(This is a wicked long blog post, grab a chair.)
So every year I take my mom on a little excursion to NYC. Â It’s a fun trip because a.) she’s not high maintenance and b.) she likes to drink a manhattan every hour, on the hour. Â Plus, my little brother Steven and his wife Melissa are in NYC, so she can visit both of us with one trip.
My mom asked me what I was going to write about on Monday and I said, “um, I don’t know. Â I think I’m gonna write about your trip and show the itinerary of the trip.” Â and she said, “Oh Matt, I’m not sure people are going to find that interesting.” Â Thanks lady.
So maybe she’s right, but I figured that maybe some of you might be heading to the city sometime soon, and maybe this will help you plan your trip. Â So here it is…
My mom arrives at my apartment in Albany with a box of boston creme doughnuts and cinnamon buns. Â We leave at around 9:15 by car, and head down the NYS thruway. Â I stop for iced coffee at the Starbucks on the Thruway and was forced to listen to the counter employee tell the other counter employee (and everyone in line) about her boyfriend’s new apartment. Â I was like, “shut up. Â please just give me my coffee. Â and p.s., that apartment sounds hideous.” Â I’m not a very good person before I have a coffee.
11:30 am: Â We arrive.
We arrive in NYC, and I drop my mom off at my brother’s apartment in the East Village. Â I go to my place to take a nap, and my mom and Melissa (my sister-in-law) go Department Store shopping. Â (Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdales, etc.). Â For the rest of the day until dinner, I napped and walked the dog around the East Village.
7:30 pm: Emporio
My brother makes dinner reservations at a restaurant called Emporio in SOHO. Â Mark and I meet my brother, his wife and my mom at the restaurant. Â As soon as I step foot in the door I order a vodka, but find out that they only serve wine and beer. Â :( Â But apparently, Jude Law and Sienna MillerÂ spent Thanksgiving at Emporio. Â Â I shouldn’t have judged the place too quickly, because it was really amazing. Â It’s a simple, beautiful little restaurant that feels very rustic and comfortable. Â I ordered a lasagna dish and drank lots of wine.
9:30 pm – midnight: Tribeca Grand Hotel
We leave Emporio, and head to the Tribeca Grand Hotel so my mom can have a manhattan (and more importantly, so I can have some vodka). Â We get a table and sit and drink and talk for a couple hours. Â It was very nice, and if you’ve never seen the inside of the Tribeca Grand, it’s stunning.
midnight – 2:00am: Â Jake’s Dilemma
I went with Mark to meet up with some of his Guys Gone Wild college buddies at a place called Jake’s Dilemma. Â It’s your typical tavern with your typical drinks and your typical bring your own fun. Â But Mark’s buddies are totally crazy and they definitely know how to bring the shots fun. Â I get drunk love hanging out with them. Â I can’t say that i remember too much of it. Â It was an Open Bar situation, which usually translates to a disaster for me. Â We stayed for awhile and then went home.
11:00 am – 1:30 pm: Â The Smith
At 11:00 am, otherwise known as the crack of dawn, we woke up to meet my mom and family at The Smith restaurant. Â This was my choice for brunch because I LOVE this place. Â I love the design, and the food is delicioso. Â Plus, it’s in the East Village and has a cool, young vibe to it. Â If you’re looking for a good brunch place, or just a great meal in general, I highly recommend this place.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Â nothing that notable. Â We walked around in the rain, went to Mark’s office and looked at his amazing view of Central Park, then walked to Times Square (insert panic attack).
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Jersey Boys.
If you’ve never been to a Broadway Show and want to see something fun and light and massively entertaining, go see Jersey Boys. Â It’s especially enjoyable to anyone who grew up in the 50s and 60s because all the Frankie Valli songs will bring back a ton of memories. Â I normally would prefer to go to a funeral over a broadway show, but this musical was so much fun. Â My mom, my brother and I had a really great time time (I could only get 3 tickets.:(
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Â Bocca di Bacco Restaurant
After Jersey Boys (and consequently craving italian), we went to a fantastic restaurant called Bocca di Bacco Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. Â Again, I’m not a food critic, so I’m not sure what other words to use to describe a good meal, but it was… delicious. Â Again, the interior design was outstanding, and the food was so effing good. Â If you ever go see a show in NY, I recommend stopping by this place for dinner before or after. Â We drank martinis, had some wine, and talked about things I can’t remember.
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Rolf’s German Restaurant
After dinner, we wanted more booze apparently, so we went to Rolf’s German Restaurant by Grammercy Park. Â We weren’t hungry because we just ate, but Mark wanted to show us the inside of Rolf’s because apparently they go over the top with Christmas decorations. Â Let’s just say this…. inside looks like the North Pole threw up. Â I’ve never seen more decorations inside in my entire life (and this includes Christmas ornament stores). Â It’s so crazy and hyper-decorated, that you have to go in there just to see it. Â It’s nuts. Â I had a martini and kept my eye on the exit because all the chaotic decorations were making me anxious.
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Â Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar
Have you heard of David Chang’s restaurant Momofuku? Â Well, he opened a side bakery next door to his restaurant on 2nd avenue and refers to it as the Bakery and Milk Bar. Â I love the momofuku restaurants, but hadn’t been to this restaurant yet. Â I might go back every single day of my life. Â The cookies and the pie were soooooooo good. They have the most unusual ideas that sound crazy but taste so delicious. Â Check out their menu. Â You can’t go wrong with any of the momofuku restaurants.
10:00pm: Â Ambien.