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A NYC Food Tour of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you definitely know how much Chris and I love to eat and how much we love to experience food in the cities that we visit. One of the best ways to experience a city is through its food, and a great way to taste a wide variety of foods that a city has to offer is through a food tour.

My friend Kayla went with us during our last trip to NYC, and during a couple of her previous trips she had gone a food tour of Greenwich Village with Foods Of NY Tours. She literally couldn’t stop talking about how amazing all of the food was and how awesome the tour guides were, so we decided that we should do one of those tours during our trip. We didn’t want to go on the same tour that she’d already taken and we wanted to explore a new part of the city that we didn’t know very well, so we decided that the Chelsea Market & Meatpacking District Tour would be the perfect option for us!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market started off as the factory of the National Biscuit Company (NABISCO) where they created the Oreo Cookie in the heart of the Meatpacking District before it was turned into one of the largest and most visited local markets in the world. Today Chelsea Market is home to more than 35 vendors who sell anything and everything, from cooking salts, produce, cheeses, desserts, and cooking instruments. You could literally walk into Chelsea Market and get all the ingredients you needed for dinner, plus the cooking instruments you needed, and then lunch as well! It’s definitely a vibrant market in the heart of one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in NYC, which is why we were so excited for this tour!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

We were on the 10:00 tour, and after an early morning of exploring the city, we were very excited and hungry and ready for our tour to start! Our tour met up inside the market, and after we were introduced to our tour guide we made our way through the very crowded market to our first stop on our tour.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Eleni’s New York

While I was definitely not expecting to have dessert first, who doesn’t love it when they get to eat dessert first. Eleni’s New York is a Gourmet Bakery that is not only known for their cupcakes but their cookies as well. We tried the Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream frosting, and it was the perfect bite of something sweet to start off our food tour.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Dickson’s Farmstead Meats

Once we were all finished, we headed to the next stop on our tour, Dickson’s Farmstead Meats. Like a lot of the stores in Chelsea Market, Dickson’s is a local butcher for the people of the neighborhood and they’re also known for their house made charcuterie. They source their meats from local farmers and strive to use every part of the animal, which is pretty cool.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

We moved away from dessert during this stop of the trip and tried a beef tartare. If you don’t know beef tartare is a finely chopped raw beef, so it has to be very fresh so you don’t get sick. I personally really loved the beef tartare that we had, and would have loved to try out some of their homemade charcuterie, but unfortunately it was time to move on to our next stop.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Buon Italia

The next stop on our tour was actually a partially seated tour in an Italian grocery store that specializes in imported Italian products and baked goods. They actually weren’t open when we were there, but we made our way to the back of the store to the bakery for our tasting.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

They had made a huge crostata for all of us to share with fresh zucchini and eggs. To me I couldn’t tell the difference between the crostata and a quiche, but it was very delicious. We each had a slice, but there was more than enough for us to even more than one slice!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Lucy’s Whey Artisanal Cheeses

By this time in our tour it was getting to be around lunchtime and Chelsea Market was getting very crowded, so we made our way very slowly to the next stop on our tour and probably my favorite stop of the whole trip, Lucy’s Whey Artisanal Cheeses. Y’all all know how much I love some good cheese, and man oh man did Lucy’s have some good cheese!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Known for providing local sourced cheese from local farmers, we got to try one of their famous cheddar cheeses, and it was absolutely perfect! The cheese was perfectly crystalized and when there were a few pieces leftover, I couldn’t say no to another piece or two for myself!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Our second tasting at Lucy’s Whey was a grilled cheese that wasn’t any ordinary grilled cheese. It was made with that perfect cheddar cheese and a fig jam as well. I’m pretty sure that there were a few pieces left of this one as well, and I couldn’t help myself!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Tuck Shop

To be frank, nothing was ever going to live up to how delicious Lucy’s Whey was, but our next stop certainly made a valiant effort. Tuck Shop is an Australian company that specializes in Australian pies, which is a meat filled pastry that you can hold in your hand.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

We got to try a mini beef pie and a kale salad, and it was very delicious! I’m not a very big fan of kale, but the salad was very good and the hand pie was so delicious! I for sure would have wanted to try other types of the pie, but at this point I was definitely starting to feel full.

