I love New York. Yes, it’s cliche, but I really truly do. It’s been over seven years since I’ve been there, but I feel like New York is that ex you never stopped caring about. When I see him on TV and all films, I get a little nostalgic. Every few years (not nearly often enough) I get to visit and relive the good times with my old friend, the city.

We spent a lot of time with family and friends on this visit, which is always great. I also tried some new restaurants and revisited old favorites, obviously. What visit to New York is complete without a stop to Katz’s or Russ and Daughters? The Pickle Guys is always a must for me, as is Sugar Sweet Sunshine bakery. Most of my favorites happen to be located on the Lower East Side, which I used to reside in…conveniently close to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.

Of the newbies, I fell in love with Macao Trading Co. in Tribeca. I’m so glad my friend suggested it. The dumplings were perfectly executed, and the duck fried rice was on another level.

We happened to be in New York for Mother’s Day. Our home base was the Roxy in Tribeca, so we enjoyed their Mother’s Day brunch. It was solid, but not as fantastic and opulent as a lot of New York hotel brunches. What the menu lacked though, the jazz band more than made up for.

My time in New York always seems far too short. I guess I’ll have to start looking for a reason to visit again soon.