Friday, August 2, 2013

NYC - Shopping in Soho and Restaurants



Shopping in NYC is amazing. There is every store you can imagine and that store is bigger and better than the one at your local mall. We did a little shopping on 5th Avenue/Herald Square, but spent our last day in Soho. We loved the atmosphere, with the old buildings and cobblestone streets. There were well known designers, as well as small, fun boutiques.

Melissa had one store where she wanted to shop and had some birthday money to spend. We made our first stop at Brandy Melville and I think Melissa fell in love with every item in the store - it was definitely her style.

We also did some shopping at Alex and Ani for their unique and fun bracelets. My sister has built quite a collection and they make great gifts.

I bought this pretty bracelet, with a light blue bead to help me remember our visit to Soho.

All the restaurants we went to for lunches and dinners were fabulous and there are so many to choose from. It was hard to know where to begin, so I researched in advance, using Trip Advisor to find affordable, well recommended restaurants. Our first lunch was at Alices's Tea Cup on the upper west side, near Central Park and it was perhaps my favorite of the trip.

You could choose from an extensive list of special tea blends for an individual pot of tea, served in mismatched china cups. The homemade egg salad sandwich I ordered went perfectly with the tea.

For dinner one night, we headed to Broadway to Ellen's Stardust Diner, where the waiters and waitresses sing show tunes while they are serving. It is a fun place, with a lively atmosphere. The food is old fashioned diner fare and is surprisingly good. I ordered a Sex In The City martini to start the night - it seemed fitting while in NYC - and it was delicious :-)

Our last night, after dinner and a little walking, we jumped in a cab and headed to Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate. It was definitely worth the hour wait to get a table. Frozen, rich chocolate and a mound of homemade whipped cream - so yummy!

Two other restaurants we loved were Dos Caminos, for their made to order guacamole and Le Zie, a neighboorhood Italian restaurant in Chelsea. They claim they have the best spaghetti and meatballs in NYC. We didn't try that dish, but Melissa said she had the best gnocchi ever.

Happy Friday!

If you missed my other NYC posts see Tourist Spots, Central Park and The Highline by clicking on the links.



  1. Thanks once again for all the photos, places to visit and the great tips! Looks like you had warm weather while you were there!

  2. Soho was my favorite area in NY as well. My BF and I went about 4 years ago in July to see Wicked on Broadway. It was fantastic! I love your bracelet and it's the perfect thing to remind you of your trip.

  3. Great shopping - great food, can't get better than that! so glad you had a great time, Vicki. Love your new bracelet!!

  4. Fun. I have been told the frozen hot chocolates are a must!!

  5. I've been to Alice's tea cup! It was during a great fun trip into the city with my friend and her daughter.

  6. Such fun Vicki! I remember waiting an hour or so in the snow to get into Serendipity - my daughter had recently seen the movie and it was a must-stop. Even though it was cold out we still got the frozen hot chocolate. Love the place with the singing waiters! You've made me want to go back for another visit! Ann

  7. Sex in the city martini - sounds decadent! (and delicious!). This looks like such a fun trip. My oldest went to college in NYC, so I used to visit fairly regularly - not so much anymore. Your photos brought back some fun memories! I'm glad you had a great time!

  8. And did you try a hotdog from Grey's Papaya? To die!!!!!!!!!
    I think 2 hotdogs and a papaya drink are like 5.00 :)
    It's the most fabulous city - really - wish I were there again right now!
    ( we used to go monthly for a few days for business ............)
    What a great time you must be having ( if you're not melting to death lol )

  9. I love NYC and soho has the best shopping! looks like you had a great trip!
    cute blog. new follower here!

  10. Oh what a fun trip! Loved shopping and dining with you:) Have a blessed day dear Vicki, HUGS!

  11. Looks like you had some fun experiences. We always make sure we have one meal in Little Italy - the food is always amazing - best ravioli I've ever had. Never been to Serendipity - that's going on the list.

  12. I have been to Alice's Teacup several times..I have a good friend who lives on the upper west side..I think I mentioned that before..Fun place...Funny with all the places there are , that you found it too..

  13. Good Morning, Vicki. What a wonderful trip. I especially like the looks of the egg salad sandwich and tea! Lovely shops to browse through, too.

  14. Fun shopping and good eating -- best start saving my money now and lose a few more pounds if we do indeed make this trip!

  15. A dream of a trip...sounds so wonderful.

    I do that, buy myself something special to mark the places I have been.


  16. Hi Vicki,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower! I spent a week in NYC two years ago and had such a wonderful time. We never made it to Soho, but after seeing this post, would love to go there next time we get to the city. I am now following you thought Bloglovn.

  17. Hi Vicki - I love NYC - we spent 4 days there last fall - I'll definitely read your other posts as well.... We went to a Letterman taping, Rock of Ages and stopped by the Soup Nazi as well as a bunch of other fun stops. so fun!! Thanks for stopping by my blog... Deb


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