It's been a minute since I've been able to sit down and write on here, so I'm trying to get back into the swing of things more this summer.
I had a pretty eventful weekend, so I thought I'd start off with a good old weekend recap. One of my goals with blogging/Instagramming is to inspire my local NY fam with fun things to do around the city, so hopefully this will serve as a tool for that!
F R I D A Y
Friday was a great day at work where I accomplished a lot of goals, so we ended the day with a champagne pop which was a great way to start the weekend.
After that, I headed to my fave tapas restaurant in the city - Boqueria - for a much-needed BFF date. It's honestly my #1 favorite restaurant of all time, probably. It's that good. I highly recommend going during Happy Hour (varies by location so be sure to check), where you can get everything from discounted tapas to $37 pitchers of sangria. You read that right -- $37 pitchers. of. sangria. in the heart of New York City. My fave dishes/drinks include the Rosé sangria (it's made with tequila so you know it's good), the patatas bravas (who doesn't love a good potato/aioli combo), the classic pan con tomate, and the shishito peppers, because duh.
Two sangria pitchers and many tapas later, we made our way up the UES and stopped by a few of our favorite watering holes. First up was Five Mile Stone, which has a mean craft beer & cider list and a cute outdoor balcony that is perfect for people watching. After that, we headed across the street to explore a new bar, The Daisy, which has that quintessential prohibition-era feel to it that I love. Pro-Tip: If you head past the main bar and walk past the red curtain in the back, you'll find yourself inside the bar's "speakeasy", The Dealer, which has amazing vibes, especially on a nice summer night when the windows are letting in a cool breeze. Dink-wise, highly recommend their "Aperol Twist", which combines both of my favorite things -- Aperol and tequila. End scene.
S A T U R D A Y
On Saturday I slept in (clearly), before E and I whipped up some breakfast burritos (TY, Trader Joe's, for inventing Habeñero Lime tortillas... I mean come on) and then headed out to run some errands. And by errands, I obviously mean buying too many candles from TJ Maxx.
Later that night, we met up with another one of my BFFs for a classic NY night of comedy + drinking. I'd been meaning to catch a show at the Comic Strip Live in UES for quite some time, so we decided to give it a shot -- and you GUYS. The comedians were hilarious (there are usually a few famous names on the roster each night, but even the lesser-known acts were pretty good), and they even had a food & beverage list that I was pretty impressed by (hello, frozen rum & Koolaid drinks). We had so much fun and I highly recommend. We went to the 10:30pm show, which went until around 12:30, and hopped around at some fave bars in the area afterwards.
S U N D A Y
Sunday was one of the best kinds of days, because it involved spontaneous and unexpected date night plans.
After spending the first half of my day nursing my hangover and binging the latest cooking shows on Netflix (I'm a sucker for them, most recently The Chef Show), I motivated to whip up some more breakfast burritos, and get some work done around the apartment (cleaning, hanging decor that's been sitting around, etc.) which all felt really good and productive, especially for a Sunday.
Later that night, E and I decided to try a new-to-us neighborhood Asian Fusion spot (their duck fried rice was to DIE for, and of course I always recommend a Thai Iced Tea, too). After dinner we walked across the city to walk along the Hudson River before catching a screening of John Wick 3 which was... interesting. I won't give anything away but will say don't watch it if you have a weak stomach, but as a reward we're going to finally see The Secret Life of Pets 2 next weekend, so I consider that a win.
That's about it for this weekend - hoping to bring some of that fun and sunshine into this week, which is already sadly starting off with some rain. Let me know what you're up to, and what kind of NYC recs you'd like to see here in the future.
Until next time,