Sarabeth’s Bakery

Our last stop in Chelsea Market before we made our way outside to enjoy the Highline and explore a little bit of the Meatpacking District was Sarabeth’s Bakery. Known for their homemade biscuits and jams, Sarabeth’s main bakery and jam manufacturing facility is located right in the middle of Chelsea Market.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

We each got to try two biscuits with two different types of jams. I know that I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m very particular about my biscuits and don’t really think that anywhere other than the South can make good biscuits. I can fully admit when I’m wrong though, like I did in Portland, and Sarabeth’s biscuits are the bomb.com! The biscuits and the jam were perfect!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The High Line & The Meatpacking District

At this point we were all getting very full, so a nice walk was exactly what we needed. We headed out of Chelsea Market and took some time to walk around the High Line and the Meatpacking District. During our trip to NYC a couple of years ago, we took a walk along The High Line and it quickly became one of my favorite parts of NYC. It’s amazing how they were able to turn an old and historic part of the city that wasn’t being used into a beautiful park that will be used for many generations to come. Not to mention, the view is pretty spectacular!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

During our walk our tour guide gave us a lot of the history of this part of the city. The Meatpacking District was once exactly that, a part of the city that was filled with slaughterhouses to get fresh meat to the city. The district slowly fell into disarray, but about 20 years ago that all started to change. Major fashion houses and boutiques started to move into the area, quickly turning the Meatpacking District into one of the premier neighborhoods in NYC.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

If you ever watched Sex And The City, you remember when Samantha moved into the Meatpacking District and she was dealing with all of the prostitutes, that was right around when the neighborhood was starting to change. Now, the Meatpacking District is filled with all sorts of high end restaurants, bars, and stores, and it’s definitely a beautiful place to visit, especially since the District still maintains some of its original cobblestone streets.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

Cappone’s

After our walk through the neighborhood, it was time for our last stop of our tour, Cappone’s Salumeria. An Italian Specialities shop, we got to try a delicious sandwich that was filled with the most delicious cuts of meats. I didn’t know if it would be possible to fit one more thing in our very full bellies, but that sandwich was too good to pass up! It was the perfect way to end our tour!

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

So basically, we loved our tour with Foods Of NY Tours. They did such a great job of not only showing us some of the great food that Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District have to offer, but they also did such a good job of giving us the history of the area as well. I immediately fell in love with this part of NYC and can’t wait to visit them again.

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

If you’re ever visiting NYC, definitely make sure to check them out. They have several different tours throughout the city across multiple neighborhoods, and at $54/person, it’s definitely a great price to be guaranteed a very full and happy tummy! I hope that you’ll check them out next time you’re visiting The Big Apple!

Have you ever visited Chelsea Market? Have you done a food tour in New York City?

The Wandering Weekenders- A NYC Food Tour Of Chelsea Market

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The Best Views In NYC- Top Of The Rock Versus The Empire State Building

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The Best Views In NYC- Top Of The Rock Versus The Empire State Building

Being one of the biggest cities in the world, New York City is a fun city to explore. From all the sights and smells and just interesting people, walking the streets of NYC is always an adventure. But during your trip to NYC you don’t just want to explore the city on the ground, you should also see the city from above because there’s really nothing like seeing those thousands of buildings from the air.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

I don’t think that it’s ever possible for me to get sick of seeing the whole of Manhattan stretched out before me. From all of the steel of the buildings and cars in NYC to the huge and beautiful piece of green of Central Park right in the middle of it all, the views are always simply stunning.

Every time we visit NYC, the question always pops up of where we’re visiting for our view: Top of The Rock at Rockefeller Center or The Empire State Building. So I thought that I’d share some of the differences between each location so you could make the determination for yourself. (Side Note: Freedom Tower is now open and has an observation deck. It was not open when we were there in 2015, so I can’t include it in this comparison.)

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is easily one of the most iconic buildings in the NYC skyline, if not THE most iconic building. It has been romantically memorialized in movies from Sleepless In Seattle to Elf and not so romantically memorialized in movies like King Kong, and it will continue to show up in movies and shows about NYC because it’s become a NYC staple. Up until 1972 it was the tallest building in the world, which is just one of the reasons why millions of people flock to see the views from the 86th floor every year.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

Know Before You Go:

The lines will be long- Because The Empire State Building is such an iconic building, it’s probably the most popular place to go for a view in NYC. Because of this you can easily expect to wait in line for 40 minutes to make it to the top. And with lines that long, you’d better believe that it will be crowded at the top too.

