Where we stayed:
I've wanted to stay at this hotel for a while and I'm so happy that we finally had the chance to! Every year Adam has a series of concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and every year we stay at the same hotel. We stay with the rest of the orchestra in midtown Manhattan at Le Parker Meridien, which is crazy convenient for his work purposes, but this time we decided to explore a new neighborhood a little closer to the action: Chelsea.
There are several things that attracted us to the High Line Hotel but let's start with the most important one, coffee. The High Line Hotel has an Intelligensia coffee bar in the lobby and a cute little coffee truck out in the courtyard. This meant we could roll out of bed and grab a well made espresso drink before doing anything else! Just like home. Priorities, people.
We also loved the interior and design of the High Line Hotel. I just wanted to curl up in the lobby with a book and stay there all day. Comfy sofas, espresso and pastries and some solid people watching. We may or may not have sighted a couple of celebrities too. My only regret was not hanging out and relaxing more at the hotel. That dimly lit, quirky library vibe is so inviting!
Next up, this hotel is dog friendly! 🐩 We'd planned to take Elsie with us but decided against it at the last minute. I always love seeing dogs in hotel lobbies and with their owners enjoying a coffee, so even without her there, this was a huge benefit for a dog mom traveling without her pup. Next time, she'll be joining us because the Chelsea neighborhood is much calmer than midtown. She's gonna love meeting the neighborhood dogs grabbing a morning coffee in the lobby. ha! If we had a coffee shop that allowed dogs in Boston, I'd be all over that.
Lastly, this hotel is super cozy and close to the Chelsea Market, the High Line, and walking distance to the subway. Speaking of the Chelsea Market, have y'all been? This was my second time there and it's officially become a must visit anytime I'm in NYC. If you're a foodie like me, you need to go there. No trip to the Chelsea Market is complete without a goats milk tahini ice cream at Seed + Mill! While you're there, stock up on their amazing freshly ground tahini. It's some of the best tahini I've ever had and it elevates every dish I use it in.
Where we ate:
De Maria is brand new to the Nolita neighborhood and has quickly become a favorite in the foodie community. The decor is modern, beautiful and begging to be featured on your Instagram. The food is vegetable forward and really tasty. We couldn't wait to eat there and really loved it. I would say the one thing that stuck in my mind and blew me away was the turmeric chili bone broth. I could drink it everyday. So nourishing and satisfying.
We love ABC Kitchen and this is Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's newest addition to the family. ABCV is all vegetarian and even though we eat meat, we're all about this place. The plates were beautiful, the food is on trend health wise and I can't wait to go back. We recommend the sea buckthorn and persimmon bowl with whipped macadamia milk! If you're into healthy, vegetarian, you'll be pleased.
My friend Erin (aka Cloudy Kitchen) introduced me to this neighborhood spot in Tribeca. We went with our friend Jill and devoured their zucchini fries, shishito peppers and smashed potatoes with black garlic. Yum! All of us ordered the salmon for dinner and loved it. This restaurant is Australian owned and has a great vibe. If you find yourself in Tribeca, check it out.
Famous on Instagram, this is another plant-based restaurant with a great little jungle interior. Adam and I both ordered the avocado toast and it was just ok, but the green juice was lit. I'd go back just for the Goddess of Green juice. Next level, friends!
Egg Shop this great little breakfast, lunch or dinner spot is also in Nolita ("North of Little Italy"). I loved my meal there and the green juice was also 👌🏼.
What we did:
Walked the High Line! I had zero excuses not to walk the High Line and I loved it, you guys. It was such a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and a great way to get inspired. It's amazing how big of a difference it makes to be elevated above the city traffic with a designated path for walking without stop lights, crosswalks and taxi cabs flying through the streets. Even in the rain, it was a highlight of my trip.