Cause I’m Just a Summer Girl

My brother Tyler came to visit me this past week. He’s been to the city several times since I’ve lived here and as usual, we had a great time together. We started off the trip by stopping for some late afternoon pizza at Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. The line is usually wrapped around the building but we sure got lucky with only a 15 minute wait. After trying out many pizza spots over the last two years, this is by far my favorite pie!

Tyler loves Chinatown more than the normal person. I avoid that section of town because the smell of fish and garbage doesn’t really appeal to me. We did stop down there for some dumplings and fresh handmade noodles. I’ve heard amazing things about The Doughnut Plant so we decided to pop in there for an afternoon treat. After devouring a peanut butter and jelly stuffed doughnut, I swore I would never eat again.

Since it was 100 degrees out that day, we did everything possible to stay inside. We visited the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn which ended up being a very educational trip! The museum is inside of an old subway station and they have an entire floor that displays old subway cars from as early as 1890.

We had dinner on Friday night at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem. The ribs and pulled pork were unbelievable, even compared to the true Southern BBQ I’ve had. The next morning we started off the day wandering around Chelsea Market. Tyler loves the vendor that sells exclusively olive oil and vinegars in at least 50 different flavors. For lunch we had wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches from Lucy’s Whey.

Since it was free museum weekend for Bank of America customers, we decided to stop by The Met. It was Tyler’s first time there so I was excited to show him some of my favorite exhibits. Although he wasn’t too thrilled that I stopped to see “Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations,” it ended up being a beautiful display of vintage clothing. The rooftop garden at The Met is one of the most perfect views of the city as well.

We spent our final afternoon at a little Thai place for lunch before taking the tram to Roosevelt Island. The view from the skyride is even more beautiful during the day since you can see the skyscrapers standing for miles. That night we stopped for gelato at Eataly and ended with a quick visit to the fountain in Lincoln Center Plaza. What a fantastic few days with my little brother!

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