September 2, 2012

New York City Again!

I love visiting New York City! Everytime I get on the bus I get excited and this anticipation builds during the four plus hour ride up through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey to Manhattan.

Earlier this summer we made the trip to visit a friend I have not seen in over a year. Spending a long weekend in the city that never sleeps is always a treat - going there to visit a friend is even better! During our time in the city we visited some of my favorite shops and cafes, explored new ones, and delighted in being in one of the craziest and coolest cities on the planet.

On our morning there, my aunt, my friend, and I headed to Bliss Spa in SoHo to get our nails done. This is one of my favorite places to get a pedicure. It has a clean and modern design that somehow retain a warm and welcoming feeling. Spending a few hours at Bliss with friends is fun and rejuvenating! And the best part is that you come out with brightly painted nails that stay looking lovely for weeks!

After being pampered we headed out into the labyrinth of SoHo shopping streets. Our first stop was Mercer Kitchen for lunch. This is one of the places to eat - or be seen eating - in this neighborhood. In addition, this restaurant is a temple to all things beautiful and modern - the food, the space, and the staff. (I think you must be tall, thin, and have no outwardly visible flaws to work there.) But, that aside, their food is modern bistro food and excellent. I ordered zucchini flowers with crab and my lunch companions ordered tomato soup and haddock carpaccio. Everything was very good. And it all came delicious bread served with a lovely, grassy olive oil. After our meal, we ordered tea and relaxed a little bit more before heading out to explore the shops.

My favorite shop in NYC - and a required stop for me every time I am in SoHo is Rosebud on Thompson Street. This adorable and friendly shop stocks simple women’s fashion made by Israeli designers that I rarely see at other boutiques. On this trip, both my aunt and I had fun shopping and left with new dresses. While in SoHo we also browsed the shoes at Camper and Fiorentini + Baker, stopped by Comptoir de Cotonniers, and window shopped along the many streets that make up this fun neighborhood.

A new shop we visited this time was A Uno in the Tribeca neighborhood. This shop carries simple, unique clothes for women. I have to say that while they have some beautiful clothes and I enjoyed browsing their many racks, the prices were higher than my favorite store.

Another new place we visited on this trip to NYC was Eataly, the massive ode to all things Italian and edible. I wanted to hate this place because of its size and commercialization. I tend to prefer small, locally owned restaurants and shops which are part of the community. But, I did not hate it. Instead it was a quite enjoyable experience. I loved browsing the many things available to buy - pastas, cheeses, chocolates, vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, and more. And the many places to eat - both the small counters and sit down restaurants - were fun and delicious. Lastly, the rooftop beer garden was an airy reprieve from hot, humid streets below. I hear that an Eataly might be opening in Washington, DC soon. My only questions is when?

In the meantime, I can always ride the bus to NYC to shop for Italian goodies.


Rambling Tart said...

What a wonderful day with your friend!! :-) Sigh...I love days like that. :-) good food, beautiful sights, a bit of pampering, and someone fabulous to share it with. :-)

Bethany Miller said...

Loved this post. Saving it to my bookmarks because we want to get back to NYC soon. Starting at Bliss sounds perfect, and I'm so curious to try Mercer Kitchen ;-) Rosebud will be on the list too. Maybe next time we're up there maybe you guys will be there too! Clearly you plan awesome days about.

Jessica said...

Beth - I'd love to meet you in NYC sometime! It would be lots of fun! :-)