Shopping in NYC is amazing. There is every store you can imagine and that store is bigger and better than the one at your local mall. We did a little shopping on 5th Avenue/Herald Square, but spent our last day in Soho. We loved the atmosphere, with the old buildings and cobblestone streets. There were well known designers, as well as small, fun boutiques.
Melissa had one store where she wanted to shop and had some birthday money to spend. We made our first stop at Brandy Melville and I think Melissa fell in love with every item in the store - it was definitely her style.
We also did some shopping at Alex and Ani for their unique and fun bracelets. My sister has built quite a collection and they make great gifts.
I bought this pretty bracelet, with a light blue bead to help me remember our visit to Soho.
All the restaurants we went to for lunches and dinners were fabulous and there are so many to choose from. It was hard to know where to begin, so I researched in advance, using Trip Advisor to find affordable, well recommended restaurants. Our first lunch was at Alices's Tea Cup on the upper west side, near Central Park and it was perhaps my favorite of the trip.
You could choose from an extensive list of special tea blends for an individual pot of tea, served in mismatched china cups. The homemade egg salad sandwich I ordered went perfectly with the tea.
For dinner one night, we headed to Broadway to Ellen's Stardust Diner, where the waiters and waitresses sing show tunes while they are serving. It is a fun place, with a lively atmosphere. The food is old fashioned diner fare and is surprisingly good. I ordered a Sex In The City martini to start the night - it seemed fitting while in NYC - and it was delicious :-)
Our last night, after dinner and a little walking, we jumped in a cab and headed to Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate. It was definitely worth the hour wait to get a table. Frozen, rich chocolate and a mound of homemade whipped cream - so yummy!
Two other restaurants we loved were Dos Caminos, for their made to order guacamole and Le Zie, a neighboorhood Italian restaurant in Chelsea. They claim they have the best spaghetti and meatballs in NYC. We didn't try that dish, but Melissa said she had the best gnocchi ever.