Mother’s as fantastic as mine need to be celebrated. We went on a whirlwind weekend to the big apple to celebrate her turning the big 5-0. During our trip there was a freak snow-storm but we made the best of it and had a blast on our weekend get away.
I found this great Groupon for the Park Central Hotel. It was a WONDERFUL location right in the heart of downtown, only minutes from central park, times square, and right next to the subway. The staff were fantastic, the bed was cozy, and we enjoyed everything about our stay.
Another favorite stop we made along the way was Chelsea Market. Our favorite thing we had while we were there was hands down the Doughnuttery lemon poppyseed doughnut. OH MY GOD. This was perfection in every way. We tried other flavors but I could have eaten at least 20 of these mini doughnuts. I loved them so much I bought the dusting sugar to bring home. Fun fact: TSA will think you are carrying a drug laced bomb and pull you aside for a bag search and screening if you put the mini mason jar of sugar in your carry on bag.
With unexpectedly cold weather we decided to head to the Museum of Modern Art, which is always a favorite. We also went to the oculus for a respite from the cold. This building is stunning and houses all of the best brands to shop from in addition to subway connections.
Now on to my favorite part: the food.
Maman is the perfect french restaurant with incredible food. It is definitely top 5 places to eat…. anywhere. Their blue and white theme was perfectly girly, yet sophisticated. Since my mother has always been hooked on blue and white everything I stumbled upon instagram posts and knew I had to take her here.
We got the croissant basket which came with three pastries. If I had it to do over again I would order three of the pistachio croissants because they were impeccable. We both were swooning over the pastries while we waited for our breakfast. Don’t get me wrong they were all delectable, but the chocolate-pistachio put it over the top.
Mom got the breakfast sandwich with bourbon bacon jam and avocado. Fantastic is not enough to describe this sandwich. I got the greek yogurt, fruit, and granola. It was so fresh and delicious that I could eat this every day for breakfast. We took our lattes to go and decide to explore the city. I would totally suggest the Tribeca location so you can sit and eat in the perfectly imperfect blue and white french motif.
Murray’s Cheese Bar
Our obsessions with cheese led us, naturally, for dinner at Murray’s Cheese Bar. We went early for happy hour and had the prosecco spritz which I highly recommend.
We ordered the 5 item cheese plate compiled by the cheesemonger. This was hands down the best cheese plate I have ever had. We had a goat cheese wrapped in a maple leaf paired with maple flakes, a double creme goat cheese paired with pistachio butter, gorgonzola with berry jam, and a gouda with cornichons. The chorizo was to die for. All of the options were glorious and we stuffed ourselves with so much glorious cheese that we opted for soups instead of entrees.
Both the chorizo chili and the french onion were fantastic. You could really taste hints of savory red wine in the french onion soup, which really put this soup on the map. The chili was spicy in all the right ways, hearty, and very filling. Next time we go back I will definitely order the cheese board again and again.
What are your favorite places in New York City? Comment below and I would love to hear them!