Wanted to share the pretty awesome Saturday I had this weekend.
Hopped on the train around 1 o’clock with a bunch of friends to celebrate a special birthday and enjoy the beautiful Saturday weather in the city.
After we arrived to Grand Central we hopped on the Subway and headed to Chelsea. We decided to walk along The Highline.
The HighLine is a public park built on a historic freight rail line that runs above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. It’s full of an abundance of plants, ferns, flowers and trees, amazing views of all the interesting buildings in this area, awesome murals painted amongst the brick walls and the occasional vendor selling handcrafted goods to homemade popsicles.
It is a wonderful escape from the streets of NY in a magical sort of way. Many of my friends have yet to walk up there so I am glad they got to experience it on such a lovely day!
The original plan for the day was to head over to The Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill a few blocks north of Chelsea Piers. The Bar & Grill is located on the floating railroad barge that is docked at Pier 66 within the Hudson River. Pier 66 also includes a former Lackawanna railroad barge, the Lightship Frying Pan, a historic rail float bridge, and an authentic 1900′s caboose.
The line was crazy long, it was super HOT and we were in dire need of a cocktail and food so we moved on and looked for a new location.
We ended up stopping at another really cool restaurant called The Park. It was really rustic and felt like a garden inside with lots of plants and funky wooden furniture. I ordered The Brooklyn Greyhound, a cocktail made with Brooklyn gin, aperol, honey syrup, fresh lemon juice and grapefruit juice.
Next stop was for pizza, because you can’t go to New York and not get pizza. We stopped at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza and Bar for a quick slice which then turned into two huge pizzas.
We ordered an Artichoke Pizza (artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella and pecorino romano cheese) and a half Staten Island Pie (meatballs, cooked tomato sauce, red onions and ricotta cheese) half Meatball Parm Pie (meatballs, cooked tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese).
…Food coma… but super delicious!
Our last stop of the day was The Brass Monkey! I have been to this bar once before, but it was so packed that I had to leave so I am happy that I got a chance to give this place another try. This three floor beer bar is super cool and offers a really cozy rooftop beer garden that overlooks the Hudson River.
The perfect place to end a summer day and begin a NYC summer night.
Pete and I made our traditional stop at The Beer Table in Grand Central. This little store in GCS sells all the coolest craft beers you can think of. I grabbed myself a White Thai – Belgian witbier brewed by Westbrook Brewing Co. which I’ve yet to try and Pete grabbed two Celia Saisons, a Farmhouse Ale style beer brewed by Ipswich Brewery.
^ That’s Celia :D only fitting we buy the coolest beer for her!
Seriously wow. Just strolling through NYC with some awesome people all day. Can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday! Chelsea is such a great part of the city, one of my favorites. So many shops, bars and restaurants I have yet to discover and explore there.
Hope you enjoyed the post! Take a trip to Chelsea next time your in the city, you won’t regret it!