I know that other people sleep in during their vacations, but not us! We woke up early to do the touristy thing and check out Times Square after a hearty breakfast courtesy of our Grimaldi’s pizza leftovers. After a few pictures and checking out the M&M and the Hershey’s store, we headed back to Sephora Midtown for our eyebrow appointment with Anastasia Eyebrow Studio!
I’d never heard of this brow service until Serene booked her appointment, but apparently it’s from LA, associated with the Anastasia brow makeup line and offered at specific Sephora locations. It costs $32 plus tax and tip, but I figured why not try it out? You only live once. They have a separate section in 5th Ave Sephora I went to, almost like a mini salon within the store. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Anastasia eyebrow line at Sephora, but they basically used all their products and followed the steps. First, the aesthetician use the stencil to trace your brows, wax and tweeze the excess hairs, and it is finished off with some makeup for definition. In my opinion, my brows looked good, but I’ll stick with the $8 Indian threading woman back home. I thought $20 waxing was expensive, but $32? An alternative is to buy their $20 brow kit and DYI at home!
Next, we headed to Saks right beside the Sephora to shop for some more makeup before dropping our stuff back at the hotel and going to 5th Avenue for a look around. At this point, I was kind of all shopped out, but a definite highlight was FAO Schwartz – a gigantic multi story toy store with deliciously flavoured gummy bears and all sorts of toys!
Before we knew it, it was already 3 pm! We took our rumbling tummies to Chinatown for some spicy noodles at Xi’an Fine Foods. Their handmade noodles were delicious and it was great value for money! Definitely deserves a return trip another time. Our meal with finished with homemade ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory conveniently located right next door.
We walked through Little Italy, before reaching (you guessed it), Soho again. We spent a lot of time at Aritzia where we were shocked at both the low prices and large amount of stock on sale. As a fan of Aritizia’s clothes, I think it’s atrocious that as a Canadian company they actually charge Canadian customers more! I see that as treason to the country! The main highlight was this salesperson with these amazing flat forms, which I promptly asked her where she got them from. It turns out it was right across the street at Steven by Steve Madden! So Serene and I ran across in the pouring rain and bought the shoes (which just went on sale), while making it just before closing time!
By this time, it was 8:00 pm and we risked the potential flooding on the New York subway line to get to Gramercy Tavern for dinner. I was quite looking forward to this restaurant as it was my friend’s favourite while in NYC and it had consistently high ratings on all of review websites. Surprisingly for a high end restaurant, the atmosphere was very casual and almost homey. The restaurant is divided into a more casual bar area and an official dining room. At 8:30 pm, there was a short wait and the restaurant was full! I chose to eat their more expensive set menu in the dining room. Gramercy definitely deserves the ratings as the food and service were excellent!
We walked around outside for a bit looking for a bar, but we didn’t do research ahead of time and didn’t really know where to go. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any good options around our hotel either (the area around the hotel was actually kind of dead at night), so we just called it a night and hit the sack.