Oh hi! It’s been awhile. What have I been doing since my last post? Well, I was supposed to upload my Boston itinerary, but then I get sucked into the world of BTS and it took up all my free-time. Not that I’m complaining or anything. Anyhow, I booked a last-minute trip and flew all the way to NYC for the sole purpose of seeing them in concert. Am I cuckoo? Maybe. But it was worth it!!!!
Three days in NYC is not very long, so I thought planning this trip would be fast and easy peasy. Wrong! Why are there so many delicious things to eat in NYC? I ended up including over 100 places on my food + drink list. At least it will come in handy for my next trip there.
To see the full itinerary with notes (best viewed in Google Sheets), click the image below.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do everything as planned – not because we didn’t have time, but because we’re old and our bodies were hurting from all the walking and lack of sleep. I’ll take that into consideration next time.
- Activities: LINE Friends Store, Grand Central Station, SOHO, Times Square
- Food + Drink: Patzeria, Bibble & Sip, Hirohisa
- Activities: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, BTS Concert at Citi Field
- Food + Drink: Blue Bottle Coffee, Best Bagel & Coffee, Lady M Boutique, Joe’s Pizza on Broadway
- Activities: Buy cookie souvenirs at Levain Bakery
- Food + Drink: Blue Bottle Coffee, TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie
My favorite parts of the trip include shopping at the Line Friends Store, dinner at Hirohisa, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, of course, the BTS Concert!
The LINE Friends store in Times Square is their only location in the US and was only two blocks away from our hotel. This is where you can buy all sorts of things like plushies, stationary, clothing, etc. of all the cute LINE Friends characters, including BT21 (characters made by BTS). I wish I could have bought everything there, but it is quite pricey. $45 for a baseball cap!?
The Met on Fifth Avenue
This museum is huuuuge. One day is definitely not enough time to see everything. My favorite exhibit was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. We were lucky enough to see it the day before they closed the exhibit. The crowd was a bit overwhelming, and it made me feel rushed as I was looking at everything, but I still really enjoyed it.
When in NYC, you must eat NY-style pizza. Our first slice ($4) was at Patzeria and it was so good. Yelp reviews made me worry about long lines, but there was only one person ahead of us. Maybe because it was a weekday around 1:00 PM? Then we got drinks and the famous cream puffs from Bibble & Sip. I don’t think the drinks were anything special, but the cream puffs are definitely worth the visit.
I really wanted to try a Michelin-starred restaurant in NYC. We decided on Hirohisa based on the availability, menu, and price ($160 for a 9-course omakase). They even threw in 3 bonus courses! I could barely breathe by the end of it all. Thank you to my lovely friends for treating me to a delicious and unforgettable early birthday meal.
BTS Concert at Citi Field
And finally, the best part of the trip!!! I still cannot believe we managed to get tickets to this show. I was smiling nonstop as soon as we entered the stadium. There were sooo many fans from all different age groups, so I didn’t feel weird being one of the older ones. There were a lot of other crazies like us that came from out of state.
I won’t go into detail because I don’t even know how to begin describing the experience, but this article in the The NY Times pretty much says it all. Every performance was amazing and the 2.5 hours went by so fast. My favorite part of the show was when Jin played the piano during Epiphany, and everyone sang “I’m the one I should love” at the top of their lungs.
Oh and that $45 baseball cap?? I bought it…..No regrets. None.