The Millennials City Guide to NYC
All Images in this post were taken on the Iphone 7 Plus by me or Sarah
I just got back from my trip to NYC and I enjoyed writing my LA city guide so much I thought why not do one for the big apple too. I always ask people for tips on where to go or what to do when visiting a new place so these guides are also really helpful for me to pass on my knowledge/experience of a new city too.
This was my first time going to New York but believe me I want to go back as soon as I can. Me and my friend Sarah were there for 4 nights and our list of things to do was never-ending. Every person I met up with in the run up told me what to do, where to eat, where to stay etc. Therefore we had a huge list of things to do and around 120 hours to get as much done as possible.
Knowing we weren’t going to be able to do everything we wanted to we narrowed it all down quite a lot and I’ve included the creme de la creme here for you on gallucks.com. The reason why my city guides are called the millennials guides are because most of the time city guides online are written by older people who don’t really have the same interests as me. They usually suggest the family friendly stuff etc whereas I’m giving you my version of a city guide (featuring Insta-worthy destinations), You Ready?
Where to Shop
Daniel Patrick – danielpatrick.us
High end streetwear brand Daniel Patrick was the highlight of NYC for me, in the heart of Soho their store is a minimalist dream. Clean, contemporary, their clothing also matches the style of the interior giving you strong silhouettes in awesome colour palettes and as an added bonus the changing rooms are hidden in the store, I don’t want to spoilt it for you so I’ll let you try and find where they are when you visit.
Barneys – barneys.com
Forget Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, London has nothing on NYC when it comes to department stores. Barneys is the be all and end all when it comes to menswear too – they have everything. You’ve got Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga to your Off White, Comme Des Garcons, ACNE Studios and even your Gosha Rubchinsky, Fear of God and your ACW. I was literally gob smacked by the sheer volume of how many designers they had, how nicely the store was laid out and the buy itself. Great pieces, great designers – definitely a place to stop by if you’re into high end.
KITH – kith.com
Kith was top of the list of places for me to visit when in NYC, although it was way too cold to grab an ice cream for their ice cream bar I could at least appreciate the interiors. Kiths design is intense, a Hypebeast heaven, the brands they stock are more streetwear focused than the selection in Barneys but still a great selection nonetheless. Sneakers, clothing and some lifestyle along with great installations Kith is definitely not a place to miss when you visit.
Gentle Monster – gentlemonster.com
A brand that I only discovered when wandering around the streets of Soho, the sunglasses brand (which I believe are a South Korean brand) have their own store on grand and let me tell you, the place is beautiful. The concept of the store seems to have the current installation at the heart of it, this changes quite often as on google images the store looks completely different to how it looked when we visited. When we went the art installation featured red sand and mirrors, surrounded by their unique sunglasses for you to try on at leisure. I tried on a lot of different pairs if you didn’t see my shopping vlog already (here). The staff were really friendly and the sunglasses I bought were awesome – if you’re passing by then definitely pop in.
FYI Every good restaurant in NYC is very busy, all the time and probably booked up for weeks so you really need to book in advance and plan your meals well before you go!
Cafeteria – cafeteriagroup.com
My friend Wael who lives in NYC suggested we head to Cafeteria for ‘brunch’ kind of food and it did not disappoint, their menu had loads of choice and the Avocado eggs Benedict was on point. The interior is a bright white and the bathroom was certainly interesting, go check it out and you’ll understand.
Maxwells Chophouse – maxwellschophouse.com
Me and Sarah were invited to a Great Gatsby themed dinner at Maxwells Chophouse in celebration of Lionel Richie Homeware (here). The food was insane – as an appetiser they put crispy bacon strips in little buckets as if they were fries?! We then moved onto a seafood medley of Lobster and Oysters followed by Steak and it’s ultra-luxurious interiors definitely give a decadent Gatsby vibe.
Mercer Street Kitchen – themercerkitchen.com
We came here in the hopes of an Instagrammable lunch date but that’s only if you’re lucky enough to grab a spot in the cafe above (walk ins only!) – however, don’t be disappointed if you don’t because the food is incredible no matter where you sit. I had angel hair pasta with meatballs and I think it’s the best pasta dish I’ve ever had. Definitely go here!
Stanton Social – thestantonsocial.com
This place was recommended to me by my friend Darren and I’m so so glad we managed to book a table. Famous for their french onion soup dumplings (which were incredible) their eclectic menu of small plates surprised me so much and had me wanting to go back for more.
Beauty and Essex – beautyandessex.com
In my eyes this was the place to go in NYC, Like a speakeasy, hidden behind a pawn brokers Beauty & Essex makes you feel special even before tasting the food. The exclusive-kind of feeling you get when entering lingers with you the whole meal, It’s hidden, some people don’t know about it yet and the food was delicious. I had the Beauty and Essex burger and it was epic – you have to go here if you’re visiting.
Sweets By CHLOE – eatbychloe.com
Vegan? Yes. Tasty? Yes. Instagrammable? Hell Yes. Get the peanut butter hot chocolate and a peanut butter jelly cupcake. If you like Peanut butter that is. Whatever you like, you’ll find something you like here. (see image below for hilarious neon sign goals).
The Whitney – whitney.org
Not only is The Whitney museum filled with incredible modern art – great for clean architectural shots plus its views on the 7th & 8th floors are amazing, be sure to check out the terrace if you make the trip.
It had to be done really, first time in NYC – Epic bridge, huge tourist attraction, believe me it took a lot of patience to get this shot for my Instagram but it was so worth it. I’d only seen the bridge in movies really so to be there in real life felt very very surreal.
Top of the Rock – topoftherocknyc.com
Out of all the touristy things to do this was by far the most breathtaking – if you’ve never done it before then heading to the Top of the Rock is something you have to do whilst in NYC. Most people want to go up the empire state building but you can actually take a picture of the NYC skyline with the iconic empire state building itself included, plus you can stay up there as long as you want and there’s a great view of Central Park.
That is it for my round up of NYC bearing in mind I wasn’t there for that long – I think it’s a pretty solid list of stuff to be getting on with. If you do have any questions or things to add just let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them. It feels so good to be writing again, can’t wait to get stuck into some more blog posts soon. As always, thanks for stopping by!