Everyone is asking me why, and I can’t really put my finger on it except to say that I haven’t been able to explore as much of the city as I would have liked. Every day was really about commuting, not finding all the great spots to play, and I don’t like operating in a heads-down let’s work all the time world. So I’ll return to NYC when I don’t have to think so much about my career (i.e., must more established) so much and I can have a little time to get to know the city.
But just because I’m leaving doesn’t mean there aren’t things I will miss. NYC offers SO MUCH amazingness, it is tough to go elsewhere, because you know you’ll be locked in a cultural black hole in comparison.
So, if you’re ever in NYC there are places I insist you MUST try including:
Pastis for some French cuisine, if you can stand the wait. Don’t worry, there’s a Sephora, Zadig and Voltaire and Apple store nearby, so more than likely, you can stand the wait.
The Mercer Hotel, which is amazing whether you get annoyed with your roommate for the night or if you want a drink at the bar.
Little Branch is a must, especially if you love Milk and Honey in London. This underground Prohibition-style bar makes the best cocktails hands down.
Lillie’s Victorian, a cute little bar that the American Girl in me just loves.
Salon Shizen, where Yoko, the most adorable hairstylist in the world, will work wonders with your hair.
Any Broadway play, but my favorite right now is the Book of Mormon. Don’t go if you’re sensitive, as I was a little paranoid I was going to be struck by lightening for laughing.
Deniz Turkish. Amazing vegetarian options and great wine specials abound.
…this list is by no means exhaustive. What is your favorite thing to do in NYC?