Yep, we are off to the USA for a holiday!!!
My parents are being fabulous and sponsoring all of us on a family trip 😀 Chris can’t make it since he doesn’t have leave.. but the 2 kids and myself are going. AND HOLY CRAP I AM EXCITED.
If you know me in real life, you’ll know that it’s no secret that I love the USA. I just love it! When I was young, we used to go allllll the time (Dad was always travelling there on business trips, and Mum and I would tag along). When I was older, I would go on business trips to the Bay Area (SF/SJ/LA) and was always so delighted. There’s something about America that really does it for me…… well, it’s probably the awesome food and excellent shopping that does 😉
This time, we will be going to the Boston area (Princeton, to be exact) to stay with and visit family. This will be the majority of the trip. It’s more of a family/kid-friendly trip.. so will be lots of play grounds, parks, etc etc involved.
Then….. then……… we will be going to NYC!!! *faint*
Of all the various states I’ve been to in the US, I’ve never been to New York. And that’s actually a city I’ve been gagging to go for ages – no need for me to explain why, right? 😉
It is going to be ONE. EPIC. HOLIDAY. Particularly because we will be travelling with 2 kids under 2. Think of the madness during the 24hr flight… the way jet lag will affect them… their schedules… etc etc. OMG. But, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
So, I’m going to assume no one is familiar with the Princeton (Boston) area, since it’s pretty small. But, if you have tips for NYC, PLEASE let me know? Specifically….
- Places to eat – recommendations I’ve had so far are Pearl Oyster Bar, Spotted Pig, Magnolia Bakery, Georgetown Cupcakes, Menchanko-Tei, Five Guys Burger and Fries.
- Places to shop – all the malls along Fifth Ave, SoHo, Woodbury Outlets
- Places to do stuff with kids – all I have is picnicking at Central Park, and Central Park zoo..
And, stuff that I’m planning to buy:
- Portable potty – any recs for a good one? We need one for Hunter to do his poos.
- Digital camera – deciding between Canon S100, Fujifilm XF1, Sony DSC-RX100 (all 3 were released just a few weeks ago, and are compact-sized but with picture quality very close to DSLR)
- Handbag – potentially either a Balenciaga mini-city, PS1 pouch, YSL chyc cabas or Stella Mccartney falabella. And for Mum… either a Prada or Chanel tote to replace her current LV for daily way.
- …. anything else that is good to buy in the USA?
Best of all, I’ll be celebrating my birthday in NYC.. right smack on Halloween. Planning to have a birthday lunch with friends (any recs for a good place?) and then taking the kids trick-or-treating.
I’m EXCITED. Can you tell?
[EDITS BELOW FROM RECOMMENDATIONS (thank you so much!):]
- Burger joint tucked away in the lobby of the Parker Meridien Hotel in Midtown (thanks Arlin and Esther)
- Serendipity Cafe on Upper East Side (thanks Arlin, Kitty and Jackie)
- Dylan’s Candy Bar on Upper East Side (thanks Arlin and Vanessa)
- Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on 148 West 51st St (thanks Arlin)
- FAO Schwarz toy store on Fifth Ave (thanks Christine, Kitty and Arlin)
- Momofuku on 207 2nd Ave (thanks Hui, Julia and Angeline)
- Momofuku Milk Bar (thanks Li)
- Carmine’s Italian on 200 West 44th St (thanks Stephanie)
- Halal Guys food cart on 53rd and 6th St (thanks Stephanie, Helen and Silin)
- Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle (thanks Stephanie)
- Shake Shack (thanks Christine, Mandy, Kitty, Li, Mel, Julia and Vix)
- Junior’s cheesecake at 386 Flatbush Ave (thanks Vix)
- Buttercup Bake Shop at? 973 2nd Ave (thanks Vix)
- Little Pie Company at 424 West 43rd St (thanks Vix)
- Doughnut Plant (thanks Vix)
- Sprinkles Cupcakes on Upper East Side (thanks Vix)
- Amy’s Bread (thanks Vix)
- MoMa store for kids books (thanks Vix)
- Balthazar Restaurant (thanks Mel and Christine)
- Statten Cruise (thanks Yvonne)
- Eataly Restaurant (thanks Mandy and Julia)
- Nordstrom Rack (thanks Mandy)
- Public Restaurant (thanks Li)
- Modern Restaurant at MoMa (thanks Li)
- Mercer Kitchen by Jean-Georges (thanks Li)
- Laduree on the Upper East Side (thanks Li and Silin)
- Ippudo (thanks Silin)
- Todd English Food Hall @ The Plaza Hotel (thanks Silin)
- Bonchon (thanks Silin)
- Bisous Ciao (thanks Silin)
- Peter Luger steakhouse (thanks Silin)
- Lady M Confections (thanks Silin)
- Buybuybaby store (thanks Silin)
- Toys R Us (thanks Jackie)
- Pastis @ Meatpacking district (thanks Esther)
- Alice’s Tea Cup (thanks Esther)
- Ess-a-bagel (thanks Esther)
- Toasties (thanks Esther)
- Baked by melissa cupcakes (thanks Ros)
- Bubba gump at 1501 Broadway (thanks Ros)
- Lego store at Rockefeller Center (thanks Vanessa)
- Grand Central Oyster Bar (thanks Jackie)
- Katz for pastrami sandwiches (thanks Stefanie)
- Billy’s Cupcakes (thanks Kitty)
- Les Halles (thanks Kitty)
- Gramercy Tavern (thanks Kitty)
- Locanda Verde (thanks Kitty)
- Lupa (thanks Kitty)
- Le Bernardin (thanks Ally)
- Patsy (thanks Bisoumoi)
- Teodora at 57th East (thanks Bisoumoi)
- Apriary in East Village (thanks Bisoumoi)
- Waffles and Dinges food cart (thanks Julia)
- Le Paddock in Brooklyn (thanks Julia)
- Blue Bottle Coffee (thanks Julia)
- Chelsea Market (thanks Ally)
- The High Line (thanks Ally)
- Union Oyster House (thanks Ginger)
- Mike’s pastry (thanks Ginger, Julia and Esther)
- New England Aquarium (thanks Ginger and Julia)
- Quincy market/faneuil hall (thanks Ginger, Julia and Esther)
- Newbury St shopping (thanks Ginger and Susy)
- Century 21 shopping (thanks Helen and June)
- Neptune Oyster (thanks Esther)
- B&G Oysters (thanks Esther)
- South End Buttery (thanks Esther)
- Flour Bakery + Cafe (thanks Esther)
- Eastern Standard Kitchen (thanks Esther)
- Prudential center (thanks Susy)
- Doughnut Plant at 23rd between 7th and 8th ave (thanks Susy)
- Billy’s Bakery for red velvet cupcakes; on 9th ave between 22nd and 21 streets (thanks Susy)
- La Bergamote for Almond Croissants on 20th street and 9th Ave (thanks Susy)
- Cookshop in Chelsea (thanks Susy)
- 100 Acres in SoHo (thanks Susy)
- Maialino in Gramercy (thanks Susy)
- Bouchon in Columbus Circle (thanks Susy)
- Top of the Hub inside the Prudential building (thanks Julia)