Newcomer in NYC: What You’ve Missed Part 2

One of my biggest issues in terms of staying on track with blogging has been remembering to use my blog Instagram. It’s something I definitely need to work on, but since I haven’t been using it, there’s been little to no updates to what I’ve been up to!

One of my favorite things about being home for the summer is being able to go into Manhattan, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with all of you…

Bing Box

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Could not recommend Bing Box more! This tiny place is a hidden gem and in my opinion, much better than the more popular, 10 Below. $7 for the shaved ice, two toppings, and a waffle cookie. Delicious and very aesthetically pleasing!


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Vandal is primarily known for it’s nightclub but my friend and I went for brunch because we wanted to scope out the place. We went with simpler menu items – we each got a slider and then a side of fries to share (side note: I, strangely enough, don’t love french fries but these fries were SO good). After some snooping, we were able to get our waiter to give us a tour of the restaurant afterwards – it was absolutely stunning and so huge. We also got to go down to see the nightclub which was fun – especially seeing it all lit up and being cleaned in the daytime.

Cha Cha Matcha

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This place is all over Instagram and after passing it on the way to Vandal, we decided we had to go back afterwards to try it out. It is definitely very cute – also crowded, as there was a line out the door. We decided to go with the Matcha because that is what it is known for – I think I’m just not a tea person because it was not my thing. But (to be completely, 100% honest), it is worth going for the Instagram.

Baron Von Fancy Wall

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Slightly obsessed with anything Baron von Fancy does, especially his painted walls. This wall coincidentally was right next to Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Again, a great photo op and something worth strolling by – his art goes up and down very quickly!

Cupcake Market


Full disclosure: had to go here for the Instagram. Following the Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian feud it became even more of a must-do. The cookies (I hate to say) were not very good, but on looks alone they were worth it. We went toward the end of the day and got the last two cookies available – so I’d suggest going earlier in the day to make sure you can get them!

Failed Attempt at Museum of Ice Cream


This picture doesn’t even begin to cover the ridiculous  line on opening day at the Museum of Ice Cream. My friend and I tried to wing it and just go – we knew there would be a line but we were hoping it wouldn’t be so bad. Unfortunately, we didn’t get in – and since tickets are sold out while the museum is open, it doesn’t seem likely we’ll get there in the near future. It was worth a shot though!

Also worth mentioning that Joe & the Juice is awesome. I didn’t get any pictures, but I went to the location in SoHo and there was such a fun and energetic vibe – also very big with a totally non-pretentious feel! We were able to get a table and take a breather and bask in the air conditioning for awhile which was so nice. While the drinks are definitely overpriced, that is generally New York – and the ambience was definitely enough to forget about the prices. Check out the free photo booth in the back near the restrooms!

Any recommendations for last stops in Manhattan before I head back to school? I’m meeting up with Nicole on Thursday and we’d love to hear your suggestions!

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One Response to Newcomer in NYC: What You’ve Missed Part 2

  1. Rebecca says:

    Those Taylor Swift and Kanye cookies are so cute! I’ve never heard of any of these spots before, but wow are they Instagrammable, I’ll have to check them out sometime!

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