My friend Sarah and I decided a few months ago that we would go on a weekend girls’ trip to Manhattan. We made reservations a month in advance for some of the best restaurants in the city based on recommendations and word of mouth. We bought tickets for the Broadway play Wicked. The rest of the trip would be spontaneous.
Our dinner picks turned out to be fabulous. Here is a brief synopsis of where we dined so when you go to Manhattan you can visit these restaurants:
ABC Kitchen is located between Broadway and Park Avenue. You walk through a small unassuming door and the restaurant opens up to a huge dimly lit room with displays of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables set against white tables and chairs. Sarah and I ordered two drinks that night: the blood orange Bellini and the basil lime daiquiri. We started with the roast carrots and avocado with a crunchy seeds and sour cream; an interesting combination that proved unbelievably flavorful combining soft carrot and avocado textures with the crunchy nuts. For dinner I had the fried chicken and mashed potatoes, which was delicious but gave me a stomach ache because of its richness. Sarah had the Halibut dish that was slow cooked rendering it moist and flavorful.
L’Artusi is one of the top restaurants in New York. It is Italian and offers the whole package of impeccable service, beautiful ambience and incredible food. The tables were situated very close to one another and the restaurant was very loud (especially with the drunk woman behind us cackling all night). I had orecchetti with sausage and pecorino. It was both Sarah and my favorite meal in New York.
Buddakan was a recommendation from Sarah and my hairdresser who declared it to be the best f*#cking Chinese you will ever eat. By far the most amazing item we ordered was the steak dish which melted in your mouth and had an amazing Asian sauce over the top of it.
Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen in the West Village offers an amazing brunch. By the time the restaurant opened at 11:30am, patrons filed in and filled all of the available seats. I had an eggs benedict which was Coto Ham, Jarlsberg and tomato on toasted Challah topped with poached eggs. The restaurant was housed in an old brick building on the West side. It was very charming.
Is it even possible to get a bad meal in New York? I have been to major cities around the world — London, Paris, Rome — and I never eat as well as I do in New York.
Sarah and I walked to the Guggenheim, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Across the street was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We decided to go in to see the artifacts from around the world. The museum was also doing an exhibit on photographs from the Civil War, which sounded extremely interesting. Entrance into the museum is $25 or whatever you want to pay, opening up this huge building of historical archives up to everyone no matter what your socio-economic status is.
The museum has beautiful displays of ancient pottery, jewelry, tombs, hieroglyphics, and statues from cultures around the world. They also had a section about photography in the modern world where photographic art was retouched or even completely redesigned using Photoshop. It really made me wonder what is real genuine photography and what is just an average photograph digitally altered.
The civil war photography was different than I expected. I was hoping that someone had taken pictures of the battlefields or actual fighting during the Civil War, but it was mainly photos of wounded men, Abe Lincoln and the aftermath of the battle.
That night after dinner Sarah and I just happened to be walking by the Empire State Building around midnight and decided to check it out. The Empire State Building is open til 2am every night. It costs $25 for the elevator ride up and once you get to the top you see the lights of the entire city. Anyone visiting NYC should go to the top of the Empire State Building at least once in his or her life.
While the ladies were away the men did a fabulous job taking care of the house and the children. All six of the children are not only alive still, but they are thriving. Thanks to a couple of real stand up guys. Thanks to Gigi and Gramps who filled in the gaps where needed; you are appreciated.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.