Meet Pizza Beach: the Upper East Side’s newest hotspot. After opening only a month (ish?) ago, the casual-new-American spot on 81st and 3rd is always packed with patrons. Friday night, Kate and I signed the lease for our new apartment (YAY!) and wanted to go out to dinner to celebrate. Pizza Beach has been on our list since it opened, so we figured it was time to check it off.
With summer in full swing, my friends and I decided it was time to check out America’s favorite pass time: baseball. I’ve been to CitiField for a Mets game before, but not for a few years, so a group of us bought some semi-okay tickets and headed to Queens for the game. Kate, my roommate was the big organizer behind this outing; the Mets were playing the Cardinals, her hometown team, the first three days of the week and she wanted to go. And I’m a big fan of attending baseball games, because who doesn’t love beer, peanuts and hotdogs? So I tagged along with Kate, Meghan, Haley and Becky.
A few weeks ago, when the summer weather was first starting to get into full swing, Kate and I decided to finally check out Libertador – it’s right next to our apartment and we’ve been talking about it forever. We decided it was time to carpe diem and head alllll the way downstairs (don’t judge, 4 flights of stairs seems like a lot) and grab some dinner on their outdoor patio since it was a nice night.
Now, as anyone who has read the blog before may know, I’ve been to Hotel Chantelle before. In the dead of winter and at night. So, I was excited to head back for their annual Kentucky Derby party to check out their open rooftop deck on a perfect sunny, spring afternoon.
After adventuring to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Kate and I decided that we just really wanted some lunch (read:ice cream sandwiches). So, we left the gardens, headed towards Atlantic Ave., and were on the lookout for a good cafe type lunch spot, but mostly we just wanted some ice cream.
A cursory Google of “Brooklyn ice cream sandwiches” led us in the direction of The Good Batch, a Clinton Hill bakery that boasts “modern American sweets.” Let me tell you – this bakery is AMAZING, and I’m not easily impressed by baked goods and ice cream after demolishing my fair share of them throughout my life (thank you, sweet tooth).
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This weekend was Sakura Matsuri, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. I’ve had my tickets for this event for weeks, and have been counting down the days. I dragged my roommate, Kate, along with me out to Brooklyn for The Naturalized New Yorker’s first ever non-Manhattan post!
Getting to the gardens is easy – it’s accessible from the Subway, so we hopped on the express 4/5 train and were there in just over a half hour. After that, it’s less than a 10 minute walk to the BBG entrance on Washington Avenue (we didn’t actually use a map or any directions, just followed the giant crowd all walking in the same way).
For our second “Lady Date,” as we like the call them, my friends Haley, Meghan, Kate and I headed to Jay Z’s The 40/40 Club in Flatiron to grab some dinner and catch up on gossip (Obviously, gossip is the main purpose of Lady Dates). And, like the inaugural Lady Date to Hotel Chantelle, we snagged a Gilte Group deal – this one was $75 for four people that included a shared appetizer and dessert platter, four entrees, and two cocktails each. A really good deal for a whole lot of food.
I have been crazy busy at work recently, and haven’t had much of a chance to go exploring or check out anything particularly post-worthy. So, in lieu of a new post here’s a rundown of fun events coming up in New York that I’m definitely planning to attend. Since it’s spring, everything fun is starting to happen and I don’t want to miss anything (major FOMO) so I’ve been scouring the internet for fun stuff to do. If I missed any fun upcoming events, let me know!
Every year, Macy’s in Herald Square puts on a huge flower exhibition called Art in Bloom. This show has been going on in some form or another since 1946. It first started out as potted plants, but has since expanded to a huge spectacle with millions of flowers and countless local vendors and florists participating to transform Macy’s from a department store into an amazing flower landscape, straight from the whimsical pages of Alice in Wonderland.
This year, the show runs from March 22-April 4. Over the course of the two weeks, there were countless events and classes held at Macy’s. Unfortunately, with a busy spring schedule and regular work hours, I was unable to make it to any of the fun painting and flower arranging classes and had to settle for just wandering around the massive store and looking at all of the beautiful flowers. I headed there one day after work to try and beat the weekend rush (but, really, the world’s largest Macy’s is always crowded).
I’ve been to Sarabeth‘s brunch before, but since it’s so delicious I figured it warranted a quick post about my most recent visit. After our night out at the show, my parents and I woke up early Saturday morning (VERY early), got ready and headed to the location on Central Park South for an early breakfast before our day of shopping and tourist-ing. This location is fancier than the Upper West Side location I have also been to – the dining room and general atmosphere are a little more upscale. Unfortunately, there’s some construction going on in their dining room that ruined the ambiance of our breakfast a bit, but the food was still amazing.