Hi everyone, welcome back to the Adventures With Victor series. This is actually going to be the last post of our New York adventures as I’ll be lumping our last two days together in one post. We basically spent a whole day at the Westfield World Trade Center (WTC) mall because it was HUGE and there were so much stuff to see. We also ventured to the Bronx Zoo the day before we had to check out of the hotel and later had dinner at a really awesome place that made crazy milkshakes. Sound interesting? Keep reading!
The Westfield World Trade Center Mall
I freaking love this mall! The WTC Mall took us most of the day because there were so many stores inside … and I did a lot of shopping.
My boyfriend bought me a new Kate Spade wallet which I was eternally grateful for because I was really due for a new one. My old wallet was just getting all dingy and gross. It came out to a total of $160 or so (ouch). I LOVE it to death and find it takes half the space of my old wallet, which was longer.
This place is a candy lover’s dream. Sugarfina has a treasure trove of different kinds of chocolates and gummies. There’s flavors like matcha green tea chocolate, red velvet chocolate caramels, birthday cake chocolate, and more! If you’re a gummy/candy lover, there’s a variety of different kinds too, like apple and strawberry gummies, blueberry pancake, etc.
There’s even boozy chocolates and gummies for those interested in that…! I bought a friend Champagne bubbles and another friend Scotch Malt chocolate balls. I can confirm that the one friend I gave the scotch balls too did say they really stuffed scotch in the center of the chocolates.
Innisfree is another one of my favorite stores in this mall! K-Beauty and skincare galore, Innisfree is one of the most popular and best-selling K-beauty brands. I got myself a Green Tea foaming cleanser and Intensive Hydrating Cream with Green Tea seed. Victor and I also went halfsies and got my best friend Katie an early birthday gift there. It was like tangerine skincare minis and a lip sleeping mask.
I love that every purchase you make at Innisfree comes with little samples (I got several because I went back several times and made these purchases). They also have a rewards incentive for you to recycle your empty Innisfree bottles. If you recycle up to 5 empty, full-size, innisfree bottles each month, you can receive 50 points (USD $0.50) for each bottle in-store.
I feel robbed but I know I let it happen when I went inside K. Minamoto. This place is a lovely Japanese confectionery shop, selling tons of different kinds of small Japanese treats. I felt the need to sample a few of them because 1) I’m not near any Japanese sweets shop regularly and 2) I was on a roll with my shopping spree. I got a total of four treats: an Aya-shirabe, which is a bean cake, a lemon-flavored Aya-shirabe, another thing called Chasenkyo, which is bean jelly, and Shocora Mikasa, which is a chocolate pan cake.
I’ve only eaten the regular Aya-shirabe so far and I have to say it’s so soft and tasty! It’s SO small though. I did read that the Japanese often have small portioned desserts I guess for portion control? One of them was like $3.50 USD but the rest were $4.50 … if you had to see these in person, you might elect to not buy anything from this place but there I was, in too deep! You’ve gotta experience everything at least once, right?
We went to a few other stores where my mom and I were looking for gifts to buy my aunt and uncle as a way of saying thanks for scoring us a deal on the NYC hotel. Victor bought me a super cute monogram mug (which I can’t wait to use but I’m just waiting for my current one to break) and I got his mom a cute wooden music box toy.
The mall has something like a food court that serves different options like Mexican food, pizza, salads, grilled food, seafood, ramen, and more.
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M. Wells Steakhouse
I thought I’d talk about this only very briefly, as any food establishment is different and there was one noteworthy experience we had here. M. Wells Steakhouse, located in Long Island City, is reported to be one of the best places in the NY area for poutine. I was missing poutine so I wanted to go somewhere that served some good poutine (not all who serve poutine are equal). They definitely lived up to their reputation of having good poutine.
Unfortunately, I’d say that was all that I liked about this place, as our main entrees were actually a let down. I won’t say too much, but we really didn’t enjoy our main dish. Victor almost threw up TWICE, and the food was definitely overpriced for the quality.
As if Central Park Zoo weren’t enough, we decided to go to the Bronx Zoo as well. The difference was that my mom accompanied, us, as she was really wanting to visit the Bronx Zoo after watching a few videos online about the place.
When people think of going to the Zoo near the city, they usually think of the Bronx Zoo. It’s much bigger and thus the animals exhibits are more spaced out, allowing the animals to roam around. Of course, it’s more expensive. I think with a 10% discount, you can get a ticket for $35 USD. With Groupon Select and some Groupon Bucks I had, I basically got my ticket for free. Sweet!
Of course, I didn’t wear proper walking shoes so my feet were feeling really sore after the trip.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
I’m going to end our New York City adventures on a high note, and that’s dinner at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. There’s two locations in the city – one around midtown / uptown and one downtown, so we went with what was closer. There are no reservations needed, but it’s probably best to make one if you have a large group. It was a LONG wait to get seated, but I still don’t regret going. Just as the name states, they serve things like different burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.
Black Tap is also known for their insane milkshakes called Crazyshakes, which you can only get if you dine in (sorry, no take-out). I actually found out about this place a long time ago through a Facebook ad/video and knew that I had to make this stop during our trip.
The only down side was that my mom and I were freezing because we were right in front of the air conditioner. Victor, however, felt right at home with the chilled air. The burgers we ordered were so delicious but really the milkshakes were the true stars of the show. I had the Churro Choco Loco milkshake, which included an actual churro, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal pieces, Klondike Choco Taco ice cream, whipped cream and dulce de leche syrup drizzled all over. Victor had Brooklyn Blackout – fudgy chocolate brownies, chocolate chips, whipped cream and chocolate syrup drizzled all over.
These milkshakes cost about $13-14 each but I felt the prices were justified by the amount of extras and decorations they put in. I managed to finish my entire milkshake though my teeth were chattering!
That was basically the rest of our NYC trip. I’m sad to see it come to a close in my Adventures series but we’ll be moving on to other stuff we did in New Jersey next!
Thanks for reading! Until next time ♡