Another great weekend in the city: fall is here, the air is crisp, the red Starbucks holiday cups are out and Christmas decorations are starting to go up all over the city. I am thrilled and I feel the joy in the air. I had a jam-packed weekend full of fun. Here are the highlights of my weekend:
I met Kevin downtown at Sea for Thai dinner Kept true to my promise about going back.). It’s the best vegetarian spicy basil duck in
Meatpacking District NYC. After dinner we saw Puss in Boots in 3D. After seeing the trailer and ads plastered all over the city, Kevin and I were secretly really excited to see it. Even though we were pretty much the only people over the age of 21 without kids watching the movie, we still really enjoyed it. Having grown up with two cats, I got a kick out of all the “”cat mannerisms”” that were incorporated throughout the film (like chasing and pouncing on shiny objects, the “”litter box dance”” in which a cat kicks up its feet to cover it’s excrement in the litter box, the way it laps up its milk and the way it licks its paws to clean the fur on its head). Embarrassing as this is to admit, I would probably even see it again when it comes out on DVD. The movie also made me want a cat even more than I did before I saw it.
On Saturday Kevin and I met up with our friends for brunch downtown at Cupping Room Cafe. I ordered the Middle Eastern Platter Salad (came with babaganoush, hummus, chopped marinated vegetables and pita), and it was amazing. Cupping Room Cafe seems like a popular brunch spot and I would definitely like to go
back for the Middle Eastern Platter Salad.
After brunch I hopped from one social engagement to the next. I met a friend at a vegan chocolate shop in Chelsea, Cocoa V for a cup of tea. Had I not just had brunch before going I would have ordered one of the vegan cupcakes too, but I decided not to be a glutton.
Walking back from tea time on 21st Street between 8th & 9th Avenue I looked up and saw this amazing piece of art on the side of a building. It made me smile. These are the kind of things that make NYC even more of a special place.
by HK Restaurant dozens of times either on my way to work or on my way to Kevin’s apartment. I had been wanting to try it out because it seemed like a trendy little spot, so when I saw it listed on Restaurant.com, I bought a deal to try it out. The vegetarian lasagna was quite tasty and they have decent happy hour specials. HK Restaurant is appealing to me because 1) it seems like a little gem of a place in an area of Hell’s Kitchen that isn’t the nicest 2) the location is convenient for me 3) glass garage doors serve as a wall on one whole side of the restaurant, giving it character and an easily open-able area to dine outside during the summer.
After dinner Kevin surprised me with tickets to see Phantom of the Opera. I saw Phantom of the Opera in Toronto when I was in my early teens, but I was excited to see it again and share the experience with Kevin. Plus, it was fun just having an occasion to get all dressed up for. I enjoyed the show and the Phantom of the Opera theme song stuck in my head long after the show was over. (Full disclosure: Although Phantom of the Opera is wonderful, is the longest running show on Broadway and won 7 Tony awards,
On Sunday I was able to sleep in and lay in bed watching the NYC Marathon on TV before getting ready to meet up with a friend for brunch. Watching the marathon runners on TV was very inspiring and I hope to get back into running and perhaps even run in a marathon myself someday.
For brunch I met my friend downtown at South’s Bar. Luckily it wasn’t crowded at all and the brunch was delicious. Some of the seats in the restaurant were old leather theater seats which added a bit of charm to the experience.
After running errands the rest of the day, Kevin and I met one of his friends for drinks at Death & Co. on the Lower East Side. Death & Co. is bar with a speakeasy feel. There are no windows and two large heavy wooden doors make the entrance. Most importantly, they make delicious quality cocktails. The cocktails I ordered had an aftertaste that presented a whole other ingredient I didn’t taste on the initial sip. It made me want to savor the drink. In addition to the drinks, we ordered a few tapas that were also delicious–the Truffle Mac n Cheese and Wild Mushroom Tart bites. What is also notable about Death & Co. other than the quality ingredients used in each cocktail is the presentation of not only the drinks with their individual decor but also the presentation of the tapas. The Truffle Mac n Cheese was presented on little individual silver spoons to make for the perfect bite-full. I will definitely be going back.