I’m so excited about writing this post because that restaurant is my favorite Italian- Sicilian Restaurant in Manhattan that name is Piccola Cucina, located in Prince St. SoHo. While I was searching for details about it I’ve learned it was permanently closed (saw on google Maps need to check) but they have other options located in New York City too. I’ll share details at the end of this post. As I see on the Instagram channel chef is the same and probably the staff too.
Corner of Prince Street, Beautiful Sunny Day☀️
If you plan to visit Manhattan soon I highly recommended this restaurant. As a pastry-addicted person, the taste and consistency of the food are amazing. Tasting Sicilian flavors are the best choice for me. The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy, welcoming, and authentic. The staff is hearty and kind. The price is reasonable. Moreover, They have a special menu from Monday to Friday from 11:30-16:00. It costs 11.00 $. Also, the restaurant is customer-friendly. If you want to be a place where you can eat alone this is the right place.
You can reach the information about the menu, locations, and reservation info from the link below 👇🏻
While I’ve been in quarantine for 7 days in Turkey due to the coronavirus pandemic explosion and have to be in until 17 May, I am writing this post with full of longing to Nyc. At first, I decided to write things that I love and hate about New York. But after, the word “hate” has intense meanings more than what I wanted to explain. For me, to hate something must have hurt you. So, let’s look at the bright side like Pollyanna and talk about good things. This article gonna be the first one, I’ll continue to write the second and maybe the third one too. Also, I may tell you my stories about flying cockroaches later lol.
Unlimited Choices of Food
As a foodie person, I’ve tried different tastes as much as I can do. When you think you were a student and you didn’t have any income (except my dad thanks to him) and have to pay tax it forced me a little bit. If you wanna drink the cheapest and most delicious coffee pls go to Dunkin Donuts from 2 pm. to 4 pm. Medium size latte was just 2 dollars but I have no idea about it now. Thank you Dunkin for this perfect experience haha. I’ll give more details about where to go to eat but to sum up you can find all kitchens to fit your taste. The diversity of people in New York is a chance to find various cuisines. My favorite ones are Italian, French, Mexican, and American (the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten).
Diversity of People
As I said in my previous context, the diversity of people means a lot to me. Just imagine sitting around a table with people who came from Japan, Turkey, Italian, or anywhere in the world. I think it is just possible in New York City. You have a chance to meet people who have different cultures and backgrounds and at some point, you can find a common goal with them. As getting know various cultures, you begin to understand people and what’s happening in those countries. For instance, one of my best friends is from Japan and Brazil. I know that I’ve never had met them if I continue to live in my country. If libraries are open in Nyc I highly recommended going there and joining the speaking classes as much as you can do. I usually went to New York Public Library and St. Agnes. If you need help to have a citizenship interview, they have English-speaking classes too and the best part is all free.
P.S.: Lastly, You’ll learn the man is a man everywhere in the world haha.
Free Things to Do A Lot! Museums, Art, Parks and More…
Visiting museums, going to parks and having fun with people. All of them are free in New York City. If you search on the internet or social media (whichever you use to search) you can reach the information about free days for museums. It could be a little bit crowded and need to wait in a long line but you can make the most of it and socialize with people. Free Friday MoMa nights were my fav. Even though it was free, there was not much crowded I mean you could see artworks easily.
Almost everybody’s favorite park is Central Park. Of course, it is amazing to me too. It is the biggest park in the city I’ve ever seen but mine is Bryant Park. It might be it was me on the way to school.
And all, During the winter season you’re able to ice skate and all during the summertime you’re able to have sunbathing, having a picnic, watching concerts and street artists and more. Location is very easy to go everywhere, plus next to 7 train what more could one ask for? Simplicity, the center of the city, entertainment to me!
I believed that after a certain age it was hard to have a close friend but New York surprised me again. Ayumi and I met at our school’s social program and since that time we’ve continued our communication. She’s from Tokyo, Japan. Even though we have different backgrounds and cultures, we’ve always found common ground. We spent a lot of time together exploring New York City. We enjoyed sharing our cultures and cuisine. So here is my Japanese cuisine experience for the first time in my life with Ayumi. We went to Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie in Midtown. She said that it had the closest Japanese kitchen flavor in Nyc. We picked Seared Salmon Sashimi, Crispy Eggplant, and Beef Udon!
I loved the taste of crunchy eggplant. As a foodie person, I tried it at home as well. About Udon, I didn’t expect that it was delicious and nutritious that much. It consisted of healthy ingredients. You can find the daily nutrient you need to take in one meal. Price was affordable, food was satisfying and service was attentive. I hope, I’ll visit there next summer.
I’m a cat person. I’m trying to take care of all animals. Unfortunately, we have many stray animals in my hometown. I feed and play with them when I go for a walk. They love belly rubs although they are shy. But all in the animal world I feel most close to cats.
