Hello hello and welcome back, today’s blogpost is a little look into our recent trip to New York. A trip that soon became our engagement trip... eeeeek!
As promised I’m going to share some of the snaps we took on my new film camera (that I absolutely love, it’s the Pentax Espio 738 btw) my phone and digital camera, a real mixed bag of mediums but a selection of photos that sum up our trip beautifully.
If you’re looking for some more recommendations for how to do New York then check out last years post too as there are tonnes in there for ya.
But anyway, on August 5th we headed back to our happy place for our 4th anniversary. We spent our 3rd in the city and also had our first holiday there together back in November 2015 so it really is a very special place for us.
This time around we stayed at the Made Hotel in Manhattan and I would highly recommend it as a fabulous place to stay whilst in the city. Not only are the rooms gorgeous, super bright and modern but the staff are super duper friendly, the food delicious and the location fabulous for being slap bang in the centre of Manhattan and a really great base for exploring the rest of New York too.
We arrived late afternoon on Monday and after a quick freshen up and a cocktail on the hotel’s roof terrace, we hotfooted a couple of blocks to Tacombi for some of the best Mexican of my life. A really relaxed vibe and with a really cool aesthetic that thankfully the food lived up to. I’d highly recommend the shrimp tacos and the tuna tostada, I’m still dreaming of them now.
For our first full day in the city we started off with brunch at The Smith, a really cool, dimly lit joint that offers a relaxed dining experience throughout the day. I had the baked eggs and George the eggs benedict, both of which were delicious and really reasonably priced too.
We then took a short walk to the Empire State Building, something I haven’t done since my first trip for my 18th birthday.
I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie when it comes to heights so love being up high when I’m exploring a city. On our first trip to the city together we went up the Rockefeller (which I think I might prefer) so this time was the turn of the Empire State. The views are great but what we really surprisingly loved was the museum before heading up in the lifts.
After a day of shopping on Madison Avenue we got spruced up for dinner at TAO. I’ve been to TAO before and loved it so knew I wanted to take George there. There are two in the city, one that features in Sex and the City but typically I picked the wrong one... but alas the Asian fusion food was incredible and the atmosphere electric! I would highly recommend heading there if you’re up for something a little fancier and certainly very romantic.
Day two came and we were headed on a helicopter ride. A private ride across Manhattan that George kindly gifted me with for my birthday as he knew it was a dream of mine to go in a helicopter.
And we all know what happened next 🙊 he proposed to me, above our favourite city, how god damn magical!
It was absolutely perfect in every way but I won’t go on too much, check out this post or this video for more goss on the whole proposal 💕
Once we landed back on the groundl we excitedly headed to The Dead Rabbit, a dive bar we’d always wanted to go to. In here we FaceTimed our families (who of course already knew😭) and celebrated our engagement with a couple of pints! The Dead Rabbit is an awesome bar, similar to Skinny Dennis and deffo one to add to the list if, like us you love a dive bar.
The evening was spent watching Queen at Madison Square Garden which was one of the best shows of my life. I cried my way through the set with the love of my life by my side, it really was the most magical day of my life!
Firmly in the engagement bubble we woke and headed for a spot of brunch at Two Hands which was absolutely unreal! I love an Australian style brunch and this place really knocked it out of the park. We then spent the afternoon shopping at some of my faves including Reformation and Opening Ceremony before succumbing to the heat and finding a little slice of rooftop heaven at The Crown at 50 Bowery. An insane bar that has the most incredible views across the city, it felt like a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of New York life.
That evening we went to see Pretty Woman on Broadway... but the less said about that the better, it wasn’t great, a bit of a disservice to one of my favourite films.
And then it was time for our last day 😔 we took the subway over to Brooklyn and to Sweet Chick, one of our fave discoveries of our last trip. Fried chicken paired with fluffy waffles and drizzled with maple syrup, it really is a taste sensation and one of my favourite foodie joints in the city. After leaving around 5 stone heavier we went back to Skinny Dennis for a quick one before walking back across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Walking the Brooklyn bridge is one of my favourite things to do and is definitely up there with one of my “must do’s” for NYC. If you can walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan then you’re winning because the views of the skyline are seriously out of this world
From there we walked to Greenwich village as we knew we had to finish such a dreamy trip back at our favourite cheese joint, Murray’s.
We visited Murray’s before a Stevie Wonder show back in 2015 and completely fell in love with the relaxed atmosphere, the killer playlist and of course the delicious cheese on offer. As usual we opted for a bottle of red, the cheese mongers choice platter and a bowl of the best Mac & Cheese you will ever try!
And that’s it, our beautiful New York trip in a photo heavy nutshell. I truly hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to check out last years post for even more recommendations.
Drop me a comment if you have any further questions and I’ll be sure to get them answered asap.
Thanks so much for reading and see y'all soon.
Primrose Bigwood says
Ahh so much wanderlust from looking at these – you guys are just beaming, so lovely to see! x
Megan Ellaby says
Oh babes, thank you xxx
Abbi Tooke says
Oh this all looks so so amazing, if I wasn’t already lusting after a trip to NYC I 100% am now!
Looks like a truly magical trip for you both x
Megan Ellaby says
It was the most magical of trips <3 you should totally book one 😉