February 22, 2010

Back in New York

Ah, the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, Gotham. New York City!

This is one of my favorite cities in the world – the intense energy, the tall buildings, Central Park, the avenues bright with the lights of taxicabs in the evening.

This year my husband Jonathan and I spent Valentine's Day weekend in this great city. After a parade of weekend snowstorms, the weather for our trip turned out to be sunny and beautiful!

We arrived at Penn Station around noon on Saturday and headed to shop. Our first destination was for Jonathan – 8th Avenue in Chelsea which is home to several small men's clothing and shoe shops (including Camouflage Clothing). Camouflage is two shops a couple doors from each other – both selling classic high quality men's casual and business casual clothing. From there we headed to Wall Street, home to famous financial institutions and the discount fashion mecca of Century 21. This store is a crowded and overwhelming shopping experience, but has the potential of rewarding the persistent patron.

After an afternoon racing around the city, we met some friends for dinner in Greenwich Village at Otto Enoteca Pizzeria. Jonathan and I first visited this restaurant on our trip to New York last fall and we were excited to have the opportunity to return! Again we thoroughly enjoyed dinner – excellent antipasti and pizza! For dessert I tried the gianduja calda, a creamy hazelnut hot chocolate. I read about this dessert online in an old New York Magazine article after our previous visit to this restaurant. It was good with rich hazelnut flavor, but on the sweeter side. The brioche with nutella is still my favorite dessert here.

After dinner our friends led the way to Raines Law Room – a classic and composed cocktail lounge in the Flatiron neighborhood. When we arrived there was an hour wait for this small (and apparently exclusive) lounge, so we headed across the street to a place with a diabolically opposite atmosphere – Karaoke 17. After an hour of comedy at the expense of others, we returned to Raines Law Room and enjoyed talking in the more quiet ambience.

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