I’ve been travelling for the last few weeks from New York to California with my friend and photographer Nicole. We spent one weekend in New York before flying to LA, San Fran and now road tripping down Highway 1 along the beautiful Big Sur. This is just a quick update from my favourite season and place, Fall in NYC.
How to get there: I flew with Cathay Pacific from Sydney to New York JFK, via Hong Kong. It is one of the longest flights possible (making the most of sleep!) and I prefer not having to stopover in LA for customs and baggage.
Where to stay: I stayed downtown NYC in TriBeCa for the first time, at the Smyth, A Thompson Hotel. Their suite was one of the biggest spaces I’ve experienced in NYC, with an incredible vine covered terrace with views.
Where to eat:
Jack’s Wife Freda has always been a favourite of mine. They recently opened a location on Carmine Street in the West Village as well as their original spot on Lafayette in Soho. My favourites on the menu are Maya’s Grain Bowl, the Rosewater Waffles and Nana tea.
The Butcher’s Daughter on Kenmare Street is known for a delicious, and mostly vegan menu that always helps in my jet lag recovery. I always get the Red Juice and Spicy Kale Caesar Salad.
The Momofuku Ramen from Momofuku Noodle Bar is my favourite dish in the world. I often joke that I could eat Ramen all day every day, especially for breakfast… so you can imagine how many different Ramen’s I’ve tried the world over. Make sure to get there early as there can be a long line. Try the pork buns too!
What to see and do:
Central Park is definitely the most beautiful during Fall. The leaves change colour seemingly overnight after a cold snap, and transform the park in to a multicoloured wonderland. I get a picnic lunch from Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and sit on the hill above the Duck Pond, overlooking the trees and city.
Make the most of the Brooklyn Flea Markets over the weekend before the weather gets too cold. Wander with a hot apple cider, and if it isn’t too windy take the ferry down the East River back to Manhattan.
Photos by Nicole Cooper