15 Things I did in NYC as a Young Adult

Vlog of New York Trip


- San Marzano
- Ichiran NY
- Halal Guys
- Park Ave Spring
- Clinton St. Baking Company


San Marzano

This is an Italian restaurant in East Village. Their tomatoes are famous for being grown in the volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. They primarily take reservations with their prefix menus, but they serve unlimited sangrias and mimosas for an hour and a half.

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Ichiran NY

Ichiran is perhaps the most popular tonkotsu ramen shops in Japan. The set up is quite anti-social in that the seats are individual booths and you interact with the waiters through a small bamboo curtain in front of you. You don’t typically have to make eye contact with anyone at the restaurant.

Halal Guys

Although this is a tourist staple, I always make sure I hit up the Halal Guys stand near the MOMA. It is certainly a privilege to eat their $7 chicken and rice plates with their secret white sauce and fire red sauce. New York keeps it real.

Park Ave Spring

This three-dollar-sign New York restaurant changes its decor and menu based on the four seasons! It’s definitely on the pricier side, but it was time for me to be a young adult and try a premium dining experience. I even dressed up!

Clinton St. Baking Company

Based in the Lower East Side, this is a premium but humble comfort food restaurant that serves blueberry pancakes, buttermilk fried chicken, muffins, and more. There is quite a wait, so do try going during off-peak hours.

Bars & Clubs

Angel’s Share

Although I’ve never heard of it before, Angel’s Share is an ironically well-known speakeasy in East Village. It’s hidden behind a restaurant that’s on top of another restaurant. I never developed a liking for cocktails, but the drinks at Angel’s Share blew me away. My friends and I are making it a tradition for us to go each time we visit New York.

The Turf Club at Westlight

My friend invited me to a summer lawn party to celebrate the opening of The Turf Club at Westlight in Williamsburg. Attending this event made me remember just how stunning New Yorkers are. They really know how to clean up well. The Turf Club is a series of summer pop-up parties hosted at the Westlight Rooftop. You get a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the skyline as it transitions from day to night.

Ichi Cellar

When you need an accessible, ratchet club to go to on a Friday night, Ichi Cellar in K-town is an excellent choice. The club is somewhat small, so the wait may be long during peak hours.

Pocha 32

After dancing at Ichi Cellar until 3 am, we went to Pocha for watermelon soju and late night Korean food. You must get their cheese/cream corn and budaejjigae!

Monarch Rooftop Lounge

This is a pretty standard rooftop lounge, but it has a direct view of the Empire State building.


Wicked on Broadway

Watching Wicked was such a privilege to have experienced. I was hesitant to watch since the original cast has long moved onto other things in life. I’ve only ever listened to the original soundtrack. However, the 2018 cast was strong and unique in their own way. Wicked never seizes to amaze me on how well their characters develop over time.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

As beautiful as nature is, it was way too hot for me to appropriately enjoy the botanical garden. What I did appreciate is the lawn of people lying in the shade reading or taking a nap.

Madison Square Park

I came with my roommate for a hot minute to just sit and talk about our philosophies in life. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors and to people watch.

At the Facebook NY office!

Visiting Google + Facebook

One of the privileges of working in tech is that I have lots of tech friends who can give me tours and free meals at Google and Facebook. I remember when I’d be so bedazzled by seeing these companies.



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Chloe Shih

Chloe Shih

An Asian American young professional in the world of tech in San Francisco. A personal blog of life experiences and art. IG: @thechlobro TW: @TheChloeShih