After a very jam-packed first day, Ruthie and I were ready for another!!! We relaxed during the morning and ate breakfast at home. Because of how much we wanted to fit in, we decided to get to our first destination, the Highline, that we would take the subway as the attraction is in the Chelsea/West Village area which is diagonal across the peninsula of NYC and north. The 4 subway is 5 minutes from Ruthie’s apartment, so the trip was easy-peasy. We hopped on the subway and were at the Chelsea Market in about 25 minutes.
The Highline is an architectural masterpiece. It is REALLY relaxing and beautiful-a really interesting way to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC. To get on the Highline, you go up some stairs that are on the street and then enter the elevated walkway. The walkway is very lush (first picture). It is overflowing with greenery and intermittently doused with cool art pieces. The views of the city are really fun. On one side you can see Hoboken, New Jersey across the Hudson, on the other is the posh and artsy district of West Village. Ruth and I walked the entire Highline and took in the cool architecturally-pleasing apartment buildings and the glass viewing areas (fourth picture).
Overall, this place is a must see! It’s the perfect attraction for the morning post-breakfast and pre-lunch.
Speaking of lunch… after the Highline, Ruthie and I decided we weren’t hungry quite yet, so we walked to the Friends apartment (outer view). That was really fun to see! And then stopped in our first little cafe, “Emily.” There, we got a drink and some really yummy spicy cheese fries. This place is known for their pizza, but we weren’t in the mood. The second place on our West Village restaurant must-dos was by Chloe. By Chloe is a vegan restaurant – yay – that is very trendy. There are a few locations around the city and a few in LA. Filled with rope swings and cool neon signs, this place was packed. We just wanted to try, so I got the small pesto pasta (pictured) and she got the small vegan mac and cheese. We both sampled each others. They were really good!!! Next time, I’m definitely trying their burgers as there is nothing better than an awesome vegan burger.
Dining in West Village
We got our food to go (there was no seating) and ate it in Washington Square Park, which is a favorite Gossip Girl filming place (the one with a replica of the arc de triumph). That park is really beautiful and thriving with lots of energy! It is right in the heart of West Village where NYU is. There were a lot of students. I totally get the NYU hype now- such a fun area! I’m sure if you live there, though, it’s probably not as exciting. Touristing is a total yes!
The next place to go to was my personal must do, DŌ – cookie dough confectionary. Oh my gosh!!! I have a problem. If I went to NYU I’d have a serious weight issue. This place was definitely worth the hype. I’d also like to mention that the line really wasn’t bad. We went at about 2-3pm and it took us 5 minutes to get in and start sampling!!!
Pro tip with DŌ – it is REALLY decadent. The picture is the smallest size and it is huge. It took Ruthie and I about 2 more days to actually finish the entire portion. I also got one to go, because I just needed to try another flavor. Overall, I definitely recommend! The flavor picture is the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor (simple is always better). Ruth got vegan chocolate chip cookie dough, which was equally as good. They have something for everyone.
To burn off all that food, we decided to walk home. It took about an hour & we got to see lots of sights! Definitely travel by foot in NYC as there is so. much. to. see.
We got home and took a much needed break. Charged our phones. Chugged water. etc.
If you could even believe it, there was an equally amazing part two to our day. I was dying to go on a NYC ferry, so we impromptu decided to spend our evening in Brooklyn.
Which…. will be a second post! There is just so much to talk about and share with you guys.
baci baci ciao ciao for now
Washington Square Park