A long weekend guide to NYC

It’s impossible to write an evergreen guide to New York City. Every time I visit, I fall in love with another restaurant, shop, or neighborhood. Plus things are constantly changing. I had a rather epic trip to NYC over a long weekend in January 2019, so here are my favorites spots from that visit.

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NYC has unlimited food options. I tried so many new spots – and they were all fab.

NYC has unlimited food options. I tried so many new spots – and they were all fab.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Matchaful

62 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
matchaful.com/

One of my favorite discoveries this past trip was the Matchaful pop-up in Soho. They make the tastiest matcha-based beverages. I had their Cacao Dream with matcha, ceremonial cacao, chaga, gynostemma, and maple. It. was. so. good. I literally dream about it.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Sant Ambroeus

265 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
santambroeus.com

Sant Ambroeus is my new go-to brunch spot in Soho. You’re immediately transported to an Italian cafe. The lattes, eggs, and bread are the perfect meal for after a late night out on the town.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

The Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
oysterbarny.com

By no means a secret, The Grand Central Oyster Bar, located inside Grand Central Terminal, is a quintessential New York City restaurant. Grab a seat at the bar, order some oysters and some soup. Maybe have a convo or two with the waiter. I’m sure he’s got some stories.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Cha Cha Matcha

1158 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
chachamatcha.com

Cha Cha Matcha has been around for a few years, but I had yet to visit. One freezing day I walked to the Flatiron building and stopped in on my way back to The Chatwal. I got a matcha and a matcha croissant. Perfect combo.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Estiatorio Milos

125 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
milos.ca/restaurants/new-york

Pricy, but oh-so-worth-it. This Midtown Greek restaurant has some of the best Greek food I’ve ever had. The fish is also incredibly fresh – and perfectly cooked. This was so good that I basically booked a trip to Greece from my table.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Balthazar

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
balthazarny.com

An NYC staple and a classic French bistro, Balthazar is casual yet bougie at the same time. The prices are OUTRAGEOUS, but honestly, I had a blast here. You can’t go wrong with some wine and French Onion soup. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Balthazar got some Sex and The City love back in the day.

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drink

There are lots of fun places to grab a drink or two in NYC. I discovered quite a few new spots on this past trip.

There are lots of fun places to grab a drink or two in NYC. I discovered quite a few new spots on this past trip.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Grammercy Park Tavern

2 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
gramercyparkhotel.com

A dark bar tucked in the corner of the Grammercy Park Hotel, this is the best place to grab cocktails before heading to dinner or out on the town. Swanky and moody, grab a group of friends and get cozy.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Le Coucou

138 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013
lecoucou.com

A tiny bar inside Le Coucou restaurant, order one of their signature cocktails, grab a seat on their couch and have a chat with the amazing bartenders.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

The Campbell

15 Vanderbilt Ave
New York, NY 10017
thecampbellnyc.com

The Campbell is located in a revamped 1920s office inside Grand Central Terminal. Definitely worth checking out, and, no, you don’t need to be traveling anywhere to grab a drink here.

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shop

Shopping in NYC is always an adventure. There are opportunities to explore brands that you wouldn’t normally see in person.

Shopping in NYC is always an adventure. There are opportunities to explore brands that you wouldn’t normally see in person.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Glossier

123 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10013
glossier.com

This millennial favorite beauty brand is typically only online, but their flagship store in Soho is a must-visit if you’re into beauty. It’s part show room-part beauty counter. Impeccably designed, it’s basically a playground for beauty addicts like myself.

Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover

Le Labo

Pic taken at 233 Elizabeth St
Multiple locations
lelabofragrances.com

Where do I start? Le Labo is BOUG-IE, but I love it so. Santal 33 makes me feel like Superwoman and it well worth the price tag. Don’t @ me.

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Travel blogger Meaghan Murray shares a city guide for New York City on her blog The Stopover
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