Labor Day Weekend in NYC

Happy Monday friends!
In case you missed it over the weekend, I co-hosted a crock pot recipe link-up with two lovely bloggers where I shared a recipe for beef tacos. I’m seriously obsessed with this recipe, so be sure to check it out ASAP! This link-up is going to happen on the second Sunday of every month, so be sure to get your crock-pot recipes ready for October 14th!
Back to today…it’s crazy that we’ve been back from NYC almost a week now, I feel like September is flying by already! Although our Labor Day visit to the Big Apple was really quick, I’m so glad we went. It was awesome to spend time with my sister, and I just fall a little bit more in love with New York every time I visit. Being we were going for such a short time, I opted not to bring our camera and just use my cell phone to take pictures. We had a fabulous time hanging out and eating a lot, looking back at the pictures make me smile…enjoy!
(If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of these!)
My sister lives in Williamsburg (so in Brooklyn) and it was fun to get to see her neighborhood!
(Also, I love this picture of us, idk why but it’s one of my favorites!)
After our red eye in on Friday night, we were in dire need of coffee on Saturday morning! There are tons of cute coffee shops in Brooklyn, but we ended up stopping at Verb. We ended up trying a few others over the weekend and I love how unique they all are.
After checking out Brooklyn, we took the subway over to the West Village area because my sister had to work for a bit on Saturday. We stopped at another adorable cafe and got to walk around all the charming streets–I absolutely love this area of NYC!
Cam & Melissa rocking their wild tennis shoes

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex and the City is right around the corner from my sister’s store, so I made her be a tourist and take me there for a picture 🙂 And considering that the West Village is one of the most expensive parts of Manhattan, I’m pretty sure Carrie would not have been able to afford this place!

After my sister left for work, Cam and I headed over to the High Line, an elevated park on the west side of the city. Even though it was hot, it was still really fun to walk around and get great views of the city.

After the High Line, we stopped off at Chelsea Market. This place was foodie heaven! Food Network has offices here, and it’s just a really neat place to walk around. There are all sorts of amazing specialty food stores, so definitely come hungry!

Later on in the afternoon, we met up with my sister’s boyfriend Ben for a little pre-dinner snack at Eataly near Union Square while we waited for my sister to get off work. I had originally tried Eataly when I was in NYC back in March and had been dying to take Cam. If you love food, it’s a fun place to browse.
After my sister got off work, we headed over to Washington Square–great people watching! 🙂

For dinner on Saturday, we ate at momfuku noodle bar and it was delicious! It’s definitely a happening place to get a casual and relatively inexpensive meal (for NYC). I had the momofuku ramen which featured pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg–incredible! After dinner, we tried going to a few different bars to watch the Michigan/Alabama game, but everywhere was super crowded. Since we had been walking all day and were pretty exhausted, we ended up going over to Ben’s apartment to watch the game which was really fun…plus his cat Porky kept us company 🙂
Sunday morning, we had breakfast with our friends Jeff and Laura in Brooklyn at a cute little place called egg. Although they live in Michigan now, Jeff’s family lives in New York so they were in town for Laura’s NY baby shower so it just worked out that our visits overlapped. It was really great to see them, and I’m so excited to meet their baby later this year!
After breakfast, we spent some more time walking around Brooklyn. It has such a different feel than Manhattan, and parts of it actually remind me a lot of Portland!

While walking around, we stopped by the Brooklyn Flea, which a big market that’s housed in an old bank building in the winter and down by the river in the summer. Don’t let the word Flea fool you, there are lots of Antrhopologie-esque items (that are surprisingly pricey) along with artisan food vendors. We got an amazing donut, and it was fun to see the crazy things they had for sale. (Honestly, who is going to buy that pink elephant?!)
Sunday afternoon, we headed over to have lunch at Katz’s Deli! It’s super touristy, but their sandwiches are amazing.

One thing Katz’s is famous for is it’s where that “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed, and they had a little sign showing the table where Meg Ryan sat. I got a pastrami reuben and it was SO good.
Since my sister is a vegetarian, she cleary had a very filling lunch pickles…ha. It was so much fun to hang out with Melissa and Ben together, they are just precious 🙂
After lunch, we ended up walking around Soho all afternoon shopping–so fun, but definitely tired us all out! That’s why Sunday night we decided to have a more low-key evening on the Upper East Side. One thing I love about NYC is the abundance of cheap mani/pedi places on every corner. Melissa and I found a place near Ben’s apartment that had mani/pedis for $19.99, such a steal! I always have a hard time deciding on colors, but I ended up going with Essie’s Chinchilly (a purplish gray) on my fingers and Wicked (a dark wine) on my toes. After getting our nails done, we met up with Melissa’s friend Caroline for dinner at Beyoglu, an awesome Turkish restaurant on the UES.

Monday, it was pretty quiet around the city which was actually kind of nice. I absolutely love macarons, so we made stops at two different shops Monday morning–they’re just so pretty!

Monday, I also got to meet up with my friend Dani, for a bit and it was really great to see her and catch up!

For lunch Monday, we ate at The Plaza Food Hall inside the Plaza Hotel and I absolutely loved this place. There were all sorts of gourmet food options and it reminded me a lot of Harrod’s in London–highly recommend it if you’re in Central Park and looking for a good lunch option! I got a lobster roll that was fantastic. Ben suggested this place, and it was really great of him to be able to spend so much time with us while we were there!

After lunch Monday, we walked around and did some more shopping (surprise) before heading back to Brooklyn. We got a quick pre-flight snack at The Meatball Shop, which was AWESOME. I was totally obsessed with the decor in this place–Edison light bulbs, subway tile, old school house elements, it was sort of industrial but warm which I love! Plus, the meatballs we got were really tasty.
And because we thought we hadn’t eaten enough this trip, we stopped at the momofuku milk bar in Brooklyn to try their “cereal milk” ice cream before catching a cab to the airport. It’s definitely weird, like it tastes like the milk that’s leftover after you eat cereal, but I liked it!


 Overall, it was an amazing trip and we packed a lot into three days! I had such a great time and absolutely love being in New York. It was so nice to spend time with my sister, and it makes me sad that we can’t just hang out or grab lunch without one of us getting on a plane for five hours. But at the same time, I’m really happy that she’s getting the chance to live in NYC; the city so totally fits her and she’s done so well adapting and just really going out of her way to get the most out of this experience. I can’t wait to go back and visit her again soon! Xoxo

PS: You can read about my previous trips to NYC here, here, and here.