New York City Adventure Part 2: Downtown Day

Friday morning we rose bright and early to catch a couple of trains that took us to Penn Station. Once at Penn Station, we took the subway to the East Village. If you haven’t been to the East Village, you must check it out! Known for being the setting for the musical Rent, the East Village has become the countercultural hub of New York City while also becoming the home of the punk rock movement.

A perk of paying a visit to the East Village is that it’s not a big tourist definition so it is not as crowded as other areas in the city.

Upon arriving in the East Village, we paid a visit to Peels, an amazing “southern fusion” restaurant, to eat brunch. I ordered the Peels Biscuit and Gravy, which consisted of two toasted buttermilk biscuits topped with poached eggs and sausage gravy. It was delicious! Their biscuits were even featured on The Martha Stewart Show.

After brunch, we walked through the village and passed a mini photo shoot, where several models were photographed crossing a street dressed as goths. Only in New York!

Walking for a bit, my friend and I decided to stop in and pick up some treats at Momofuku Milk Bar on the corner of 13th Street and 2nd Avenue. I bought some cake truffles, which were so good!

Refueled for the afternoon, we took the subway to SoHo for some shopping. First on my list: TopShop. I was lucky and found two cute dresses. Word to the wise: if you show your student ID card, you’ll receive 10% off your purchase in store.

From TopShop, we headed down the street to American Apparal, Scoop NYC, Bloomingdales, Madewell, and Free People.

After some more window shopping at Chanel, we headed off toward the West Village/Greenwich Village to take in the beautiful residential areas which consisted of beautiful Brownstones and greenery.

Needing another break, we stopped in at The Milk and Cookies Bakery just south of Bleecker Street off 7th Avenue. I ordered a good old classic can-never-do-wrong chocolate chip cookie.

Once we finished up in Greenwich, we took the subway Downtown, where we were so close to the water, we felt a refreshing breeze.

After walking around for a bit, we took a break and checked out the beautiful garden in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. Behind me, I could see the back of the Merrill Lynch Bull.

Heading up the street, we stopped for a moment and checked out the construction of the Freedom Tower. It’ll be breathtakingly beautiful once completed.

Heading down Wall Street, once again, we felt a big peckish. (I’m beginning to see a pattern here.) So we turned on Stone Street and stopped in for some amazing gourmet pizza at Adrienne’s Pizza Bar. Once again, I stuck to my classics, and ordered pepperoni on my half of the pizza.

I would definitely recommend paying a visit to Stone Street. The cobbled street is filled with tons of restaurants, where many people frequent after work and sit outside under tables and umbrellas enjoying evening drinks with friends. The atmosphere is contagiously happy and relaxed, and the music of laughter and chatter fills the air.

Tired after a long productive day, we headed back to New Jersey, where we continued our Downton Abbey marathon.

What I wore: Bag: Fossil, Scarf: H&M, Shirt: Target, Shorts: Target, Shoes: Blowfish, Sunglasses: Target, Hat: Francesca’s Collection

Peels

Milk Bar

SoHo

The Garden

Freedom Tower

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

Adrienne’s Pizza

Stone Street Atmosphere

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