Empire State of Mind: NYC Travel Diary Day 4

Morning Star Restaurant // Rockefeller Building // Chrysler Building // Flat Iron Building// Chelsea Market // NYC Highline // Empire State Building // World Trade Center // China Town // Manhattan Bridge //

If you’re following along with my Travel Diary, you know we didn’t do much on Day 3 (this wasn’t part of the plan). We decided to give NYC all we had today. After all, it would be our last full day in the Capital of the World. We definitely went into today with an “Empire State” of mind…(see what I did there?) It’s ok to laugh!

breakfast at morning star in nyc

The Most Important Meal of the Day!

First order of business, BREAKFAST! If you know me, you know breakfast is my favorite meals. Yes, I am one of those, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” kind of people. So, we decided to try out Morning Star Restaurant, which was across the street from our hotel.

The Top of the Rock!

From there, we were off to see what the Top of the Rock was like. My goodness! It was breathtaking!!! It was still fairly early in the morning so we didn’t have to deal with much of a crowd. The funny think is, with all the hustle and bustle of the city, it was still very PEACEFUL up there.

All the Art Deco

After hitting up the Rockefeller Building, we strolled down 5th ave (again LOL) and decided to shop around in H&M and Zara. I’m from St. Louis, we have no Zara store. So it’s nice to actually shop in person and not from behind a computer screen every now and then.

We eventually made a right on 42nd street and took in all beauty from the Lobby of the Chrysler Building. There were lots of people in the lobby of the building. For tourist and visitors, you can only stand on one side of the building, as it’s still open and leased to many businesses.

The Flatiron Building

175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

There wasn’t much to see at the flatiron building. I will not lie. It was definitely my first time seeing a building of this shape and being close to Shake Shack was definitely a plus.

The building sits near Madison Square Park, as well as other popular shops and restaurants. Even if you go just to see how the building looks, there will still be plenty to do around the area!

Chelsea Market

I absolutely loved Chelsea’s Market! When I was first searching for cool places to visit, I had no clue what this place was. I found out it was a recently purchased by Goole. Just a little fun fact! But anyway, it’s a large market that has a bunch of little retail shops, restaurants, grocer, and some office spaces.

We stopped by the Lobster Place and enjoyed some oysters, clam chowder, and fish tacos. The place was extremely packed but the wait was not long and there was still room for us to sit and enjoy one another’s company.

Starbucks Reserve

While this may not be a New York Landmark, like the Empire State building or the High Line, a Starbucks Reserve is definitely not something you can just find anywhere.

I am definitely a wannabe coffee connoisseur, so it was only right for me to take a stop by the Starbucks Reserve on our way to the High Line. Much line Chelsea’s Market, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before! I was in heaven!

This Starbucks was so fancy, that I couldn’t even order my usual caramel macchiato. They have a little bit of whip you can add to your drinks, but the menu is way more sophisticated around those parts.

It’s a bonus though. They show you how they collect and grind their beans, offer a large menu of food items, and the staff is extremely friendly. I sat and talked to two extremely nice ladies for nearly 20 minutes about coffee beans; My poor husband.

The High Line

The High Line is an elevated park located pretty close to Chelsea’s Market, so the walk wasn’t that long at all. The best part about it is…it’s free! You can sit and people watch as long as you want.

Me people watching while relaxing on the High Line

They do have a little spot that have some vendor that offer snacks, beverages and other goodies. The part I enjoyed the most about the High Line is the seating where there is a bit window for you to look down on the traffic and take in some nice views.

China Town

Manhattan Bridge

Empire State Building at Night!

Night View from Empire State Building


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