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Guide to NYC: Dining

Tiffany Geiger

As you all know by now, I'm no longer an NYC-resident. So what a perfect time to finally write a dining guide to NYC. Stay tuned for my NYC bucket list coming in the next few weeks. There are 24,000 restaurants in NYC. That doesn't even make sense to me that's such a big number. I used to get so overwhelmed by the choices and panic and then never be able to actually pick a place to go - Cory refers to this as "falling down the Yelp hole." So, to save you the same stress in case you're a psycho like me. Below, are some of my absolute favorite NYC restaurants/bars.

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1 - Uncle Boon's

When you think Thai food you think Pad Thai and overly-sweet drunken noodles. Think again. Uncle Boon's is authentic and better than anything else you've ever had. They don't take reservations so put your name in and grab a drink around the block. Best part is it's reasonably priced.

What to get: My fave items are the green curry (Khao Soi Kaa Kai) and the raw scallops (Plaa hoi shenn) and you have to try the ice cream dessert. 

2 - L'Artusi

Take your hubby and sit at the bar. The best italian you'll ever have. Portions are fair and perfect for 1 person. Get a few things and share. 

What to get: The mushrooms appetizer & the ricotta gnudi

3 - Gramercy Tavern

New American. Sit at the bar and have a cocktail while you wait for a table in the tavern. Or if you're celebrating and feeling fancy, make a reservation 30 days in advance to try their tasting menu.

4 - Momofuku Noodle

They have the best ramen in the city IMO. They don't take reservations so put your name in and walk around the block for a drink while you wait. They'll text you when your table is ready.

What to get: the frozen alcoholic slushie and the pork ramen.

5 - Tacombi

Ok, these are top 3 best tacos in NYC but the cutest spot for lunch. Go with the girls, grab a pitcher and get into some tacos. 

I'm always looking for new places to try, what's your all-time favorite restaurant in NYC? Let me know in the comments I'd love to check it out. 

What to get: a margarita, the corn appetizer and an al pastor taco

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life update

Tiffany Geiger

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So today... I am leaving NYC and moving to South Florida. Cory and I are originally from South Florida and I recently received a job offer that we felt like we couldn't refuse so back to Florida we go! When we moved up to New York, we'd always planned to return to Florida one day, knowing we'd want to be closer to our families. And a little over 4 years later, that day has come. 

We are so excited to be closer to family and start building roots in a place where we plan to stay long term. I accepted a position at another Advertising Agency and look forward to getting to know my new team there. We're of course sad to leave New York and see that time in our lives come to an end - we've built great careers and friendships here and have loved our time here but felt it was time to return back where it's warmer. It was a very difficult decision to make as we are giving up a part of our lives that we've grown to really love but know that we're exchanging it for another part of our lives that we're excited to build. Plus we'll always have New York. 

Sadly though Cory is not coming with me yet. We are still under lease in New York and he is already scheduled to take his Professional Engineer exam there in late-October so he is going to stay through the end of October and then move down to join Oliver & I. So until then, I will be staying at my in-laws and living life a little less settled than I might like. But we grow most when times are tough they say. Luckily however I was able to arrange with my new company that I can work remotely every other Friday so I can go back and forth between NYC frequently while Cory is still there. So lots of long weekends in NYC for a few more months but my primary location will become South Florida. 

We're excited and sad and all the emotions that come with a decision like this. We're looking forward to see what South Florida has in store for us. PS - For any Florida readers out there, we haven't lived there in almost 4 years. I'd love your recommendations for things to do and any great bars and restaurants to check out.

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making the most of summer

Tiffany Geiger

If you've been following me for any amount of time, you know how much I love summer. Can you believe it's already the middle of July and we're halfway through this sunny time of year!? Here's how I'm making the most of summer. 

one - outdoor concerts

Living in the NYC area, there's lots of live music throughout the summer. Jersey City has bands perform every Wednesday night outside on the Grove Street path station. Cory, Oliver and I have made it a recent habit to head down on Wednesdays to sit outside with a glass of wine and listen to whoever is playing this week. It's become one of my favorite nights of the week. 

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two - happy hour. outside.

Being outside is my favorite thing about the summer. Cocktails outside, on a roof or near the river is another one of my favorite ways to spend summer evenings with friends. Sunday nights Cory and I like to walk to a nearby bar in Jersey City called Lutze. TBH their drinks aren't the greatest but the venue is so cool - it's all outside and on the Hudson River. Another great spot we recently went for my sister's birthday is the roof at the Public Hotel in the LES. It's expensive but worth going for the view, get 1 drink, check it out and head somewhere more reasonable. 

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three - BBQ with friends

We're lucky to live in a building in Jersey City that has a large roof area with room to entertain and lots of space to grill. Have your friends over to hang outside, throw something on the grill & don't forget the s'mores! 

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four - summer reading

I love sitting at the pool or beach and flying through a good book. In the summer, I probably read nearly 1 book per week. I'll be doing a post soon on some of my favorites so far. 

five - relax in the sun

Beach day. Pool day. Grab your book, some rosé and don't forget the sunscreen and relax in the sun. 