There are two different entrances- The Empire State Building still has office buildings in it, like Willis Tower in Chicago. Therefore, you need to make sure that you go to the right entrance when entering the building. There will be a visitor entrance to the building, which is pretty much where all the people will be.

There are actually two different observation decks- The Empire State Building has two observation decks, the main deck on the 86th floor, and another more private observation deck on the 102nd floor. Your basic ticket just includes the 86th floor observation deck, but you can buy a more expensive ticket that includes a trip to the top of the 102nd floor.

Don’t pay to the skip the line- Last year Chris and I opted to pay the extra $30 or however much it was to skip the line. The extra $30 maybe saves you 10-20 minutes of waiting in line, but you still have to wait in the same line as everybody else to get in the elevators to get the top. It’s not worth the money!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

Location: 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118

Price- 86th Floor: Adult $34/person, Child $27/person, Senior $31/person
86th Floor VIP Express Pass- $60/person

Hours- 8:00AM- 2:00AM

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

Top Of The Rock

Located just a few blocks away from the iconic Empire State Building is Rockefeller Center or 30 Rock as it’s also known. Not only is Rockefeller Center home to NBC Studios (which you can take a tour of), but it’s also the location of the famous ice skating rink and huge Christmas tree during the holidays. But besides all of that, Rock Center also has a viewing deck on the 70th Floor of the building that offers another beautiful view of the island of Manhattan, Central Park, and The Empire State Building itself.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

Know Before You Go:

Buy your tickets in advance- Unlike The Empire State Building, you can actually buy your tickets in advance for The Top Of The Rock and pick your time that you’d like to visit. This saves a ton of time when it comes to waiting in line, and it helps you to better plan your vacation.

There are two different entrances-Just like The Empire State Building, 30 Rock is still used as an office building, so you’ll want to make sure that you use the entrance labeled “Observation Deck”. That entrance is located on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

There are 3 different observation decks at The Top Of The Rock- One of the reasons that I love The Top Of The Rock is that there are three different levels to the Observation Deck that each provide its own unique view and vantage point. It also makes for some pretty unique pictures if you can get somebody to take your picture from the third level when you’re standing on the first level.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

Location- 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Price- Adult: $24/person, Child (6-12): $28/person, Senior: $32/person

Hours- 8:00AM- Midnight

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

Where Should I Visit?

Ok, so I know what y’all are thinking, “That’s a lot of information, and they both sound exactly the same anyways.” And while it might seem like that, I actually think that The Top Of The Rock and The Empire State Building offer two very different experiences.

With The Empire State Building you get the iconic NYC experience with the iconic building, with a hundred of your closest friends. The views will be incredible, and in my opinion there’s nothing like seeing Manhattan all lit up at night from the 82nd floor of The Empire State Building. So obviously I think that it’s totally worth doing, but I think that the thing that you miss out on when you visit The Empire State Building is actually seeing The Empire State Building itself.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

On the other hand, with The Top Of The Rock, every time I’ve visited the crowds haven’t been too terrible, and I think that has a lot to do with being able to pick your time slot beforehand. And while the buildings are only a few blocks away from each other, from The Top Of The Rock you get the most beautiful views of The Empire State Building and Central Park. You’re also a little bit closer to Times Square which means that you can also see The Ball if you’re visiting during Christmas.

So basically I think that you have to ask yourself what views do you want. If you want to see The Empire State Building, choose The Top Of The Rock. If you want the iconic NYC experience then choose The Empire State Building. If you have the opportunity to do both during your trip, I would recommend doing The Top Of The Rock in the morning so you can see The Empire State Building, and then do The Empire State Building at night so you can see Manhattan all lit up.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Best Views In NYC: Top Of The Rock Vs The Empire State Building

Have you ever been to the top of The Empire State Building? Have you ever been to The Top Of The Rock? Do you have a favorite?

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What's the best view in NYC: The Top Of The Rock or The Empire State Building? A full breakdown of each and where you should visit.

