“Baby, I’m from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it from New York, New York, New York!”
Alicia Keys said it best in this song. I couldn’t help but catch myself singing this song as my wife and I strolled down the streets of New York. It was our first time ever in New York City and I was really excited about it. My wife found a really cozy or in her words (super cute) Air BNB in South Harlem, NYC for us to crash in during our stay. I felt so inspired do more creatively and musically just walking down those streets. I have to give credit to my amazing wife for finding a really cool coffee shop (Double Dutch Expresso) along the historical Frederick Douglas Boulevard. As a side note he has a really cool first name.
We consider ourselves foodies by definition. So we love finding a good hole in the wall spot and hearing their unique story. We found that at Sylvia’s, a down home soulfood restaurant located in the heart of Harlem since 1962. I had some of the best fried chicken, bbq ribs, mash potatoes and mac n cheese ever. When you’re at Sylvia’s you feel like you are eating at a large table with your family.
Did I mention we love food? One night on our trip we made our way down Lexington Ave and plopped down in Momosan ramen and sake. Iron chef Masaharu Morimoto is the visionary behind Japanese noodles and sake dishes found here. We walked in and were floored by the ambiance and the playlist that night. I secretly want to be friends with whoever was in charge of the playlist that night.
If you are ever taking a stroll down Central Park, NYC its must that you have brunch at Jams NY. Jams is the brain child of Jonathan Waxman and features fresh and seasonal American cuisine. You will be blown away not only by the decor but the the food. I still day dream about the Brioche French Toast served to me at Jams.
One of our New York days turned out to be a Sunday. So we made our way to the 9am service at Hillsong New York, you know to worship Jesus. Such a phenomenal experience. As worship leaders we loved being able to visit a different church and just soak in the presence of God through worship. There will definitely be worship posts on this site. I digress. I love the culture of Hillsong and their desire to ensure that you are seen and have an encounter with Jesus. I highly recommend visiting or joining if you live in New York. They currently meet at the legendary Manhattan Center.
In the words of my wife “you can’t go to New York and not see Time Square!” The famous Time square, where Dick Clark has rocked so many New Years Eve celebrations. New York in my opinion is the fashion capital of the U.S.A. The shopping is phenomenal and if you people watch (admit it you people watch as well) you’ll see a wide array of fashion walking up and down these streets. New York was great but a bit on the chilly side for us residential Texans. But its true what they say, “Fashion over comfort!” I’m probably the only one that says that but its still true ha!