Nolita: An Instagrammable Guide To Soho In January

On Friday Darren and I did something v spontaneous! We hopped on a train and headed down to the city to spend a night in Nolita. I’ve been quietly screenshooting Instagram posts of pink drinks, cereal ice cream, and unicorn cakes for months, and been dreaming of visiting this part of the city where a new pink restaurant is said to pop up once a week and we finally did! Of course, I wanted to share, where we stayed, what we ate and everything in between!

We stayed at NoMo Soho! It’s a trendy hotel on Crosby Street, with the dreamiest entrance I’ve ever seen. When you walk up to the hotel, there’s an iron fence with detailed doors and ivy that adorns it, and the beautiful archway below, which was covered with twinkle lights. Darren immediately said, “this place looks like you!”Processed with VSCO with t1 presetProcessed with VSCO with t1 presetWhen we walked in the first thing I noticed were all the neon signs, and the graffiti heart print on the hotel restaurant’s wall. The hotel restaurant looked GORGEOUS, although we didn’t actually eat anything there! There were two huge chandeliers, a glass ceiling, and the same twinkle light, plants, and heart graffiti theme throughout. The staff was friendly, even offering us a free upgrade because it was my birthday weekend! Then we went up to the room!

We stayed on the 16th floor and had a great view of tiny rooftop bars, and of the industry buildings turned to shops below. We were a short walk from a Glossier showroom, a Paintbox Nails (still wishing I had time for a mani here!), and a trendy wine bar…Darren was right, this place looked like me!Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThis was the view out the hotel window at sunset. The room was a decent size, considering we were in the city, and the color scheme reminded me of my great grandmother’s blue willow China. Everything was blue and white. There were plenty of long mirrors for Instagrams OOTDs and every girl we walked by had prefect hair and makeup and looked like a NYC socialite.

Our first stop was Cha Cha Matcha, which was exactly as I imagined. It was a pink box, with a pink trash can with palm trees, and pink neon signs. The staff was semi unfriendly, but in a traditionally cool sort of way, almost uninterested, while simultaneously trying, but not trying, you know what I mean. The woman who took our order had perfect winged eyeliner, and didn’t make small talk. We got the Matcha Lemonade, and it was delightful. It was lemonade, mint, and matcha, and had all the makings of a good mojito, minus the alcohol. Processed with VSCO with t1 preset

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetOf course the seats by the sign were taken, but I was still able to snap a picture, and grabbed one of the napkins that said I love you so Matcha, and I held it up near my face and made eyes at Darren. I would definitely go there again, and maybe try the Matcha ice cream!

For dinner, we headed to Little Italy. We read reviews on Yelp and picked a place apprehensively. I generally hate trying new things, Darren and I frequent our two favorite restaurants all the time, but we decided to try something new, and I’m glad we did! We went to Pepe Rosso in Little Italy because it had alot of really great reviews and was a quick walk from the hotel. We went inside and there were a few couples sitting over candlelight enjoying their meals, the hostess asked if we wanted to go downstairs to where they had a full bar, and decided to. The downstairs was cuter, with twinkle lights everywhere, mismatched chairs, and the whole room smelt like Meyer lemons.

I became very apprehensive, as we were the only couple there, but calmed my nerves with a glass of white wine. Darren ordered a long island ice tea, and the waiter repeated the name three times, but with all the intonation of a question in his voice. I was confused, and growing more apprehensive by the minute. He asked the bartender if he know what a long island ice tea was, and Darren and I laughed hysterically, I’m pretty sure they Googled a recipe, but either way I was loosening up a bit. We both ordered plain pastas, which were good, but then there was DESSERT. We ordered the Nutella tiramisu and I got a limoncello spritzer to drink. Both were amazing! I don’t know if I’d do dinner there again necessarily, but the dessert made the whole outing worth it. As we drank and ate the place filled up with families celebrating birthdays, couples grabbing a drink, and we ended up hanging out for hours; we talked, we laughed, we flirted, and had an absolute perfect date night. IMG_4979Processed with VSCO with t1 presetNext we got another dessert. Milk & Cream (an ice cream/cereal bar) was right next door, and we had to go in! We got vanilla ice cream, mixed with Krave cereal, topped with chocolate drizzle and Teddy Grahams. The staff was so nice! The guy who took our order joked with us about his ice cream cone pen and begged us not to steal it, because it was his sixth one, and Darren and I laughed and sat at the “bar” waiting for our order. I already want to go back to try the fruity pebbles one in the teal cone!

Darren and I also stopped for drinks on the way back to the hotel, at a place called Troquet on the same street as the hotel. I grabbed a mojito and Darren got an old fashioned. The drinks were good and the atmosphere was nice, I wish I got a picture, because they had a very instagrammable floral wall in the back!

The next morning, we woke up and grabbed breakfast at the Egg Shop, which again was an easy walk from the hotel. I got a bacon, egg and, Vermont cheddar cheese on a French roll, and Darren grabbed a sausage, egg, and cheese on a biscuit! This place was so cute! They had mint chairs, and chicken coupe style lighting.Processed with VSCO with t1 presetProcessed with VSCO with t1 presetI also grabbed a Cappuccino while we were there, and was tempted to get a mimosa too! But we had other plans involving a unicorn cake…Processed with VSCO with f2 presetOur last official stop before heading home was Flour Shop. If the hotel looked like me, this place WAS ME. It’s covered in rainbows and says things like SMILE on the walls. I absolutely adored this little cake shop. I went in with intentions of picking up a cute cake for my birthday, and set my eyes on the unicorn cake, which “explodes.” There were a bunch of 12 year-olds sitting under the wall I wanted my picture on, so I had to settle (NOTE: I went to ask them to move and Darren told me to let them have their fun too). SO, I settled for a photo in front of the plain rainbow wall instead.Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAND GUYS CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS CAKE???Processed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetOf course, we couldn’t see everything in one day, so I’d love to go back. There was a breakfast place that had a HUGE line on Saturday morning, it was called Jack’s Wife Freida; the sign was minimalistic and adorable and it looked like such a cute spot! There was also a juice bar with cool industrial lighting that we peeked inside called Joe the Juice, and a pink Italian restaurant called Pietro Nolita…until next time!IMG_5018

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