A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

During our trip to NYC last year, we had three days to spend in the city. We started off our first day at the 9/11 Museum which was probably not the best way to start off a festive trip to the Big Apple, but it was the only way that we could fit it into our trip. After the museum we wanted to leave our schedule kind of open so we could absorb what we had seen and try to get into a more Christmas state of mind for the rest of the trip.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

We hadn’t eaten breakfast that morning (we ran out of time to get cronuts in the morning), so we grabbed a quick lunch at Totto Ramen which was recommended by The Local Adventurer. When we arrived outside their Hell’s Kitchen location there was already about 15 people waiting outside the restaurant to even be seated. We signed our names on the list and waited about 20 minutes before we got seated, which I didn’t think was so bad. Our seats were right at the bar, and it was so cool to watch the chefs as they were cooking. If you love ramen, you can’t beat a bowl of ramen at Totto Ramen!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The only thing on our plate for the rest of the day was a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, so when I brought up the fact that the Discovery Museum in Times Square not only had a Star Wars exhibit featuring costumes from all the movies but a Hunger Games Exhibit as well, Chris and I both agreed that this was how we needed to spend our next few hours! Unfortunately both exhibits are now closed, I know I’m a terrible blogger since I couldn’t actually get these posts actually up while the exhibits were still open, but I thought that it’d still be fun to look at all of the pictures from our trip, especially since the newest Star Wars movie is coming out this week!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

Star Wars And The Power Of Costume

The Star Wars Exhibit had numerous displays of costumes from not only the first trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) and the second trilogy (Episodes I-III), but from the start of the third trilogy (Episode VII). With each different display, the exhibit walked you through what the creators were thinking when they created the costumes and what they were trying to portray. For example, for the Storm Troopers and Darth Vader and everybody else that works for the Empire the creators pulled from WWII and used Nazi uniforms as their inspiration.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

One of my favorite pieces throughout the entire exhibit was definitely the collection of dresses that Padma wore during the second and third movies. I know that everybody thinks that the storyline for the first three episodes was pretty terrible, and I totally agree, but I don’t think that anybody can deny how absolutely beautiful all of her costumes were during those movies. Just the detail and craftsmanship that went into making those costumes was amazing!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The exhibit ended with a preview of some of the costumes for Episode VII which was being released a few weeks after we got back home. Chris and I were both really excited to get a little preview of the newest movie and to hopefully learn more about the movie since we didn’t know that much to begin with!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

If you’re a huge fan of Star Wars or just like seeing how costumes can effect a movie in general, I can’t recommend a trip to see this exhibit enough. The Star Wars And The Power Of The Costume exhibit is currently located at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado until April 2017.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

Since we were already at the Discovery Museum, we decided to hit up the Hunger Games Exhibit while we were there. In this exhibit, the creators of the movies walked you through how they made those famous movies come alive on screen. From how they selected the locations for filming, to the costumes, to who actually played the characters, all of that was specifically selected for you as the viewer. It’s amazing how many moving pieces a movie director and creator has to deal with when they’re trying to make a movie.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

Like the Star Wars Exhibit, the Hunger Games Exhibit had several costumes on display for you to see, including the clothes that Katniss wore in District 12 and some of them that she wore in the Capitol, and actual pieces of the sets from the movies, including the market where Katniss finds the Mockingjay pin in the movies.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

Unfortunately, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is no longer on display at the Discovery Museum anymore (I guess that means that I’m a bad blogger times two in this post), but fortunately it’s another traveling exhibit, just like the Star Wars exhibit. Currently The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is in Sydney, Australia from December 20- February 4.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

The Wandering Weekenders- A Trip To The Discovery Museum Times Square

Overall, our trip to the Discovery Museum in Times Square was pretty spectacular. We loved getting to see how some of our favorite movies were brought to life through costume and scenery, and if you ever find one of these exhibits in a city that you’re visiting, I can’t recommend a visit enough.

The Discovery Museum in Times Square is unique in the fact that all of their exhibits are traveling exhibits and won’t always be on display. So if you see an exhibit that looks interesting to you at the Discovery Museum, you’d better stop by and see it immediately, otherwise you’re probably going to miss it. That also means that there’s a very strong likelihood that every time you visit the Discovery Museum Times Square, you’ll have the opportunity to see something different! It’s definitely a win/win situation in my book for a museum! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited the Discovery Museum in Times Square? Have you seen the Star Wars or The Hunger Games Exhibits?

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A trip to the Discovery Museum Times Square to see the Star Wars and Hunger Games exhibits. There's always something new at the Discovery Museum!

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