In New York

Spring Break

We’re nearing the end of the first quarter; and around this time I like to check in with myself about some of my quarterly goals.

My one word for 2022 is 𝗣𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗲, and one of my pursuits is continuing to be more intentional about the time I spend with my daughter. She’s growing up so quickly; and honestly, I feel like there’s so much ground to cover in such a short time. As a treat for The Girl (my daughter) and myself, I decided on a quick getaway adventure to New York City. Jump in for a few New York deets!

The Stay

Our Hotel

Even Hotel offered a convenient location walking distance from Times Square and safely nestled in close proximity to a police station. Additionally, we were steps away (0.02 miles) away from the nearest subway (Penn Station).

While the room was fairly small in size, it’s to be expected for most hotels in New York City. But don’t let what you think as “normal” size sway you. The room was accommodating enough for the teenybopper and myself to not get on each other’s nerves.

Our room offered essentials for a quick in-room workout. However, ya girl was not bout that life; so, it really wasn’t a huge wow factor for me.

Customer service was A1 every single day of our stay- right down to the day of our departure! Speaking of departing and if it’s in your budget, I strongly suggest letting the hotel concierge reserve a car for your ride to the airport. As I become more seasoned in life, I realize that I am willing to pay for convenience.

Hotel Price Point

Now was it a little pricey? Yes, especially to say there was no complimentary breakfast offered; but cost is subjective. The biggest factor driving this reservation (and based on guest reviews) were the location and the concierge. With all that said and to repeat, if it can fit in your budget, this hotel is worthy of a stay.

To Try

Food & City Travel

The kid and I enjoyed breakfast at Flippers, near Soho and Chinatown. These light Japanese pancakes with fruit was more filling than I had expected. Maybe it was the constant movement and maneuvering in and around SoHo and Chinatown that suppressed our appetites.

Japanese Style pancakes

Nonetheless, we really weren’t hungry most of the day so we ate little snacks just to maintain our energy. I mean who wants to experience not being hungry and then suddenly hunger pangs strike!

For dinner, I encourage you to try Havana Central (Times Square). The food was delicious, and the live band was spectacular. We ate here for dinner but had a light meal, only because we had so many little treats leading up to dinnertime.

Of course, dinner meant we needed dessert so New York cheesecake was a must, but not Junior’s -as most are familiar with from Puff Daddy’s former MTV show “Making the Band”. Instead, we opted for sweet treats from Roxy Delicatessen.

To get around, we utilized what most New Yorker’s use -the subway. At $2.75 a ride, it was definitely a cost savings outside of a taxi and/or ride service. My only trepidation was more of a “me” thing. I was a bit nervous about taking the subway without knowing exactly what train to catch. Needless to say, I was able to overcome this uneasiness with the help of Mr. Google/ Google Maps and reviewing directions with the hotel’s concierge prior to leaving for our destination.


First of many

This was the first trip The Girl and I took with just the two of us. Normally, we travel with family and/or friends. I am so proud of how we worked together when out and about in the city. We enjoyed each other’s company, and I loved every minute we spent together -even time spent relaxing in our hotel room. There was so much more we did while on this vacation, but it’s far too much to fit into a blog post. You can check out our New York reel over on Instagram. This time was such an enjoyable way to bond; I encourage you to take the trip!

Until we meet again… Keep It Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!