Friday Five – NYC Eats

 

Hello Everyone!

Happy Friday!

I am so excited to share with you, 5 of my favorite restaurants & coffee shops from my latest trip to New York City. Some are old favorites, while others are amazing new finds. Either way, I highly recommend these adorable places. Whether you’re looking for a pit stop on 5th Avenue, or a delicious meal and great cocktails after a show at Lincoln Square, this post covers it all! You might want to grab a snack…the scrumptious content below is sure to make your tummy growl. (*Pizza in hand while typing*)

1. IDEA COFFEE

5th Ave. & E. 28th St.

This was my most loved place on this past trip. My hotel was only a few streets away, making it the perfect chilly day destination (read about the trench coat that saved my life here). Not to mention it was right next to the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale that I may or may not have found myself in a few times.

What to get: Power Green Smoothie (I had one almost everyday), NY Pizza Bagel, Blueberry Muffin (not just any blueberry muffin though…it’s topped with cinnamon and pecan crumble on top…yum!), Yellow or Green Light (a tea beverage of sorts served in a lightbulb! So cute! I brought two of them home to repurpose as flower vases.)

 

2. ALICE’S TEA CUP

Chapter I: W. 73rd St. & Columbus Ave.

Chapter II: Lexington Ave. & E. 64th St.

Chapter III: E. 81st St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.

This is a long time favorite of mine, and if you have not been, well, you’re totally missing out. As a tea and scone lover, this place is heaven. The interior is whimsical and mismatched (hints, Alice In Wonderland) while still feeling homey, providing the perfect atmosphere for catching up with a friend.

What to get: TEA! My favorites are the Phoenix Desert Blend and the Lavender Earl Grey. They have a great deal on a pot of tea and 2 large scones (again, perfect to share with a friend), and their pumpkin scones are to die for.

 

3. THE SMITH

Broadway & W. 63rd St.

My friend, Eri, & I ate at The Smith after seeing ABT perform Don Quixote at the Metropolitan Opera House right across the street (more on that soon). It was a perfect spring night & we were able to get a table outside where we were immediately greeted & served bread & sparkling water. The food was delicious & the service was on point.

What to get: For cocktails I got the Splendor In The Grass (think elderflower, lemon, chamomile, & vodka…totally my kind of drink these days) and Eri got the Cucumber Loco (think cucumber, orange, lime, & tequila) & both were amazing. For food, we couldn’t decide, so we ended up sharing 2 things: Pot of Mussels in which we exchanged fries for their tasty brussels sprouts, and their skillet roasted Mac & Cheese. I mean, you just can’t go wrong with these choices! It was so good and the portions are huge! We left with definite full bellies.

4. SHAKE SHACK

E. 23rd St. & Madison Ave.

This is nothing new, I know, but I haven’t been to the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park since I first moved to the City back in 2011! Our Airbnb (check it out here. It was an amazing place!) was literally right down the street, so of course we had to stop by in not only for some fries & a shake!

What to get: Anything! haha 🙂 You literally can’t go wrong!

5. AUNT JAKE’S

Mulberry St. between Grand St. & Hester St.

After grabbing a pink drink from Pietro Nolita, we walked around Little Italy for quite some time going from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect spot for our last dinner of this trip (that also fit in our limited price range…). Finally we found this hidden gem of a place! It totally looked like a hole in the wall, they even placed fake grass out front; but as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a nice gentleman making handmade pasta. Once they took us to our table we were immediately transported to another place, a much calmer place with potted plants, hanging plants, and candles covering the walls, and somehow there were windows letting in natural light?!?! On the first floor, in the middle of the block, in the middle of the city, and there was natural light in the back. It was magical. The food was so good and just tasted homemade, like they took care of each plate of food. So good!

What to get: Farfalle with Arrabiata Sauce & Rigatoni with Sunday Sauce

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Have you been to any of these places? Do you plan to?

What is your favorite NYC restaurant or coffee shop?

Thank you for reading and supporting Felix & Flora! xx

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The Spring Trench Coat

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Hello Everyone!

I’ve been looking through my pictures from New York, & found one common thread throughout…my trench coat. It has been unusually chilly in the City this month, and I definitely underestimated the chill factor while packing & planning my outfits. Luckily, I packed this gem! My trench coat literally saved me on my trip. I figured it deserved an appreciation post.

