We flew out to New York City for my brother’s wedding over Memorial Day Weekend, and it’s official: We’ve been swept up in wanderlust.
The trip marked Mike’s first flight and our first getaway together, but more importantly, it sparked our passion for travel and love of the unfamiliar.
We’re adventurers at heart with curious spirits, so it’s only natural that we’d find our way on the travel train. (It only took five years together and a VIP wedding!)
We stayed in Manhattan four nights/five days, and covered a lot of ground – literally. We walked an average of 20,000+ steps each day!
Other than watching my brother get married (with teary eyes, I might add!), one of my favorite moments in NYC was walking into the stunning Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center.
“Beautiful” is an understatement for this elegant, quintessential New York spot. But perhaps even more breathtaking were the views afforded by the luxury venue.
During our trip, we stayed at the Warwick New York, an upscale hotel in Midtown just blocks away from Central Park. In fact, before we even checked in to the hotel, Mike and I grabbed a bite to eat at a nearby Halal Boys cart and walked to the park to enjoy the fresh air.
Our stay at the Warwick was nothing short of luxurious. Though we kept ourselves quite busy during the day, we knew we could relax and unwind in comfort when we finally strolled in at night.
We had many more amazing experiences during our trip to New York – some more off the beaten path than others. Take, for example, our night out with the wedding party at Gagopa Karaoke in Koreatown. If you’ve never lost your voice while singing (read: screaming) in a soundproof karaoke room, you haven’t truly lived yet.
While we may never experience the city quite like we did this time, we’ll always remember how we explored NYC in style.
Here are the highlights of our trip:
- Hotel: Warwick New York
- Wedding ceremony: St. Monica’s Church
- Reception: Rainbow Room
- Farewell brunch: Tavern on the Green
- Cocktails: The Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s
- Street food: Halal Boys
- “Live like a local”: Gagopa Karaoke in Koreatown
- “Travel like a tourist”: Times Square, top of the Empire State Building