I just went to New York with the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development program from the University of Arkansas. A good amount of our time was spent at appointments with different companies learning about the industry. We got to visit the Trunk Club Mansion, Eleventy Showroom, Macy’s Headquarters, Li & Fung, + so many more. The point of the trip was to get an idea of where we want to work and to make connections. But thankfully we also had a good amount of free time where we got to explore ALL over the city. So I decided, after being there for 12 days that I am a expert on the city and I am going to give you a travel guide of all my faves.
TO EAT/ DRINK:
Pietro NoLita – little cafe that is entirely pink, like everything outside and everything inside. They serve small healthy italian dishes. Honestly a photo op you don’t want to miss.
Pizza Beach – In the Upper East Side, which is a much more quiet part of Manhattan and has a neighborhood type of feel to it. Really good pizza and salads, and a pretty short walk from the MET. The Upper East Side is a must see just to understand the difference between Uptown and Downtown so while you’re there you might as well hit up Pizza Beach.
Sweetgreen – Described as simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls… Chipotle style ordering and very filling portions. For someone who doesn’t like to eat healthy (me) I was shocked how much I liked it. I went during lunch hour on a weekday and there were lots of corporate hotties. You can also order and pay online, then just walk in and pick it up off a shelf. My second favorite food, behind Tacombi.
Tacombi – My favorite meal of our entire trip. The best street corn ever, great margaritas that also come in a pitcher, and everything was so reasonably priced.
Cha Cha Matcha – Teas, coffees, baked goods and the BEST SOFT SERVE ever. The Matcha soft serve is addicting and only $5 for a pretty good size. Man Repeller was there like two hours after me… so bummed I missed her. Also a good photo op with their neon sign.
Joe & The Juice – A coffee shop, smoothie and juice bar with a really lively atmosphere. The workers told us they had to audition to get the job because they want people with big, & outgoing personalities. Lots of seating, loud music, and a fun photo booth in the back. The perfect place to rest in the middle of the day after walking all over the city. Lots of plug-in’s to charge your phone which is also a plus. If you want a recommendation, their Power Shake was amazing.
Comedy Cellar: Village Underground – a stand up comedy show and it was hilarious! Much cheaper to go on a week night than a weekend, but you have to get your tickets online a few days ahead of time. About a 5 minute walk from Tacombi on Bleeker Street so we ate there before the show.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – the entire Museum could probably take a day to go through but we had a Fashion + Design tour guide that led us around and showed us the things most relevant to our interests and it took almost two hours. We went first thing Saturday morning, so we were there when it opened and there was a line formed outside. But if you do go you cannot miss the exhibit that is in the Costume Institute, right now its 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear for Comme des Garçons. Beautiful and intriguing to see for sure. I’d suggest you go early, and if you have a student ID bring it for a discount.
Chelsea Market – An indoor food and shopping hall in the Chelsea Neighborhood. Really busy and exciting environment. Lots of food vendors to choose from, anything from sit down restaurants to donut and beer stops. Even if you’re not hungry this is still a super fun place to see and wander around in. I highly recommend going to the Doughnuttery.
My Riffraff faves you can’t travel without:
The perfect sized bag:
The comfortable shoes that go with everything:
Written By: MaKenzie Kurre