Over this past weekend my hubs, me and another great couple we love decided to mark an item off our bucket list: see a favorite band at Madison Square Garden. One band we all mutually enjoy is Kings of Leon so this was the weekend to make it happen. Bucket Item-check and first weekend away with no babies-check. So we took the 8 hour trip in and arrived to the ACE Hotel in Midtown. Guys, this place rocks. Its reasonably priced and moody in its decor. It also had complimentary amenities that have exceeded any other place i’ve stayed. Some example; body care products from the neighboring barber shop, stumptown coffee bar attached to lobby, SMEG fridge with fully stocked mini bar and the rooms can come with a Martin guitar or turntable… yeah, like I said, just really cool.

We arrived a little early and while waiting for check in, we found pizza. Naturally, its New York. It was good food and even better cocktails. It got us rested up and excited to get the night started.

We checked in, got ready and headed to dinner. We made reservations at Beauty & Essex. Its a speak easy style restaurant that appears as a pawn shop before passing through the next set of doors to enter into the restaurant. It was tapas styled plates and made for good picking food. Everyone got to have a little bit of a lot. We all agreed, the fish tacos….. those are a must. (P.S.- GIRLS- free champagne in the bathroom)

After dinner we headed up to MSG. I think looking back, we all think the first night in the city can’t be topped. The show was just perfect. They played so much of their old stuff along with the WALLS album. Watching and HEARING my husband enjoy this show will forever be a favorite memory.

The next day we were on the go all day. This trip included a lot of walking and a lot of eating.. it all balances out right? Our hotel was located north of most of what we had been recommended to do and see. (Thanks Britt for all the suggestions, you nailed it! Check out her blog- you’ll love it! ) We headed south via transit and spent time in Nolita and Soho. We had brunch at The Butchers Daughter (My gal pal, Emilys favorite food spot we had). Shopped in Soho, found our way to Ground Zero, walked to the Hudson River to catch a glimpse of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, did a “Linner” at Tacombi– on Bleeker St, and headed back to the hotel to rest up and get ready for dinner at Freemans and go see Times Square.

The next morning, check out wasn’t until noon so we wanted to make sure we got in more of NYC while it lasted. We went uptown and walked through Central Park, had breakfast at Smiths. Visibility on this trip wasn’t good so we weren’t able to go up the empire state building, lots and lots of fog. Then sadly rode our last train back to the hotel and checked out. NYC was the perfect weekend away with so many memories. I’ll look forward to the next time we get to run around The Big Apple again. So long NYC, we loved ya!

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