After last weekend, I can officially confirm that 48 hours is just not enough time in a city like New York. But, I had plans to head to Saratoga Springs for a friend’s wedding, so I stretched the weekend a little to spend Friday and Saturday in NYC with my family. My parents moved to Brooklyn, New York about five years ago. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment. Or, at least for me it has been. I still don’t quite picture my adorably sweet mom and dad in the bustling Big Apple, but they’ve definitely been embracing city-life and becoming New Yorkers (at least by default and for the time being).
When I arrived Friday my mom, sister and I headed towards Soho for brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda. (Who says brunch is only for weekends?!?) It’s a popular spot in the neighborhood and we had to wait a bit for a table. But, it was worth the wait. Mom went with a burger and fries, Haley ordered a Greek salad and I tried the rosewater waffle with Lebanese yogurt, mixed berries and honey syrup. The food was fresh and the atmosphere was lively.
The weather was pretty rough that day. There was lots of rain, wind and even hurricane Joaquin passing by. I wish I had video of us huddled under our umbrellas as we walked through the city. Even the sturdiest umbrella blew inside-out with a strong gust of wind, and we were screaming when we got pelted with rain at every street corner.
After a little shopping and stopping for sweet treats at Dominique Ansel Bakery (the home of the original Cronut), we decided to call it a day and head back to my parent’s place. Later that night, Haley and I ventured back out into the elements to meet up with two of my best friends from High School, Alyssa and Ashley. Alyssa lives in the city and Ashley was also in town from Chicago for a wedding. We met at Barn Joo, a Korean inspired gastropub in the Flatiron District, for dinner and drinks.
It was so nice to catch up with them (and to finally meet Alyssa’s boyfriend). I hate that we only get to see each other a few times a year, at most, but every time we’re together, we pick-up right where we left off. The restaurant was dark inside, so it’s a little blurry, but this was the best picture we took.
The next day, my sister and I spent the morning watching TV—in particular, an old Disney Channel original movie from back in the day, “Motocrossed.” (If you remember it and loved it, then consider us best friends/twins.) That afternoon, we rode the subway to DUMBO, a Brooklyn neighborhood that stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, with our parents, for lunch and some walking around.
It’s a nice area with lots of shops, restaurants and some cool street art. I’d love to go back in the summer. I’m sure it’s a popular place to be when it’s warm and sunny out.
Our first stop was for lunch at Grimaldi’s Pizza. This place has made of few of those “Best Pizza in New York” lists—which I’m sure is pretty tough to do in a city where Pizza is king. I was a big fan of Grimaldi’s. And, I don’t even need to tell you how delicious it was, just look at this picture.
The crust was by far my favorite part and the pizza had an overall nice balance of cheese, sauce and toppings—not too much of one thing. After lunch, we headed towards the water and the Brooklyn Bridge. It was still a little rainy and pretty cold, but we managed to squeeze in some family photos with a partly visible Manhattan in the foggy background.
In need of something to help us warm up a little, next we stopped by Brooklyn Roasting Company, a nearby, trendy, coffee house with an industrial feel. Almost every table was taken but we found a little corner to sit and enjoy our lattes and even a homemade raspberry PopTart.
When I’m with my family, time always goes by way too fast. I dream about the day when we all live in the same city again and can see each other more often. In all, it was a great few days, in a great city, spending time with some of the people I love the most.
I’ll see you again soon, New York.
And, I’ll see YOU next Friday! xx, Devon