For Presidents’ Day, Raisin Bread and I spent the long weekend in NYC for a combined Christmas and Valentine’s Day present. Since moving to DC two and a half years ago, I have not purchased much in the way of clothing, mostly due to a lack of time, so my sweet husband decided to give me a shopping trip as a gift. Thank you, honey!
We arrived early Saturday morning and made our way to downtown Manhattan, where we checked into the Andaz Wall Street. Now, I’ve spent the night in my fair share of NYC hotels and this hotel rates very highly in my book. The rooms are huge (!) and comfortable! Plus, the staff is amazing.
We were able to get our room before check-in time so we dropped off our bags and then headed out for breakfast at Made Fresh Daily.
My stomach wasn’t feeling great, so I just had a fruit salad.
After breakfast, we went to our first shopping stop: the madhouse that is known as Century 21. Even though this place is always a complete zoo, I am still usually able to snag some good pieces here. Next, we headed to Little Italy for lunch at Banh Mi Saigon. While we were enjoying our sandwiches, a lion came inside to pay a visit.
|Chinese New Year lion at Banh Mi Saigon|
I started with a “Northern Lights,” which was kind of a twist on the French 75 with vodka, lemon juice, blueberry puree and prosecco.
The bread with duck fat and sea salt was so delicious and fluffy. I wanted to fall asleep on them.
Next, we received a risotto ball amuse bouche. I’m not a fan of the risotto ball, so I wasn’t impressed by this little bite.
Raisin Bread ordered the beet salad for his appetizer. I particularly liked the pistachio-crusted goat cheese. Yum!
I had the squid ink papparedelle with lobster for my main course. No complaints here! I don’t understand how this dish can not be good.
We decided to forgo dessert since we were planning to get dessert after the show. After dinner, we got a little citrus palette cleanser in a tiny Coke bottle.
Finally, our meal ended with chocolate strawberries!
Then we were off to the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof featuring Scarlett Johansson. This was the second time we’ve seen ScarJo on Broadway. We had previously seen her in A View from the Bridge a few years ago. I wasn’t expecting great things from this play because the few reviews that I read were mostly mediocre. Despite my low expectations, I was quite happy with the play.
Back at the Andaz, I enjoyed my black sesame panna cotta with hoji-cha syrup while watching Bridesmaids.
The next morning we headed to Chelsea Market for brunch at Friedman’s Lunch and shopping at a pop-up shop.
|Latte at Friedman’s Lunch|
We had another fruit bowl.
And Raisin Bread had some gluten free pancakes with berry compote.
The majority of the day was spent shopping again. For dinner, we went to Beyond Sushi…a vegan…sushi…place. Huh? Yes, that was my reaction as well when we first got there. To be quite honest, I was slightly unhappy about the prospect of eating vegan sushi but I shouldn’t have poo-pooed it so much. It was quite tasty and filling even if the mushroom sauce did look like little dookies.
From back: Mighty Mushroom, Pickle Me, and Crunch N Munch rolls
Andaz Wall Street Kyotofu (CLOSED)
75 Wall Street 705 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10005 New York, NY 10019
Made Fresh Daily Friedman’s Lunch
226 Front Street Chelsea Market
New York, NY 10038 New York, NY 10011
Century 21 Beyond Sushi
22 Cortlandt Street 229 E 14th Street
New York, NY 10007 New York, NY 10003
Banh Mi Saigon Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery
198 Grand Street 338 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003 New York, NY 10003
Vitae Anthology Film Archives
4 East 46th Street 32 Second Avenue
New York, NY New York, NY 10003