NYC was fantastic, but man was it hot! 90+ degrees and crazy humid in mid-September. Seriously?! I forgot how uncomfortable it is standing underground waiting for the subway in the sweltering heat. NYC, I still love you, but my heart is officially entrenched in San Francisco forevermore.
So what did I do during that hot week in the city? I spent time reconnecting with amazing friends who have been in my life since our Penn State days nearly 15 years ago. Despite months or years that go by without seeing one another, it’s like no time has passed whenever we get together. Are they beautiful or what?!
We had some lovely dinners at Catch, Beauty & Essex and Koi. And don’t even get me started on all the yummy homemade goodness at Veena Auntie’s house in Long Island.
We shopped around SoHo and spent some serious time in Halston Heritage.
We ate cheesecake and enjoyed the air conditioning of this adorable cupcake shop. I was so happy to be cool and eating, I forgot the name of the joint.
And we stayed up talking into the wee hours of the night. It almost felt like we were back at school minus those pesky classes and papers. I can’t wait until our next reunion in Europe next year. Old friends never get old; and for that I am eternally grateful.
I’m so excited to celebrate my birthday in NYC next week. I’ll be spending a couple of days with grad school friends (We are Penn State!) along the North Shore of Long Island. Then it’s off to the city for 3 days of exploring, eating, people watching and soaking up the energy of one of my favorite cities.
I’m usually not one to plan out a vacation itinerary. I like to do whatever I feel like on a whim. It’s one of the many joys of being single. However, there are a few places on my NYC “to do” list.
- Dominique Ansel Bakery – I must try a cronut. The sheer idea of a hybrid pastry that’s half croissant, half donut has my taste buds grinning from ear to ear.
- Eataly – Mario Batali and the half dozen friends who keep raving about this gourmet Italian food mecca can’t be wrong.
- Grimaldi’s – Ever since I spent a month living in Brooklyn Heights, I’ve been enchanted with that neighborhood. Eating a few slices of pizza followed by a moonlight stroll along the Promenade is high on my list. (Yes, there’s a theme here. Food makes me happy!!)
- TKTS – I always love the thrill of waiting on the TKTS line, asking for the best available solo ticket (often in the first few rows) and spending a night on Broadway.
- Shopping in SoHo – Sorry San Francisco, I love you, but your boutiques kinda suck in comparison to NYC.
- The Met – Even after visiting Cairo, I still feel a sense of mystery and excitement walking through the Egyptian exhibit. My trips there are usually followed by a walk through Central Park with a hot dog and/or ice cream cone in hand.
If you have any favorite places in NYC that I should visit, I’d love to hear from you.