And here's the last installment of my New York trifecta, "The New York Post." Get it? Get it?
A couple of A's friends, who we stayed with the first two nights, recently moved to the city, and several more were in the area this past weekend, so we were there to visit and spend time with them. A booked a hotel for the last night (Sunday), because, romance.
We drove into the city immediately after work on Friday and made it in time for our dinner reservation at Wine:30. I was happy to eat, drink, and catch up with one of my best girlfriends. I had a sip of her German Riesling and A's Australian Shiraz, and we all shared appetizers - the Japanese eggplant and herb dip with pita, a 1/2 dozen oysters with fresh horseradish 'sauche', the pan seared fish tacos with cucumber pico de gallo, creme fraiche, and fresh tomatillo sauce, the pan fried cigars (Phyllo rolls stuffed with pastrami, mozzarella, white onion, and pepperoncini), and the mint marinated lamb tenderloin skewers with mint-yogurt, Harissa sauce, and mixed greens. There wasn't an appetizer I didn't demolish; it's hard to choose a favorite! We ended with an equally satisfying honey lavender gelato for dessert. Besides one over-attentive server, it was really a pleasant dining experience.
The next morning, A and I headed to SoHo, a part of the city that makes me wish I wasn't on a teacher's salary. We sat in a Starbucks (lame) with a bold roast, a soy latte, and several quirky groups of people, then made our way to Birchbox where I hauled a few beauty products. No style photos unfortunately as the wind chill was below 0 and I was bundled up like an eskimo. (Even so, it was so cold it hurt!) I did see another blogger braving the cold and posing for her photographer in a mini skirt and thigh-high boots, though. You go, Glen Coco.
When we were ready for lunch, we walked over to Lafayette St. in Chinatown for some soup dumplings, scallion pancakes, and tea at Excellent Dumpling House. My family and I have frequented this hole-in-the-wall for as long as I can remember - it's clean, cheap, and 'excellent!'
A had never been to Washington Square Park, so we made our way there next. After recording the bit of footage in my vlog and snapping a few photos, though, we quickly searched for a place to warm up and get a drink. We sat in a Teavana for a bit, then headed back to his friends' to chill before our Mongolian hot pot dinner at The Little Sheep. Dinner was a big affair - even with a reservation, we had to wait for a bit, and as soon as we were seated, we were told by our server that we had a 2-hour limit. The place was definitely hoppin'. It was a solid choice for such a cold night. There was a make-your-own-dipping-sauce station and two burners for our party. We ordered a few rounds of various meat, vegetable, and noodle dishes, and ate 'til our bellies were full.
On Sunday, post food-coma, we all had a long lie-in and started our day in the afternoon at Fornino in Brooklyn for lunch. A and I split a Margherita Classica and a 4 Stagione (tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, kalamata olive, shitake mushroom, and eggplant). From there, we said our goodbyes, and headed to Columbus Circle to check in at the Hudson Hotel.
My handsome Valentine.
The photos of the chandelier and greenery are of the lobby of the Hudson Hotel. It was a beautiful space to escalate into. The staff were pleasant to interact with. We were provided with peppermint, cilantro, and rum-scented Malin and Goetz shower products. The room itself was compact, but that gave it an interesting vibe. Be sure to check out my vlog to see what I mean!
Shortly after checking in, we left to pick up dinner from The Halal Guys. Ever since I first tried a platter my freshman year of undergrad, I've made sure to pick one up any time I'm in the city. A tried one for the first time on our last trip to New York back in November, and again on one of our trips to Chicago (at their new hole-in-the-wall location), and shares my enthusiasm. We had dinner in our hotel room while watching trashy TV, then spent the rest of our Valentine's night exploring the hotel's main and library (!) bars, and chatting over wine, whiskey, peppermint tea, and candlelight.
Before checking out the next morning, we had whole wheat everything bagels with lox spread, onions, and capers, and hot drinks for breakfast at Pick A Bagel. On our way to check out, we stopped by a Baked By Melissa to pick up a dozen of my favorite bite-size pieces of heaven.
After a 3-hour, wintery drive back to Providence, we came home to a very eager and affectionate Luna!
I'm sad that our trip has come and gone, but happy to be home. Lucky A gets to stay home for the rest of this week - I'm off to work tomorrow...
Where are your favorite places to go in New York? Anyone planning a trip soon? x