NYC Spring Bucket List

It’s finally Spring in NYC and do we have a lot of ground to cover!  There are bars to imbibe at, day trips to be made, boats to float on and games to be played.

Bars & Restaurants
  1. The Woodstock – Good Spirits Only, they say.  Welcome to The Woodstock, the newest bar on The Highline and home of $10 craft cocktails and $15 pizza.  Hello, 70’s themed affordable pizza bar.  It’s about time, don’t you think??
  2. Brooklyn Barge Bar – I’m going to really work on exploring Brooklyn more this year and what better way to start than with a boat bar?  The plethora of floating bars in this city is amazing, and always great for when guests are in town.  I grew up on a lake so being able to rock on the water with a drink in my hand takes me back, but this time I get that NYC skyline view! Head’s up – they open in May, so start planning a date now with your friends!
  3. Urbanspace – I love Urbanspace and if you haven’t walked through a location yet, you need to!  It’s one of the best ways to try a sampling from restaurants that are scattered across the city and you can find any cuisine you want!
  4. Chip NYC – These cookies look just plain sinful.  With locations in Astoria and Gansevoort Market the gooey cookies are accessible to everyone.  Funfetti cookies are exactly what we need to get our beach body rocking, right?
  5. Olio e Piú – Do you have that restaurant that basically haunts you in your dreams because you want to go but never do?  Olio e Piú is that for me.  I see it all the time and it looks so cute, always popping up on my Instagram, taunting me with their Gnocchi and I am determined to get there this spring!
  6. Ophelia  – The rooftop bar at The Beekman Hotel.  The hotel itself has been on my bucket list for a while now.  That Instagram-worthy lobby is enough to draw someone downtown.  But the cocktail list at Ophelia looks amazing, and the view isn’t so bad either!
Explore
  1. Montauk – I’m actually heading out here with a friend Cinco de Mayo weekend for a quick overnight.  Get there by LIRR or Hamptons Jitney if you don’t have a car.  It’s a great way to escape the city for some serenity and if you go in Spring, the prices are lower and the crowds are smaller!
  2. Wave Hill – I’ve seen pictures of Wave Hill but never made the connection that it was so close, because who would think that all of this beautiful, riverfront green space could be anywhere near NYC.  It’s $8 for adults to get in unless you enter Tuesdays or Saturdays from 9-noon, when its free.
  3. Castle Hotel & Spa – I think we all know that I love castles at this point, and I just discovered this one about an hour north in Tarrytown (my mom’s hometown coincidentally).  It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a girls night out of the city.  Eat at Equus, hit the spa, and wander the grounds!
  4. Asbury Park – I’ve been going down to Asbury since I moved here as most of my friends have beach houses in the area.  I really love heading down for an afternoon to walk the boardwalk, get an açaí bowl at Playa Bowls, and having a drink at Asbury Park Yacht Club.  There’s also a lot of great boutique shopping.
  5. Long Island Wineries –  There are so many wineries to visit on Long Island that you really need the whole Spring & Summer to visit and appreciate them.  Last year I visited Wölffer and Channing Daughters, loved both of them, but want to explore more this year. You can take a limo tour from the city, or do a bike tour from vineyard to vineyard.  Lots of options, so go check them out!
Activities
  1. Luna Park at Coney Island – Okay, so this list is basically all of the things I’m ashamed I haven’t done yet.  I’ve seen Coney Island by boat, but have never been out there. When I do though, I’m going to eat the hell out of a Nathan’s hot dog, or two.
  2. New York Botanical Garden – I love flowers, and every season I say I’m going to check out the exhibit here, and every season I don’t make it.  The Orchid Show is going on until April 22 and after that are a number of exhibits, including a Georgia O’Keefe show in May.
  3. Smorgasburg – Technically this is eating, but eating is an activity, and this is A LOT of eating, so it’s really an activity. Plus it plays into going to Brooklyn, exploring a new area, trying new food, you get the drift. It operates Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park with over 100 local vendors.
  4. Roosevelt Island – First off, you can take a tram there.  So I’m already in just because that sounds fun. Once you’re off the tram, or subway if you fear heights, you have a beautiful view of NYC and a nice long walk for the afternoon exploring an island that has been home to many different things, including insane asylums and a smallpox hospital. Plus you can check out the very reasonably priced Riverwalk Bar & Grill.
  5. Yankees Game – I have done this a million times, but going to a baseball game is one of my favorite things to do.  Grab a drink at Billy’s, check out the new food, and see if Stanton comes out of his slump.
  6. Mets Game – Another one I’ve already checked the box on, but a lot of fun for an afternoon.  Mets games also tend to be less expensive than a Yankees game so enjoy the price break!
  7. NYCFC – This has been on my list for a while.  I’ve never been to an MLS game, which is a realization I just had in fact.  They play at Yankee Stadium, so the stomping grounds are familiar.  They also just signed Tinder as a partner, so maybe you will swipe right on your soulmate while cheering on the team!
  8. Mini Golf at Pier 25 – I don’t recall the last time I’ve played mini golf.  I passed this one day over Winter when I was babysitting and got so anxious for Spring to roll around so I could go play.  Bonus for adults – City Winery is close by, so play around (only $7, yes please) and then go have a glass of wine, or vice versa!
  9. Row Boat at Loeb Boathouse – This is one of the cutest, least expensive dates you can have.  Rent a boat for $15 per hour and row around Central Park.  It’s a great way to spend a sunny afternoon!

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