What to Eat, Drink, & See in New York City

    For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt of New York City and its streets of seemingly endless possibilities. As a little girl with visions of becoming a well established author, I imagined myself immersed within it, feeding off the abundant energy and utilizing it for creative inspiration.

   Today, although I hold slightly adjusted goals, the city continues to stand as a symbol for creativity and potential. Thanks to a burst of spontaneity, I had the opportunity to experience it with some friends for the first time over Spring Break. Below are a few of the numerous highlights.

TOBY'S ESTATE COFFEE

Those who know me well (or simply follow me on Instagram) know about my strong love for coffee. Traveling to New York for the first time, I was excited to try all the legendary coffee shops I've heard so much about. Although my trip was too short to make it to the staple Toby's Estate Coffee in Brooklyn, I managed to stop by their Flatiron Espresso Bar on Fifth Avenue. Everything about it appealed to me instantly, especially the fact that it is connected to a Strand bookstore. Books + coffee = an extremely happy me.

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I got a Maple Sage Latte and it was pretty delicious.

I got a Maple Sage Latte and it was pretty delicious.

PENELOPE

One of our requirements for this trip was one high quality, photogenic brunch. Penelope on Lexington Avenue did not disappoint. 

I had the "Punkin' Waffles" (bottom left) and the Sweet Potato Fries (middle). 

I had the "Punkin' Waffles" (bottom left) and the Sweet Potato Fries (middle). 

FIT'S "FAIRY TALE FASHION" EXHIBIT

While wandering around the city, we came across the Fashion Institute of Technology's "Fairy Tale Fashion" exhibit, which utilizes fashion as a way to portray 15 well known fairy tales.  If you find yourself Downtown between now and April 16, 2016, I highly recommend it!

This piece, specifically, is based on The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

This piece, specifically, is based on The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art is a "must see" for anyone visiting the city, even those who know very little about artistic interpretation. MoMA provides the opportunity to see the work of so many influential artists and was one of my favorite parts of this trip.

"Wait...thats not the real one, is it?" But yes, indeed. Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is among the pieces on display at MoMA. Simply breathtaking. 

"Wait...thats not the real one, is it?"

But yes, indeed. Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is among the pieces on display at MoMA. Simply breathtaking. 

DOUGHNUT PLANT

Yes, it is safe to say I ate too much on this trip. However, when in New York...try all the good food you can.

Pictured: The Pistachio Cake Donut. Although I also had the Brooklyn Blackout Cake Donut, which was also quite delicious. 

Pictured: The Pistachio Cake Donut. Although I also had the Brooklyn Blackout Cake Donut, which was also quite delicious. 

New York was all I dreamed it to be, regardless of the fact that I saw very, very little of all that it has to offer. It is an understatement to say that I can't wait for my next adventure in the Big Apple.