Pengy’s Stormin’ the NYC

Mr. Penguin and I are taking a whirlwind trip to New York! We’re taking a red eye on Virgin America and arriving in NYC first thing tomorrow morning.

I. Am. Excited.

I’ve known Bee and Mr. Bee since 2007, and have been slaving working for Mrs. Bee since shortly after our June 2008 wedding. Can you believe that I’ve never met Mrs. Bee? It’s one of the first things that people ask me when they find out that I work for Weddingbee. No, we’ve never met, but I think it’s pretty accurate to say that we’ve spoken to each other every day since mid-last year. Christmas and Thanksgiving included, I do believe. She is practically family to me, yet we’ve never met. Mr. Penguin thinks that this is bizzarre… having a life that is so severely impacted by all the bees that I’ve never met in real life. He thinks the internet is utterly insane. Aside from the majority of the Nor Cal bees (WHUTTUP NOR CAL), I haven’t met many of the girls that I interact with on a daily basis! Crazy.

Anyhoo, NYC.

We have some great stuff planned, but have some gaps that we’re looking to fill in, and I’m hoping any NYCers or NYC enthusiasts can point us in a direction for the gaps in our trip! I’ve been studying the ways of the New Yorkers by watching The City religiously. It seems like New Yorkers don’t like gossiping as much as us Cali girls do, and they also like to wear funny little beret or beanie hats all the friggin’ time. So, no gossiping, wear hats. Got it.

The Bees have been sending us tons of links to awesome things to do, so we’re definitely hitting up some of those things!

Things we want to do:

  • Meet BIL Bee!
  • Empire State Building
  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • See the Statue of Liberty (just to look at it, no cruise, I’ll freeze ass)
  • Eat Cheesecake – Bee recommends Eileen’s Cheesecake in Soho, Mr. Lemon recommends Zabar’s
  • Eat Pizza – Mr. Bee recommends Grimaldi’s or Lombardi’s
  • Get Magnolia Cupcakes!
  • Shop? Soho?
  • Do whatever we’re supposed to do in NYC, try not to argue about the cost of transportation. (Mr. Penguin is not a cheapskate by any means, but when it comes to transportation, he’d rather walk 4 miles uphill backwards on his hands in the snow rather than pay for things like cabs or valet parking. Me? Let’s just say that I like wearing very high heels.)


7:20 AM Arrive at JFK, Take car to drop bags at B and B in the West Village

EAT BAGELS. Mr. Bee recommends Murray’s Bagels

Daytime – Explore West Village, physically assault Bee with hugs and kisses, point and laugh at her for having to do all my work while I’m on vacation in her own living room, smooch Sparky and Smokey, rest a little bit

8:30 PM Dinner at Babbo




11:00 AM Eating Tour of Greenwich Village

6:30 PM Dinner with Mr. Peng’s brother at Jean Georges


8:00 PM Chicago on Broadway


12:00 PM Brunch with Mrs. Spider

2:00 PM Bee and I are getting our makeup and hair done by Mrs. Caramel! She’s launching her business in NYC after her move from LA, so I’m excited to finally meet her! I wanted her to do my makeup for our engagement pics while I was in LA, but she was booked solid!



Nurse hangover. Sightsee. EAT MORE BAGELS. Be tourists.



Something. Dunno what. Something good.

2:00 PM Take Subway, etc to Airport
4:40 PM Depart from JFK


As you can see, my schedule is kind of all over the place. We need to come up with a solid plan for when we are going to hit the sights and how much time we’re going to dedicate to them. I think we’ll be okay on food though. Lots of eating going on up there. I bought some new boots that are somewhat comfortable, but Bee said that I’d probably end up wearing my Uggs the whole time. This is unfortunate, because I bought 21.7 pounds (fer reals) of shoes on Zappos yesterday (most of which I plan to return, obviously).

I’m a little nervous about the weather. I don’t own a hat or gloves, and haven’t had time to buy any, so I think I’ll buy some when I touch down in NY. I was at Anthropologie in Berkeley on Sunday, and they’ve already busted out the spring clothes here, so that was no help. Mrs. Spider recommended that I buy those hand/feet warmers from a sporting goods store, so I’ll do that. I wonder if that stuff is legit to bring on planes? Oh well, there is only one way to find out.

