Dave gifted me my first designer handbag last Christmas and little did we know, it was going to be our last one in NYC. Thinking about the day we picked it out at the Chloé store in Soho gives me all the nostalgic vibes and how magical the city used to be at the holidays. It was a Saturday in December and we had walked around to three or four other stores without seeing anything I liked before passing by Chloé’s storefront.
If I could buy all their bags, I would. They’re the perfect “classic-with-a-twist” design that I’ve come to love. At the time, I was looking for a bag large enough to store all my essentials (including my glasses case!) but still delicate enough to wear out to dinner. Their Mini Faye Day Bag in Motty Grey fit the bill.
The bag is out of stock on Chloé’s website, HOWEVER…Bloomingdale’s has my exact bag on sale right now for 30% off! I’m loving how it looks with this workwear ensemble. The top is from Zara and blazer is from H&M from a couple seasons ago, but I’ve found great dupes below for both:
Dave and I have decided that once the pandemic is over, we’re going to rent a hotel for a weekend in the city and eat/drink/be merry at all of our favorite restaurants and bars for a thoroughly gluttonous affair. While we’ve found some pretty great places to eat in Connecticut, nothing compares to truly amazing New York City food, whether it’s from a taco truck or from a Michelin-starred restaurant. As an homage to New York City and the way it used to be, I’m listing some of our favorite spots below in case you find yourself hungry in the city that never sleeps one day.
ANNA’S GUIDE TO:
Maialino (our favorite, hands down. What I wouldn’t do for a plate of their pasta…)
Keene’s Steakhouse (The steak is amazing, needless to say, but their Bloody Mary is the best I’ve ever had)
Hillstone (Oddly great at both American fare and sushi)
The Clam (Seafood for daysssss)
The Cellar at Beecher’s Tavern (It’s a restaurant inside a cheese shop…what more could you want from life?)
Park Ave Tavern
Baekjong NYC (The most delicious Korean BBQ)
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Franchia Vegan Café (Korean vegan food you never knew you needed)
Let’s Meat BBQ (more Korean BBQ because I can never get enough)
Hometown Hot Pot & BBQ
Tacombi (for tacos!)
Sarge’s Delicatessen (Pastrami sandwich #ftw)
Hunan Manor (authentic Chinese take-out with all our fave classics)
Xi’an Famous Foods
Bobwhite Counter (For the best fried chicken sandwich you’ve ever had)
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza (You’ve never known pizza like their artichoke slice. Pretty sure I shaved off 5 years of my life eating late night here, but life is for living, right?)
Wolfnights (their wraps!)
I could probably go on for days, but suffice to say, we miss eating in the city. I’ll pop back on here later with a guide to drinking in NYC because I miss that, too. In the meantime, you can find me warming up a plate of my homemade bolognese, dreaming about Maialino.
“London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.” – Dorothy Parker