What a fun, exhausting, whirlwind 48 hours we had in NYC!
Here are the highlights....
My favorite meal this visit was at Maialino. It's a lovely Italian restaurant in the East Village owned by Danny Meyer. The ambiance is quaint and cozy and is definitely not touristy. We feasted on the fried artichokes, kale Caesar salad, rabbit pasta, and chocolate gelato with sour cherries. Gah! I want to go back!
Second place goes to the Bergdorf Goodman cafe's (where I try to stop during every trip) mind blowing lobster mac and cheese. We had to celebrate finding my amazing shoes with lunch and wine before the Sex and the City tour. The chef spilled his secret of creating the cheese sauce with Gouda and lobster bisque. Yes! I will be using this recipe from now on!!!
Honorable Mention goes to Sons of Essex. We had yummy comfort food including cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizza. The ambiance was hip and the Deejay was the best (he played all 90's hip hop). We ventured across the street to Beauty and Essex for a drink and loved it. It was super swanky and the people watching was amazing. Both clubs are downtown speakeasies. I highly recommend checking them out!
The person taking our picture totally cut off my new shoes. What an idiot!
The feeling of awe, happiness, and excitement that I get while in Bergdorf Goodman never dies. This place is the mecca of all shopping. The window displays are works of art and the shoe department gives me goose bumps. I found these amazing Miu Miu pumps and just had to have them. They are showstoppers!
3. Sex and the City Tour:
This was definitely my favorite part of the trip. We hardly ever do "touristy" things in NYC anymore so this was something totally new and different! The tour took us all over the city and into places we never go. The bus was nice and the tour guide played clips of the show highlighting each stop. We got off the bus about 5 times and drove by about 40 other locations. I would definitely recommend this tour if you love the show.
About to embark though that's not our bus (thankfully).
Cute and spunky Georgina the tour guide.
Look at that dining room! We have to eat here next time! Buddakan is where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner!
One of Samantha's special shopping places! This is where Charlotte found her rabbit friend.
Just a cool car and an amazing photo op while shopping in West Village.
Steve and Aidan's bar!
4. New York Fashion Week:
So I'm sure you notice the lack of NYFW pictures. There's a sad little story behind that.
I invited my friend, Virginia, with the premise of going to fashion week. Last fall and spring I received my invitation 2 weeks before the show which meant more expensive plane and hotel fares. I decided to be proactive this year and book in advance.
I counted my chickens before they hatched. And I got burned. I was so disappointed and embarrassed.
I'm not a fashion blogger, or a famous blogger, or anyone of any importance. I don't get invited to a bunch of NYFW shows. I receive tickets from Carmen Marc Valvo because we took part in a charity auction and I was put on his "list." This fall was his 25th Anniversary at Fashion Week and he had a million important people to invite. I'm the lowest man on the totem pole so I got cut. Plain and simple. I thought we may get a last minute invitation due to cancellations but it didn't work out.
C'est la vie.
Maybe next time I'll get added back on the list, but I won't be jumping the gun ever again.
As Heidi Klum says "One day you're in, the next day you're out!"
p.s. Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice? Because I got home Saturday night and am just now feeling human again. Ugh. I'm too old for 48 hour trips of non-stop action!