Surviving a Hurricane, NYC

New York is always a good idea!




This is how I reassured myself after booking tickets on the whim to fly all the way across the Atlantic for a long weekend.

New York Skyline from a Helicopter

In fairness returning to Dublin after being away all summer was quite the downer, it also didn't help that I was homeless for a good two weeks UGH.

Read about my recent trip to Bangkok here

As soon as stepped into the airport on Thursday afternoon my mood lifted, NYC here I come!

A photo posted by ✖️👤 (@lastsuspect) on
-> Last Suspect is one of my new favourite Instagrammers to follow. He puts up lots of NYC skyline snaps - check him out!


Once I landed I made my way to see my friend Anjli who is a real smarty pants and is studying law in Columbia.
Hanging out with Anj in the middle of Blizzard Nemo a few years back

I was so wrecked on the first night that we just caught up on all the news at home and planned brunch for the next day.


We headed to The Smith on the Upper West Side, a sleek restaurant with a casual vibe serving all the American classics.


Before leaving for New York I have to admit that I did a bit of research on good photo spots in the city and found this list from the Business Insider...

I know it is totally uncool to say this influenced where I went but hey, I have no shame! Next stop was the Mandarin Oriental to snap that photo you see on the article.

View from the Mandarin Oriental New York

Tea at the Mandarin Oriental turned out to be a excellent decision. It was horribly rainy at this point and it was the perfect place to escape the weather and drink endless cups of peppermint tea.


Things got rather exciting when the guy sitting next to us started loudly divulging all the details of his recent divorce and new dating life.



-> I did try and search for the exact dress I am wearing but I couldn't see it so here are a few cute alternatives for the fall season!



After an excessive amount of eavesdropping on all the juicy gossip from the table next to us, our day suddenly got even more exciting when we bumped into the President of Rwanda... casual! Obviously the Mandarin Oriental is the place to be!


Filled with ample amounts of tea we attempted to brave the rain and wind, and walk around Central Park.


Needless to say that plan was swiftly ditched as my umbrella seemed to have taken on demonic characteristics and kept blowing inside out.


Our next escape was Voila Chocolat, a gourmet chocolate shop where you can make your own chocolate or just drink it.

Voila Chocolat photo credit: voilachocolat

I went for one of the best inventions of all time... a Matcha Hot Chocolate!!


SO GOOD!


I promise we took a break before eating again but I have no exciting photos to share so I will move on straight to dinner.


We went Lombardi's, New Yorks very first Pizzeria, which opened in 1905.


I would say how delicious it was but I think the photos speak for themselves, mmmmmm....


Before calling it a night we made one more stop. Anjli lead the way and I thought she was brining me to my untimely death as we wandered around the back alleys of Chinatown on the Lower East Side.


Finally through an unmarked door beside a barber shop advertising $5 haircuts and a dodgy looking dim sum joint we arrived in Apotheke.


Apotheke NYC photo credit: bestclubsin

This speakeasy style bar is designed to resemble an old school pharmacy complete with bartenders in white lab coats and alcohol being stored in large brown medicine bottles.

Cocktails at Apotheke photo credit: guestofaguest

As far as first days go... this one was awesome! Can I move in with you Anjli? Pretty please?

Liakada

22 comments:

  1. You are quite the jet setter. I know what you mean about the holiday blues and being homeless for two weeks on top seriously sucks. You looked like you cramed lots in Lucy x

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    1. It was the worst! Haha yes we ended up having a really busy day, there is just so much to do in New York!

      Ash | Liakada

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  2. You did so much cool stuff and took so many cool photos! :) xx

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  3. That certainly is a great view from the Mandarin Oriental! I wanted to check out the speakeasies but we didn't have much energy after dinner and walking around all day - next time ;-)


    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. There is always a next time for New York :)

      Ash | Liakada

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  4. That certainly is a great view from the Mandarin Oriental! I wanted to check out the speakeasies but we didn't have much energy after dinner and walking around all day - next time ;-)


    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  5. Great pics!
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.com/

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  6. Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time in the city! I love all these photos of food, they're making me so hungry! Great post!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Kiki, it was a lot of fun!

      Ash | Liakada

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  7. Oh I haven't been to Lombardi's in awhile and I live here lol. I just enjoyed your photos of the city. It looks like you had an amazing time here. Thanks for sharing them with us :).

    Kia / KTS
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    1. Aaaa Kia somehow didn't realise you were based in the city! We must meet up next time!

      Ash | Liakada

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  8. Great pictures! I love NY
    Dora
    www.BangsBang.com

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    1. It is such a great city isn't it?

      Ash | Liakada

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  9. Such great shots of NY
    Lovin the food too

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  10. It looks like a wonderful trip - your nighttime photography is magical and that pizza looks delicious! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post Gabrielle!

      Ash | Liakada

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  11. Although this place is probably not cheap, but they are centrally located, have fabulous staff and delicious food, and most importantly, the best views of the city. I would definitely recommend this venue space nyc for any kind of fancy event – all my friends talked about throwing parties here only.

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