New York I love you, but you're bringing me down because I miss you.
It's been six months to the date since I visited New York City for a short but wonderful winter weekend. My boyfriend Kalen and I had been planning for months to celebrate our three year anniversary in New York. I had just barely recovered from surgery and we survived an ice storm drive to the airport and a delayed flight. Nothing was going to stop us. While there the most important thing to us was eating as much good food as possible. We learned about the magic that is New York brunch at Pershing Square Cafe and Clinton Street Baking Company. We also ate at Shake Shack, which they don't have in Austin yet, and Del Frisco's steakhouse. My favorite part of our trip was when we walked around Central Park for hours and played in the snow. We don't get real snow like that in Texas and it's been years since I've seen some. We also did some more touristy things like visit the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square at night, and the Metropolitan museum (and yes I sat on the steps of the Met JUST like Blaire Waldorf).
We stayed at the Pod Hotel on 39th Street which was only a few blocks away from Grand Central Station. Grand Central was our savior and we only took a cab once. Plus the inside of GCS is so recognizable you feel like you're in a movie. The Pod Hotel room was tiny but perfect for a weekend getaway; I would definitely stay there again. The cold weather was fine during the day, we were prepared with heavy coats and boots, but at night it was almost unbearable. The positive side to visiting in January though is that the city was practically empty compared to how it normally is. We didn't have to wait long for anything. Kalen had previously been to New York City in the summer time and warned me about how swarmed the streets would be. Well, in winter this was not the case but Christmas time is an exception to this.
Now I know why everyone I talk to who has been to New York is in love with this city. I loved the way the buildings looked and it all felt so different from home -- in a good way. Although we fit in quite a lot for just a few days there are still so many things we didn't have time to do. I'm not sure when, but I know I am planning to go back for a longer trip.