I’d love to really just do “touristy” things while I’m there. I know that sounds kinda lame, but I’ve never been to NYC, and with 4 short days there, I really want to hit up the “big attractions”, if you will, but I’m willing to do anything that will totally blow my mind. I wouldn’t mind spending a half day in a museum… but which one? I’d love any recommendations you have! And I challenge you to come up with better Cheesecake/Pizza/Bagel places than have been suggested. Dare ya!

So, how should we attack the touristy stuff? Any tips for a New York virgin? We’re wide open on Sunday!


Mrs. Penguin

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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    alison, Guest @ 3:26 pm

    Serendipity III is closed because it was infested with mice, flies and cockroaches. As are many restaurants in nyc, but if you think about that you’ll never eat!

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 3:26 pm

    I’m jealous! NYC is GREAT!! (But a little cold right now!!) It’s so funny you’ve never met Mrs.Bee!! Well now you can tell Mr. Peng she’s not an “imaginary” friend! LOL

    Props to internet friends!!

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    LPC 47 posts, Newbee @ 3:51 pm

    If you want that NYC feeling of “OMG I am so chic I might be a celebrity” go to Balthazar late night for dessert. Ultra cool.

    Coming from CA I actually wouldn’t spend so much time in Central Park. We rule on stuff outdoors in CA. NYC rules for cool, urban, cultural, design.

    And NYC Chinatown is grittier than SF Chinatown. Fun. Atmosphere. Good dumplings, big huge restaurants like in Shanghai etc.

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    lemon 635 posts, Busy bee @ 3:54 pm

    Silly girl… no longer giving you suggestions in the wee hours of the night! :) Zabar’s for cheese & cheesecake :)

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    shortcake 467 posts, Helper bee @ 3:58 pm

    so exciting! I have no suggestions, however, as I’ve never been further east than where we live! 😉

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    Sunchick19 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:00 pm

    @Mrs. Lemon – haha, I was wondering about that. Pizza at Zabar’s??? Weird!!!

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    Mary, Guest @ 4:49 pm

    I’m not sure if these have already been posted..BUT
    1) if you go the Grimaldi’s route, take the subway into Brooklyn (that’s where Grimaldi’s is) and then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge so you are viewing Manhattan as you walk in….its free, fun, and and you’ll get some great photos

    2) The Tenament Museum on the Lower east side is AWESOME and it’s sister museum, FDR’s birthplace (a beautiful brownstone near Gramercy Park) is also cool. A full 45 minute tour for only $3!

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    lunapark 85 posts, Worker bee @ 4:49 pm

    That only lasted a few weeks – Serendipity 3 is definitely open:

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    Jenn, Guest @ 5:12 pm

    Hi Mrs. Penguin,

    Just to let you know that hand/feet warmers are not allowed in your carry on luggage but you can have it in your luggage if you are checking it in.

    Have a safe trip!

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    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:53 pm

    I’ve never been to NYC, so no suggestions here, but I can’t wait to see all your pics from your trip! Hope you have fun, and yes it is COLD! I’m in MD and we got a nice half day of snow, followed by a half day of rain since it got above 35 :(

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    sal75 134 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:05 pm

    mrs. penguin, you should go to dumpling man for some yummy dumplings.. you can get them steamed or seared…it’s delicious… and re: shopping, go to the giant h&m on 5th ave– i think the h&m in the east coast is way better than the one’s here in california… you should also go to the shops/street vendors in soho— they have some really cute jewelry vendors… oh and if you like jeans, they sometimes have great deals at a place called big drop– i went to the one in soho– on spring street… also, patsy’s has good thin crust pizza or pasta –

    have fun!! wear warm SHOES too (like uggs or boots) and hats are a must because your head/ears get cold when the wind blows…

    you’re so lucky!! i want to go to ny instead of stressing/planning my wedding…

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    driftslikesmoke 1224 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:00 pm

    Sounds like an awesome trip! I hope there will be a recap!

