Monday, February 6, 2012

1 Month in NYC

Wow! I've been here for a entire month already... Over a month, really. I hit the city on December 29th, and now it's February 6th! But, I've really been taking Manhattan (and parts of Brooklyn and Queens) by storm. To illustrate, I've put together a little map of my excursions (aside from the daily to-work-and-back...) for you. As you can see, I haven't let spending my winter in a relatively unfamiliar city stop me from popping up all around town. 

Some cool places I've been: 

This is where I saw Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin in their truly awe-inspiring cabaret performance. 
When my mom was in town for a visit, we went to see Mary Poppins here. It was actually really wonderful! I highly recommend it for the broadway novice or regular alike. 

This restaurant (I went to the Midtown location) was really great. I had a tomato soup that was prepared almost like a French onion...with cheese and bread on top. High praise. 
Located on Avenue A in the East Village, this was the location of our belated office Holiday Party. The cocktails were amaaaazing. And I think the food was great too! The bartenders looked like they were plucked out of the 1930s and early 40s. I love that old fashioned vibe.
This place is in the Times Square area, but tucked away a little. I went here with my parents on my second day in the city, and they had a veggie burger that taste almost like a chicken parmeggian sandwich. I don't know how or why, but I loved it! 
Speaking of burgers, this is another cool place in Times Square. Great for a pre-show dinner. It's this tiny little glass enclosed restaurant with great burgers, and "Burgers in a Bowl" which are basically burgers atop a delicious salad. Decent veggie burger, and amazing fried pickles.
New Yorkers are all about Brunch with cocktails. It's a thing here, believe me. That and drinking seltzer... But anyway, this place is great. If you bring in a picture of your dog, they'll find a place for it on their already very crowded walls. And they give you muffins with butter that's infused with strawberries. It was kind of epic. 

Abraham Lincoln drank here. And John Lennon, Woody Guthrie, and Teddy Roosevelt just to name a few. E. E. Cummings wrote a poem about the place! What more is there to say really? Try the black & tan, and don't mind the crowd. 
This is the first place in New York that really reminded me of home. It was basically the East Village version of Skully's with music more akin to a trip to The Clampdown. And I danced and danced until the wee hours of the morning, and spent $40 on a cab home... Miss you, Columbus! Miss you, bars close enough to walk to!
This was my first NYC "Club" experience. A huge warehouse-type bar tucked away on a quiet side street in Tribeca with a neon bar and white, leafy trees hanging from above. It looked amazing, and I had a good time despite the fact that it was a bit too crowded to dance, and someone almost threw up on me in the ladies room. Ahhh, New York! Love it.
This place is near my office, the beers are cheap, and it's never crowded. I think that's because it's literally a hotel bar...I've been there twice now, and I have a feeling it will be a regular stopping point on a Friday evening. 

This place is amazing. I don't need to elaborate much, since I raved about it here
It's about a block away from my office, and probably the place in NYC I've spent the most time, besides my apartment or work...It's very inconvenient on the wallet, as you may imagine.
Another place I've previously raved about...
I could literally spend half a day in this place and still want more. Books as far as the eye can see. Quirky or out-of-print ones are their specialty. Their art books section overwhelms me in the best possible way. 
Okay, not quite shopping, but they do sell Aveda products there... This is officially my new hair salon, although my heart forever belongs to Phia and Meagan back in Columbus. 

Wow! That was a lot. If you stuck with me, thanks so much! I've been neglecting this blog so badly that I just wanted you all to see exactly where I've been when I was NOT blogging... I promise I will be back soon with lovely content for you to feast your eyes on. And tomorrow there will be a post on NAIL ART, so stop back soon!


  1. So glad to see you're back on line. We always enjoy reading about your adventures in Columbus and now in NYC. We miss you! Love you, Mom and Dad

  2. Sounds like you are enjoying the city. Just wait until Spring (real spring, not this fake stuff we're having) and you can lunch in the park or go to patio happy hours.

    My sister just found a hidden gem of a bar...Bettibar. You should check it out! Good happy hour until 10pm.