City Block Tango

7.27.2011

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This photo was taken hours after Erin and I first started her 36 hours in the city. It was her debut visit, so we had to pack in quite a bit in a small amount of time. Coming in from a business trip in Minneapolis, I was in awe of her Soho shopping stamina on Thursday afternoon. Though I will admit, I was the one doing most of the shopping. I got two things I had been on the hunt for all summer. A darling LBD from Scoop and french red denim pants. Both valuable NYC keepsakes that I know will make my closet their home for many years to come.

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Our cousin Christiana (she's the same age as Erin) and her friend joined us on the rear end of our shopping escapade. Before heading home, we stopped by the Crosby Street Hotel terrace (as seen above) to grab some refreshments and enjoy the late afternoon breeze.

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{photo c/o extravirgin.com}
And now, we finally get to the first photo. With the help of our lovely friend, yelp.com, we decided on one of Christiana's recommendations -- Extra Virgin. This cozy West Village spot hosted probably one of my favorite NYC meals yet. Though their focus is on Mediterranean fare, their menu offers a variety of good American eats. It was hard to concentrate on our tuna, chicken and seabass, however, with the couple next to us who clearly had connected through match.com or something of the like. Let's just say, a second date wasn't likely even if pigs did fly.

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After sleeping in longer than expected from our late night cousin slumbie party, we went to The City Bakery to grab a serve-yourself style lunch.

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Finally! A photo of my cousin...she does exist! The point of this photo was actually to document the woman in the back right booth who I could have sworn I've seen on TV before. Any ideas?

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I never made my way to Levain Bakery (sad day), so Christiana said the cookies here were a little closer and delicious also.

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On our way to shopping at ABC home (an entire post on that next), we spotted this fire department and had to take a photo in Fireman Sam's honor.

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We explored Fifth Avenue and strolled through the edges of Central Park.

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It's quite different than six months ago when these green hills were covered with inches of snow, what used to be an ice skating rink now is filled with Rodeo-type amusement park rides, and instead of kiddie sledders there are girls getting their tan on. I think I prefer the wintertime CP.

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We browsed through Bendel's and Bergdorf's but Erin's choice souvenir came from the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue. Since we were equally retail happy at this point, the next order of business was a quick dinner. This petty cab convinced us his mode of transportation was both the quickest and cheapest way to get anywhere. If you consider $34 for 7 blocks cheap, I suppose he was right...!

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In the mood for comfort food, we both ordered these sliders at Sarabeth's before our show.

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{photo actually taken by me, got a little effect happy though}
We loved Chicago! Simple set, the orchestra was on the stage, and most of the characters wore the same thing from start to finish. But the dancing and humor set it apart from the rest. Even if you know the story, the Broadway stars make it new again.

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{the napkins at The View illustrate a map of the famous skyscrapers you see as you revolve}
And we ended our night with a view of the city atop the Marriott in Times Square, which has a rotating bar and restaurant called The View. It was kind of full circle since this is the first place my mom and I went on my first trip to the Big Apple. So there you have it! I'll speak for the both of us when that though speedy, our trip was very successful.

2 comments:

Erin said...

Great photo journey to relive the trip! Thanks moll. Best trip to NY I've ever had :)

Lindsay said...

Loving these NY posts - talk about an action-packed week. So, I am thinking that girl you recognized is Bethenny Frankel's assistant. If there's one thing I know, it's reality TV.