I’m breathing sighs of relief as I sit in one of my favorite Baltimore coffee shops to begin this post. After a week of non-stop traveling, I am so happy to be home. And after a week spent with some of my best friends, my heart is so full. As I sit here sipping out of my orange mug at 3Bean coffee, I can’t help but reflect on how I’m lucky for the people in my life and thankful for the opportunities we experience together.
Last year, we (unknowingly) started a NYE tradition comprised of best friends, a hike, and a dinner to celebrate the new year. My best friend Peter lives in NoVa; my other best friend Meaghan lives in NJ but comes down to the DMV area for NYE; and we all stay at her boyfriend’s house in NoVa for the celebrations. This year, we planned a second DC New Years Eve. Considering how the Holiday fell this year (and the fact that I got the Monday after Christmas and Friday before NYE off,) I took off Wednesday and Thursday between Christmas and New Years to give myself a week-long vacation (I rarely take vacations so this was big for me!) My friend from college, Kris, came to Baltimore, and our trip started bright and early on Wednesday morning!
Our route looked like this: BAL —> NYC —> DC —> BAL. I love being on the go, so a week of city-hopping was right up my alley. I’ve been to NYC and DC many times before, but I never get tired of visiting because there is always something new to see.
We squeezed a lot into our short time in each city, and I’ve decided to break up the details of my trip into 3 parts! So without further ado, here are the FOOD highlights from my NYE adventures – filled with old favorites and new discoveries!!
The Smith – East Village, 3rd Ave
The Smith is one of my Top 5, all-time favorite restaurants. My best friend’s boyfriend used to live in the East Village, so when we’d visit him in the city, the crew would always end up at The Smith for dinner or drinks. I don’t know if it’s their versatile menu, delicious food, cozy interior, or quirky bathroom that has me addicted; but every time I return to NYC, I try to make a trip to the East Village location. Many memories were formed over plates of amazing food – if you’re in the city, I highly suggest checking out one of their Manhattan locations.
Bar Veloce – East Village, 2nd Ave
Bar Veloce, East Village is where we always ended up after The Smith – this time was no different. After we finished our meal at The Smith, we headed to this wine bar for a nightcap. A stone’s throw from my friend Daniel’s old apartment, Bar Veloce was our favorite spot to grab a lazy drink before heading home. Memories from and stories of previous visits flooded the conversation as we sat and sipped. The best part? My dad came into the city from New Jersey to meet us (the first time I’ve seen him in 5 months!)
If you’re in the city, and looking for a glass of wine with a relaxed atmosphere, be sure to check out one of Bar Veloce’s many locations!
One Girl Cookies – DUMBO, Brooklyn
We took a break from walking around DUMBO, and dodged the freak rain storms, by heading into One Girl Cookies. The cute shop with inviting atmosphere was the perfect spot to take a bathroom break, grab a latte, and people watch out of their large front windows. This vanilla latte was the perfect way to warm up on a dreary day!
Little Italy Pizza – Midtown Manhattan
It’s not a trip to the city without a slice (or 3) of NY pizza. So after the day’s adventures, we stopped into Little Italy Pizza before catching the train back to Jersey out of Penn Station. I wasn’t even hungry, but when you put a girl in front of pizza…she will eat. I mean, at least I will. My friends started laughing at me when I ordered three slices (jokes on them) – but the man behind the counter was nothing but supportive of my pizza binge. When in Rome, right?
Anthony David’s – Hoboken
On our last day, we headed to Hoboken to grab brunch with another friend. As the planner + foodie of the group, I Googled places and read reviews for brunch spots. And I settled on Anthony David’s (mainly because it was a Friday and not many places offer brunch on weekdays….)
But this spot is so good at brunch, I could eat it literally every weekday. They specialize in eggs benedict (my FAVORITE brunch dish,) and with 8 different Benedict’s to choose from, you’re bound to find something to drool over. Like Ricotta & Truffle Benedict. Yes, truffle benedict. Go get you some.
Check out these spots + some of my other NYC favorites:
Paolo’s Ristorante – Georgetown
Paolo’s is where my friends and I spent New Years Eve. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the greatest experience in regards to service + appropriate wait time between courses. My phone was held hostage during dinner – and I’m glad it did because it forced me to focus on my friends (even if it did take them 45 minutes between serving each course…) So I don’t have pictures of everything I ate, or anything I ate for that matter. Instead, here is the menu. I can say that everything that we ordered was good – it just took way to long for it to be served. The restaurant was nice enough to comp our meals because of the delays, and at the end of the night, we only had to pay for alcohol. In hindisght, it’s hard to complain about having somewhere to sit for the 3 hours leading up to midnight + getting free food.
Lessons learned: Make NYE dinner reservations before 7 PM. But if you have to wait, drinking helps pass the time. * See picture at end of post *
J.Paul’s – Georgetown
Brunch on New Years Day was a 180 from our New Years Eve dinner (our waiter was on top of our orders and food reached our table in a record 10 minutes after ordering it haha.) Additionally, the food was phenomenal. Our group had a nice sampling of their menu – eggs benedict, the quiche of the day, steak & eggs, grilled caesar salad, and fried chicken salad. Everyone was satisfied with their meal – and I will definitely be returning.
I mean how gorgeous is this salad? And fried chicken?? What resolution? 😉
Check out these spots + some of my other DC favorites:
Have you been to any of these spots? Have suggestions on spots I should visit next time I’m in New York City + DC?! Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new restaurants to try 🙂
Want to see more of my dishes? Check out more of my recent eats HERE.
And as always, don’t forget to show me what YOU’RE eating! Tag me in your pictures on Instagram (@stylishlytaylored) and don’t forget to hashtag your pic #stylishlytaylored!
Until next time, keep eating!