“So lucky to be alive today… in the greatest city in the world”
“In New York… in New York” – Hamilton
New York City. It’s one of those places that stimulates me and exhausts me at the same time. You know what I mean?
Just got back from a quick trip anniversary trip, and I’m still so wired from the whole experience.
Seriously, you don’t even need caffeine there.
The streets, the people, the atmosphere. It’s all enough to keep you alert and bright eyed for hours, if not a day or two afterwards.
Recently, my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary by heading from DC to NYC for a day.
Here’s how our 24 hours unfolded.
After taking the train, then checking into our hotel, we freshened up and headed to lunch.
We chose Carbone for a long leisurely lunch before our show later that night.
Carbone is a Michelin rated retro style New York Italian restaurant. If you watch the Netflix Aziz Anzari show, Master of None, it was featured in the second season. Aziz is a big pasta fan in real life, so we were sold!
The Decor: Big beautiful florals in vases. Pink tiger lilies. Bright blue walls. Tiled floor. This is a HAPPY place.
The Food: The food is Italian-American, so think big platters meant for sharing. Meatballs. Pastas. Italian salads. That kind of stuff.
The meal begins with a basket of garlic bread, a plate of salami, and a warm fresh ball of gooey mozzarella that they cut with scissors right in front of you. We also ordered the caesar salad, which was the best I’ve ever had. Big garlic croutons with a creamy dressing, and lots of anchovies. (of which I could only eat one… thought I could handle more, but guess not).
We also couldn’t resist the penne al la vodka, lobster ravioli, and veal parmesan.
The Atmosphere: This restaurant is very old-school with waiters who are a bit bossy and brash. It’s the New York experience, really.
Our waiter rolled his eyes at me for looking at my cell phone when he was explaining the menu. (I couldn’t help it. I got a text from my brother, who NEVER texts me. Thought it might have been emergency.)
It’s also very noisy here. The tables for two are pushed together quite closely, so you hear everyone’s conversation around you, and see exactly what everyone else is eating too.
The people next to us, practically in our laps, were also celebrating their anniversary and we chatted with them few minutes, which was fun
Overall impression: This lunch was really enjoyable, and I feel fortunate that we got to eat here. A few groups got turned away as they moved out of the lunch hour, and supposedly it’s impossible to get a reservation here for dinner. While the food was certainly tasty, the whole experience of food + service didn’t quite measure up to Michelin-quality, in my opinion.
I don’t think I would go back there again on my next trip, but I’d recommend to others for a fun NY Italian meal.
Hamilton on Broadway
Okay, so I have to preface this part by saying that while I do enjoy musicals, I’m really picky about them.
I once fell asleep during the musical Camelot and slept through the entire intermission.
Anyway, believe the hype about Hamilton!
It’s really good! As in, your head can’t stop bopping the entire time.
You can’t wait to see what they’re going to do in the next scene.
Every song is better than the last.
This show is so creative. It’s educational. It appeals to a large audience.
And the songs have been stuck in my head for days.
So, after a late nightcap after the show at a rather lame speakeasy (it’s not awesome when the same waitress takes your same order and doesn’t remember) my husband and I were looking forward to our breakfast ritual in NYC.
We always devour fresh bagels and then buy a dozen to bring back with us to DC.
Before you think that’s weird (because there are bagel shops in DC after all), when I lived in California, I once knew someone from Long Island who would bring BAGELS and NEW YORK style pizza back on the plane with her.
Anyway, a bagel is pretty much my idea of heaven.
I’m pretty sure if I have the opportunity to choose one of my last meals, it would probably be a New York Everything bagel with scallion cream cheese.
Until next time, New York!