Two weekends ago we were in New York for the wedding of Brandon's college friend. We had a blast! (Mazel Tov to Brian and Danielle!) Obviously much of the time we were doing wedding activities, but here's some of the non-wedding-related stuff we did that we loved.
We spent most of our time on the Lower East Side, where our AirBnB was. Man, that place is FULL of yummy restaurants and fun things to do. I highly recommend it as a place to stay in Manhattan!
Oh, another thing - normally this list would also be full of bars, but unfortunately I can't drink right now (which is sad because drinking in NYC is a joy and an art form).
Anyway. Here are all my faves!
STUFF TO DO:
|Me and our buddy, Dave, eating the best pickles ever!|
|Be still, my beating heart!|
This is the perfect coffee shop to write in! Free wifi, comfortable seating, and they play great music. They played the full album of Graceland by Paul Simon while I was there. Between that and the tasty, flaky chocolate croissant, I almost couldn't take the perfection. I'm a real sucker for a quality chocolate croissant.
Beauty & Essex
When we made dinner plans to catch up with a bunch of college friends in town for the wedding, little did we know we were going to a super hip restaurant! Apparently Beauty & Essex is all the rage in NYC right now. Hidden behind a fake pawn shop exterior is a gorgeous bar and dining room with deep booths and low lighting. We ordered a lot of plates to share, and the food was plentiful and yummy. Be warned - it's a tad pricey. But we did feel like we got our money's worth; the shared plates weren't super tiny or anything.
|Happy birthday, Brandon! I love you loads and loads.|
The Meatball Shop
Oh, how I love The Meatball Shop! I mean seriously, what a great concept - come in and have as many meatballs as you want, styled in a bunch of different ways. It's great for a snack or a full meal or just to drop in for a drink. We had the buffalo chicken meatballs and cried out of happiness. Also, I may have promised the bartender Christophe we would name our baby after him if he was born on his birthday (February 19. Now you all can hold me to it.).
It was a fantastic trip! Every trip to New York is. It's such a magical city. Here are a few more pics to close out the post and give you a feel for the other things we did:
|Obligatory 1:00AM pizza.|
|Exploring Chinatown. It was confusing.|
|The view from the wedding. See Lady Liberty out there? Wowzas!|