I visited New York by myself for two weeks. There are many things I can do alone as a tourist, here’s where I enjoyed the most.
Second floor of the Ralph Lauren flagship store on Fifth Avenue is a nice, boutique-stye coffee shop and bakery. They make mini sugar muffins, cookies, and delicious coffee. Fancy cup and all. Free WiFi.
I could sit here for hours or just for a few minutes. Nobody bothered me. There were couples, business meetings, shopping tourists, and catch-up dates. It was quite peaceful. By “peaceful” I really mean that people stayed quiet with their coffee, given the loud busy noises outside on Fifth Avenue. There were at least 10 people at the coffee shop with spacious, empty seating for more.
Chobani greek yogurt is not sold in Canada due to milk supply issue. The company couldn’t obtain enough milk from Canada to produce their yogurt, so they stayed in US. The first time I had Chobani was in NY! And it is deeeeeelicious!! I had the popular Toasted Coconut Pineapple: fresh pineapple, toasted coconut flakes, crushed hazelnuts, light agave nectar.
I ordered a small yogurt + half sandwich combo, as I was quite hungry then. The smoked salmon bagel was good!
I stood and ate comfortably alone at the communal table. Most people stand by the cashier so it looks like Chobani is crazy busy. But if you walk towards the kitchen and the tables, there is plenty of space.
I visited here twice! Happily! The first time was after a Brooklyn Bridge visit. Cheeky Sandwiches opens 7am to midnight. I wanted a cheap delicious breakfast, and Yelp guided me here.
They are one of the few places that open early in Chinatown. I visited in the morning and I was the only customer then!
The Chicken is their most popular item. It’s fried chicken on fresh buttermilk biscuit, with plenty of coleslaw and gravy. And it is soooooooooooooooo good.
The guy is so nice. I told him I’m visiting from Toronto, Canada and he kept on talking, talking, and talking about the places I should visit in New York. I took out my notepad and wrote everything down.
The other guy made me Ben-Yays! Warm, donut-like desserts with icing sugar.
The second time I visited, this place was packed!!! And the two staff I met were not working.
The High Line
I love New York for their urban parks. On the High Line in the mornings, many people jog. The sunrise was beautiful.
It’s about a few blocks in length if you want to start from the beginning to the end. It took about 20 minutes to reach the end and I walked extremely slow (photos and all). But by the end, I was insanely bored.
Still, it was very peaceful. In the mornings, only joggers are on the High Line. There is a space on the south end dedicated to street food with lots of tables! Unfortunately they were not open in the morning. After my walk, I visited Chelsea Market (right below the High Line) for snacks and shopping.
Surprisingly found this spot to be lovely! I had a quick brunch here with coffee. Delicious egg and bacon sandwich. I forgot how large the portions in New York are!
WiFi. Two communal tables. High chairs and tables for groups or laptop users. Fast service.
Very quiet. Not dead quiet, which is why New York is amazing. Everywhere I’ve visited, I am NOT the only customer there. Except Cheeky Sandwiches because that was 8am.
Okay this might not be a spot to visit alone because it’s busy. However I came here late at night and ordered takeout. The staff is fantastic and so welcoming!
It was quick and easy. The staff gave takeout customers a cup of water while we wait. It is SO busy and SO small. But nobody is grumpy.
The turkey burger was yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmm.
Of course, as sweet as I am, he gave me a whoopie pie dessert. Aww!!!