March 17, 2014

NYC Girls Weekend with Picky Palate!

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Last weekend I was so excited to sneak away for a fun few days in NYC with one of my favorite friends, Jenny from Picky Palate. I always love it when we travel together, and we had been talking about going back to NYC for ages. I was so excited when the date finally came! We had seriously one of the best weekends ever shopping, sight-seeing, chit-chatting, and eating our way through the city.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

How cute was our room at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel?? This was my third time at the Omni in NYC, and I seriously love staying here. It’s in a great location — close to subways and walking distance to Times Square and Rockefeller Center. The service is amazing — I always feel like I’m royalty in a 5-star hotel. The rooms and bathrooms are nice and spacious. Oh, AND they have free WiFi. A great affordable hotel. If you are looking for a place to stay in NYC definitely check them out.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Our very first stop in NYC was Parm, a cute little restaurant in Little Italy. I love how they do their menu. You can order things like chicken parm, meatball parm, eggplant parm, etc and then you choose how you want it served: on a sweet roll or classic Italian bread as a sandwich, or as a pasta over housemade ziti with meat gravy. We got chicken parm over the pasta and it was fabulous!! Parm is tiny and can get busy on the weekends, so if you don’t want to wait be sure to get here early.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Parm is also famous for their giant ice cream cakes! They usually have their signature chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry cake, but this month they had a special “Thin Mint” cake with layers of vanilla, chocolate, and mint. We had to try. Loved it!! :)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

We had an early dinner at Parm, so afterwards we went shopping in Union Square, spotted Scott Foley at Eataly, (nearly fainted) and then headed to Max Brenner for a midnight snack. Max Brenner is one of my favorite restaurants for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or just desserts. If you are planning a trip to NYC, Max Brenner is a must. You can even make reservations online (which I recommend).

We ordered fries, milkshakes, and a waffle sundae. Seriously LOVE the fries and dipping sauce at Max Brenner! They are the perfect midnight snack. :) Definitely get the fries if you come here.

Pictured above is another one of my Max Brenner favorites — the 80′s Milkshake. It’s a chocolate milkshake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with a chocolate shell. The key is to get a bit of all three in one bite — smooth, chocolaty milkshake, creamy ice cream, and crunchy chocolate shell. Perfection! We each got our own because we were not sharing. ;)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

We did split this amazing S’mores Waffle Sundae though! This is actually not on the menu, but they have s’mores crepes and waffle sundaes, so we asked if they could combine the two for us. They were happy to! It’s two sugar waffles topped with chocolate and peanut butter ice cream, chocolate chunks, graham crackers, hot fudge, and toasted marshmallows. Swoon!!

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

The next morning we were somehow hungry again, so we made our way down to Locanda Verde in TriBeCa. These Lemon Ricotta Blueberry pancakes were seriously the fluffiest pancakes I have ever had. A must-order if you love lemon and blueberry pancakes! Be sure to ask for butter and syrup because they don’t bring it out with the pancakes.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Next we did a little Saturday morning shopping at Chelsea Market. This is such a cute place with lots of fun shops, bakeries, restaurants, food carts, gelato, and even a huge two-story Anthropologie. I always try to stop by Chelsea Market whenever I’m in the city.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Best Thing I Ever Ate Alert! Oh my word, you guys. This vanilla cake from Amy’s Bread in Chelsea Market was seriously the best cake I have ever had. I was not even remotely hungry after those pancakes, and vowed to only take one bite, but we devoured it. It was the richest, most decadent cake and frosting I have ever had. Still dreaming about it. If you are in the city for your birthday, get this cake!! :) And if it’s not your birthday, get it anyway. I would never tell you it’s not your birthday. ;)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Chelsea Market is where we found this fun Oreo wall painting!

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

This colorful outdoor wall is the Bowery Mural and is painted at the corner of Bowery and E Houston Street. It is constantly changing, but when I saw how fun it was when we’d be there, I put it on our must-see list!

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

After an early dinner and a quick power-rest at the hotel, we were ready to head back out for a midnight snack. We put our names on the waiting list at Serendipity 3, then walked down to Dylan’s Candy Bar for shopping and treats. We found these gorgeous macarons from Dana’s Bakery and had to sample a few. We tried Cookie Dough, S’mores, Fruity Pebbles, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Birthday Cake. LOVED them!! Maybe some of my favorite macarons in NYC.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Fruity Pebble, S’mores, and Birthday Cake were the winners. Loved the cookie dough one too. The PB&J one was good, but if you want a good PB&J macaron, get the giant one from Bouchon. :)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

After about an hour of shopping, they finally called our name at Serendipity! :)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Their Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate is worth every single minute of the wait. We killed this thing. :)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Sunday morning we had brunch reservations at Sugar and Plumm.  How cute is this place?? I came here back in September for their chocolate chunk cookie and creme brulee cookie thinking it was just a bakery, but when we got here and saw their cute restaurant and amazing-looking menu, I knew the next time I was in NYC we HAD to come here for brunch. They also have gorgeous macarons and seriously decadent-sounding milkshakes. Those are on the list for next time. :)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Oh my gosh you guys. This Berry Crunch Toast did not disappoint! It was almost like cake on the inside, it was so light and fluffy!! The crunchy shell was perfect with it.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

We also had to try their Eggs Benedict over Rosemary Focaccia toast. Incredible.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Since we were on the Upper East Side, a stop at Levain for their gooey, fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter cookie was an absolute must. Be sure to ask for it warm! :)

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Sunday afternoon we did some shopping at Times Square and watched the skaters at Rockefeller Center.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

That night we had reservations at Blue Smoke. They are famous for their pulled pork, ribs, BBQ chicken, sausage and brisket.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Absolutely loved the pulled pork ravioli!

