Arriving In Manhattan

DAY ONE // Early Monday morning, Rachell and I headed out of Washington, D.C. by Amtrak train to Penn Station in New York. The train was full when we got on. When we had planned the trip, we knew we would be taking the train to New York, and one of the restrictions is that they only allow 2 carry-on bags! Since our trip was going to be 2-3 weeks long, and we are girls, keeping our luggage to this restriction was definitely difficult, haha. Let’s just say, a lot of repeat outfits happened that made blogging outfits a not-so-possible task.

Anyway, it was about a 3 hour train ride, or should I say nap ride. And a pleasant nap it was.

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Our first stop in the Big Apple was our hotel – Park Lane Hotel – that was situated right across the street from Central Park, and a block away from Bergdorf Goodman! We dropped our bags off at the front desk, and since we were too early for check-in, we wandered around the area.

Rachell found this really neat underground food hall a few buildings away from Park Lane Hotel at The Plaza hotel. From there, there is an entrance to Todd English Food Hall in front of this hotel where a ton of food vendors ranging from lobster-centric to crepes-centric to dessert-bars. I was actually pretty overwhelmed with all the (expensive) choices and ended up settling down at an Asian-food-serving vendor because they offered something that was actually in my price range, haha.

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Rachell’s bag on the left. Mine on the right.

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Introducing my “affordable” meal! 8 pieces of delicious dumplings with rice for, I believe, $12! Yeah, I kind of cried at the price too.

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A quick sit-down at Central Park to bask in the really nice weather, since all we got during Washington, D.C. was cloudy and windy weather.

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After we checked in to the hotel room, had a quick change of outfits, we headed out to wander the streets of SoHo.

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I don’t remember who mentioned it, but someone said that Mister Softee’s ice creams were the bomb-diggity. Had to try it for myself when I spotted it, and ended up getting a root beer float. It was pretty good but hmm, can you call this the best? :s

NewYork_009 NewYork_010Sorry to say, I did not get any shots of SoHo. What’s up with that?! I’m not really sure why I didn’t…

Well, we didn’t end up doing much except browsing the stores of SoHo. I loved the area. It was so young and hip, haha. So many stores I wanted to see but before we knew it, six or seven o’clock rolled around and all the stores closed up at that time. So bizarre!

In California, stores close up at eight or nine. Hardly anyone closes so early! And here I thought New York is the city that never sleeps!

 

25 Comments

  1. June 20, 2015 / 6:15 am

    Wow looks like an amazing trip so far! I dream about visiting New York one day.

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 22, 2015 / 4:25 am

      Thanks Jess :) It was a dream for me for a long time too ^_^

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 22, 2015 / 4:26 am

      Thanks Ashley :) And, haha, if you think the food I posted looks amazing, you’ll be drooling in the next few posts about NYC!

  2. June 20, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    When you’re in NYC, you gotta look for the street food! Cheap and delicious. My favorite is the lamb over rice. I’m also a sucker for honey roasted cashews from the Nuts 4 Nuts carts. I don’t think I’ve ever had Mister Softee’s before! I think the classic is vanilla ice-cream with rainbow sprinkles. I don’t even like sprinkles, but next time I come across one, that’s what I’ll get!I hope you had fun in NYC :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 22, 2015 / 4:22 am

      Thanks for the tip, Audrey! I did get some Nuts 4 Nuts (they were delicious!!) and a couple of food carts item towards the end of the trip, but I regret not getting into them sooner! Haha.

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 22, 2015 / 4:24 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post :)

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 22, 2015 / 4:23 am

      Thank you Vera!

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 22, 2015 / 4:23 am

      I appreciate it, Maireem :)

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 23, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      Oh my gosh Jenn, isn’t the city beautiful? :3

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 23, 2015 / 2:46 pm

      Hi Floortje, I had an amazing time in NY, and I can’t wait to share the rest of the trip! ^_^

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 23, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks Giorgia! :)

  3. June 23, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    Wow, gorgeous pictures! I just discovered your blog, definitely following you. Wish I was in Manhattan.

    • Deasy Noel
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      June 23, 2015 / 2:34 pm

      Hi Hannie! Thanks so much for your kind words!

  4. June 24, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    This post makes me miss NYC, thanks for sharing your photos. I really like the SoHo neighborhood too, so many good shops!

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  5. July 14, 2015 / 3:38 am

    I have never heard of Mister Softee’s, and I’m not going to be in NY for some time–but oh my god that looks amazing. Does it only come in that size?

    • Deasy Noel
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      July 14, 2015 / 5:36 pm

      Haha, I got a Root Beer Float, so I’m not really sure how big their regular soft-served ice cream cone is.

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