NYC Itinerary For The Foodies and Locals

NYC Itinerary For The Foodies and Locals

NYC itinerary

My boyfriend surprised me with a weekend trip for my 3-0 celebrations! He kept it a secret until the very last moment; giving me the boarding pass to get through security. NYC itinerary planned just for me? Don’t mind me for enjoying it thoroughly! NYC is one of those places that you can never get sick of. There’s a plethora of events, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques – that all just keep increasing daily! Each part of the city has such unique character; if you wander 10 blocks to any which direction, you’ll feel as though you’re in a different city. Needless to say, this concrete jungle is also a foodie’s paradise. I have lost count of how many times I’ve been to NYC and discover something entirely new. NYC Itinerary = adult playground?

We can Google “NYC guides” until we’re blue in the face and it still won’t cover every single place that exists in that mecca. If you’re a fan of food and checking out the city from a local’s perspective, read below for a glimpse of my adventurous weekend.

NYC Itinerary: Day 1

Locale: Eventi Hotel

We stayed at the beautifully modern EVENTI Hotel near the Empire State Building. Bellman service and voila! Exploration mode begins.

Snack time: Hanamizuki Cafe

A chic Japanese cafe where we had some much needed (hangry mode) delicious bites of omuzubi (rice balls) and soup to warm us up. Coats, scarves, gloves, full bellies – check.

Dinner: Momofuku Ko

Part of my birthday surprise was dinner at this fantastic foodie spot. Created by the incredible Chef David Chang, Momofuku has been named one of the top restaurants in New York City for several years, boasting two Michelin Stars. A full review coming soon. Spoiler alert: The scallop, tonburi, citron dish was incredible.

NYC Itinerary: Day 2

Lunch: Mentoku Ramen

Nothing more delicious than a hot bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen on a cold day. Ok, “cold day” for Miamians.

Attraction: Central Park Zoo

Who doesn’t love the Zoo? Although this is probably one of the smallest zoos I have ever been to, there are exotic animals such as the snow leopard. This elusive creature has been the inspiration of many books and muse for many photographers. Just add me to the  “mesmerized” pile.

NY Itinerary

NY Central Park Zoo

Attraction: Central Park

Every time I come to NYC, I go to Central Park. After all, Parks are my favorite thing to visit. Walking in Central Park during winter time is like rediscovering nature all over again.

NYC Intinerary

Bites and Drinks: Bathtub Gin

Saturday night and time for a social soiree. We met up with some of my friends and ventured to one of the city’s most fun speak easy, Bathtub Gin. Great cocktails, alluring ambience, fun company – everything is perfect.

NYC Itinerary: Day 3

Brunch: Tartine

If you go to NYC and don’t brunch, you didn’t go to NYC. Our choice for the trip was this egg happy place, located in a quaint area in the West Village. Eggs Norvegienne and Eggs Florentine for us.

NYC Intinerary

Attraction: Meatpacking District

With our bellies satisfied, we headed towards the infamous Meatpacking District. Cliques’  playground by night, shoppers’ delight by day. Foodies’ temptation in between? We couldn’t resist and ventured into Gansevoort Market – crepe time!

NYC Intinerary

Attraction: High Line

What better way to spend a beautiful Saturday than outside? The High Line provides one of the best ways to see the city and its amazing architecture. It’s an old railroad track converted into an urban green space (still growing). You’ll find locals and tourists alike enjoying snacks, art vendors, exhibits and live entertainment.

NYC itinerary

NYC Intinerary

NYC Intinerary

Attraction: China town

I always crave Chinese goods everywhere I go! Find a bakery and enjoy the $1 Milk Tea!

NYC itinerary

Snack: Congee Village

There is nothing more comforting than congee. Head to Congee Village for piping hot congee served in a clay pot. Don’t bother with the other dishes on the menu. They are called “Congee “Village after all.

With so much brewing in this world-renowned city, make your own NYC itinerary but also make the time to venture on your own, technology aside. You’ll be surprised where the pavement leads you! Happy travels!

NYC itinerary


  1. Maya

    1 April

    I lived in New York for two years and this totally makes me nostalgic. You did a great job of capturing both the appeal of the food and the energy of the city. Now I have a craving for ramen and want to stroll the High Line!

    • Diana

      2 April

      Awe Thank you! I never get tired of visiting NY. There is so much to do and to eat! That day at the High Line was perfect. That ramen place was one of the best ramen I had outside Japan!

  2. Great photos! I’ve been to NYC 4 times but don’t recognise most of the places you mention. The High Line was fantastic, though. Also totally agree about congee being the ultimate comfort food – I thought that was just because of my Singaporean Chinese background, but glad to know that’s not necessarily the case! Thanks for introducing more restaurants to try the next time I visit 🙂

    • Diana

      28 June

      Thank you! ☺️ There are so many restaurants in NY, is hard to know them all even for locals! I also have Chinese background haha but anyone could easily consider congee as the ultimate comfort food. Now I want some…

  3. Holly

    26 June

    Love love love New York! I seriously need to go back and explore more

    Holly xx

    • Diana

      28 June

      Is hard not to love this amazing city! I have been to NY several times and is never enough!

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