My boyfriend and I have both gone to school in the city, worked, and lived here at least six years, but we never got to stay at a hotel here or enjoy it the way a tourist would.

So… we finally decided to do it! We quickly made some plans just a month prior, choosing to stay at the Nolitan Hotel in the Nolita/SoHo area. On the day of check-in, we packed a weekender bag each in less than twenty minutes and took a cab from our home in Brooklyn to over the Manhattan bridge to the hotel – it was just a ten minute ride.

Nolitan Hotel in Nolita
Nolitan Hotel in Nolita Nolitan Hotel in Nolita

 

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The Frick Collection The Frick Collection

 

The Frick Collection

Brunch at Russ & Daughters Cafe

Brunch at Russ & Daughters cafe

Uncle Boon's, a Thai restaurant in SoHo
Uncle Boon's, a Thai restaurant in SoHo Uncle Boon's, a Thai restaurant in SoHo

 

Dinner at Uncle Boon’s, an authentic Thai restaurant

Cactus Pop-Up Shop in Chinatown Cactus Pop-Up Shop in Chinatown

 

A Cactus pop-up shop from Los Angeles in Chinatown

Jajaja, a Mexican Vegan Restaurant in Chinatown Jajaja, a Mexican Vegan Restaurant in Chinatown

 

Brunch at Jajaja, a Mexican vegan restaurant. The interiors are so cute!

Food at Jajaja, a Mexican Vegan Restaurant in Chinatown Churros at Jajaja, a Mexican Vegan Restaurant in Chinatown

 

We chose to stay at the Nolitan Hotel because they have a soaking tub (and I used it eeeeeevery night and morning), their branding is really nice, and they’re in the heart of one our favorite neighborhoods – Nolita/SoHo area. This trendy area has streets full of mainstream fashion stores to small, cute boutiques and, of course, endless coffee shops and cute little restaurants. It also has the charm of cobblestone streets and facades… a little reminiscent of Parisian streets.

See + Do

There is so much you can do in the city and writing about that would take a few posts! So I’ll just list what we did for the weekend staycation.

  • The Frick Collection This is definitely out of the way in Upper East Side, but this art museum was one of the remaining few that we have not visited so we took this opportunity to go! It houses a small collection, but makes for a peaceful visit and isn’t really crowded at all. Definitely sit in the garden court to admire the atmosphere!
  • Walk Around SoHo The neighborhood is perfect for browsing and wandering in and out of shops and refueling at one of the numerous bakeries or coffee shops for a pick-me-up!
Food
  • Russ & Daughters Put your name down for brunch because the wait time can get long! But their lox bagels are famous here, and we loved the pickled herring trio to start.
  • Jajaja A really cute Mexican vegan restaurant in Chinatown with interiors that are one of my most favorites in the city. Their empanada and fish tacos are so good, and their churros were the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
  • Dinnertable If you want to experience something different, Dinnertable is a secret restaurant in the back of a bar. You go to the back and ring a doorbell to enter a homey, albeit tight, space with a tapas style menu that changes every season. Perfect for dates or a special night out.
  • Uncle Boon’s An authentic Thai restaurant with crowds most of the time. Their roasted baby squid and khao soi (golden curry) were our favorites, and you cannot miss their coconut sundae for dessert! It’s one of the top desserts in the city!