Warning this is a picture heavy post!!! Sorry guys for going overboard with the photo upload, there’s just so much to do, so much to see in the Big Apple! This NYC babymoon was a very short one because it was actually just a side trip from Patrick’s business trip. He had to attend a conference in Vegas for work (I tagged along and just chilled at the hotel!) and so we decided to just fly to New York to spend some quality couple time before heading back to Manila. After all, this would be our last trip as just us TWO so we wanted to make the most out of it. We’ll be welcoming our son in early July so this was the perfect “graduation” gift for us, the best way to transition to our new adventure as parents.
Unlike our other adventures (pre-pregnancy), this whole trip was free from the usual sight-seeing and touristy activities, we just focused on two things this time: EATING and NAPPING!!! Hehehe, okay ba?? We made sure our 4 day itinerary was as slow-paced and as CHILL as possible just so the baby and I wouldn’t get too stressed with too much physical activity. Our itinerary would go something like this Wake up, Get Dressed, Look for a New Resto to Try for Breakfast, Go Home, Take a Nap, Wake up at 11am, Get Dressed again and Head out for Lunch, Come back to NAP againnnnn, then head out for dinner! Hahahaha! In between of course we were catching up on work emails (yes, we were still working while on vacay!) and also watching episodes on Netflix but that basically summarized our chill NY vacay together. After eating, we’d look at each other and say in unison “NAP TIME!” and laugh out loud. Buhay baboy!!! It was 4 amazing days with my husband and I’m actually so glad he was able to take a break—this fella has been neck-deep with work lately so I was happy he was able to rest and relax too. Thanks again Patrick for this quick babymoon (aka BABY-LAMON) vacay, thanks for being the best food trip/nap time partner ever!!! 🙂 🙂 Scroll down for our 1,000,000 photos!!
Our first stop—literally just outside our arrival gate—SHAKE SHACK at JFK Airport! What did we get? The Shack Stack of course!!!!
From JFK, we took a cab to Tribeca and got settled into our lovely AIRBNB flat on Leonard Street. I’ll be posting more photos of our cute apartment on the blog soon. 🙂 But I highly recommend staying in the Tribeca area, although admittedly it was a bit of a splurge since this is really the upscale part of Manhattan—it’s really a beautiful neighborhood to serve as your base especially since everything is within walking distance.
Our first restaurant stop, LOCANDA VERDE. From the looks of it, it seems to be one of Tribeca’s most happening spots. It gets packed by happy hour so you have to make sure you book a table in advance. Their Sheep’s Milk Ricotta is to die for! I hear their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are a breakfast crowd favorite too. 🙂 This was just a few blocks away from our flat so it was an easy walk for preggy me.
Another Tribeca favorite of mine is TERRA. Just a quick 5 minute walk from our flat, this authentic Italian restaurant serves relatively affordable (I mean considering the standard prices in the area) but tasty dishes. Patrick and I just really loved the ambiance here, such a great place to hang out with friends! It was such a shame that it was just the two of us—kaming 2 lang ang magkabarkada! hehehehe!
The token Times Square photo 🙂 We just stopped to take a photo for a few minutes then headed to the Eugene O Neil theater. For this trip, I’ve been trying to avoid touristy/crowded places—just to be sure that the baby is safe at all times 🙂
A MUST!!! You HAVE to watch The Book of Mormon!!!!! It’s hilarious and so brilliantly written that you sort of forgive how absurdly offensive and irreverent it is! The performance was excellent—flawless singing and acting from start to finish! This is definitely a show for those who want a good laugh and who just want to be entertained–not for the sensitive types as you’ll really get offended for sure! Hehehe! I’ve been dying to watch this musical for years but the ticket prices were always too steep for my budget (good seats could go as high as 300-400 dollars a pop! YIKES!). Thankfully this year my mom was able to snag us tickets at a more affordable price—THANK YOU MOM AND DAD for this birthday treat!!! Another favorite area of mine–The West Village 🙂 I love all the quaint stores and restaurants in this district.
Possibly the prettiest restaurant we visited for this trip, PALMA in the West Village. It’s on Cornelia street, just a few steps from Bleecker. So so so pretty!!!! There actually was a lovely pocket garden inside the resto but I wasn’t able to take photos because it was cordoned off for a private party. This is perfect for an intimate girly date 🙂 We had brunch with our friends and enjoyed mimosas (I had h20 of course!) and eggs benedict!
So I had a painful hankering for pancakes on my birthday!!! I just wanted pancakes so badly, I even came up with my “Pancakes Song”. No I am not singing it here–only Patrick will be the lone audience for that one, hehehe. Initially we wanted to do Clinton Street but with my preggy state, I don’t think I was up for the 2 hour wait (it gets crazy on weekends!). So I googled and stumbled across good reviews about BUBBY’s! And surprise, it was located just a few blocks away from our flat! Hooraaaayyyy! This family -friendly resto serves good old comfort food 🙂
For my birthday, we met up with my family friends–the Leuterios who are also based in NYC. Anco treated all of us to a sumptuous LAOTIAN feast at the much buzzed about Asian fusion joint, Khe-Yo (which is also just a few blocks away from our flat!). It was our first time to try Laotian cuisine and we absolutely loved it. Lao food is similar to Thai and Vietnamese, but with it’s own twist too. I highly recommend Khe-Yo!! The food was so delicious!!! Our baby was doing cartwheels in my belly 🙂
I turned 32 on the 17th and so Patrick told me I would have complete control over our itinerary for the day–after all it was MY DAY! (I found this “offer” funny though because I had complete control over ALL our days in NYC any way—hahahaha!!! Because this preggy lady is a boss lady! Hahaha!) So for my birthday I requested for 1)Pancakes for Breakfast 2) Lobster for Lunch 3) Shopping in Anthropologie (my favorite store!!!) and NAPPPP TIME. The first request failed because we woke up at 1030AM, hahaha so bye-bye breakfast. So we just ended up executing 2&3 on my list. We took a cab to Chelsea Market and had the freshest lobsters for lunch and Pat got me birthday cupcakes too as a bonus! Then Pat said I would be able to get myself 3 pieces from Anthropologie (I actually ended up getting 5, but who’s counting?!?) HAHAHA! It was a very, very happy birthday for me, Patrick and our baby 🙂 🙂
Another must visit is Cafe Habana in Prince Street, Soho. You’ll find more photos and details about Cafe Habana under “Food and Dining Out” Posts 🙂 Their CORN is the best friggin’ corn I’ve ever tasted in my life!!!!
A happy bumpie shot with our growing baby! Thank you Lord for blessing us with such a happy trooper, our son didn’t give us any problems at all. Except for some minor back aches—the trip was super manageable and comfortable for me. 🙂
For coffee lovers, you have to try GOTAN. Also situated in Tribeca, this is a favorite amongst locals. Since I don’t drink coffee, I opted for some PBJ instead. 🙂
S o that sums up our NYC Babymoon! I’ll share our travel video on the blog real soon 🙂