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Still dreaming about the fry bread and chipotle butter.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

On our last night in the city, we curled up in our PJs and the Omni had left us a sweet surprise in the room — tiny tasting cakes and chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate, PJ party, and Netflix for the last night of our girlfriend getaway. :) Can’t think of a better way to end the trip! Huge thanks to the Omni for hosting us. They went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed!

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Monday morning Jenny had an early flight out, but my flight didn’t leave until the afternoon, so for lunch I met up with my sweet friend from high school who now works in the city, in Rockefeller Center no less. Her office overlooks the skating rink! She is seriously living the dream. :) I had not seen her in probably 12 years, so it was so great to catch up. I always knew she was going places, even back then, and she is still just as sweet, sophisticated, and gorgeous as ever. I don’t know how I somehow look 15 years older, and she looks exactly the same, lol!!

She took me to Brasserie Ruhlmann right in Rockefeller Plaza, and I had this seriously to-die-for Croque Madame. It’s a ham and cheese sandwich on thick, buttery toast, topped with more cheese and a fried egg. I seriously just died. The fries were also phenomenal. I’d totally go back here. Perfect spot for lunch in a great location.

NYC Girls Weekend -- What to do with 3 days in New York

Had to get the vanilla bean profiteroles for dessert! :)

I am paying for this weekend on the treadmill this week. :)

Thanks so much for looking!! :) Be sure to check out Jenny’s recap of our weekend. Have a great Monday!



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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 17, 2014 at 2:14 am

Loved seeing all the pics on IG as well as this recap! I know you two are besties and it’s so nice to see those big smiles because I know you were probably laughing and having a blast the WHOLE time! that is wonderful :)

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Sara March 17, 2014 at 7:02 am

Next time go to The Smith. Unreal…!!

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shelly (cookies and cups) March 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

Such a fun weekend! Still so bummed I wasn’t able to see you guys! i need to find a reason to get into the city and TRY THAT CAKE! oh my!

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Jenny Flake March 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

I love reliving our weekend from your post!!! Best weekend ever :) I just realized I never talked about the pink cake, I’ve lost my mind, lol! Xo

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Terry at Cashmere Apron March 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

Great re-cap. Love all the food which really is the best part of travel. We celebrated our 25 year high school reunion this weekend and I am so thankful for my amazing and steadfast group of friends. Looks like you share the same kind of magic with Jenny. Keep it up! Happy St. Pat’s day.

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Denise March 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

Glad you had fun!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

Great…you made me drool. I wish I was just trying to be cute, I’m not. I was like Pavlov’s dog over here and I believe I gained 10 lbs through osmosis! Bookmarked for the future!

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Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer March 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Looks like you and Jenny had a fabulous time! LOVE that ice cream cake – perfect for St. Pat’s Day!

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Nicole March 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

You said your friend who works in Rockefeller Center is living the dream?? I politely disagree!! YOU, Miss Amanda, are living the dream! Great house, beautiful family, fun career, amazing travels and delicious food. :) Looks like another great trip!! :)

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Alyssa March 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Agreed!!!!

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Amanda March 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

That looks like such a fun and delicious weekend!

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Steph March 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I always get that cake at Amy’s!! Everything there is amazing!!
If you haven’t already, you MUST go to Clinton St. Baking Co. and Norma’s for breakfast/brunch next time you are in the city!!

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Ashley | Our Full Table March 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

My mouth literally watered at that eggs benny! Everything looks sooooo good!

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Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) March 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Very nice menu choices, your photos had my tummy rumbling. :)

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch March 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

Just love all these fun pictures, Amanda!!! I can tell you two had a blast – and a slice of foodie heaven in NYC!!!

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Lauren March 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

I love reading about all these crazy sweets you ladies find!! Bookmarking for my trip to NYC!! <3

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Maggie March 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

Oh Wow! What a great post! My stomach is literally growling right now looking at all those amazing pictures. I have always wanted to try Serendipity’s frozen hot choc but now there’s a peanut butter version?? Holy cow!! Looks like a super fun weekend, please explain to me how you can eat all that food and be so thin!! I would need a seat belt extension on my return flight if I ate all that lol!!

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Alyssa March 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I was seriously thinking, “HOW can you eat all that and stay thin??!” I’m so jealous! I know you’ve lost weight and I can’t imagine how you keep it off with all these food trips, lol… also, I want your food budget next time I go into NYC. I’m lucky if I can get a slice of pizza to go with my beer! I added almost all of these places to my “must visit in NYC” list. Ugh. Now I’m hungry. Lol!

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Jocelyn@Brucrewlife March 21, 2014 at 1:09 am

You two are the cutest ever!! And all of that food looks to die for! My favorite pic is of the two of you in front of the painted wall-so fun and colorful!

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Jessica July 31, 2014 at 10:59 am

So glad I read this before going to NYC last week. You are so right about the cake from Amy’s Bread! It was the best ever!

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