our friends flew into town last minute, landing around 10pm on Friday night. Billy and I went out for sushi around 9pm so we’d be out and about, and then walked over to meet them at their hotel around 10:45pm. so much fun to reunite with our friends!
we went out for a bit, but saved up our energy for Saturday. we decided on Essex for our brunch spot. Billy and I used to go there when he lived in the city in 2008-2009.
we rarely go to the east side of the city these days, so it was a nice change, and Essex has great food and hearty portions. brunch is $22.95 with a wide variety of options, and includes 3 drinks per person – mimosas, bloody marys, or screwdrivers.
maybe our waitress liked us, maybe she wanted us to leave our table, but she gave us tickets for free drinks at the bar…and so began a chain of free events in our day.
we walked north and popped into Whole Foods for a minute where this man from Vitamix captured our attention and made us sample of the most delicious “ice cream” and smoothie. sweet tooth satisfied, but we still stopped at Birdbath Bakery.
next stop was at Billy Reid per our visitor’s request. sour balls, a new shirt, and whiskey. yep, we made a new friend at Billy Reid, and he offered us cocktails.
next up, we walked to this free outdoor concert featuring a couple of great bands. it was somewhat overcast which kept the day cool and pleasant.
then we walked west, with our sights set on the High Line, but some promoters lured us into a bazaar with promises of wine tastings. there were samples of everything from chocolate and coffee to wheat grass smoothies and homemade pickles.
since we were nearby, we walked through Chelsea Market, and once again were recruited into an event with free food and beverages.
we eventually made it to the High Line. the clouds cleared up, revealing blue skies.
then we stopped by our apartment to show them the view from our rooftop. Billy opened a bottle of champagne, and we watched the beginning of a gorgeous sunset.
we took an hour or so to clean up, change clothes, and chug water before dinner. we decided to go somewhere easy with delicious food: Westville. there was a wait, as usual, but it was worth it…as usual. tiny little restaurant.
some shared vino and honey Dijon Brussels sprouts.
salmon for me, burger for B. pretty much the best salmon I’ve had in ages, and the portion was huge. probably 8 ounces served over dressed greens with mint – $13.
then the 4 of us headed to Westway for some dancing, and were home by 1:00am. our friends caught a super early flight Sunday morning. we had a ridiculous amount of fun, and loved having a bit of Texas here in NYC.
needless to say, after the fun we had on Friday and Saturday, I woke up yesterday ready for a detox run, followed by a day of clean eating, lounging, a never-ending supply of water, and a glorious afternoon nap with B. time for a brand new week!
who is coming to visit us next?
we have another friend in town this weekend, my Dad and his wife coming in August, my Mom in September, and some dear friends in October…