New York City is one of the best destinations in the US especially if you are in need of some time off or if you simply want some time away with your girlfriends! Known as “The Big Apple” and “the city that never sleeps,” after my wildly fun weekend I decided to call it the city that just keeps on drinking! Hah!
This girls trip to New York was spent with my girlfriend from college and her awesome boyfriend! I went into this trip with almost no plans and I loved it. If you’re planning a weekend trip to NYC keep on reading for my New York City guide! I am also going to include the pricing of things, because I understand that New York can get expensive quick!
How To Get From JFK Airport To Brooklyn
I was lucky enough to have my room and board paid for because my friends let me stay with them in Williamsburg, which is a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The price of an Uber from JFK to Brooklyn was about $45 dollars. Since I’m stubborn and wanted to practice my public transportation skills, I opted to take the subway!
Needless to say, I did get lost halfway there and ended up calling an Uber anyways… But if you’re a pro (or not directionally challenged like me) here’s how to do it!
- Follow signs in JFK Airport to the AirTrain. Once you get to the train platform, take a train heading to Howard Beach station. Do not get on a train to Jamaica station. (I GOT ON THE TRAIN TO JAMAICA…) OOPS.
- Once you get off the train at Howard Beach station, you can purchase a Pay Per Ride MetroCard, which is $7.25.
- Using the card, go through the turnstiles and take a left. Go down the stairs to the platform and wait for the A Train. The train will take you from the Howard Beach JFK Airport stop all the way to Brooklyn.
- The total journey time on the subway from JFK Airport to Brooklyn is around an hour
New York Itinerary
My flight arrived at around 2:30 PM on Friday, but after getting lost for a little I arrived to Williamsburg around 4:30 PM. If you need some ideas for places to stay, I suggest Pod 39 in Manhattan to save money or Kimpton Ink 48 if you have a little more funds. Kimpton Ink 48 has a prime location in Manhattan, and is clean, modern, and has a rooftop bar!
To kick off my long weekend in New York we opted for some Indian food and chose this super vibey Indian restaurant called Milon! This was one of the highlights of my trip! So Milon is actually 4 different Indian restaurants, but the top restaurant is the BEST one! The owners are always yelling and fighting at one another for customers. The inside is filled with dangling lights and it is very intimate. I couldn’t tell if the food was amazing or if the vibes just made it that much better! The best part is that it is BYOB so we brought our own bottle of Tito’s and had ourselves a little buzz. I had so much fun eating here and highly recommend it! *This place is cash only!
Some other restaurant recommendations from my local friends are:
- The Commodore in Williamsburg – a low key saloon where you order at the bar
- Malatesta Trattoria in West Village – a super affordable, cash only little Italian place with all homemade pasta
- Emmett’s in East Village- one of the only places you can find deep dish Chicago style pizza but the best pizza you will ever have!
After dinner I was SO FULL but we continued on to Club Cumming! Get ready to get crazy at this gay bar owned by Alan Cumming. After a drink and a shot we continued on to 230 Fifth Avenue, a rooftop/igloo bar.
230 Fifth Avenue is a tourist hot spot, but me being a tourist I was okay with it! Once we waited in line (which was out the door) arrived to the 20th floor. I was so amazed at the views! I ordered a boozy cider with bourbon and my girlfriend and I snuck into an igloo that wasn’t being used. After getting kicked out of two igloos we decided to venture on to the next place, Oscar Wilde.
By this time it was about 2:00 AM, so I opted to take one last shot then call it quits. I drank water for the next hour to try and alleviate a wicked hangover the next morning! (this did not work and we were hungover until 2:00 PM!)
We all were pretty hungover on Saturday morning so we opted to sleep in later than we expected and then grabbed some food at Bluestone Lane, a breakfast/coffee shop! There are several locations scattered throughout NYC- you must get the breakkie board! It was SO DELISH!
We then decided to hop around Midtown, which is home to most of New York’s famous sights and attractions! Midtown can be very crowded and toursity, but if you’re a tourist and it’s your first time to NYC Midtown is a must! Some things to do in Midtown are:
- Bryant Park – here we explored the pretty Holiday market and checked out the Christmas tree and skating rink
- Top Of The Rock – if you love a great view, this is said to be one of the best views of Manhattan!
- NY Public Library – If you love history this will be a nice quiet pitstop
- Chrysler Building – you can actually enter the lobby for free and check out the beautiful ceiling and Art Deco Interior
- High Line Park- in the winter this may be a little chilly but it is a really cool experience as you’re up the sidewalks and streets of the city!
We didn’t have time to check out the 9/11 memorial, but if this is something you would love to do, click this link for museum admission and to skip the line!
After a little exploring we grabbed dinner at Laut, a fantastic Thai restaurant. I got the green curry and for dessert had the best mango sticky rice I have ever had, even by Thailand standards! After this we made our way back to Williamsburg by way of the Williamsburg bridge. If you time things out right you can catch the sunset! Since it was winter the sun set so early so did in fact miss it :/
Some other options for dinner are:
- Emilio’s Ballato – An Italian restaurant with an old-Italian ambiance that is a hidden gem
- Gallagher’s Steakhouse – if you love steak, this is the best service with a fantastic wine list and even better service
I remembered to not stuff my face like I did Friday night, so I was ready to hit our next stop, a speakeasy called The Back Room. Here your cocktails are served in fun teacups and beer is served in brown bags. I had only ever been to one other speakeasy so this was super fun! Another cool speakeasy you could check out is Apotheke, a pharmacy themed speakeasy.
The main reason I was in NYC besides to visit my little from my sorority was to see one of my favorite techno DJ’s Richie Hawtin at Avant Gardener. This show was SO AMAZING! Brooklyn has so many fun clubs and warehouse parties and there is always something going on. If staying out late isn’t your jam, you can opt to see a Broadway show on Saturday night! Some top rated ones to choose from are:
- Beautiful, The Carole King Musical
- Pretty Woman
- Mean Girls
- The Lion King
Sundays are for BRUNCH! We opted to go to Hotel Chantelle, a three floor event space with a rooftop. When we arrived, things were LIT! This place was so much fun and the food was even better. Because of my love for eggs I got the eggs benedict with smoked salmon, and my friend got the acai bowl. Looking for more Sunday brunch options?
- Poco – A great spot for a boozy brunch
- Baz Bagel – has adorable decor, 80’s music, and fantastic diner staples like egg sandwiches and BLTs
- Pietro Nolita – this is an all pink hot spot perfect for some last day Instagram shots
After Brunch we grabbed some coffee and decided to take some cool photos on the Brooklyn Bridge! This was my hands down my favorite landmark I saw on my girls trip to NYC. From there we made our way through China Town and Little Italy. After some sightseeing there we stopped in into a Mexican restaurant called La Contenta in the. Lower East Side for some appetizers and a spicy margarita. The queso fundido was amazing but be careful because it is a LOT of cheese!
From here we continue on to Times Square, and walked to the Saks Fifth Avenue building to watch the Christmas Lights Show and look in at the holiday windows. I was so happy to be in NYC before Christmas because everyone was so cheery and excited for the holidays.
This girls weekend in NY was filled with so much laughter and fun! I could definitely see myself living in NYC (if I was rich!) But I will definitely be back!
What are your favorite spots in NYC I would love to hear from you 🙂 If you thought this guide was helpful, please share it friends!
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