Carly launched her life and style blog The College Prepster as a freshman at Georgetown University in 2008. She was born in Tampa, Florida, but is currently based in Connecticut. Her blog features attainable style and inspirational life advice, encouraging girls to live their dreams.
Here are Carly’s Top 7 NYC Hot Spots:
“Joe's Shanghai is my favorite spot for soup dumplings and peanut noodles! It's well worth the wait. Even though I now live in Connecticut, my boyfriend and I will sometimes take Metro North into the City just because we're craving those dumplings! Bring cash and an appetite.”
The restaurant was launched in 1995, in Flushing, Queens, and in no time it became a hot spot for soup dumplings and crab pork meat!
Locations: 9 Pell Street, Chinatown (with other 2 other locations - 136-21 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens and 4 West 56th Street, Midtown Manhattan)
“I can't get enough of Sarabeth's amazing brunch. While many locations can have a ridiculous line, swing by Park Avenue South for a shorter (or no!) wait.”
Opened over 30 years ago, Sarabeth’s is definitely a must go if you’re in NYC. They offer delicious homestyle cooking in a relaxed, non pretentious environment. It’s great for Happy Hours too, so check their website to figure out which of the 5 locations will suit you best.
Locations: 381 Park Avenue South (with other 4 locations - 1295 Madison Avenue at 92nd Street, 40 Central Park South at 59th Street, 339 Greenwich Street corner with Jay Street in TriBeCa and last at 423 Amsterdam Avenue between 80th and 81st Street on the UWS).
“After closing for a while, Pommes Frites is back in business! The authentic Belgian fries or poutine make a great afternoon pick-me-up. I have a personal rule to try a new dipping sauce every time I go– you can't go wrong.”
What to expect? A specialty shop serving authentic Belgian fries, perfectly doubt cooked (yeah!), topped with countless tasty sauces.
Location: 128 Macdougal Street
“There tons of spas around the City, but if you're short on time and still want to squeeze in a little pampering, try Heyday. Conveniently located in NoMad, the express spa offers 30-minute facials. Walk out of there with glowing skin in a New York minute!”
This is the perfect way to keep your skin healthy, even with a stressful NYC agenda. They are soon opening a 2nd location, in August, in Tribeca - 92 Reade Street.
Location: 1130 Broadway
“Described by the NY Times as "intoxicating," CW Pencil Enterprise is the place to go for pencils. It's really one of the city's more unique shopping experiences whether or not you're a pencil enthusiast!”
Founded by Caroline Weaver, we couldn’t agree more with Carly as being a must-go spot to unleash your creative side! We’ve written about there HERE, so check out further information and pictures!
Location: 100A Forsyth Street
“Stick With Me Sweets is the place to go if you have a serious sweet tooth. The chocolate shop offers ridiculously delicious bonbons, caramels, truffles, and more.”
The store was launched in December of 2014 by Susanna Yoon, Founder and head chocolatier. They offer over 24 unique flavored, hand made treats like bonbons, flavored caramels, chocolate truffles, crisp brittles, toffees, nougats, nut butters, and elegant small cakes. Oh! And their chocolatiers were trained under this city's finest Michelin-starred chefs.
Location: 202 Mott Street
“For a quick afternoon getaway, hop in the car and head up to Fishkill Farms, in the Hudson Valley. Depending on the time of year, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables to pick. Apple season is my favorite and their organic varieties are out of this world.”
Carly has been to Fishkill Farms several times (notice the different seasons in the pictures). It’s a third generation (over 100 years!) Hudson Valley farm with ecologically-grown fruits and vegetables. The farm store and pick-your-own are open from 9am-6pm.
Location: 9 Fishkill Farm Road
Here are a few other fun questions we asked Carly:
What does NYC mean to you?
“It sounds cliche, but I think NYC really does mean opportunity. Not only do you have the chance to make it in almost any career you could possibly imagine, but there are also so many opportunities for experiences. No matter what time it is, or what day it is, or what neighborhood you're in, there's something interesting and exciting going on.”
What will a New Yorker never tell someone?
“If you're in a pinch and need to use a restroom, skip the $5 Starbucks coffee toll and pop into a hotel lobby instead. They're generally easy to locate and super clean.”
What piece of advice would you give someone that just moved to NYC?
“Get an unlimited MetroCard and commit to exploring different neighborhoods. I like to pick a restaurant or park in a spot I've never been to and then do some exploring before and after my visit.”
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Photo Credits: Courtesy of Carly and of the Venues, Grandlife, Villagevoice, Livingthelist and Menuism