A Weekenders Guide to NYC

If you’re anything like me, you need a change of scenery every so often.

I love Philadelphia, but sometimes I need a get-away. Lucky for us, NYC is a quick 1.5 hour drive. I’m spilling the deets on my recent trip + guiding you through my favorite spots to hit!

NYC

Where to Stay:

If you’ve never stayed in New York, it can be overwhelming. The city is HUGE, and honestly that’s an understatement. You’ll be surprised to find that a lot of places can be hour + train rides away, even though it’s still in the city. That being said, you have to be aware of what you want out of your trip.

For me I wanted art, coffee, bars + photo opts.

Brooklyn is my go-to spot, but you’ll find that even that is a broad area.

I’ve stayed in Bedford-Stuyvant and Ridgewood. I recommend the latter, simply for walkability, but both have their pluses. Bedford-Stuyvant is closer to the train, and has it’s own vibe. Ridgewood is closer to bars and restaurants, you get more of the grungy art vibe you might be looking for, it’s about 15 minute walk from the trains.

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There’s great places to stay in either of these neighborhoods, and depending on your price range, and how touristy you’re trying to get check out Williamsburg for options.

I’m going to focus on places in North Brooklyn for the sake of this post because that’s where we stayed.

If you’re looking for cool bars, this is the place to explore, here’s a list of the places we hit (and we only scratched the surface)

  • The Cape House: Awesome little place, cute vibe, killer happy hour. Cheap beers + Beer garden vibes
  • Our Wicked Lady: This place has a chill vibe, rooftop bar + has live shows
  • Arrogant Swine: Killer beer list, BBQ food, beer garden on side, pumping on Saturday nights.
  • Roberta’s Pizza + Tiki Bar: This is a place everyone will recommend, and it is 100% worth it. Pizza is great, backyard tiki bar vibes are even better. This is a place you expect to find when thinking of Brooklyn. Food is a little pricey, but beer is cheap.

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  • The Well: If you’re from Philly, I’d put this place as a cross between Garage and Frankford Hall. It’s huge, has a book of beer selections, and a huge beer garden with art and lights. Set up in an older factory style building.
  • Brooklyn Cider House: This place is a bit fancy, and cute as heck. The cider here is great, and I barely like cider, although this place might have made me a cider person.

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  • Forrest Point: Cute garden vibes, has a beer garden with swings. Excellent food, + they have frosé.
  • Bushwick Country Club: Our absolute favorite place to hit when in NYC. It’s a dive bar that is just magic. Beers are cheap, has mini golf in the backyard. It’s everything you want in a classic hipster dive, and they have a photobooth.

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Williamsburg + Beyond

  • Brooklyn Brewery: If you like beer, just go. It’s an awesome space. Brewery tours are free, beer is flowing, and vibes are great. I’ve done the tour 3 times, every time the space is completely different and it’s just a bunch of fun.
  • Sweet Chick: We came here for brunch, wait can be long (we got there right before the rush) food is excellent. If you like chicken and waffles, this is your place. Also it’s owned by NOS apparently?

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  • Artists & Fleas: If you’re in this area, hit this up. It’s an indoor craft market. It’s great, tons of vendors, local artists.
  • Black Brick: Coffee shop that has sweet vibes. Cozy but with industrial elements.
  • Devocion: Coffee shop serving Colombian coffees. This place is BEAUTIFUL. The back wall is a giant garden. If you’re a sucker for beautiful interior + plants, you must go here.

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Honorable Mentions

  • Keg and Lantern Brewing Company: Cute, small brewpub. Good vibes, better brunch.
  • Little Skips: Coffee shop + breakfast nook. Great for coffee and a scone. Cute as heck. Has fun branding, I have a shirt from here that reads “Almost Adults” and it’s great.

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  • Sweatshop: Coffee shop in Williamsburg, has a great mural. Small, but good for your instagram feed if thats your thing, (it’s mine, no shame in my insta game)
  • Brooklyn Witch Shop: weird little place, has a lot of tarrot cards and books about zodiac signs. I spent 30 minutes looking at healing stones.

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Museums + Pop-ups:

  • Cooper Hewitt Museum: this is a design museum. I geeked out so hard! Not your typical art museum in the slightest. Is fully dedicated to design, so if that’s your thing you must go.
  • The Rosé Mansion: A pop-up exhibit all about rosé. It’s an instagram dream land. We had too much fun here. There’s a ball pit, a chandelier to swing from, and tastings of rosés from around the world. This runs until October so if you’re able to hit it, it’s worth it! It’s a 30 minute train ride from Brooklyn.

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  • The Color Factory: Pop-up exhibit all about color, I didn’t get to go here but you should and let me live through your instas, runs through Sep 2018.
  • Candytopia: Another pop-up running through November 2018 I didn’t get to hit but looks wonderful. It’s a Willy Wonka vibed dreamland.

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