As promised in my previous post about my first fashion show experience with Yuna Yang, I’m back with a full recap of my trip to New York for New York Fashion Week!
As many of you know, my initial flight out of Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Thursday morning, was cancelled due to the blizzard in New York, and after many hours of frustration, my boyfriend managed to secure us a flight on Friday night. Although we technically rescheduled our flight, there were still some issues prior to boarding the plane, since apparently, Expedia didn’t fully complete the booking from their end. It was definitely a heart-stopping moment because I was almost ready to accept the fact that my first NYFW experience wasn’t going to happen. In the end, though, my boyfriend spoke to the manager of Jet Blue and made the flight happen. Truly an amazing guy 😉 He always manages to make everything possible!
Where I Stayed
With a red eye flight, we arrived in New York City at 8:30 in the morning, and we were immediately picked up and transported to our home for the next few days, the Arlo NoMad. The Arlo Nomad is located just a short distance away from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park, and I loved how it was located so centrally in Manhattan.
Being New York, the Arlo NoMad featured micro guest rooms, and though it might be a bit small for some, I enjoyed the intricate designs and playful touches that were implemented in order to make these “micro rooms” super chic and cozy. The first two floors of the hotel also offered super inviting communal spaces, including a lounge and library, which is perfect for morning coffees and people watching, activities that I love to take part in in order to really look at a new city through the perspective of locals. Another big plus – the hotel concierges, especially Carlos, were so friendly and nice! 🙂
Places I Visited
With my trip being so short, due to the delays and last minute accommodations since there was a snowstorm and all, we were only able to stay in the city for 3 nights and 4 days. Rather than trying to pack in all of the touristy activities, though, I wanted this trip to be more relaxed, so we just did things at our own leisure, with only a loosely planned itinerary to guide us.
One of the places that we definitely had to visit though was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ve been there once during my first trip to New York, and I really enjoyed all of the art and culture the museum had to offer. We were here for a whole afternoon, but honestly, I think we can stay for a full day, and we’d still not be done exploring all that the museum has to offer.
And although I did say that I didn’t want to pack in all of the touristy activities, we just couldn’t resist going to Times Square! It’s one of the most famous spots in New York, due in part to all of the hustle and bustle, and I just love how alive everything feels! Although it was so cold (my face was literally freezing, and I couldn’t even feel my lips), it was still such a great experience to be able to walk amongst all of the crowds and embrace the buzzing city that never sleeps!
And of course, last but definitely not least, we visited the ever-famous Rockefeller Center! I heard from locals that the ice-skating rink and Christmas decorations were still up, so of course I couldn’t resist going at night, when it was pretty empty, to sneak in a look. The Rockefeller Center is located right near 5th Avenue, and it was such a treat to go there at night to look at all of the bright glitzy shops when the city was completely quiet. It was a completely different experience than going to visit the shops during the day because it really lets you absorb all of the luscious colors and bright lights, making it even more magical than it really is!
Where I Ate
One of the first places where I got a quick bite at was Chef Dale Talde’s Massoni, an “inauthentic” Italian restaurant tucked inside of Arlo NoMad. We got some simple breakfast sandwiches and avocado toast, as well as some coffee because it was pretty impossible to function without caffeine after our red-eye flight. The food was good, the service was quick, and the environment was definitely amazing too! 🙂
Another favorite spot of mine during this trip was the Harold, which was located just a short walk away from our hotel. With a rustic environment, the two-story restaurant featured some brunch classics, and I really loved how soft and buttery my pancakes were! The latte was a little on the foamy side, but it was okay, since I knew we were going to be getting coffees throughout the day.
Of course, we couldn’t resist the beautiful greenery outside of the Trademark Taste & Grind! While the food was definitely only mediocre, the environment and overall vibe of the whole place was spectacular! A tip though – they actually have a cafe at the front of the restaurant, and if you want to just get donuts, desserts, or coffee, you don’t have to visit the restaurant, since the sit-down menu is different from the to-go menu.
We visited Bibble & Sip on a complete whim because it was just too cold while we were walking around Times Square. I didn’t have much expectations of it, since we were literally just looking for a warm place to sit for a while, but this small coffee shop completely blew me away! I really loved their matcha latte, which didn’t taste too overbearingly sweet. The slight bitter aftertaste actually made me enjoy it more because it seemed more legit (and not like they were using the powder mixes that a lot of places use). I also really enjoyed the matcha cream puff, which was fluffy and soft, with just the right amount of cream 🙂
We’ve heard from so many people that Ippudo is the Shin Sen Gumi of New York (if you’re not aware, Shin Sen Gumi is one of the most popular ramen places in LA), so my boyfriend and I, being big ramen fans, definitely had to try it. The wait was over an hour, and quite honestly, I was a little underwhelmed and disappointed 😦 The ramen wasn’t bad, but definitely not up to par with what I’m used to in LA, and it was a little overpriced for what you’re getting. It was a good experience nonetheless, and it made me appreciate LA’s ramen/food scene just a little more 😉
And on our last day, right before our Uber picked us up to go to JFK, we visited Cup & Cup, a cute little Korean cafe right next door to our hotel. It had a very rustic yet quiet vibe, and I loved the environment so much! I can actually really picture myself studying here and getting some work done 🙂 The food is definitely not bad too, with Asian fusion choices that are freshly prepared, and great lattes with cute art. At night, this space is also Take 31, which is another popular restaurant to eat and hang out at, though we didn’t have time to try it. We’re definitely going to be back to try it next time we’re in town though 🙂
All in all, that sums up the highlights of my trip to New York for Fashion Week! I was really happy that I was able to experience NYFW for the first time this year since it almost didn’t happen, and although it was a short trip with only one fashion show attendance, I left the city feeling super inspired to create more great content for this blog! I know that more opportunities will definitely come up as I continue this blogging journey, and I can’t wait to experience all of it, so I can share it with you all 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this photo story, and have a great day! What were some of your favorite moments from my NYFW recap?