NYC, Drake, and Cardi

I few weeks ago James and I ventured to the city that never sleeps to see the Aubrey and the Three Migos tour. Every time we go to the city I have a list of places I’ve been dying to visit, and I thought I’d start sharing them with you as I hit them!

Our hotel was called the Hotel on Rivington.  We stayed in a suite that was worth the money just for the view.  If you’re ever spending a longer period of time in New York, I suggest staying here just because I wouldn’t mind having to spend long periods of time in the hotel room with this view.

The first night we didn’t get into the city until it was dark and I was preggers, so we didn’t stay up too late or venture too far. This was the first time both of us had stayed in lower Manhattan. I’ve been dying to stay in this part of the city for some time, and there are a lot of really cool spots to eat and drink here. The first night James had a night cap (and I a coca cola) at this really cool little corner bar right next to our hotel.  Grünhaus is located on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow St. and has two rooms – one’s a bar area and the other serves build-your-own German sausages.  The bar area we sat in had ivy hanging from the ceilings and industrial style wooden tables. Totally up my ally. I can’t comment on the food since I didn’t try it, but I can tell you the bar was always full of people!

We spent the rest of the night eating some of the yummiest ice cream I’ve ever had. If you love cereal or the taste of milk after it’s been on cereal, go to Milk and Cream.  They have a few different flavors of ice cream aside from classic vanilla, and colorful cones and toppings that you can mix with several of your favorite cereals.  You can choose from Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch among other cereals to mix with your ice cream and/or sprinkle on top!  James and I shared a cup of vanilla ice cream mixed with Capt’n Crunch cereal with Fruity Pebbles on top. We’ve never eaten ice cream so quickly.

That was the end of our first night. We passed out as soon as we got back to the room and woke up the next morning to explore lower Manhattan.  For a while now I had been dying to brunch at Pietro Nolita aka. the pink restaurant.  It’s a small little place that doesn’t take reservations but we went on a Saturday morning and there was no wait.  The French toast I ordered was delicious, and the syrup they pair with it is the closest to the Cracker Barrel brand (that I love) I’ve ever tasted.  I had also had a watermelon limeade that was great – of course I would’ve gotten one of their cocktails, but Grey can’t drink yet.   James had gotten a breakfast sandwich he enjoyed and an Americano that he said was really good.

After we ate we decided to walk it off in the stores in Soho.  On the way we stopped at this mural we saw last night on the way to Cereal and Cream. Right on the corner of Kenmare and Mott St., this pretty butterfly mural is waiting for you to take selfies!

James had wanted a pair of Jordan’s at the Nike store and ended up shooting some hoops with the staff.  I introduced him to TopMan (he loves it) and we window shopped until we needed a nap. Of course, there was no time for naps because we had to be at MSG to meet Migos by 5.  So we went to another place to eat on my list: Pizza Beach.  I had originally wanted to go there for the cocktails (they look SO good in person…), but then I was really diggin’ the idea of having a whole pizza to myself.  The pizza did not disappoint, and I watched the bartender pour many different colorful drinks that I wished I could try.  If you love pizza and booze: GO HERE.

After a quick bite to eat, we went back, quickly changed, and headed to Migos.  They were late, and we had to wait to see them until after the show when I couldn’t hear anything and I wanted to go to sleep.  But I didn’t care. I. SAW. CARDI. That’s really all that I have to say about the Drake concert. Drake was good, Migos was way better than I anticipated, and Cardi showed up. So basically I don’t need to go to any concert for a long time. I wish I had a picture of us with Migos, but they still haven’t sent it yet.

The next morning we had brunch at the cafe attached to the hotel. It had the best potatoes I’ve ever eaten and now that I’m thinking about them, I want them again.  We spent the rest of the day doing tourist-y things at the Brooklyn Bridge, the World Trade Center, and Wall Street.

I hope my favorite places help you find some places to eat and drink the next time you visit New York!

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