I know....It's January 21st and I am just now writing a post about New Year's in NYC! With boards coming up in May (yikes!) and third year rotations starting right after in June (what?!), I realized that the chances I would have to jet off back east to see college friends were becoming fewer and fewer. So when I found a cheap ticket in October for a flight to JFK I bought it STAT! Luckily one of my dearest friends planned to be around and she let me crash in her adorable East Villiage studio for 5 nights. NYC was still done up in all of its Christmas decorations, and it was just so much fun to walk around and visit all the places I had fallen in love with over the summer. And so many of my college friends made the trek into/back to Manhattan eat bagels and crepes and macarons with me! I was so so touched. My sorority little sis even hung out with me all day on New Years Day after having just gotten off a 21 hour flight from Thailand! Now that is rallying.

I initially wanted to go to Times Square for the whole ball drop thing but was veryyyy quickly talked out of this by multiple friends. Personally, I think Times Square is gross and touristy, even during the best of circumstances, and when I found out we'd have to camp out all day and lose time that could be spent exploring (read: eating) the city, not to mention the NO BATHROOMS thing, I was happy to give up this bucket list item. So instead a bunch of friends and friends of friends came together for a casual NYE apartment party! It was so fun, and the hostess decorated everything so adorably. We played charades, watched the countdown, drank champagne, and ate various dessert dips.

Below are some of my favorite pictures from the trip! Also some non-photographed highlights: the burrata ravioli here, coffee here. And I'll be back to posting more baking things this weekend! 

Fact: you didn't go to Dumbo unless you take this exact shot.

Fact: you didn't go to Dumbo unless you take this exact shot.

There were even Christmas lights under the overpass in Dumbo!

There were even Christmas lights under the overpass in Dumbo!

The newest art installation in DUMBO. YO from one side and OY from the other.

The newest art installation in DUMBO. YO from one side and OY from the other.

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Hot maple latte from Brooklyn Roasting Co. 

Hot maple latte from Brooklyn Roasting Co. 

The coolest street art in East Village. 

The coolest street art in East Village. 

Mud, which may serve my favorite coffee in the world, put up the most amazing festive wreath! 

Mud, which may serve my favorite coffee in the world, put up the most amazing festive wreath! 

Kelly ,  being a coffee hand model for the very best cup o' joe. 

Kelly, being a coffee hand model for the very best cup o' joe. 

The ever-present line at Tompkin's Square Bagels. 

The ever-present line at Tompkin's Square Bagels. 

Little Italy looking cozy. 

Little Italy looking cozy. 

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Magnolias...the one and only. Really miss living across the street from one of these!

Magnolias...the one and only. Really miss living across the street from one of these!

Raspberry brioche french toast from Laduree in SoHo. 

Raspberry brioche french toast from Laduree in SoHo. 

The "Marie Antoinette" tea.

The "Marie Antoinette" tea.

The most amazing pencil store of all time. This made my type-A personality so happy. 

The most amazing pencil store of all time. This made my type-A personality so happy. 

Another favorite coffee shop where they serve flat whites with the cutest tortoise shell spoons.

Another favorite coffee shop where they serve flat whites with the cutest tortoise shell spoons.

Levain for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, please. 

Levain for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, please. 

When I read about a new cat cafe in Chinatown I knew I had to go. My friend, who is a total dog person even agreed to come along. Next door they have an adorable kitty cafe where they serve cat-shaped cookies including the most adorable macarons!

When I read about a new cat cafe in Chinatown I knew I had to go. My friend, who is a total dog person even agreed to come along. Next door they have an adorable kitty cafe where they serve cat-shaped cookies including the most adorable macarons!

Dinner from Raclette, "the melted cheese restaurant," in East Village. They give you a plate of roasted potatoes, bread, pickles, pearl onions, and lightly dressed arugula, then you get three scrapes of this gigantic 1/2 round of melted, creamy raclette cheese on top. It was heaven. 

Dinner from Raclette, "the melted cheese restaurant," in East Village. They give you a plate of roasted potatoes, bread, pickles, pearl onions, and lightly dressed arugula, then you get three scrapes of this gigantic 1/2 round of melted, creamy raclette cheese on top. It was heaven. 

Tartine with figs, hazelnuts, prosciutto, raclette, and arugula salad. 

Tartine with figs, hazelnuts, prosciutto, raclette, and arugula salad. 

Strawberries and cream Belgian waffle from Petite Abeille. 

Strawberries and cream Belgian waffle from Petite Abeille. 

"Eggs in Pergatory" also from Petite Abeille--a cheesy dish of poached eggs, bechamel sauce, carmelized gruyere and roasted tomatoes underneath. Served with crusty french bread for dipping.

"Eggs in Pergatory" also from Petite Abeille--a cheesy dish of poached eggs, bechamel sauce, carmelized gruyere and roasted tomatoes underneath. Served with crusty french bread for dipping.

NYE table with the cutest silver and gold decorations. 

NYE table with the cutest silver and gold decorations. 

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Cheers! I hope everyone's 2016 is off to a good start! Xx.