This past weekend I was able to travel to NYC to visit one of my oldest friends, Melissa Kereji. We have been friends for over 20 years and have always remained close despite living in separate states for the past 8 years.
Last spring, Melissa moved to New York from Nashville and since she arrived we have been talking about planning a girls weekend. Last weekend we were finally able to make it happen! Two other girlfriends, Andrea Shirey and Melissa Rentfrow, also made the trip to the big apple.
We arrived Friday night and all met up in Brooklyn where Andrea was staying. From there Melissa, Melissa, and I headed to Astoria to stay at Melissa’s apartment.
On Saturday morning, we walked and grabbed breakfast from a bagel shop and then headed to Manhattan. We took our time checking out some iconic New York hotspots including: The MET, Central Park, and the Plaza Hotel.
We then decided to do a little shopping. Our first stop was of course, Tiffany & Co. A girl can dream right?
We also stopped in Zara and Uniqlo–where I found a great pair of distressed jeans!
On our way home we walked through Rockefeller Plaza and got to see some of the NBC buildings. Melissa took us to one of her favorite spots for dinner that evening, Beauty & Essex, in lower Manhattan. Beauty & Essex is a really fun and unique spot (they serve pink champagne in the women’s restroom!!!) Hidden behind a pawn shop is the multi-level restaurant. They serve tapas-style cuisine and encourage sharing plates with the table. We enjoyed a variety of dishes but my personal favorite was the tomato soup with grilled cheese dumplings.
On Sunday morning we had brunch at Hotel Chantelle, another great pick by our lovely host.
That afternoon we visited the 9/11 memorial and museum. We all were in fifth grade when the terrorist attack happened and while we remember the events it was a very eye-opening experience to relive those moments as an adult. Seeing the names and photos of all the lives lost on that day was incredibly moving. We learned that a rose is placed next to a victims’ name on their birthday, we saw a few that day. We agreed that both the memorial and museum were very well done and are a must-see during a visit to New York. From there we grabbed coffee in Chelsea and then dinner at Sweetwater in Brooklyn. On Monday morning Melissa, Melissa, and I jetted over to Times Square to see Melissa Kereji’s office at Adobe. Melissa Rentfrow and I then headed to LGA for our afternoon flight!
It was a wonderful weekend and I am looking forward to my next visit to NYC!