My New York adventure may be over but at least I can sort of relive it by posting pics on the blog! As predicted, I loved NYC. Phill and I packed in loads over the (almost) five days we were there but I’ve still come back with a list of things we didn’t do. A great excuse to make a return visit, eh?
I’ve also returned home with a sore throat and nasty cough. But lets talk about the good stuff!
I want to do a few posts around NYC and I thought the first instalment of my ‘NYC Diaries’ should be around where we stayed in the Upper East Side. Back in late November we booked our flights and hotel together on lastminute.com and got what I thought was a pretty decent deal – flying direct from Belfast to Newark and staying at the 4* Bentley Hotel. When I started to properly research what to do in NYC at the start of the year I thought maybe it would have been better to have based ourselves in Downtown as that’s seemingly where all the cool kids hang out and where there are fab boutiques and quirky eateries.
But I have to say I was very pleased with the Bentley Hotel and our location in the Upper East Side. The hotel kindly upgraded us to a junior suite complete with complimentary wifi, and a fab view of the Queensboro Bridge – which looked particularly picturesque at night. True to their website’s description, the hotel is nestled away in a quiet area of the city. And this appealed to me as I did not want to be in a hotel right bang in the middle of somewhere manically busy and noisey like Times Square. Another big reason as to why I picked the Bentley was because of the decor. I wanted to stay somewhere that had what I would consider a classic glamorous New York style – think big lamps, elegant wood and a love of all things monochrome. And the Bentley sure lived up to that!
There were plenty of eating places close by and we were about a 10 minute walk from the nearest subway and about a 20 minute walk from Central Park. Madison Avenue and Park Avenue were about a 12 minute walk away. We walked tons and tons and also used the subway multiple times throughout the day. It was definitely not a relaxing city break so if you’re planning a NYC getaway anytime soon be prepared to be on the go all day – if you want to see as much as posible that is! But with countless cafes, diners, and restaurants to choose from it’s easy to keep your energy up throughout the day. We ate at a variety of cheap and cheerful places and some more upscale restaurants in the evening. On our very last day I made sure to visit Magnolia Bakery in Bloomingdales on 3rd Avenue. I got their pistachio cupcake which was absolutely divine!
I found the Upper East Side to be a very attractive and affluent area with some absolutely stunning buildings. If you want to stay somewhere that has a traditional New York quality to it then I think you’d be happy basing yourself here.