Phelps' Sisters take Manhattan

My sister, Whitney, and I traveled to NYC last week and had a blast.  Usually the kids, another family member or a friend travel with us, but this time it was just the two of us and I really loved every minute! We are similar in that we both like to get out, walk the city and see the sights, but we also both enjoy time to ourselves to unplug and sleep.  Our trip was was a quick 36-hour turnaround, but it was enough time to see the sites we wanted and catch a fashion show at New York Fashion Week.

We arrived in the Big Apple, checked into our hotel and hopped on the subway headed downtown.  First stop, Chelsea Market where we had lunch at One Lucky Duck.  It's one of my favorite places to eat (along with it's brick and mortar, Pure Food and Wine on the Lower East Side).  We ate salads with "raw" accoutrements such as falafel and taco meat, both made from nuts and seeds, and had ginger shots (amazingly delicious and SO good for you.  It's the juice of a ginger knob and a lemon, with a dash of cayenne pepper).

The rest of our afternoon was spent exploring Chelsea Market, Eataly and walking up Fifth Avenue, making a quick stop at Joe Fresh near Bryant Park.  Have you heard of or been to this incredible store? If you can't get to NYC, check your local JCP or JCP online where they also sell the brand.  I found a denim shirt, a black silk shirt and a pair of boyfriend cut jeans for $18... Total! (They were having a sale).  Leaving Joe Fresh, we walked towards Columbus Circle and into Dream Dry for a blow out, in preparation for the Red Dress Fashion Show later that evening.  

We were up bright and early the next morning to grab coffee and walk the city a bit more.  Walking through Rockefeller Center and down Fifth Avenue, we caught a cab close to Penn Station (34th Street) and ventured into Soho.  Most of the time I'm in NYC, I'm between Chelsea and the Upper West Side -- all on the West side of the island. On the East side, I like Union Market, Serendipity and Dylan's Candy Shop, but I don't spend a ton of time in Soho or the East Village.  Years ago I read about a vegan (no eggs, no dairy), gluten free bakery called Babycakes (the founder also has a cook book so you can re-create the delicious goods in the comfort of your kitchen).

A vegan, gluten-free bakery doesn't sound appealing to most, but I love trying new spots and learning more about different kinds of baking and cooking, especially since they also don't use soy products.  A trip to Babycakes for a late breakfast was the one thing I wanted to do before we left and Whitney was so wonderful to come with me. Next up was the one thing Whit wanted to check out before we left -- a slice of NY style pizza.  We had the cab driver take us to Ray's on 9th and 23rd, before walking back up to our hotel and heading home.

To me, this was the perfect trip! Traveling with family, a lot of walking, eating and seeing some fashion.  Do you have any "can't miss" spots in NYC?