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six - summer vacations. 

Summer is the perfect time for weekend road trips to the beach or week-long trips to a bucket list destination. We always go to Cory's family's Lake House outside of Knoxville, TN every year. It's one of our favorite trips because the whole family goes - aunts, uncles, cousins, there's usually 15 of us - floating in the lake by day and cooking, sitting by the fire at night. 

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How are you spending the rest of your summer? Let me know in the comments!

making time for your spouse

Tiffany Geiger

Cory and I are lucky that we've been traveling a lot recently between our honeymoon, a last minute trip home to Florida last week and Boston this weekend that between all of that + the regular 9-5 workweek it becomes hard to find time for each other. Today I'm sharing 5 tips for how we make time even when we're trying to balance work, travel, that NYC hustle & friends. 

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tip #1 - make your spouse a priority

Cory is my best friend and who I'm closest to. This makes it easy to feel like it's ok to work late, go out with friends and push him to the bottom of the list. But this is exactly why it's not. My favorite part of each day is TiffanyCory time. With our busy lives it's easy to get caught up and miss this. There is 1 weeknight each week that we make a real effort to put the phones and laptops away and spend time just us - whether making dinner, watching our favorite show ( we're currently rewatching New Girl from the beginning) or spending time on our rooftop. Having this 1 night set aside makes it easy to ensure this always happens. 

tip #2 - leave work when you can

Every field and office is different but the minute you get to that place where "ok, i can leave now" LEAVE! It's so easy to take 1 more meeting, answer 10 more emails or wrap up 1 more project but that 1 more thing can lead to a late night and exhaust you more so by the time you're home you don't want to hang out with your partner you want to go to bed. So.. leave work as soon as you get to that point of "ok, i did what i needed to today." the rest can wait until tomorrow. 

tip #3 - date night in

Cory loves to cook and it's rare that I join him in the kitchen as cooking tends to overwhelm me.  Last night however I was feeling inspired. I'd gone to the grocery store near my office (we just got a Trader Joe's near my office - cue the excitement) and picked up a few things to make for dinner (asparagus, cauliflower rice & salmon), headed home a little early and relaxed on the couch until cory got home. Knowing this was a 30 minute meal as soon as Cory walked in the door I jumped up and started cooking dinner. He was so surprised and delighted that he didn't have to think about dinner! And then we had a sporadic little date night in eating dinner together. 

tip #4 - schedule date night

Life is crazy. You're busy taking over the world. You keep a tight schedule. So put date night in that schedule. Cory and I go out for dinner about 2x/month and find that Saturdays are generally better for us after we've had some time to relax and rejuvenate after the workweek. So, like anything else - put date night on your calendar and stick to it! Plus this way you can make a reservation in advance and get into that restaurant you've been wanting to go to. 

tip #5 - turn off the technology

Sometimes Cory and I will be "spending time together" but I'll be on my laptop or on instagram and he'll be watching sports but that's not quality time together. You need to turn off the technology and just sit together and chat or plan your next trip, watch your favorite show, start a new show, plan your future, dream or whatever it is. Just put the technology away. 

favorite date spots in Jersey City & Hoboken

Tiffany Geiger

Cory and I live right outside of the City in Jersey City. With the proximity to the City there are lots of foodie-friendly restaurants (many of which are BYOB!). Below is a list of some of our favorites. 

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Antique Bar & Bakery

This used to be a bakery with the best bread! But with rent raising, they had to move. They left the coal burning oven behind and taught the new owners how to use it. The restaurant now offers food in a hip seventies-inspired spot in Hoboken. It's small and always busy so make a reservation or plan to wait. The food is fresh and delicious and the cocktails are inventive. It's such a cute vibe and you can go casual in jeans or dressed up a little. It's one of our favorite nights out for a special occasion. Some of our favorite items include: lasagna edges pasta, the dirty rib eye and the bread pudding! The place is a bakery by day - you have to get the bread pudding! 

The Cuban

The Cuban, also in Hoboken, serves authentic Cuban food in a cute restaurant on the main strip in Hoboken (Washington Street). The cocktails are delicious but strong! The first time we went I didn't realize and by the time we left dinner was roaming Hoboken pretty tipsy. Get the paella. You won't regret it. And the empanadas to start. 

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Ani Ramen

Ok, the ramen isn't to die for but it's convenient and it's solid ramen right on Grove Street in Jersey City. The bar is open and serves food until midnight or later every night. We love to go and grab a drink around the corner at The Archer while we wait for a table. Then we get the steamed buns and 2 bowls of ramen. You will have leftovers but it's even better the next day. And it's a cool vibe! 

La Isla

Probably my favorite spot for brunch in Hoboken. The churrasco steak will cure even the nastiest hangover and is to die for on any occasion. So is the guava-stuffed french toast - you can ask Guy Fieri. He agrees. Go to the uptown location, it's cuter and has a full bar! 

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Razza

The secret's out. Some of the best pizza in New Jersey, maybe even in NYC depending who you ask. Inventive toppings. Delicious crust & great cocktails! Go but plan to wait. Plenty of places nearby to grab a drink while you wait. 

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