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Weekending in NYC.

Back on Monday, I promised y’all two weekending posts … and before another weekend arrives, it seems like a good time to share our long weekend in New York (also wow! – it’s hard to believe I was getting ready to leave two weeks ago tonight). Marc and I flew up to NYC early Friday morning and came home the following Tuesday evening, so we had 4-1/2 days in the city. This was my third trip there to see Sara … and Marc’s first. I think this was also Marc’s first non-business visit there since … college? and also our first trip there together since the summer of 1982. Needless to say, our experiences in the city since then have been very different (all of mine have been visiting with one of the girls, including trips when they’ve lived there … and Marc’s have all been on business). I love that we now have shared memories of a long weekend … in what is one of my favorite cities.

I shared postcards from the weekend on Instagram (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5) and that’s still the best way to see all my favorite photos. So I’m going to try to document things a little differently here.

First up, I’m delighted that I have so many photos of us – and a few of them thanks to Marc … and/or with him!

Friday afternoon at Central Park
Friday dinner at Cafe d’Alsace
Saturday afternoon in Little Italy
ditto … and yay Marc for the selfie!
Saturday lunch … we shared this photo with Katie who asked “how are things going?” and I think we made her jealous!
Sunday afternoon at Kiss Me Kate – that’s me in my Simple Tee 😉

Of course most people think about the sights and the food when they visit a city like this. Here are my three favorite sights

Friday afternoon – Central Park – view to the Upper West Side
Grand Central Station
World Trade Center

and my three favorite meals (this was a  really tough call – we ate out six meals and all were really good!)

Friday night at Cafe d’Alsace – this is Sara’s local place on the Upper East Side … we had our first “real meal” (after her move) there in September 2017 and I love that it’s still going strong! also – the mussels and the wine list – top notch!
oops! forgot to take a photo before we cleaned all the plates! Tapas (dinner) at Boqueria on Sunday evening after the play. The menu is really fun, and it’s not crazy expensive … and they were able to seat us an hour before our 7:30 reservation time. I’d been to their UES location with Sara for brunch and I think dinner is just as fun.
dinner at Marlow Bistro on the UWS for Monday night’s dinner (our last). great food. and great wine (bonus points for being 50% off!)

I’m not sure how to categorize The Grand Central Market … except to say Must Visit! We walked through here a couple of times (and our morning walks were mostly before it opened) and as much as I love Fairway where Sara and I shopped for our Saturday night bed picnic … I wish we’d shopped here. I was glad to get a little baguette from Zabar’s on Monday to enjoy with the leftovers from that Saturday picnic.

Marc’s not really into museums, or anything with lots of tourists, so we didn’t visit the Met, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, or the Tenement Museum. We did however, see two really inspiring places of worship. On Monday morning, we went to the Lower East Side to see the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Two of the women who were on our tour said their guide from the Tenement Museum had suggested they visit (and after our tour, they agreed).

view of the sanctuary from the main level
view of the sanctuary from the upper level

Compare and contrast to Tuesday morning when we dodged the rain and walked into St Patrick’s.

and of course, there’s a video!

Finally, Marc and I stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn on E 48th Street. Highly recommend, especially for a trip like this. We had a “king studio” which looked out over 48th Street (lots of light) and had a kitchenette with a dishwasher and a microwave (hence the decision to have “snacks for dinner” in our room instead of Sara’s apartment on Saturday evening). The full breakfast was a thing of beauty (Marc tried all the egg things and I enjoyed four mornings of greek yogurt, berries and granola) and we both loved fresh coffee 24/7. Also, E 48th Street – between 3rd and Lexington – is a great location! Just a couple of blocks to Grand Central or to the 6 train at Lexington and 51st (the uptown station was closed all weekend, so we ended up at Grand Central most of the time). We took morning walks around midtown and and had a lot of fun looking in windows and watching people. We saw a commercial being filmed on Sunday morning (gah! I can’t remember the product … but it was quite the production for a commercial!)

Of course, a “weekend” like this takes some time to recover 🙂 thank you for your patience!

13 Comments

  • Alexa

    I really enjoyed your little video – made it all the more vivid and real. The Grand Central Food Market looks amazing, and the places of worship both wonderful in their own way. You packed a lot into your days! Nice to see so many photos of you with your loved ones :).

  • Kat

    I love the non-touristy things you did! I have been in St. Pauls, but that synagogue is incredible! (And, your Screen Door is perfect!)

  • Vera

    What a fun post Mary…and what a fun time y’all had. You crammed a lot in during your short visit. Everything looks amazing – the Synagogue is breathtaking and St. Paul’s as well, the food, your walks…love the idea of a picnic in your hotel room. Col & Mailing are headed back to NYC on the 5th of July (they have tickets to the Ballet – Sleeping Beauty!!).

  • Bonny

    What a wonderful long weekend you had! You really know how to pack lots of great sights, walk, and meals in. I love how your three favorite meal photos barely show any food – that’s a sign they were delicious if you want to get right to eating before taking photos. And that window over the organ in St. Patrick’s – just stunning! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah

    Thank you for taking us along, virtually, on your trip! It looks like so much fun. The last time I was in NYC was for my 21st birthday; I was in college in Philadelphia and took the train up to meet my parents and my brother. Needless to say, that was quite a while ago. I could easily spend a day (or more) at the Met, and I’d like to see Ground Zero and some other museums.

    Thanks especially for sharing photos inside the synagogue and St. Patrick’s. Houses of worship are always so inspiring to me. One of the highlights of our honeymoon (we did a cruise in the Mediterranean) was visits to Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and a tiny, very old synagogue in Dubrovnik, Croatia. You can really feel the history there!

  • Kym

    Looks GREAT, Mary! I enjoyed following along on IG while you were in New York. There are so many cool things to do and see (and eat!) in NYC. Thanks for sharing your exciting adventure! XO

  • Patty

    What a wonderful few days! I’m a big fan of NYC though I doubt Doug and I will ever go together. He’s got little interest. Good news…I have a friend who will go any time. I cried the first time I went into St. Patrick’s Cathedral…I felt like God was Right. There. You’re visit has me itching to return!

  • karen

    thanks for the hotel recommend. We stay at the lucerne on the upper west side usually but it’s nice to have options. I am hesitant to change since the tried and true ticks off all the wants. Looks like you had a great time. I see many familiar places and some new stops to add the next time I go 🙂

  • Vicki

    Oh, what a great trip! I love a city like New York where we can both visit for long weekends in June and have completely different experiences!!

  • Honore´

    So enjoyed the 1SE video- the frosting on the cake (words and photos). Was that Purl Soho I saw?
    Thx for sharing your trip; next best thing to being there!
    Cheers~