Eleven of us met in New York to celebrate Liv’s 30th – four from London, five from San Fransisco and two from Wellington.

Most had already been to NYC before, so we skipped on a lot of the touristy stuff and instead spent our days exploring, eating, hitting the Soho shops and trying to fit in as many rooftop bars as possible. We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk, went to a comedy show in Greenwich, walked the High Line, had a picnic in Central Park & spent a lot of time hanging out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Soho/ Lower Manhattan:

  • Chelsea Market – large indoor food market
  • The High Line
  • I Sodi – Italian restaurant
  • Bleeker Street Pizza
  • La Esquina – delicious, cheap Mexican food in a great spot for people-watching
  • Two Hands – great coffee
  • Hotel 50 Bowery NYC – rooftop bar
  • The Flower Shop – pub
  • Kind Regards – bar
  • Beacon’s Closet – great vintage clothing store
  • Glossier Flagship store – the Willy Wonka of skincare


  • We did a Friday morning yoga class at Sky Ting
  • Miss Ada – delicious Mediterranean restaurant
  • Dick and Jane’s – tiny bar with great cocktails, around the corner from Miss Adas
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Win Son – modern Taiwanese
  • William Vale – rooftop
  • Brooklyn Winery
  • Domino Park and Smorgasburg – riverside food markets, Saturday only
  • The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club – brewery with a funky interior
  • The Brooklyn Barge
  • Rooftop Reds – rooftop winery (complete with actual vines!) overlooking Brooklyn Navy yard
  • Lilia – Italian restaurant
  • Atlas Cafe – for the best lox and cream cheese bagels!

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