Summer in the City

These last few weekends have been filled with brunch parties, wandering the city with friends, revisiting my favorite restaurants, and making the most of everyday. We recently celebrated my friend Caryn’s new job offer in North Carolina with a Saturday brunch. I’m so sad we won’t be living in the same city anymore but I wish her the best of luck at her new job! I always feel so lucky to have made such wonderful friends here.

I spent this last week showing Jamie around the city! She decided to come up for a quick visit and as always, we had a wonderful time. One of our first stops was at the Museum of Sex. I must say it was quite the experience and it made for an eventful afternoon. Afterwards, we needed a caffeine boost before some shopping in Soho so we stopped by the The Grey Dog. We found a cozy corner seat and snacked on cappuccinos and cheesecake brownies. This is definitely my favorite coffee shop in the city.

The weather the next day was absolutely perfect. Sunny but not too hot and cool breeze all afternoon. We had breakfast at a little Italian place in the West Village called I Tre Merli Bistro. All of the restaurant’s windows and doors were open to savor the springlike weather.

We spent the afternoon in Central Park checking out John Lennon’s Strawberry Fields and the Bethesda Fountain from the movie ‘Enchanted.’ Right next to the fountain is Bethesda Terrace- one of the most peaceful spots in the city. It’s deep in the heart of Central Park and you’ll feel as if you’re hiding away in an old Italian palace.

We spent the last day having lunch at one of my all time favorite spots, The Meatball Shop, on the Lower East Side. The food has always blown me away and the menu is so simple yet so delicious. After lunch we stopped by the 9/11 Memorial and explored the Financial District a bit.

Since the temperatures hit almost 100 degrees that day, ice cream was a must. We stopped by the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop in the East Village. Their signature cone called the “Salty Pimp” was filled with dulce de leche, sea salt, and dipped in a chocolate hard shell.

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