Last month my mum decided to take my sister and I on a once in a lifetime trip to New York City. We managed to cram loads into our four nights there, including a boat tour of Staten Island, a night tour of Brooklyn and a helicopter ride round the city. The hotel we stayed in was called Element, it was very close to Times Square – I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay somewhere nice, with friendly staff and accommodating to vegans. We had such an amazing time sightseeing, shopping and of course eating!
On our first night in the big city, jet lag meant we were too tired to look far for food so we strolled along the street in search of something for dinner. As we were walking a guy from The Hummus and Pita Co. offered us a free sample of falafel and hummus and we were sold. In the shop you could choose from a whole host of Mediterranean inspired dishes like quinoa, roasted vegetables and baba ganoush, and have them nestled in a pita or just in a bowl with a big dollop of hummus. It was great for vegans as most of the dishes were vegetable based and there was so much to choose from. The next day we did the majority of our sightseeing so that we could relax a little during the rest of our stay. On this day we travelled by boat, bus, yellow cab and helicopter!
We took a day to shop in Soho, my favourite shop was definitely Sephora, a massive make up shop with loads of brands you can’t get in the UK and really friendly staff who give great make up advice. I bought the first Urban Decay Naked palette as well as their Perversion mascara and the Anastasia Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil in Chocolate. Both brands are cruelty free, to read about cruelty free beauty brands in the UK check out a post I wrote here.During our shopping trip we began to get peckish so looked around for somewhere to eat, we went past a few questionable delis before finding Dean & Deluca, a gourmet grocery store with a fresh food counter. We chose sweet and sour tofu, Asian superfood slaw, quinoa salad and bok choy with shiitake mushrooms – fancy I know!
Our final day rolled round all too quickly so we decided to squeeze in one more tourist attraction, the Rockefeller Centre. We went to the Top of the Rock observation deck where you can get a 360° view of the city from the 70th floor. The views were incredible and something you have to see to believe.
My final meal in New York was a salad from Just Salad in Macy’s. I had the ‘mediterranean mix’ without feta but asked for sesame baked tofu instead and a peanut butter chia warrior smoothie which was nice but had too much ice in it for my liking. So that was my few days in New York, I’m sure there’s hundreds of other places where I could have got vegan food from but there just wasn’t enough time to fit it all in! However this does give me incentive to go again in the future… Until next time New York.