The beauty of a trench coat is that not only does it provide warmth, but it’s quite lightweight making it easy to just throw on. It’s the perfect coat to travel with because once the sun does finally decide to show up, it’s not a hassle to carry around. I also love the statement it makes. It completes any outfit, while giving the effect of confidence & being quite put together. Major quintessential New York woman vibes.

While I was in the City, I wore it unbuttoned most of the time (as you can see in the photos). It wore beautifully as a layering piece & looks amazing when caught in the wind.


Look 1:

TrenchTop / Jeans / Mules / Sunnies / Crossbody (similar)

Look 2:

Trench / Top (similar) / Mini Skirt / Mules / Sunnies / Crossbody (similar)

Look 3:

Trench / Top / Shorts / Oxfords / Crossbody (similar)

Outfit Details:


Find Your Trench:

What’s your favorite spring layering piece? xx

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Friday Five – Never Say Never

Hello Everyone!

I just got back from my NYC trip! It was amazing to say the least. I have so many fun pictures and stories to share with you, but they are still so jumbled up my head. While I’m sorting everything out, I wanted to share with you some bits of encouragement I’ve found recently.

I know it’s hard to have passions that are not the norm. I mean, I’m a professional dancer and a blogger, for goodness sake! Taking the risk to pursue passions such as these requires guts. It takes finding that inner voice (think…the little engine that could) that reminds you over and over, “I can do this.” and, “Don’t give up.” The struggle is real, am I right?! Constantly criticizing and comparing your work to other, is exhausting, yet somehow necessary to stay relevant and put your best work out there. It’s so hard to be original. To stay true to yourself and own who you are and what you stand for. There are days you feel like, “Does it even matter?”, “Does anyone even care?” But the answer is YES! If there is anything I have learned while pursuing these passions, it’s that if you’re willing to put the work into it, people with listen and your work will grow and thrive.

Time.

Waiting is the hardest part. Wanting results overnight just doesn’t happen. I hate that, don’t you? I want everything that I want right now.

Here is where the “Never say never” is most vital.

Never say it will never happen.

Never doubt your talent or creativity. It’s yours and only yours. No one else can do it like you can.

Never say you can’t do something.

Never let someone else define your limits.

Never say never.

You can do it.

Don’t give up.

Your dreams matter.

Give your passions worth and don’t shy away from putting in the extra work.

Be patient.

Surround yourself with people who can encourage you and lift your spirits during discouraging seasons.

To my fellow bloggers:

It’s so hard, especially for me right now just six months in, to keep the faith and keeping creating content. But I’m not giving up. This dreams deserve a fighting chance. I can’t wait to see where this blog takes me in the next 5 years. (Thank you to all of you who are here with me in the beginning! Love you guys!)

Below are 5 things encouraging me to keep the faith at the moment. I hope these can help refresh your drive and passion to continue creating awesome content. (Leave your blog URL in the comments below and I PROMISE I will stop by and show some love!)

1. Girlboss

Have you guys read this book or seen this show? Well if not, I highly recommend it! I’m currently watching it on Netflix and am only halfway through the season and I am already totally inspired.

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5. Books

Love Style Life & The Way She Wears It are both so inspiring. Garance’s story and her since of style and fashion is deeply influenced by two big cities she has called home: NYC & Paris. She truly makes you believe that anything is possible. Dallas Shaw is a genius. Her book is totally helping me focus my brand (in terms of fashion) while making it truly unique to me. Life. Changing. Now, I haven’t read The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up yet, but while I was in New York last week, I met a lady who recommended this book to me, and by her description of it and the way she talked about it, I know I am going to love it. The main idea I took away from her description was this: “Does this (article of clothing) bring me joy?” I love that! What a great requirement for any wardrobe or any future purchase. Can’t wait to read this one!

What things inspire you to keep the faith and never say never? xx

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Bastille Day

Today is Bastille Day! You can read more about what that is here and here.
I have been dying to go to Paris recently! It looks so beautiful and classy and everyone says that Paris changes you.  That’s the kind of adventure I want to take on.  Well…someday:)
Last night, my friends danced at a cute French restaurant in Carytown called, Can Can, to kick off the Bastille Day celebration.  They were amazing! Danced on top of the bar and everything.  
We had a great time chatting and laughing and celebrating the French way.
If I could take a trip anywhere in the world, Paris would be my destination. Hands down. I’m so inspired by the lifestyle there as well as the fashion, coffee, pastries, and wine.  Everything looks picture perfect. Dreamy.  Starting to learn some of the basics in the French language so I can be ready for my dream trip.
Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world right now? Why is that place attractive to you?