Hi everyone! My name is Summer and I’m the founder of the blog SUMMER ALBARCHA. Today, I’m talking about my FAVE places to go to in NYC.
I recently just got back from attending NYFW SS17, where editors, buyers, bloggers and more have the opportunity to the view the upcoming collections of brands for the Spring/Summer season of 2017. The first time I went to NYC, I remember feeling alone and overwhelmed by the big city. Now, heading to my fourth visit to NYC this year (next week for the Beautycon Festival!), I feel so much more connected, overjoyed and prepared to take on the the bustling atmosphere of the big apple. Let’s get started!
First off, I’ll begin with sharing my favorite shows this year at NYFW SS17. Alice + Olivia SS17: This presentation was particularly fascinating.The space was transformed into a beautiful garden, with the models laying around in their spring outfits between bird cages, green corners and floral swings. I wanted it to be spring already! 2. Aniessa Hassibuan SS!7: This was the first ever modest fashion runway at NFYW. It was such a heart warming experience to see the designer in tears after her handwork paid off and the crowd cheered her on! 3. TOME NYC: I LOVED the styles for spring. From flowing sleeves to mix print dresses, trends are looking very busy and feminine next season! It was definitely a very “wearable” collection!
Next, here are some of my favorite places to eat in NYC. 1. NOMO kitchen- This restaurant belongs to the NOMO SOHO hotel. It’s just perfectly aesthetic with string lights, vines and garden-like features. I visited here last FW with my blogger friends and ended up spending a few hours in this beautiful atmosphere. 2. Eately- I know it is available in other cities, but my sister and I just love stopping by Eately for a delicious margarita pizza and latte! They have almost ANYTHING you could possibly want to eat within all their food sections. It’s just a convenient place to grab something to eat when walking on Avenue of the Americas. 3. Manousheh- This is a small cafe for take home Mediterranean flat breads. We ordered take out to our hotel one of the nights post- fashion week shows and it was absolutely DELICIOUS. I love how minimal the menu is, which really allows you to try almost everything. Definitely order their “zaatar” flat bread!
After dinner, my friends and I tried a new dessert spot almost every night. We were definitely hungry throughout the day, so eating at night was super enjoyable. 1. Spot Dessert Bar- From a plant shaped chocolate cake to a pokemon cheesecake plate, their desserts are pretty amazing and unique. 2. Black tap NYC- CRAZY milkshakes! 3. Serendipity- They have THE best chocolate and strawberries dessert ever. The location is also super peculiar with antiques everywhere (almost a Mad-Hatter theme). Besides eating and attending shows, here are my fave places to stay in NYC! 1. The Surrey Hotel- I stayed here last FW, and it was my favorite experience yet. The environment is super quiet and perfect for going back to relax after a long day. 2. The Peninsula NYC- This FW, I spent a day experiencing their spa, lounge and Rolls Royce Phantom during the day. It was definitely a go-to for a luxury stay! 3. Hotel 48 Lex- I stayed here this FW and it was amazing. As a small luxury boutique with minimal vibes, it had a delicious breakfast served every morning and a cute lounge area for catching up on work. It’s a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while not being too far away.
Lastly, between all the shows and dining, it’s fun to just relax and walk around the city. I love shopping (and window shopping) on 5th Avenue, grabbing ice cream from an ice cream truck & spending time in Bryant Park, and exploring new outdoor festivals/bazars popping up in the city! I can’t wait to visit again next week and continue crossing off my top go-to places in the Big Apple. Til next time NYC!