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  • Writer's pictureAshley Billone

NYC Living: April

Updated: Jun 5, 2022

This past month was filled with birthday parties, eating out a lot and taking an infinite amount of photos of florals (groundbreaking). After writing out everything I've done, eaten and drank, I'm a little scared to look at my bank account 😆🤭 .

The Morgan Library & Museum: Located at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016
My mom recently read The Personal Librarian (where this book is based off of), and asked if I wanted to go to this library with her. I honestly hadn't even heard of this library until she mentioned it. Though this library and museum is very small in comparison to some of the bigger museums in Manhattan, it is equally as breathtaking. The actual library (aka my favorite part) is like a scene taken from Beauty & the Beast. Just countless rows and shelves of books everywhere you look.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Located at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Did you know that the MET holds live music and happy hour events on Fridays and Saturdays? I didn't either, until I recently read about it in a newsletter. Between 5-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, you can listen to a beautiful string quartette and sip on champagne. The location varies by week within the museum, so you can get more information about it here. It's only happening for a couple more weeks, so if you're wanting to try something new for a date night or go with friends, I highly recommend adding it to your weekend to-do list!
You can also check out the current exhibits going on here.
The Music Man Broadway Show: Located at the Winter Garden Theatre - 1634 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
I haven't been to a Broadway show since pre pandemic, so it was so nice to watch a live show again! Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster are currently starring in this fun, American-filled show. You can check out other Broadway shows currently live here.


Tutto il Giorno: Located at 16 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
I ate here for lunch for my birthday back in the fall and was very excited to go back again. It's definitely not a budget-friendly place, but if you're ok with splurging on cocktails and higher end American/Seafood, I would recommend this place a hundred times over. The service, vibe and location make you feel like you're in an elegant and trendy living room/backyard of a beautiful beach home without coming off as too intimidating.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard: Located at 139 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack, NY 11962
If you're a Summer in a Bottle wine lover, you'll love this vineyard. I've only ever been to The Wine Stand on the vineyard (which is more low key/informal but still a good time), so being in the main part where the tastings are was a first. The building was giving me Mediterranean meets Bachelorette vibes and it was gorgeous.

Aria Wine Bar (Hell's Kitchen): Located at 369 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
This is a hidden gem in midtown! It's a five minute walk to the theatre district, yet it's not filled with tourists because it's off the main road. I love coming here before a show and eating their delicious handmade pasta.
Anita La Mamma Del Gelato (Upper East Side): Located at 1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
I've posted about this place before, and I'll definitely post about it again. They have incredible flavors to offer and the portions are generous for the prices.
La Grande Boucherie: Located at 145 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
This place is a showstopper. I went here for brunch with my mom and it was such a fun girl's outing. Though the food isn't the best I've had in New York, it's overall a fun experience with great service and a beautiful ambiance.
Ladurée Soho: Located at 398 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
I may or may not have ordered a chocolate croissant and macaroons and sat at a table eating alone over the weekend. Whether you're alone and passing by (ehem, like me) or with a group of girlfriends, this place is visually and aesthetically pleasing to dine at.
Carmine's (Midtown): Located at 200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Carmine's is a rare mix of a classic NY restaurant and tourist trap. I recently went here for a family gathering (for the first time in eight years) and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It's a great spot for big family or friend gatherings as they offer family-style portions and you're still getting the NY experience.
Cecconi's Dumbo: Located at 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Every time I'm in Brooklyn, I always ask myself why I don't go more because it's so fun. Particularly Dumbo, which is one of the first stops off the subway coming from Manhattan. Cecconi's is located in the TimeOut building in the heart of Dumbo and it was delicious. The interior is very trendy and beautifully decorated and the exterior offers beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline.
Loeb Boat House: Located at Park Drive North, E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021
Easily one of my favorite spots in Manhattan. I love that you can go no matter your attire and fit in somehow. The interior is obviously more lux, however there's a concession stand in the front and then a pop up wine bar on the side (that's now open for the season), where you can sit by the water and enjoy the view in jeans or athletic wear.
Lure Fishbar: Located at 142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
This restaurant's interior is mirrored to look like a high-end yacht and of course serves high-end seafood. I went here for a girlfriend's birthday and it was a really fun experience. We ordered a bunch of items off the menu to share and everything was really good.
Rintintin: Located at 14 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
My husband and I walked into this place since we were early for a lunch reservation and it was one of those places where you're pleasantly surprised by the inside. It has a small upscale diner/bistro feel and the cocktails are really good. The brunch menu looked really good too, so definitely going back!

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