My Favorite Spring Spots in New York City

March 23, 2016

wit & whimsy favorite spring spots in NYC

wit & whimsy favorite spring spots in NYCThere is nothing like New York City in the Spring. The vibe of the city is just electric and every year I love witnessing how the city comes alive again once the freezing temperatures are behind us. Rosé begins making regular appearances on the tables, trees have leaves again and everyone is more excited to seek out their favorite places.

In collaboration with H&M (and in honor of their new Spring Collection now in stores), today I’m sharing some of my all time favorite spots for the glorious days ahead when the sun is shining, it’s not yet dark at 6pm and you want to soak up the warm air with good company. Get your pen + paper ready to take notes!

You Are Loved I @meghandonoThe Butcher’s Daughter

I always love when a place makes you feel a bit healthier when you eat there and this vegetarian spot (where some of these photos were shot) will do just that with their delicious pressed juices and delightful egg dishes at brunch. Not to mention they have decent outdoor seating and big glass windows that bring in the light even if you can’t nab a spot in one of the cute yellow sidewalk chairs. (And walk two blocks West on Kenmare and you’ll find this You are Loved sign ;))

Bar Sardine

I’m embarrassed it took me until last year to finally try this spot (thanks to Julia) but once I did, it immediately became my favorite post-work wine spot. Get there early and secure a spot at one of the windows where you can sip your rosé and take in the people watching.

H&M Spring CollectionCharlie Bird

Charlie Bird is home to one of my all-time favorite plates in NYC: their farro salad. It is just so, so good. I was going there weekly at one point last summer to eat lunch outside under their umbrellas.


I’m not massively into seafood like some people, but I do love fish when it was prepared in light + interesting ways and that’s exactly what Seamore’s does. I had such a memorable meal there last summer and I honestly am trying to find an excuse to go back pronto. (Who’s coming!?)

H&M Spring 2016 Collection I wit & whimsyThe Loeb Boathouse

There’s something so magical about some of the first Central Park days of the season. You still need a light jacket but the temperatures are perfect for long, carefree strolls and The Boathouse is the ideal landing spot when you want to rest your feet and have a cocktail on their terrace overlooking the boat pond. Some of my favorite afternoons have been spent doing just that with nowhere to go afterwards. It’s pure bliss. (Highly recommend going to Sprinkles Ice Cream afterwards for a spring treat. I just went and am mildly obsessed.)

The Highline

It had been so long since I took the time to stroll the Highline but after reminding myself the other weekend just how lovely it is to be outside with no particular destination, I had to include this elevated park in the list. Catch brunch at Bubby’s before your walk or reward yourself with a drink at the new, fun & colorful Santina afterwards.

wit & whimsy favorite Spring spots in NYC with H&M

Have any favorite NYC spots for the warmer weather? Do share! I’d love to have more to check out this season. And check out more H&M favorites below (almost all of which are under $50!)

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H&M Pants // Denim Jacket // Lace Top

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And see more of my New York Favorites in my Guide to the city!

[Bekka Palmer Photography]

This post was sponsored by H&M through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about H&M all opinions are my own.

4 comments on “My Favorite Spring Spots in New York City”

  1. You are totally right– the first bright days in NYC is kind of like when the world shifted from black and white to color in the Wizard of Oz. The whole energy of the place shifts. I haven’t tried any of these restaurants (the line outside Butcher’s Daughter has always frightened me off) but I’ll have to add them to my endless NY to-do list. Beautiful looks for spring!

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