Most of you know that my husband and I spent last week in New York City. We went so that I could attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event, and added several days to our trip to have some extra time for ourselves to enjoy the city. I'm going to break the trip down into 3 bite-sized posts rather than having one big whopper, so today is all about where we stayed and ate.
Let me preface this by saying that we're not very fussy travelers and don't particularly care about ultra-hip or "cool" places to stay or eat, we just want a clean room and good food that won't break the bank- I'd rather spend my money on pillows! ;) We had a pretty good mix of price ranges in the places we ate, but overall I was surprised about how reasonable most of the places we ate were...not much different than home. These suggestions don't even scratch the surface of the countless restaurants available, this is just where we landed for meals.
Just like we did the last time we visited NYC, we rented an apartment for our stay. The BHG event was being held at the Gramercy Park Hotel, just off of 21st and 3rd, so we wanted to be in that general vicinity. I looked into some hotels, but it's NYC, and anything that was appealing was just more than we wanted to pay for the 4 nights that we stayed. So, searching VRBO and HomeAway, we found a simple, pretty bare bones but clean one bedroom apartment, including a full kitchen, for much less than the best rates I could find for a tiny hotel room. (Read this older post for tips when booking with one of these sites.) It was located on 3rd and 14th, with an east west subway line just outside the door, and Union Station (a major stop) just about 2 blocks down. We loved the area, it was very easy to get around, and there were plenty of places right on that corner if there were any necessities we needed. When renting an apartment, you truly feel a little bit more like a "local"! We bought an unlimited week-long subway pass for around $30, and never used a cab. We used Uber for the first time back and forth to the airport, very happy with that experience!
Vezzo was another thin crust pizza place that Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi recommended to us, lots of the girls went there and enjoyed it too.
This isn't the best photo, but it's a big open area with food stations around the edges that surround a central open area with tables.
The New Yorker that we sat by on our flight back home was appalled that we grabbed a hot dog for a snack from a cart near Central Park... but oh well... ;)
You guys also gave some great suggestions, we'll have more places to choose from when we go back some day!