Yesterday I took a rest day and instead tromped all over the city taking pictures of myself like the totally vain tourist that I am.
Have you ever seen a picture of this place? I think it’s called Time something or rather. Apparently it’s like me… a big deal.
The ball drop for New Years.
I had to take a picture of this Home Depot because I thought it was funny. It looks more like a Parliament building than a builder’s supply store. If you don’t have some dirty, greasy crack-showing plumbers hanging out front, it’s no Home Depot in my book.
Yesterday we were on our way to Chop’t, a gourmet salad place that came highly recommended when we walked past Grimaldi’s. HAD to stop. I don’t think I’ve ever chosen any food over an amazing make-your-own salad bar, but I did yesterday.
We ordered a small half pepperoni/half margherita. I liked that the basil was cooked in the pizza and not just on top like Patsy’s, but my husband changed his mind and said Lombardi’s was the best of the three. flip flopper.
So our pizza arrived; he wasn’t that hungry and I was starving and wanted to order another before we had even started eating. My husband knows that I’m a big talker sometimes so he threw down: he bet me 2 dishwasher unloadings that I couldn’t eat 4 of the 6 pieces.
BOOM. Have fun with those dishes, bro.
After eating, we walked around the city and did a little shopping. We stopped at a TJ Maxx where I tried on a couple pairs of jeans.
I wanted these Paige Premium jeans on the left but in a different size which they didn’t have. I didn’t like the fit of the ones on the right so I left empty-handed and pants-less.
We then went to Ground Zero but didn’t know that to take a tour you have to sign up in advance online. bummer but we still were able to see the tower in progress.
Then we jumped on the subway and headed to our dinner reservation at Beauty & Essex. I had read about this restaurant and booked the reservation a couple weeks ago since I knew this would be our one splurge meal.
(The name comes from the the street it’s on – Essex Street. The owner(s) also have another restaurant nearby called Stanton Social on Stanton Street. so clever)
You enter through a pawn shop and go in this nondescript door (no signage, nothing) and it opens to this gorgeous, chic restaurant.
These pictures are from their website:
The pawn shop where everything is really for sale and the big door on the left.
We each had a couple drinks (I had champagne cocktails) and we shared a few appetizers and then I had chicken meatballs and the boy had a filet. amazing food, great atmosphere, very expensive.
But we spent over an hour and a half there enjoying the food and drinks and staring at other people like creepers.
And that was our last meal in NYC. There’s so much good food in NYC. For every place we tried, we found out about 10 more that we would like to eat at. what pigs we are.