After landing at JFK at midday and jumping into a taxi, we were in Manhattan and the East Village by 1.30, checking into our home for the next five nights - a lovely little Airbnb apartment on St Marks Place. I chose to stay in this area as I lived one block away, on 9th Street, for 12 years and it still has a place in my heart. The apartment is in a pretty red brick building and is tiny but perfectly formed!
We left our bags at the apartment and then headed out to soak up the atmosphere. The weather was gorgeous - sunny and warm with blue skies - and the perfect welcome to a city I love. First port of call was my old apartment on 9th st! It looks exactly the same as it did when I lived there 14 years ago! We then headed to Tompkins Square Park where we watched the world go by - the dogs in the dog run, people having lunch on the grass, and a saxophonist playing some atmospheric jazz. After a swift pint of craft beer at 7B Bar (on the corner of 7th st and Avenue B) we headed down to the Lower East side to check out Essex Street Market. There’s a great selection of food to try out and you can munch on a tasty empanada whilst sampling some fab ales from Top Hops. On the way home we nipped into Stromboli pizza for a slice of the best pizza around and a popular place for me, back in the day, after a night out! After a short power nap at the apartment, we headed out to David’s Cafe on St Marks Place (between 1st and A) to chow down on a plate of juicy steak and fries. The East Village was buzzing and it was great to be out and about! After dinner we did a bit more of a wander and finished off the evening with an amazing ice cream at Van Leeuwen on 7th St (bet 1st &2nd).