5 NYC Restaurants You Have To Try At Least Once

5 NYC Restaurants You Have To Try At Least Once

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Whether it's date night, girls night out, or a birthday dinner, it's always exciting to try out new places to eat. New York City, a city filled with endless amounts of tourist-y and potentially over-the-top restaurants, is a great place to celebrate. If you're fortunate enough to live relatively close to the city, in the city itself, or even if you're just visiting, there are so many different food options to explore. If you're looking for a special night out, here are some popular restaurants known not only for their food, but for their presentation, décor, and atmosphere. Although some may label these restaurants as overrated, they are definitely places you should try at least once!

1. Sugar Factory

Located in NY's meat packing district, this is the perfect birthday location for anyone who is a child at heart! Besides having delicious food, this place is known especially for its massive bubbly drinks. Don't forget to try some of the many different types of waffles and ice cream. Many celebrities have made a stop here, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner.


2. Max Brenner

Did somebody say chocolate? If you're a chocolate lover, this is the place for you. With dishes like chocolate pizza, chocolate syringes, milkshakes and fondue you'll never want to stop eating, this is a great place for any occasion!

3. Serendipity

This sweet little spot is known for their incredible frozen hot chocolate, and Serendipity is a popular tourist location for celebrities as well. With a broad menu of delicious food, and a plethora of frozen drinks, visiting this restaurant is a must.

4. Rice to Riches

I was always hesitant to try rice pudding until I tried Rice to Riches, and was pleasantly surprised at how completely delicious it was. With all different flavors, like cookies and cream and caramel, you won't want to stop eating! Besides having delicious rice pudding, the decor of this restaurant is on point with it's hysterical signs all over the walls. A few of my personal favorites are "If you want to look young and thin...hang out with old and fat people," and "Eat all you want, you're already fat."

5. Ellen's Stardust Diner

This is the perfect place to stop at, before a Broadway show. Ellen's Stardust Diner will get you pumped up! Designed after a 1950's diner, this place's specialty is the atmosphere, which includes singing waitresses. You'll have a blast singing along to your favorite Broadway classics, while munching on some great food!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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