I adopted a little stray cat five and a half years ago. I found her in front of our apartment. She was so tiny, wet, sick, and looks so poor. We took her to our apartment and the next day went to the vet. She stayed there for almost two months. On weekends we took her to our house and got used to spent time together. After two months we couldn’t put her out on the street and she’s been a part of our family since that time. I love her more than everything. She taught me unconditional love and she is the symbol of pure love.
One of the hardest parts of living in New York was there were no cats or dogs on the streets and if you grew with them it is so tough. At my school, we had a social program to discover the city and socialize with other students. I saw a program about going to Brooklyn Cat Cafe. It was one of the most interesting activities in my life cause’ we don’t have that kind of cafe in my country. I was so impatient to see the cats and play with them.
I had very moments of happiness. I played with, patted, and feed them and spent a very high-quality hour. Cats looked very healthy and happy. They have well looked after. If you are ready for adoption as a material and mentally, I highly recommend it. You’ll save one life, you’ll experience pure friendship and you’ll be more sensible of other animals.
If you ask me what’s the hardest thing to decide to study or living abroad was leaving my dad and my cat behind me. Until that time we had never been apart from each other. I think, especially after a certain age It’s getting hard. I was lucky cause’ my sister got married, found a job, and moved to New York too so I wouldn’t feel alone or incomplete.
Firstly, I found a company to receive consultancy services. The company that name is ‘Kep Yurtdışı Eğitim Danışmanlığı’ my friend recommended was so good. I was so lucky because they helped me a lot! They did everything for me. As you guess, I was so stressed and frightened. The situation that I was in made me confused. I didn’t know how to manage my documents or other things. I highly recommended that company if you’re thinking to go abroad and currently living in Turkey. Moreover, If you’ve got trouble doing something under stress like me It was nice to give control to someone who you trust. Pelin is the owner of a consultancy agency. She is so friendly and kind. We had many many conversations to find the best course to fit me. Finally, we choose St. Giles International Language School.
I went to New York two or three weeks after decided to school. I stayed at my sister’s house for the first two weeks and in the meantime, she was searching a room from some rent websites and found me the best room in terms of location and homeowner. It was just one street away from my sister’s house.
I shared one flat with my three roommates. It was the cleanest house that I’ve ever seen in Nyc as a rental house thanks to my homeowner. She is from the same country as me so when we saw each other always had a nice conversation about Nyc, Istanbul or the same things that we experienced in Nyc. Sometimes her mom gave me yummy Turkish food such as içli köfte (kibbeh), börek, kısır salatası, etc. Also, I had great roommates too. When we met in the kitchen we had great chat.
One week a month, one person in that flat had to clean all the flat including the kitchen, toilet, and hallway (I guess it makes sense why it was the cleanest house lol). Also throwing the trash too. It was a little tough to remember which product going to which bin for me. Cause’ in my country, unfortunately, we don’t have different bins to waste at our home.
But in every way, it was a very useful experience to improve my self-improvement. I’ve learned to live alone, sharing my places with others, taking responsibility, trusting people, dealing with problems by myself. And in two months I almost got used to everything I mean the New York City lifestyle as a new New Yorker. Nothing surprised me anymore haha.
I miss this day. One and almost half year, I spent my most time in a tiny room. I had four or five plates, three pots, two glasses, don’t have any washer at home had to go to laundry but what I’ve learned is content with less. I don’t need to have tons of objects to feel happy or complete. I understood less is more. Also while observing having different backgrounds in people’s life, I asked myself what is life quality? Having luxury things or having inner peace. Which one gives me that? And that was the most important lesson for me for the rest of my life.
I have different perspectives on New York. One is as a tourist other one is as a New Yorker. Both sides have pros and cons for sure. In 2017, It was my first trip to New York with my family as a tourist. I was extremely excited. Like every human being, I’ve watched tons of movies and heard stories about New York. Besides If we wanna learn anything you know, connecting to your dreams is just one click away.
Before I visited New York, I didn’t have any idea about living there. But after spending one hour, deep down inside I know that I’d live there. I don’t know why I’ve always had a deep connection to this city. Maybe cause I grew up with American culture, movies, songs, etc. When I saw the shiny buildings, variety of restaurants, green parks, tall trees, stylish people on the streets I fell in love with them. Also, I had a sign. Last week, while I was cleaning my desk I found my high school folder and on the front side of it was covered with New York pictures! I think I had been planning to move to Nyc for a very very long time haha.
Anyway, It wasn’t an easy decision to leave my career, family, friends, or habits behind but if I hadn’t done it at that moment, I would never be able to do it again. So, my first trip was very successful. I’ll share a few photos that hit me at first sight and to make my decision easier. If you are not convinced pls look at the first photo of me, my happiness (I still need botox lol).
PS: I’m just curious about have u ever loved any cities or places at first sight? if yes Pls comment which place/city it is.