Gaby and Bjargey

Gaby and Bjargey
Two Michigan girls, who enjoy experiencing the world. Currently based in Iceland, Toned and Traveled is the go ­to travel and lifestyle blog for women who are looking for tips and advice on traveling, health and wellness, and life.
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A New York City Guide

Living in New York City is kind of like a dream. There are places to eat around every corner, endless amounts of shops, bars and clubs. It is an adult playground. I was lucky enough to live there for a full summer during an internship in college. I lived with 2 girls from my hometown and one of my very good college friend and it was the best roommate experience ever. We lived in a one bedroom (with bunk beds), one bathroom apartment in the Financial District and it was perfect.

New York is super easy to navigate once you get the subway down. Manhattan is glorious and so full of wonder. We all had summer internships uptown. Myself, at Clique Media Group, WhoWhatWear. We worked during the week, went out at night and explored on weekends. It was the best experience ever!

The stories I have written down with these girls are priceless. From Duane Reade, DILFS in the City, to corn dogs. And nights that ended with laughter until we cried and lots of brunch – New York City will forever be my favorite place with those people. We had the best group and enjoyed chilling on our apartment rooftop, grabbing drinks and meeting new people. I would recommend that every girl to live in New York City once in their life.

Three months goes by too quickly, but while I was there I made some stops along the way. Here are my go-to places in New York City. So even if you are visiting for a weekend or moving to the city that never sleeps, here are some places you won’t want to miss:

My New York City Guide

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BARS

Epsteins bar

Bobs Bar

Black Tree

Taqueria (tacos and $8 margs)

Gemma at Bowery Hotel

Felix Bar

Brass Monkey

Clockwork (punkbar/Essex)

Welcome to the Johnson’s

Saint Jerome’s

Nurse Betty’s

The Backroom (speakeasy)

6Ward $45 pitcher

W Hotel of NYC

The Magician ($3 happy hour)

Hotel Rivington

Phebes

B bar

Wren

Biergarten at The Standard

Brooklyn Bowling

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RESTAURANTS

Rubirosa

The Smith

Jacks Wife Freda – Best Sunday Brunch

Doc Holidays

Urban Rustic

Wolf Nights

Red Farm (dumplings)

The General (donuts)

Clinton Street Bakery (breakfast)

Essex Street Market (Essex)

Lil Franki’s (meatballs)

Mickeys (hamburgers)

The Sunshine Movie Theater (popcorn)

Kumo (all you can eat sushi)

Louie and Chan

Calexico (happy hour/$3 margs)

Pardon My French

Essex

Cafe Katja

Saro Bistro

Far East

Sweet Chick

Fat Radish

Cafe Gitane

Ippudo

Mondrian Soho

Bar Primi

Bario Chino

Spice Market – Indian/Asian cuisine

The Butchers daughter – brunch

Two Hands Cafe

Cowgirls

Prince Street Pizza – best pizza ever

Dimes – brunch

Rubys

Baby Cakes Bakery – vegan/gluten free

The Doughnut Plant

Kossars – Bialys

The Soho Cafe

The Bean

Cafe Select – avocado toast

The Meatball Shop

La Lanterna di Vittorio

Smile to Go – Taylor Swift ang Gigi’s fave spot

Milk Bar – order the cereal milk ice cream

Momofuko

Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien

Rosso Pomodoro

Normas – brunch

Juicy Lucy Juice Bar

Big Gay Ice Cream

Joe’s Pizza

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CLUBS

Up & Down

Crift Dogs (9th and a and 1st, speak easy)

Blind Barber (speak easy)

White House (house party)

PHD Rooftop

Gilded Lily

Rooftop at the Gansevoort

Riff Raffs

Le Bain at The Standard

Avenue

Webster Hall – concerts and dancing

Black Crescent

TAO downtown

Jimmy Rooftop

Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Boom Boom Room

Space – dj club

Employees only – speak easy

1Oak

Lavo

The Raven

Marquee

Bagatelle – bottomless brunch

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Places

Yankees game

Walk around and Picnic in Central Park

Explore the Meat Packaging district

Walk 5th Ave

Try on a ring at Tiffany’s

Gaze at art at The Whitney

Stroll the Highline

Visit the 9/11 memorial

See lady Liberty in the Bay

Go to the top of The Roc

Have an Empire State of mind

Cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Stuff your face at Smorgasborg

Get lost in the Metropolitan Museum

Sing at John Lennon’s Memorial

Go to the top of the World Trade Center Observation deck

See a Broadway play

Gaze at the lights of Times Square

Stop in the Glossier Showroom

Get a Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery – actually run at 6 am

Shop til you drop in Soho

Have tea at the Plaza

 

*Shout out to the best roomies ever! I love you all so much and so happy that we are all finding our way in this crazy world 🙂 Can’t wait until we all reconnect in NYC. You da best. Fat F**ks for Life! XO

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