head to the museums, from history to modern art you’ll find something interesting to quench your thirst for creativity.

To admire.

Pack your flats because whether you’re strolling the streets of Greenwich or browsing the shops on 5th Ave, traveling by foot is the best way to explore this concrete landscape. There’s no place like Central Park, there’s something unbelievably magical about this endless scenery – especially in the fall. It’s a place that locals and visitors alike escape from the busyness of the city for some peace and serenity. I’m convinced some of the most beautiful art and colossal dreams were derived within the acres of this vast garden. 

CENTRAL PARK

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the the tall skyscrapers, also something to be admired. Not only do they make up the picturesque skyline but they mirror success, triumphs, history and progression. The Freedom Tower is the newest addition, its beauty resounds far beyond the structure or design; it resembles a plethora of emotions from deep sadness and fear to every heroic individual and a unified nation.

skyline

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This city is truly something exquisite, the contagious vibe it exudes is like no other. If you’ve never paid her a visit it’s one to get on your hit list fast, and once you’ve been – it’s likely you’ll keep coming back time and time again. New York City, you are everything.

Photo cred : Kat Harris, The Plaza and Stephen Illy 
  • absolutely exquisite!!!! There isn’t a city more romantic than NYC at Christmas time. Adore it. And I see those Bendel bags….LOVE! xx

    • Isn’t she lovely! And yes, your little eyes spied right, although most of it was Christmas presents. xx

  • Amazing photos of you two! I am writing down those restaurants & spots for afternoon tea for my annual birthday trip with my hubby in February! This year, we went to see Lion King on Broadway which was breathtaking, walked around central park in the wintery snow, & shopped at Macys and little boutiques until we dropped! Again, amazing photos and what a trip to remember!

    xoxo
    Katie

    • Annual birthday trip to NYC?!? How fun! I may just adopt that tradition! Those were some of our favorite eats but there are just so many wonderful places to dine! Can’t wait to hear all about your next trip!

  • Ahhhhh! Be still my beating heart! Ah beloved NYC how you belong in our hearts! Loved that pic of you with the Henri Bendel bags… Stunning! (And I think I also bought that scarf lol!) How beauuuuuutiful is Tavern on the Green 🙂 Exquisite!!! And The Plaza… Even catching a glimpse of it every time you walk down Fifth just causes your heart to skip a beat!!! Love your portrait pics too… Divine! As a fellow New York City lover you have captured the city perfectly 🙂 Thank you lovey!!!! Mwah!! Xoxoxo

    • Isn’t she lovely!?!? We must plan a girls trip – how fun would that be!? These pictures are just a few out of the million beautiful things we captured! Thanks for the sweet words lovely! Until we visit that place again… 🙂

  • kim

    glad you enjoyed your visit there. Both my daughters live there!

    • How lucky are they!? Do they just love it!? It’s so special.

  • I LOVED following along on IG. I’ve never been to NYC but I’ve always had a magical obsession with it, it’s at the top of my list and I know without a doubt I will love it. Thanks for sharing, your pictures are perfect!

    • Oh there’s no doubt you’d love it! I fall in love again every time I visit – it’s such a special and stunning place!

  • You are so right! There is something magical about NYC and your photos capture it!

  • Beautiful pictures! Tucking this post away for when we visit NYC!

  • Anitah

    amazing!

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  • Greg Morais

    Saw this site and it made me think about having a coffee sometime soon. Also the photographs are very good. Very professional.