If you’re like me and live in the D.C. area, you’ve likely been to New York City at least a few times over the years. You’ve hit all the touristy spots — Times Square, Staten Island, Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall. And you may or may not have gone on the Sex and the City bus tour…
What’s left?? Well, we all know that’s a silly question.
I recently spent a weekend in New York and have rounded up 5 places you must visit on your next trip to the Big Apple. Hint: it starts with a latte and ends with cookie dough. You’re welcome.
Cha Cha Matcha
373 Broome Street
Move over Unicorn Frappuccinos, matcha is a coffee house trend that’s here to stay. Head to Cha Cha Matcha in Little Italy to make all your pink and green dreams come true. I tried the Matcha Latte and was not disappointed. It came with the cutest matcha heart latte art and tasted HEAVENLY. I might be a matcha convert. And that’s saying a lot for someone who has Starbucks’ Iced Coffee on repeat.
World Trade Center
I love spaces. I love spaces that have grandeur and make me feel like an honored guest when I walk in. The Oculus at the World Trade Center was one of those places. It was on my list for months and like matcha lattes, it did not disappoint – less tasty but did not disappoint.
It’s difficult not to become completely overwhelmed with emotion the moment you step onto the sacred grounds of the World Trade Center. Standing quietly at the memorial site was even more heart-wrenching but I forced myself to silently read as many names as I could on the plaques. They need to be remembered.
In an inexplicable way, stepping into the white, light and bright Oculus is almost cathartic after remembering that horrible day. Despite all the shops and the thousands of people buzzing about, there is something cathedral-like about the space. Add this to your list, if only to pay your respects.
1071 5th Avenue
Nerd alert – I adore art museums. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea but for me, standing in front of a great work of art is like getting a front-row seat to a genius’ mind. I could go on and on about my love of art but I’ll save that for another post.
The Guggenheim was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and houses the likes of Kandinsky, Picasso, Modigliani (one of my favorites), and Mondrian.
If that doesn’t do it for you, this museum has no stairs! Well, it has stairs but you don’t have to use them to peruse.
The Guggenheim is just a beautiful building with beautiful works of art. Be sure to stop by Bluestone Lane coffee shop a block away after. Avocado toast and great lattes!
Cookie DŌ NYC
550 LaGuardia Place
Be still my heart. I first heard about this place on the news and immediately put it on my “to indulge” list for New York. When I arrived, the official line was across the street from the tiny shop. A camera crew was setting up to film a segment about the (crazy?) people who had come from all over to get scoops of dough. I decided to wait. Like most things in New York, it did not disappoint either (notice a trend here).
The shop is beyond adorable with plenty of pink, polka dots, whisk light fixtures, and customers with the hungriest eyes I’ve ever seen. I got two scoops of the chocolate chip and cake batter cookie dough for $7 and spent a good 10 minutes wondering how I could transport more back to D.C. Besides being completely adorable, the dough was delicious. I’m shocked to say I could only eat half of it.
To wait or not to wait? Wait.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop
1000 5th Avenue
To cap off this list, I highly recommend watching the sunset from the rooftop of the Met. The site will tell you that it’s members only but I hopped on an elevator, pushed a button and got up with no questions asked.
There was an audible gasp the moment the elevator doors opened and we stepped onto the rooftop. It was golden hour, the sun was filtering through the green-leaf vines by the bar and the panorama view of the city was captivating. It really is a piece of heaven. There is no better way to end a day than with glass of wine while admiring sculpture in one of the greatest cities on earth.
Bonus: The Met closes at 9 p.m. on Saturday’s. More to see after sunset.
I hope you enjoy these New York gems as much as I did! Bon voyage!