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A NYC Weekend

Espresso Martini overlooking NYC

One of my favorite things in the whole world is exploring new places with the people I love. I have a constant case of the travel bug because it truly brings me so much joy to eat & drink my way through a new city.

I recently took a trip to New York City to spend a long weekend with my family. We had a blast and found a few golden spots I wanted to share with you.

If you ever find yourself in NYC looking for a food or drink recommendation, these were some of our favorite spots:

Mr. Purple Rooftop Bar

This was probably my favorite bar we went to all weekend for two reasons:

1. This rooftop bar in the Lower East Side overlooks the entire city, from the World Trade Center all the way to the Empire State Building. We arrived to the rooftop just before sunset and it was absolutely magical watching the sun go down and the city lights turn on. We also beat the night out crowd by going early, which I would also recommend to secure a seat and enjoy sipping your cocktail and soaking in the city views.

2. They had an incredible espresso martini - my go-to cocktail right now. It was delicious and made the experience sitting up there overlooking the city that much better. I would highly recommend this spot!

Tompkins Square Bagels

One of the things I was most looking forward to in NYC was a New York bagel - in my opinion, they are just on a whole other level from bagels anywhere else. I'm sure there are hundreds of incredible bagel shops throughout NYC, but we happened to be staying close to Tompkins Square Bagels, and let me tell you – I will forever dream about the bagels there.

We ended up going there every morning for bagels and coffee because it was just that good. We knew we hit the jackpot when we showed up and the line was out the door. It was heavenly!

I would recommend ordering the Triple Crown. It's canadian bacon, apple smoked bacon, scallion cream cheese, spiced honey maple glaze, egg, and cheese. We ordered it on an everything bagel. Linda, Listen- this bagel is a slice of heaven on earth! You won't regret ordering it.

McSorley's Old Ale House

When we first arrived to the city, my sweet Momma picked us up from the airport first thing in the morning. We couldn't check into our Airbnb until 3pm, so we had some time to kill.

My brother recommended we walk over to McSorley's Old Ale House, and it was the perfect buffer place! McSorley's, established in 1854, is one of the oldest pubs in NYC, and it has so much history. The walls are stacked with old artifacts and photographs, the floors full of sawdust, and they only serve two kinds of beer: light or dark.

We had a blast sitting in here, looking at the walls, chatting it up, and drinking our light and dark beer! I'd recommend making a stop at McSorley's for a drink or two during your NYC adventures - such a cool spot!

Caffe Napoli - Little Italy

If you're in New York City, you have to eat at least one meal in Little Italy! You really can't go wrong on Mulberry Street. We just kind of stumbled upon Caffe Napoli, as it's right on the corner, and they had seating out on the sidewalk where we could enjoy the weather and people watch, one of my favorite hobbies.

The food was absolutely delicious! We each ordered a different kind of pasta, and everyone enjoyed their meal. I ordered the Rigatoni Vodka and an espresso martini, and I would definitely eat there again!

The Ready Rooftop Bar

This rooftop bar, although not a rooftop with the best view of the city, had really fun vibes! It would definitely be a fun place to make reservations for cocktail hour before dinner or for a few day drinks!

We only stayed here for one drink because we were looking for a rooftop bar to watch the sunset with a view of the city, and this wasn't that. But, overall, a fun stop in our NYC weekend adventures!

I ordered a Moscow Mule, another one of my go-to cocktails, and it didn't disappoint!

The Dead Rabbit

This Irish pub is such a hidden gem we found while exploring the city. As soon as we walked through the door, it felt like we were transported straight to Ireland. We luckily found a few seats at the end of the very crowded bar to order a few drinks.

I ordered a Smithwicks red ale, as that's all we drank when we went to Ireland in 2022. The first sip brought me straight back to Kilkenny, Ireland (one of my all time favorite places I've ever visited)!

I would also recommend ordering an Irish Coffee while you're there. If you're a fan of Irish pubs, this spot should be on your list!

Other Recommendations:

  • Zazzy's Pizza - After we stopped at Mr. Purple's Rooftop bar, we walked across the street to Zazzy's Pizza for some NYC pizza. It was the perfect ending to a day eating and drinking our way through the city. There's nothing like a slice of New York pizza!

  • Doc Holliday's - This is a fun little dive bar in the East Village with country music constantly playing on the juke box. It's a fun little hang out spot, but will get really crowded at the right time of night!

  • Stone Street Tavern - If you have time to venture to Stone Street in NYC, you will be greeted with a ton of fun restaurants and bars to eat and hang out. We ate at Stone Street Tavern, and we all enjoyed the food & atmosphere!

  • Dumpling N' Dips - Such a random recommendation, but we were starving as we were walking the city one day and stopped into Dumpling N' Dips to grab a quick bite, and it was delicious! We had amazing dumplings here. I would definitely go back again.

New York City is such an incredibly large, busy city. It's filled with so many golden spots to eat and drink - there's truly something for everyone. We barely scraped the surface of places to eat & drink, but these were some of our favorite places in the short time we were there.

Linda, Listen - Book the trip to NYC to eat and drink your way through the massive city. Your stomach will thank you later!


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