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A Weekend in… New York

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Sex and the City, season two, and Carrie Bradshaw is weighing up the pros and cons of being a twenty-something girl in the city. It’s the same episode that sees her, and her closest girlfriends, escape to The Hamptons for the weekend at a moments notice.

Pro: Spontaneity.

Cue friend moving to the Big Apple in her own New York minute to work a dream job in film, and booking our own flights to join her the following week. What being twenty-something is all about, right?

Here are a few highlights…

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1. Brunch, but specifically at The Butcher’s Daughter in Lower Manhattan, serving up the most millennial of meals, avo toast. The menu also features more inspired offerings too – spicy kale Caesar salad, anyone?

Egg Shop, De Maria, to name a few others, also in the same neighbourhood.

2. There are no shortage of film sets around the city. We stumbled across Carrie Brawshaw’s apartment in Greenwich Village and were delighted by one guy’s resourcefulness in bringing his very own Manolo Blahnik carrier bag ‘prop’ to pose with on her steps (#DoItForTheGram).

The Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street, which also features on S&TC, is just around the corner…

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3. We did a little (tiny, really) shopping whilst in New York and found most shops holding a promotion of some kind. Banana Republic (RIP London stores), J Crew, Club Monaco, to name a few… More boutique-y stores can be found around Lower Manhattan.

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4. Central Park for a bit of inner-city tranquillity. And puppies.

Also home to the “Friends” fountain, and many other corners you’ll undoubtedly recognise…

5. The Met museum, Upper East Side. Vast floors to mooch around for hours on a rainy day.  Or hang out on the museum’s grand steps like Blair Waldorf.

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And if you want a taste of New York right here in London…

Balthazar, Covent Garden

Balthazar is the original New York-style French brasserie that has been serving up favourites since opening its first restaurant in New York’s SoHo 20 years ago. Head to Covent Garden for its freshly baked pastries or find a spot next to the oyster bar and sip on something delicious.

www.balthazarlondon.com

Dominique Ansel, Belgravia 

Home of the Cronut®, Dominique Ansel opened his London doors last year so that Londoner’s, too, could sample the doughnut-cum-croissant that New Yorkers would queue around the block for.

www.dominiqueansellondon.com

Dean and DeLuca, Mayfair (coming soon)

Another renowned New York establishment crosses the pond. Bringing its array of deli foods, you’ll find everything from your New York blend coffee here to specialist wines and cheeses when Dean and DeLuca opens up on Mayfair’s Mount Street.

www.deandeluca.com

by CHLOE, Covent Garden (coming soon) 

Your new favourite brunch spot. This New York eatery is opening up shop in London’s Covent Garden and serving up all your brunch favourites, plus a few new ones, from it’s exclusively plant-based menu.

www.eatbychloe.com

 

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© All photography and views expressed in this blog are my own. For more information, and for details of my editorial policy, please see my blog disclaimer.

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