Happy Fall! By far, the fall is my favorite season of the year. Besides the great clothes, the air is cooler, people are happier, and in general everything is just more fun. There are tons of both outdoor and indoor events to attend and enjoy that last bit of nice weather before the dreaded winter hits. I know I’m a bit behind on rounding up fall events considering it’s basically half over already – time flies when you’re having fun.
So I may or may not have lied (unintentionally) when I said in my last post that several posts would be coming quickly. Work and busy summer schedules have gotten the best of me. But, here’s to hoping this time I will actually get up all of the posts that have been lingering on my desktop.
So, first up: Slide the City. I had been waiting for this moment all summer – a giant, free-of-charge waterslide was coming to New York City. After seeing tons of photos, videos, and all around just a lot of fun-looking stuff associated with the giant waterslide, Kate and I knew that we wanted to sign up to get tickets.
I’ve recently been on a major hiatus due to a crazy life – I finally started a new job (!!!) so I took a trip home and have been getting things together in recent weeks. But, a few posts will follow in quick succession about some stuff I’ve been up to recently (AKA eating a lot of good stuff).
A few weeks ago, Kate, Maria and I decided to cash in on the amazing deals that were circulating for New York Restaurant Week. We checked out a few menus before deciding on DBGB Kitchen – we picked this spot because they had a wider selection for each course, even for the more limited, prefixe restaurant week menu.
Every summer the world-renowned The New York Philharmonic preforms several outdoor concerts around the city in all of the boroughs. This year, unfortunately, their Manhattan shows were a little bit dicey due to weather, but my friends and I headed to Central Park, blankets (and wine, duh) in hand to catch their performance.
Because we all work 9-6 jobs, we knew it was going to be a battle getting a semi-decent seat on the lawn. My friend Becky and I headed straight from work and got to the park around 6:45 thanks to the ever-(un)reliable A/C trains. We booked it to the park, and unsurprisingly it was already packed. We were at the very back boundaries of the Great Lawn – we couldn’t see the stage but hoped it would be close enough to hear the music. So, we set up shop, laid down our blankets and busted out the wine and cheese.
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.
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’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.
Friday night, I ventured down to the Lower East Side after work instead of heading straight home, getting into my bed, and putting on the next episode of Breaking Bad (my traditional Friday night agenda. No shame). My friends Haley, Meghan, Kate and I all had scheduled to have dinner together because somehow our schedules just never seem to match up. So, in true New York fashion, we penciled in “being friends” and bought a Groupon for drinks, apps, and dinner at Hotel Chantelle. Read More »