Vineapple (can I please live on Pineapple Street one day?) before walking across the Brooklyn Bridge (bucket list… check). It was incredibly crowded but still awesome nonetheless.
Here’s a tip from yours truly – don’t wear flats. Dumb, I know, but I only packed flats & tall boots, but once we were there, I thought it was too warm for the boots. Your flats are not nearly as comfortable as you thought once you’re walking 10+ miles around the city.
By the time we made it off the bridge, it was time for our 2pm brunch reservations at Murray’s Cheese Bar in the West Village. It was delicious, to say the least. I usually stick to what I know, and I ordered the Alpine Eggs, which were basically their version of eggs benedict, and Michael, another creature of habit, ordered the fried chicken and biscuits. We never went into the actual cheese shop, but the restaurant itself was enough to make me love it.
Stumptown (yes, it’s really as good as I thought), walked some more, and eventually ended up at the famous Rockefeller tree. Insane. Absolutely insane. People filled the streets for blocks in every direction around Rockefeller Plaza, and we eventually stumbled across the tree, and immediately kept walking away from the crowds. It’s crazy and crowded and a bit claustrophobic, but it was so pretty to see up close and in person. In every photo or video clip I’ve seen following, it doesn’t look nearly as crowded so maybe we just came at the wrong time.
For dinner, we ended up at Cotta, and then walked over to Milk Bar so I could finally try the cereal milk ice cream that I’ve been obsessing over for years and it was everything I’ve been waiting for. Dinner was your standard Italian fare but then some. I actually have been craving the same gnocchi dish I had that night, but as it turns out, recreating it from Trader Joe’s ingredients just doesn’t yield the same results.
We had to leave on Sunday, but not without walking around 5 more miles or so to explore the Christmas markets, Central Park, Magnolia Bakery (twice) and some much needed salads for lunch at sweetgreen.
Our trip was much needed and it was so great to hang out with such wonderful people! I can’t thank them enough for hosting us for the weekend and I can’t thank Michael enough for making my “winter in New York” dreams come true. Taylor & I happen to share the same birthday week so I’m thinking maybe birthday celebrations might be a little more fun in New York.
Thanks for reading along on our latest adventure. Cross your fingers that the next adventure I get to write about will be Iceland.