I had a business trip in New Jersey that I extended into a quick vacation to New York with Russell. Somewhat of a babymoon to savor these last few weeks of independence. Traveling to New York in the dead of winter while 7 months pregnant isn’t totally ideal, but we made a good time of it anyways. We didn’t have nearly enough time to see all the people we wanted to see, or eat all the meals we wanted to eat. But here’s what we were able to squeeze into the 3 nights we were in town. We stayed at an AirBNB in the East Village. It was the perfect location to get around the city easily and it was steps away from all sorts of great food, like Pommes Frites. One of the things I miss most about New York is having the convenience of everything you need in walking distance. Dinner in Ktown, at the new Kang Ho Dong Baekjong. Ahh, starting the morning with a cup of coffee from our favorite place in the East Village, Mudspot. Brunch at ABC Kitchen. I couldn’t believe how big and beautiful the space is. The food and company were on point too. Shopping around Midtown. We checked out the new Dover Street Market. Then we headed all the way over to the West Side to Lucky Strike to meet up with Russell’s old students. Separate post coming soon, but we were so touched by the surprise baby shower they gave us that afternoon. Our time with them was way too short, but we had early dinner reservations at our favorite Babbo Ristorante. Always an exquisite experience. But we got hungry again late night and had a Mamoun’s falafel and stale donut from Dunkin. The next morning we bundled up (so, so cold out there) and went to Black Seed for bagels. Took the L into Brooklyn. And had lunch at Fette Sau BBQ. Then the G train took us over to Park Slope to see our friends who just had a beautiful baby girl. We were still so full, but couldn’t pass up a good donut when we saw that Doughnut Plant has a new location in Prospect Heights. Russell went shopping in Soho that afternoon, while I went home to take a nap and give my back a rest. Later that evening we went to visit our friends on the Upper East Side. We ordered in from what used to be our usual pizza joint, Roma’s, and watched the Grammy’s. Then we braved the cold again for one last meal (yup, that’s another 2nd dinner) from the Halal cart on 6th and 53rd. Russell says New York is where I fell in love with him. It’s not true, I loved him long before, but I kind of know what he means. New York is where we really solidified and strengthened our relationship. We wouldn’t be who we are now without that experience. I’m just so glad we get to re-live those memories every time we go back.
Many thanks to all the friends who were able to meet up with us while we were in town, and sorry to those we missed. We’ll be back soon!