4th of July NYC Trip

For the 4th of July my friend Aminata and I decided to take a break from spending the holiday in DC and get a change of city- so we went to New York City.  Luckily we got some pretty well priced train tickets at horrible hours of the day and had a free place to stay.  (Shoutout to Tali).
Our weekend included a ton of walking, shopping, eating and exploring.
Starting on Friday morning- we arrived in New York pre-7:00am and made our way to the apartment and then headed to one of my favorite spots in the City, Barney Green Grass for some bagels, kippered salmon, chopped liver and some Jewish banter.
After that, we headed to Soho to spend a ton of time in TopShop and just shopping around.  Then we headed over the Meat Packing District to grab a snack at Chelsea Market and walk the High Line.  We went for a super late dinner at a cute French restaurant in the Village called Amelie Wine Bar.  There, we had some escargot, mushroom and carmalized onion flat bread and some steak au poivre.
The next day was the 4th of July and we started our day at Sara Beth’s for some brunch.  I had the leek, ham and gruyer omlete and Aminata had the salmon benedict.
Then we walked down 5th Ave, avoiding the rain and ending up in the Plaza for some snacks and coffee.  For our 4th of July dinner we went to The Dutch for their 4th of July “cookout” menu.  IT WAS AMAZING.  We started our meal off with some oyster sliders and I got their featured watermelon punch.  (Tanqueray Malacca Gin, Campari, watermelon, lime, sparkling wine).  Then we both got the fried chicken dinner that was so yummy and came with a side of slaw and fresh biscuits covered with honey butter.  For dessert we both got a scoop of ice cream- Aminata with pineapple sorbet and me with White Russian ice cream.  (Tasted sort of like an iced white mocha).
We ended our night at Battery Park to watch the fireworks- with a view of Ellis Island and Lady Libery!
The next day, which was also our last day in the city, we started our day out at Aroma Espresso Bar for some blended iced coffee, burekas and croissant sandwiches.  Aroma is an Israeli chain that has the most amazing blended iced coffee… definitely worth the searching.
Then we walked passed City Hall, across the Brooklyn Bridge…
Through some streets of Brooklyn and ended up at Smorgasburg Food Flea Market.  Which was amazing and had so many fun food options- too bad it was so f***** hot out so we only ended up getting coconut water and hung out by the river.  Then we headed back to the city, got some pizza, saw a friend and than caught a 10pm train back to the District.
And that was our NYC weekend- with an emphasis on the food.

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