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What to do while visiting the Garment District & SOHO
Where to Stay: We stayed at the Refinery Hotel and this is where we have gone for the past 5 years now! The location is great for us while working but it is also close to Times Square & K Town. The rooftop at the Refinery is great. There is an indoor and outdoor section and has views of the Empire State Building, not to mention the food is delicious too.
At night the jazz bar downstairs hosts some great local jazz musicians that we have gotten to enjoy a few times. It was a perfect way to end a long day of working
Where to Eat: Our first night in we had sushi from Izakaya Mew Midtown and it was great. It was packed too which is always a good sign! While we were out and about working we stopped to get pizza a few times but also went to Stitch Bar & Blues for lunch. Stitch is one of our go to places every time we are in the city! We love going in, sitting at the bar and just having good American food with a drink!
We also went to Jungro in K-town for dinner one night which is another favorite of ours. Everything they make is delicious and its cooked at your table! It is a Korean BBQ restaurant and is always busy. Another place we stopped at in SoHo was Bistro Les Amis. It was the perfect little french cafe to have a long lunch and people watch at. We both had the Onion Soup that was to die for!
What to Do: Where do we start? The easiest thing to do is to pick a neighborhood and explore it! We wish we had time to stay in SoHo for a few days so we could see everything there but since we were working we only went there for a day trip. In SoHo... plan a fun day of shopping and art gallery hopping. Then enjoy a long lunch on the patio of a cafe like Bistro Les Amis so you can people watch! I think our favorite thing was people watching. Everyone in SoHo had a little bit slower pace and the street style was amazing.
One day we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then to Central Park just to relax! We took an uber there from our hotel but otherwise it is definitely a trek from the Garment District and would have been at least a 30 minute walk.
We also spent time at the Chelsea Market and went to the piers for a Sunset Cruise around Manhattan which was fantastic. We ate at the market from a restaurant named Very Fresh Noodles serving Taiwanese noodle dished and it was so so good. You could watch them make the noodles in front of you! A
after that we walked the High Line for a few minutes and enjoyed the scenery of Chelsea!
We had the best time in New York and was really the perfect first trip after Covid. The city was hustling and bustling like usual, just maybe with a few less people. e enjoyed talking and meeting with locals as we were out and about and like every other time, everyone we have come across has been so friendly. We hope this little travel blog helps you with your next trip to the City of Dreams.
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