Friday Five: Favorites in New York City

I ❤ NY. Well, at least for a weekend. I frequently make the trip up to New York to visit the handful of family and friends I have living in the city. I love the hustle and bustle of the city for about 48 hours and then I’m happy to head home to dear ol’ Baltimore. That being said, I’ve been to New York two out of the last three weekends and had a blast both times. Below are my favorite things we did:

King and I broadway playbill

  1. The King and I at Lincoln Center – We made the trip up for my mom’s birthday and took in a matinee of The King and I. My mom said it was the best Broadway show she’s ever seen and I have to agree that it’s up there in my top five (for me, nothing beats seeing Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music). The music was fantastic, led by Tony winner Kelli O’Hara, and the dancing, costumes and set design were all top notch.

Tuna Tartare Abby Jessie New York

  1. This tuna tartare – We met up with my friend Jessie and celebrated my mom’s birthday with dinner at Brasserie Congnac. I thought the food was good, but nothing remarkable. The exceptions were the cocktails and this incredible tuna tartare. After dinner we ventured down the street to Tanner Smith’s, a speakeasy-type bar in Midtown.  They had a fun cocktail menu, great atmosphere and live music!

Central Park

  1. Central Park – I lucked out with awesome weather both weekends and spent some time with my mom and friends walking through Central Park. If you are a dog lover, there is no better place to see dogs of every size and shape and some in sweaters!

New York Pizza

  1. Italian meal at Rosina – On my most recent trip to NYC, I spent time with high school friends and we had an amazing meal at Rosina. We shared a bottle of white wine, a salad and three delicious entrees. The eggplant penne and chicken pesto pizza were both delicious but the show stealer was definitely the pappardelle with clams, salmon, shrimp and scallops in lobster cream sauce. So rich and creamy and the seafood was fantastic. Our night didn’t end there, we walked off our meal by venturing a few blocks downtown for drinks at Penrose. We told our friend that we wanted a bar that felt “New York-y” but had drinks in the $12 range as opposed to the $20 range. Penrose definitely fit the bill!

New York Bagel

  1. Real NYC Bagel – Sunday morning started with a trip to Sable’s for bagels and cream cheese. My friends got lox which looked delicious but I took things a step further with some of their whitefish salad. My husband got me hooked on the salty fishy spread and though I don’t get it often, there’s something about a real New York City deli that just demands I order it. Turns out it is the perfect hangover food! After we fueled with bagels and coffee we were ready for more exploring!

Other NYC highlights? Meeting my friend’s baby for the first time! Baby Frankie is just a couple months old but was a very well behaved boy at brunch at the Dutch (where I had a delicious but overpriced $18 turkey sandwich). Manicures and shopping with my girlfriends and visiting family in Brooklyn.

What do you like to do in New York?

Linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites.

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