Vday & Bday in New York

One of the best things about this vacation is I got to celebrate many occasions in one trip. Not only I got to be reunited with my friends and family but I also got to celebrate my birthday and valentines here.

During Valentine’s Day, my husband and I went to “Top of the Rock” inside Rockefeller Center. The building Rockefeller was named after John D. Rockefeller Jr. who owned the land. Originally, they planned to make it as an Opera house for Metropolitan Opera but the plan was changed because of the stock market crash that happened in 1929.

No matter how many times I visit this place I never get tired of the view. I really enjoyed it since it wasn’t as busy as the other times we visited. Once you’re at the top, you can see all of the iconic sites in Manhattan and being able to see New York in all angles will make up to the time you waited in line because it is truly amazing up there. Also, the beauty of this is you can stay for as long as you want!

How To Get There:

Via MTA get on 6th Av/ W 41th St. then get off to 6th Av/ W 48th St. Once spot the Rockefeller Center you’ve reach your destination.

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020, USA

Ticket fare: US$34

We went to Lavo for dinner. It is an Italian restaurant that I highly recommend and a nightclub downstairs located in East 58th Street. The food was great and I definitely enjoyed our dinner especially because the restaurant itself have a cozy feel inside. The resto have a 19th century Italian Bistro design furnished with antique mirrors.

This is a casual elegant dining style restaurant so remember to dress smart. Prepare to spend $50 above.

For appetizer we ordered Tuna Tartare, it’s really delicious and fresh. The steak and meatball that we ordered are perfect for the meat lovers out there! The steak is 25oz which I must say is very heavy and filling but no doubt delicious. The huge meatball is 16oz of ground imperial wagyu, italian sausage and veal. Definitely a must try! Both cooked to perfection.

Tuna Tartare
Bone-in Rib Eye
“The Meatball”
My Valentine!

Lavo’s operating hours:

Lunch: 11:30am – 5:00pm

Dinner(M-F,&Sun): 5:00pm – 1:00am

Dinner(Sat): 7:30pm – 1:00am

Sunday Brunch: 11:30am – 5:00pm

For Reservations: Click HERE

Reservations end at 12:45am.

How To Get There:

Taking a taxi is always an option but the subway will cost a lot less. Take the subway on 42nd St. then get off at 5th Av/ 59th St. from there you can walk towards the restaurant.

Address: 39th E 58th St., New York, NY 10022, USA

After our dinner, we went straight to Tao just across Lavo to have some few drinks. It is a Pan-Asian clublike restaurant. After a couple of hours we decided to call it a night then went home.

The next day is my birthday! We spent the whole afternoon touring around Liberty Island which was really cool and we got to see the Statue of Liberty up-close. The tour started with a ferry boat ride to the island with historical facts being discussed by the tour guide. It has 3 decks, 2 are covered and the other is open air. The cruise was great we got to see Manhattan in a different perspective.

Many people want to tour around the Lady Liberty because of its iconic name and it symbolizes their freedom. Although it was really cold, the tour was worth it! I just want to thank my friend Beanne for getting us tickets for my birthday.

How To Get There:

Edge of Southwest Manhattan, Upper new York Bay. There are two ways to access this trip. The ferries that leaves Manhattan is in Battery Park and the other leaves at New Jersey in Liberty State Park.

Address: Liberty Island, New York City, New York 10004, USA

Ticket Fare:

Adult: $25.50

Children (4-12 yrs): $16

Senior (21+): $21

Getting your tickets on the day you want to visit is such a huge hassle especially during summer time. What I can recommend is, to book your tickets as early as possible online. Online booking is not as stressful.

Book your tickets HERE


Then at night my husband and I together with our friends went out for dinner to celebrate. We went to Buddakan, a huge, fancy restaurant that serves different Asian dishes. The atmosphere inside is just a plus to the delicious food we had. Everything about the place is worth every penny. The decor is beautiful, the service was excellent, and the food is superb! I definitely had a great time with my friends, we lounge for a bit then and enjoyed each other’s company.

This is also a casual elegant dining style restaurant so prepare to dress smart. Expect to pay $50 and over.

Cashew Chicken, Black Pepper Beef, Chinese Sausage Fried Rice, Broken Chili Chicken
A Picture Perfect Birthday!
Another year of collecting memories.

Buddakan’s operating hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5:30pm – 12:00am

Fridays and Saturdays: 5:00pm – 1:00am

Sundays: 5:00pm – 11:00pm

How To Get There:

Take the subway in 42nd St. – Port Authority Bus then get off at 14th St. From there the restaurant is just 330 meters away.

For Reservations: Click HERE


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