Finally trying to get caught up on all our trips and things we did. I love being able to look back on the memories we've made over the past year(s). So only 2+ months later, here's our October trip to New York.
We try to go to the city/Cooperstown at least once a year so that we can see my Grandpa and Flis. Otherwise, we only get to see them once a year when they stop down on their way to Florida. Even twice a year just isn't enough.
We did LOTS of walking (as in 25 miles in 3 days) and lots of eating with a little bit of shopping and touristy stuff thrown in. The one thing I'm sad I don't have a photo to document is our trip to the Beretta store. We were talking with one of the guys about the different guns and he helped me with my stance and all sorts of other things. It was awesome.
We got to New York bright and early on Thursday morning. Thursday night we stayed in a hotel (the Roosevelt - wouldn't recommend it) and then Friday and Saturday we stayed at Grandpa and Flis' apartment. On Thursday we went to Ellis Island first thing because Dale's always wanted to go. It was actually really disappointing though. They had removed a lot of the artifacts due to damage from Hurricane Sandy so a lot of the displays were empty. The ferry ride over and back was really fun (and made it worth it). The views of the city were gorgeous!
For lunch we went to Luke's Lobster and it was amazing. I would have eaten there again for another meal. They have a few locations throughout the city, so I would definitely add it to your list!
From lunch we were already in the financial district, so we walked over to the 9/11 Memorial. It was beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Thursday night we met Grandpa for dinner at Joe Allen's - his and Flis' favorite place to eat before the theater. We all got burgers and they were super tasty. It's the perfect place to eat before a show. It's a quick walk over to Broadway, the walls are lined with posters from all the Broadway flops, the owners and staff are extremely friendly, and the entire place has a cozy vibe.
Lion King was a really good show! Flis has seen it a few times, so she knew the best seats were on the lower level on the aisle. The costumes were stunning and I can see why they won so many awards. Lion King didn't top Wicked in my book, but it was still a great show.
Friday morning we woke up early to get to the Met. Flis has worked in the education department for years, so she always comes along to give us a mini tour. The rooftop garden/maze was one of my favorite exhibits. Between that and the American furniture wing, I could stay there for hours.
Flis sneaking us into a restricted/not open area at the Met. She wanted to show us the candlesticks that Dr. McMillan (their neighbor in Coop and father of Kelsey, the Naptime Chef) donated. Dr. McMillan has been so great with my grandpa's cancer and we always love getting to see him and his two dogs when we go to Coop.
After the Met, we met grandpa at The Brook. This was our second time coming here - the first was in 2011 for my great aunt's memorial service, but neither Brandon nor Dale were able to make that trip. It's a men's club, so women still aren't allowed above the second floor. We were able to eat in a private room, which was ideal.
Friday night we had the latest meal (our reservations were at 10!). We went to L'Artusi, an Italian restaurant that my foodie brother picked. It was delicious and the wine menu was extensive. All of the pasta is made in house and the restaurant itself is fantastic. I would highly recommend it.
Saturday morning we went to the Guggenheim. The entire museum featured the German ZERO exhibit. It would have been nice to see a few other exhibits throughout the museum, but it was still a good way to spend the morning.
We had lunch at Sara Beth's and then walked around a shopped a little bit. This is when we went to the Beretta store too. We didn't buy too much while we were there. Brandon got a great sweater from Barbour and I got a Nars nail polish and that was it! We definitely did good on that trip of sticking to our envelope system budget! We had dinner at The Oyster Bar at Grand Central and 42nd Street. They have a black bean soup with lump crab meat that I would love right now!
Sunday we had brunch at Fig & Olive before flying back home. It was a quick trip, but we were able to do lots of fun things in our 3 days!