nyc itinerary: birthday trip


It's my birthday today! I sometimes do a more personal post on my birthday, but I've been sharing these fun New York itineraries lately and I thought it would make sense to post the birthday trip itinerary on my actual birthday! If you have a birthday trip to the city coming up, here's how I suggest you celebrate! 


The Carlyle
Because there is no hotel more special. Prince William and Kate stayed here on their first trip to New York, the Kennedys had an apartment here, the iconic Bemelman's Bar is in the hotel, and each guest receives a monogrammed pillow case in their room upon arrival. This is the place to go if you want to feel special!

Public Hotel
This hotel on the Lower East Side is one I've mentioned before, but it's so cool I have to mention it again. The rooms are beautifully designed and the hotel itself offers a lot to do, which makes it perfect for a birthday trip.

Crosby Street Hotel
I love this hotel for for a birthday trip because it's in a great location on a cobblestone road in SoHo and makes you feel super chic.

Refinery Hotel
This hotel near Bryant Park has a great rooftop bar and will also give you a Magnolia cake for your birthday!


Tea: Laduree
Have a luxurious tea at Laduree's SoHo location. Share a pot of your favorite blend and try out some of the incredible pastries (the Saint-Honoré is always my favorite) before taking a box of macarons to go.

Brunch: Bubby's
Bubby's brunch is so decadent, it only makes sense to indulge on your birthday. From stuffed pancakes to buttermilk biscuits and, of course, eggs benedict, this is the perfect, classic brunch in the Meatpacking District. Walk it all off on the High Line afterwards. 

Brunch: Lafayette
Another great brunch option is Lafayette, a beautiful French bakery in NoHo. The staff is always handsome and the food is delicious. It's classic brunch fare but with a French twist.

Dinner: Via Carota
For dinner, check out Via Carota in the West Village. It's a cozy, rustic Italian place with beautiful details and a gorgeous menu. 

Dessert: Catch
A lot of celebrities seem to frequent Catch, like Romee Strijd, Taylor Swift, and Kim K. It's seafood, but I recommend coming here just for dessert! Try out the famous Hit Me cake with liquid Klondike, roasted white chocolate ice-cream, and brownie devil's food cake. There are a ton of other amazing options, too.

Drinks: The Polo Bar
End your birthday with drinks at The Polo Bar where you might run into actors, politicians, or even Ralph Lauren himself. Be sure to make reservations well in advance, preferably a few months out. 



Get a blowout at Drybar

Get your makeup done at Blushington

Pick up a dress at Rent the Runway

Play at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court

Go out to Ramona (big enough for groups), The Wythe Hotel, or Sugar Factory