Life with PAG: NYC Weekend Part I

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! It was unseasonably nice in the Northeast and I relished every minute of it, shopping and eating my way around NYC. Our hotel was right in Times Square which is jam-packed 24/7. We both look miserable below lol (promise that was not the case!):


Sat began with brunch at Cafe Habana. We had huevos rancheros, pollo verdes (pulled chicken braised in tomatillo salsa over corn tortillas and black beans), a side of chorizo sausage and Mexican hot chocolate. I never know the difference between egg styles…these came sunny side up and were unsettling in my tummy (never again). Over easy is the way to go.


Broadway in Soho is my favorite area to shop, as it boasts a TopShop, Zara, Uniqlo, F21, two H&Ms;, and much more…


Scored these olive lizard-embossed Tory Burch revas at Bloomingdales. At checkout, the SA and I were equally surprised to find out they were on sale for $160 retail $235 plus 20% off for F&F.; I haggled for another 10% off as these were the floor model. I avoid the regular leather revas as they scuff way too easily. I have patent ones which have held up decently and I had been eying the reptile-embossed leather ones for a while.



Earrings ($22) from the Young Designers Market (thanks seejessicago for the tip!) and overpriced rings from Topshop (used my student ID tho for 10% off…shh). Also picked up a little something for my secret santa recipient.


Met up with an old friend later and couldn’t resist having some sliders & sangria at The Meatball Shop. They have a menu that you write on and create all sorts of combos with (pork, beef, chicken, etc meatballs and about 5 kinds of sauce). My fave was classic beef with spicy meat sauce.


Wine in Little Italy with some cali friends who were also visiting. I couldn’t get over the fact that we were dining al-fresco in the midst of November!

Around midnight we hit up the 53rd and 6th Halal cart (open til 4am…amazing). There was a super long line although the same company had a second cart open 10 yards away with no line at all.


While walking around earlier that day I caught a whiff of deliciousness and my nose led me to this cart. We had just eaten but I was giddy to come back later.


$6 gets you a combo plate (big enough for 2) with chicken and lamb over yellow rice with some pita slices and salad. The white (yogurt?) sauce makes the meal and although it looks gross in photos I lapped it all up….friggen delicious.

More pics to come, including when I got to meet two gorgeous / smart girls who are fellow bloggers! Have any of you New Yorkers or visitors hit up the above places? Let me know what you think or if you have tips & rec’s to share ; )

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  1. Ennay wrote:

    So right on the solid color TB Revas, I own a pair in black and they do scuff easily. You make a good point, from now on I'll keep an eye out for patterned Revas.

    I must shop with you one day, I cant believe the deal you got on your lizard embossed shoes. So Bloomies offers an addl 10% off display items? Are all stores consistent with that discount (Im thinking Chestnut Hill store)? Is it valid on sale items or just regular price? Soo many questions!

    Posted 2.29.12 Reply
  2. tealnotes wrote:

    love those earrings. they are beautiful 🙂

    Posted 9.29.11 Reply
  3. Kate Gene wrote:

    P. S. Have you treated your Revas? I'm kind of scared to get them after reading your post!

    Posted 11.29.10 Reply
  4. Kate Gene wrote:

    It looks like you guys had an amazing time! I went to New York as a baby, so I obviously don't remember anything. My hubby and I hear that it's sort of like a giant Seattle, which is where we reside. We're definitely city slickers at heart!

    I have had TB flats on my wish list for years. You got an amazing deal! I want the Revas in black.

    The jewelry you got is gorgeous! By the way, congratulations on becoming the latest DSK Model! You deserve it! 🙂


    Posted 11.29.10 Reply
  5. Revanche wrote:

    HAH I love the 53rd/6th Halal cart! The second cart gets no little to no love, I'm told, because the first cart is just that much better. I always wonder if it's true but I'm not in NYC often enough to take the chance. 😉

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  6. I love shopping in soho too! It has all the best shops. Love those ballet flats!

    Check out my blog!

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  7. I love the Young Designers Market, great finds!! The Christmas market at Union Square is also really great to get jewelry too ;D

    Posted 11.19.10 Reply
  8. Tiffany wrote:

    ah, looks like you had such a great time! I love going to NYC, every time is always such a different (but good) experience!

    I'm bookmarking this post, your readers had some great recommendations!

    Posted 11.17.10 Reply
  9. R.L. wrote:

    Thanks for sharing! Looks like a wonderful time. I'm definitely loving how you paired the tomato red peacoat with the Gap mustard sweater. I never would have thought to do that but the combo looks fantastic on you!

    And your photo of those TB flats almost made me buy them!

    Posted 11.17.10 Reply
  10. Irene wrote:

    OMG Jean…what a great trip!!! I can't believe you were in NYC – was it freezing yet? You look nice and bundled up!

    Ooooh TopShop…seriously NYC is a shopper's paradise and a pocketbook's nightmare. 🙂 I hope you had a great time in shopping heaven! ;D

    The food looks so tasty! I agree – food carts are seriously the way to go. Not only nice on the budget, but also nice on the tastebuds too.

    Random question – does your boyfriend have a hint of asian in him?

    Posted 11.17.10 Reply
  11. Jenny wrote:

    like the rings :)))

    Posted 11.16.10 Reply
  12. Vicky wrote:

    What a wonderful time you had! I need to get my bum down there this year and I don't have much time left. You really picked a good weekend to go. We had such mild weather.

    Posted 11.16.10 Reply
  13. i love those tory burch flats! very cute! 🙂

    Posted 11.16.10 Reply
  14. Gjee wrote:

    who does to Cafe Habana and doesn't get their FAMOUS mexican grilled corn!? its lathered in butter, cheese, and chili powder. <3 $2 at the Cafe Habana to-go place next door! (they serve it in the restaurant too but since its always packed)

    Joe's shanghai in chinatown (not the other Joe's, just stick to the one in Chinatown) for their seafood soup dumplings

    Chinatown ice cream factory? i think thats what its called? lol they have ALMOND COOKIE as a flavor as well as black sesame, green tea, etc. almond cookie is the most famous though.

    BLEECKER's pizza! i tried the top pizza places and if you don't want to go all the way to Brooklyn for good pizza, Bleecker's is the way to go. I still crave it all the time 🙁 Their crust is true New york pizza crust!

    Artichoke's is a pizza place too but they have a more interesting variety, like obviously the Artichoke pizza, SHRIMP pizza, and a few more. Artichoke style was definitely a favorite.

    let us know what kind of food you're interested in, its easier that way! haha 🙂

    Posted 11.16.10 Reply
  15. Alice wrote:

    AHH!!!! i was in NY over the summer and had that combo plate!! SOOO DELISH!! but it gave me an upset stomach afterwards…lol. i lovee NY-it's a shopper's paradise! xD

    Posted 11.16.10 Reply
  16. Jackie wrote:

    Ahh, I'm soooo jealous!! I haven't been to NY in 10 YEARS!!! Such a fun place, and the shopping!!! Glad to see that you had a fabulous time! <3

    Posted 11.16.10 Reply

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