Things to do
New York City is a big city located on the southern tip of New York State. There are many things to do! There are also a lot of people here with a lot of different opinions. Here are some of our favorite day trips .
Lox and a stroll
Nothing is more New York than a bagel with lox and a schmear. So get your schmear on early and be a part of the Tribe at Shelsky’s of Brooklyn. Rolls mops? You betcha’! Salmon Bacon? You know it!
Enjoy a walk around the Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens neighborhoods- Court Street and Smith Street offer a ton of shops, bars, Italian bakeries, and a variety of restaurants. Side streets show the neighborhood’s character with gorgeous brownstones, tree lined streets, and if you’re lucky amazing free stuff. It’s a great casual afternoon. After a day just like this, Zack told Carrie that he loved her. She said it too.
SoHo and NOLITA
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Some of my favorite spots! Let’s say you need to get some shopping done and aren’t near SoDaSoPa but you happen to be in SoHo. Well thats perfect since you’ll find a few stores there. But say you get hungry and still aren’t sick of pizza. Then you’ll have to check out Zack’s favorite, maybe but he loves a lot of pizza, pizza spot Prince Street Pizza. Here, you should order the Pepperoni Square. It is amazing. To quote Zack:
“I would swim in those ‘roni cups all day long.”
Caroline spent many a day in Red Hook; reading the paper, laying in the grass, and sipping on watermelon juice. Check it out.
Grab a breakfast sandwich (although all their sandwiches are awesome) at Court Street Grocers. This is our favorite joint in the city. We recommend the B+B.
Meander over, hop on the B61 or a Citibike to Red Hook (both are right in front of Caroline’s old apartment!!). Check out Valentino Pier for an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty. Try Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies.
Wandering around this nautical neighborhood is like being in a whole different city. Take your time to stroll, grab some drinks at Sunny’s Bar or Ice House. Grab a bite at Lobster Pound, Fort Defiance (who also have a new Tiki Bar down the block), Hometown BBQ where Zack stood on line for 2 hours just to order only to have the meat sweats an hour later, or the Good Fork where Zack met Carrie’s mom for the first time. She hugged him and said, “Oh, you’re so tall!”
Take a distillery tour at Stillhouse who makes whiskey right in good ole Red Hook!
On your way back, enjoy a drink or snag some cans at Other Half Brewing. They’re a big deal. Wave to Pizza Moto while you’re there. That’s right, pizza. They’re catering our wedding! But you can eat there again- it’s freakin’ delicious!
Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn Bridge Park
Have a leisurely morning and head into the city, Manhattan that is, for a stroll through Chinatown. Make you way to one of our favorite spots, Noodle Village for delicious soups and soup dumplings or Nom Wah Tea Parlor for dim sum (they also have soup dumplings and we love them). Make sure you get soup dumplings. When you’re good and full, stroll on over to the Brooklyn Bridge to take advantage of this iconic walk. There will be a lot of people and they will be very slow. But it will be worth it!
Then, head on over to Brooklyn Bridge Park. This park features sweeping views of Lower Manhattan (the part with the buildings). Grab a picture of yourself in front of the Brooklyn Bridge along Water Street. It is a cool photo. Many a quinceañera has posed for this epic shot. If you aren’t sick of pizza already, you can stop by either Juliana’s or Grimaldi’s Pizza — or just get some ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Gardens, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights
Take advantage of an amazing museum, right in Brooklyn! The Brooklyn Museum has special exhibits (most recently David Bowie) rotating as well as multiple permanent collections. Spend the day soaking it all in.
Right next door is the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which will have daffodil hill, tulips, and possibly cherry blossoms. Lovely to stroll through.
Explore the surrounding neighborhoods of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights. They’re pretty cool. Carrie recommends Islands on Washington Ave for some delicious and absurdly affordable Caribbean food and have a drink at Gold Star Bear Counter. Or wander over to Franklin Ave for a different Caribbean food experience at Glady’s or Mexican at Chavela’s. Tons of bars and shops line the way down the avenue, ending at Berg’n a great beer hall with food stalls.
Park Slope, Prospect Park, and Gowanus
When in New York, eat bagels. They aren’t real anywhere else. Get a bagel and a schmear at La Bagel Delight in Park Slope and wander through the brownstones up to the gorgeous Prospect Park. Take a lap around the main meadow and stop off in Grand Army Plaza.
Take Union Street walking past the Park Slope Food Coop, who officially own Zack and Caroline’s first born, towards Royal Palms. It’s never too early to build that retirement skill set and spark some healthy competition by playing a game of shuffle board. Next store you can take a pick from the ample list of ice cream flavors at Ample Hills. Head up to the roof for a view of the area while scarfing down that ice cream.
Move on for some local brews at Threes Brewing. If the weather’s nice, they have a great outdoor space.
If the weather sucks, try Insa for Korean BBQ and KARAOKE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Private rooms can be reserved and you can order off the menu.
Zack once told Carrie that he sang Karaoke all the time. Then he sang “It’s Raining Men” and she loved it. Then she sang “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and he loved it.