Friday, May 30, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend Recap
We'd planned on going out upon our arrival on Thursday night, but rainy weather up in NY closed down all but one runway at La Guardia and our flight was subsequently delayed 4 hours. Boo! We got to my cousin's apartment on the Upper East Side around 11 pm and promptly crashed.
Guggenheim for their Italian Futurism exhibit, which we quite enjoyed! That night after the museum and before dinner we went out for drinks with D and his awesome wife S and then met up with my other cousin J and his girlfriend for dinner at Commerce. The food was insanely delicious and the company was fantastic! For desert we got a yummy ice cream and salted caramel confection from Big Gay Ice Cream. A wonderful first day!
Urban Oyster. They started us out learning about how Greenpoint Brewery makes their beer at Dirk the Norseman Brewpub and then proceeded to take a walking tour past the historic breweries of Brooklyn (there used to be 48 before prohibition) and learning about the history of the area. Very cool! We ended up at Brooklyn Brewery where we got to try a few more local brews. A very fun afternoon!
The Perfect Pint, and then went to see HEDWIG AND THE ANGY INCH!!!! Neil Patrick Harris was AMAZING and according to S I had the biggest ear to ear grin on my face during the entire show! Even S and my brother, who are not big broadway fans, really enjoyed the show and both chalked it up to NPH's incredible performance. After Hedwig, the four of us went out to Momofuku Ma Peche for a late dinner. I'd been wanting to try one of the Momofuku restaurants and was not disappointed. They did a tapas meets dim sum style presentation with small plates that come around on carts. The food and drinks were all very good with the highlight of the meal probably being the legendary Crack Pie from the Momofuku Milk Bar for dessert. (I've already found a recipe online so I can try making it (with quail eggs) at home). We had such a wonderful evening with J&J!
Tic & Tac hip hop dance group and their amazing strength and muscle control while I was thrilled that I actually got to see sand artist Joe Mangrum creating a sand art installation right before my eyes (you can see the nearly finished piece here- it's so intricate and colorful)! Then I went to Venus by Maria Tash to get some more holes punched into my ears! I went there because they offer 14k gold jewerly (I have a history of reacting to earrings with a stainless steel base) in beautiful delicate designs.
High Line Park. The park was indeed beautiful, but due to the lovely weather it was also completely packed to the gills with people. I'd love to try going back another time when it isn't quite so busy.
Chelsea Market to pick up some goodies for lunch. We had no idea how huge Chelsea Market was and didn't really have time to fully explore it before our bellies started demanding food, so we grabbed some bread, cheese, salami, salad, and fruit and took our stash back up to the park to have a little picnic on a bench! We walked the rest of the park and then walked all the way back over to Central Station to catch the subway back up to the apartment. While it was definitely a lot of walking, we really think we started to get a feel for the city. That night S and I were completely exhausted, so we just stayed in for dinner and ordered out like real New Yorkers. We were amazed that a huge Peruvian chicken dinner was delivered to our door within 15 minutes of calling in our order - ah the perks of NY living!
Ess-A-Bagels for breakfast and then walked over to Rockefeller Plaza to eat. While sitting on a bench noshing on our bagels we got to talking with an older couple sitting next to us who were in town to see a bunch of broadway shows (they'd seen about 10 already over the course of the weekend!!!) who just happened to be from Houston! We then took the elevator to the Top of the Rock to get some amazing views of the city (everyone we asked said the Rock is better than the Empire State Building). That afternoon my cousin D grilled out, his wife S made pitchers of yummy alcoholic beverages, and I whipped up S's favorite kale salad and we all had a Memorial Day barbecue!
After such a busy couple of weeks, we are just going to take it easy this weekend. Get stuff unpacked, do chores around the house, spend time with the kitties, and relax. Did you do anything fun over Memorial Day weekend?