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    Irishker03 619 posts, Busy bee @ 9:34 pm

    omg. you MUST have a magnolia’s cupcake if you like cupcakes!

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    madieralove, Guest @ 9:58 pm

    oh how i miss my beloved ny! and i’m a bit overwhelmed for you at the moment for the amount of advice & things you have planned! just enjoy ny – the beauty of new york is the movement, the vibrancy, the people….just walking, talking and getting lost in the city is the best part! although i feel it is my duty to vote so…..i also vote for grimaldi’s – the brooklyn bridge walk (you can even go to south street seaport and take a water taxi over!) and magnolias of course! such bliss! have fun!

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    Bunnylove08 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:19 pm

    dont forget shake shack and visit alice’s teacup its super cute

    I can get lost at the MET and the natural history museum is right across the park.

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    eugy 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:30 pm

    Ooh I forgot to add Sweet Revenge as the best cupcake place in NYC. It’s in the Village too. I’ve been visiting this place weekly since October when the hubs accidently discovered it and I’m totally addicted. They were recently featured on Martha. You have to try them! =)

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    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:10 pm

    mandoo jip in ktown! yummmm. i so want to crash this party! you two best have some much deserved fun. 😀

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:46 pm

    Pengy, I’m very jealous of your awesome itinerary. I live so close to NY and have never been to babbo. Drool. When you go to Magnolia’s, don’t fill up with cupcakes; get the banana pudding — a giant vat of it. Serious. You should also add a deli to your trip. I like 2nd Ave. Deli, but you also can’t go wrong with Barney’s Greengrass.

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 12:10 am

    fashion week ends on friday. you could walk by the tents :)

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    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:14 am

    AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!! I soaked up each and every one of your suggestions and while yes, it is totally overwhelming, I love every single second of it. NYC has so much to offer, I can’t believe we will only be there for 4 short days but we will make the most of it!!! Thank you thank you thank you and I will blog about our trip for SURE!

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    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:38 am

    @Mrs. Lemon: OMG I am a lameass! I fixed it!!! I need to freakin SLEEP! A million thanks to Mr. Lemon for the CORRECT recommendation… I shouldn’t write posts on crack anymore!

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    Sandra, Guest @ 10:02 am

    go to the Museum of Natural History or the Met. From the Natural History Museum you can just walk over to Central Park and maybe go ice skating? Also, you might want to check out Rockerfeller Center to take some pictures. If you want a small boat ride and get closer to the Statue hop onto the Staten Island Ferry. It is free and you can just hop on the next ferry back. You might also want to check out the Chinatown and maybe have dim sum there.

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:24 pm

    I have no suggestions, just wanted you to know how jealous I am :)

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    caramel 201 posts, Helper bee @ 2:09 pm

    I’m a little nervous to do your hair/makeup since I’m a lil rusty but it’ll be great to meet you!!! All those suggestions are GREAT! I’m a huge musical buff, and would have suggested watching “In the Heights” instead of CHICAGO since it was the best musical of 2008, but oh well! =)


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    Ms. Sapphire 340 posts, Helper bee @ 6:48 pm

    We totally have the same humor. Thanks for this post. Now I have great recs for when Mr. S and I go to NY!

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    kbok, Guest @ 4:12 am

    definitely walk the brooklyn bridge- dress warm though! buy a nice warm scarf and wrap it around your neck and face (i’m a southerner new to the NE and i can’t leave my place without my scarves now) when i walked the the brooklyn bridge we went from brooklyn towards manhattan and i heard that the views are better that way.

    did anyone mention the 9/11 WTC tribute memorial? i recommend it. the actual memorial that they are building is in progress, but they have an audio/visual gallery that’s still pretty powerful and tearjerking.

    and i dunno if you like ramen but there’s a ramen place, Ippudo, that I absolutely LOVE. it may not be a touristy thing and maybe its not a priority since you’re from cali where they have an abundance of good food. but just thinkin’ about it makes my mouth water nonethless! =D

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