The Nomadic Couple: New York City, NY, USA
Today we have the pleasure of learning about New York City from locals Ashley and Tom, or as you may know them, The Nomadic Couple! I've often heard muttered from family and friends that "a couple that can't travel together, wont stay together." Well this couple has certainly seen it all from markets of Morocco to the bustling streets of London. But every traveler, no matter how nomadic, must roost somewhere. As travelers we can so often overlook the places we've set up shack; keeping our eyes fixed on the destinations ahead and laughing about the times behind us. Luckily, it seems Ashley and Tom have come to appreciate their home as much as any destination. So in celebration of the release of their new website, TheNomadicCouple.com, here is everything you wanted to know about the city that never sleeps from two people who cherish it.
Tell us about yourself!
Hi! We are Ashley and Tom, or better known as @TheNomadicCouple, travel enthusiasts, food + drink lovers, and adventure seekers.
Our passion is traveling the world, surrounding ourselves in different cultures, finding the beauty in concrete jungles and isolated destinations, and stuffing our faces along the way. When we are not traveling we enjoy exploring our home base of New York City, spending time with our friends and family, and getting creative in the kitchen.
Traveling to us is looking for unique experiences, pushing beyond our boundaries and getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. We strive to find a balance between the must-visit places and lesser-known hidden gems.
We believe that richness in life is defined by experiences you create with loved ones, connections you make with people along the way, and sharing your journey with others. Whether this is in your backyard or in some far away place, there is always an opportunity to learn and grow.
Once you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the world can offer, a passion develops and urges you to share it with others.
What makes New York so special?
There is no city like New York. The tremendous melting pot of cultures and people of the world is what defines New York. There is comfort in the chaos of the traffic, skyscrapers, millions of tourists, and the refusal to ever go to sleep. New York has something for everybody. Whether it be admiring priceless artwork at one of the dozens of museums, feeling like you have traveled to another country as you roam the streets of Chinatown, eating your way through the never-ending list of restaurants or simply wanting to relax in a park; the possibilities are endless.
Have you found any "hidden gems" in your city?
Although probably well known amongst the chef and food communities, Kalustyan's Specialty Food Market on 28th & Lexington has the largest and most unique selection of ingredients from around the world. If you're looking for a specific dried pepper for a Mexican Mole, fish sauce for your Khao Soi, or fresh curry leaves for your Tikka Masala; this food market as it all. We love traveling here to cook with the unique ingredients, and try our best to recreate some of our favorite dishes from around the globe.
Where is the "place to be" if you want to meet new people and hang with the locals?
Describing a New Yorker means a million different things to a million different people. The best place to be depends on the vibe you want to surround yourself with and each neighborhood provides its own unique culture and feel. If we are photographing street art we head to the Lower East Side, if we are looking for a great meal we head to the East Village, and if we want to go for a leisurely bike ride without getting hit by a taxi we head to the West Side Highway. One thing for sure is that if you want to be around locals, do not go to Times Square!
Where do you go to enjoy nature and is there any specific outdoor activities you would recommend?
Our favorite outdoor activity is simply roaming the streets and getting lost in the chaos of New York. As for our "nature" fix, we head to central park to find hidden spots where we can find some peace and quiet, even if it's for a total of 2 minutes.
Best place to get a Sit Down Meal?
In a city of infinite choices, picking one restaurant is simply not possible. Our three favorite places for a meal are Babu Ji where friend Chef Jessi Singh puts a modern twist on classic Indian dishes, Uncle Boons for a taste of Thailand that makes you want to try everything on the menu, or Ngam where friend and Chef Hong Thaimee puts her heart and love into modern Thai comfort food.
What is the most memorable moment you've had in New York?
New York never ceases to amaze us. One day in particular we decided to go for a walk through downtown Manhattan. In only a couple of hours we went through a farmers market, past an exhibit for an up & coming street artist, got lost in Chinatown and devoured a pastry in Little Italy. Later that night we chatted about our day and couldn't believe that in such a short short distance we were able to experience so many different cultures and activities. It left us feeling proud and lucky to call New York home.
Lastly, if someone had one day to explore New York, what would you have them do to get the most out of their time?
Put on your walking shoes and explore everything New York has to offer. Eat as much as you can, and then eat some more. Check out some of the touristy attractions as early as possible and carve out the majority of your day for roaming the streets and exploring your own version of New York. At the end of the day take some time to look out your window into the city that never sleeps, and try to digest the beautiful monster New York is.
Huge thanks to Ashley and Tom for sharing what makes New York so special. Be sure to follow their journey on instagram, @thenomadiccouple, and check out their website that just launched this week: TheNomadicCouple.com! Lastly if you are interested in sharing your home town, go to thebusyrats.com/you to apply!