trip recap: new york city

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A couple of weeks ago, Mr. B and I ventured to NYC for a little getaway.

This was our third trip to the Big Apple and believe it or not, we weren’t there to watch the Broncos play in the Super Bowl. GASP! The reason we were visiting was to watch one of our favorite artists perform live at Lincoln Center, and of course, hang with my uncles.

Sounds pretty simple, right? But! As you know, NYC doesn’t let you off that easy. Let’s take a look back and fill you on the rest of the story, shall we?

We arrived Wednesday evening and headed to my uncles’ place on the Upper East Side. They live just a stone’s throw away from Central Park in a beautiful building that would make a pair of Manolo Blahniks swoon. I mean, look at the sunset!

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Every time Mr. B and I visit my uncles, we immediately hit the ground running. First stop of the evening, dinner at the mid-town Japanese restaurant, Riki. Miso soup, check. Sake, check. Ramen noodle lasagna (<—-totally will be recreating), check, check.

After dinner, we bid adieu to Doug because he had early meetings the next day. Michael, Mr. B, and I hopped, skipped, and jumped next door to a little karaoke bar. Now, karaoke bars in NYC aren’t your average run of the mill. Oh, no. Basically, it was like watching and listening to an off-Broadway show for free. These people should have been on The Voice!

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Well, somewhere between a Chicago number and three glasses of giggle juice, we decided to boogie to our next stop, Lexington Bar and Books. Mind you it’s 3am and we somehow manage to finagle our way into this underground speakeasy. At this point we were four fingers in because one minute I was sipping bourbon and the next puffing a cigar. #badideajeans

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The next morning, ehem, the next afternoon…was a little fuzzy. News flash to self: I am not eighteen. So, we decided to grab burger and fries at some diner down the street and veg the rest day.

After our chilax afternoon, we were well rested and giddy about seeing Jason Isbell live in concert. But before the concert, we decided to have date night at Ed’s Chowder House close to Lincoln Center. We sipped a little hair of the dog, shared oysters, the best mushroom chowder, and a spiced cod sandwich.

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Then, it was showtime!

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Jason Isbell, if you have not heard of him, is a truly talented musician who plays alternative country. His album, Southeastern, is well written and something I highly encourage you to download. Mr. B and I were so excited to see him perform live with Central Park in the background.

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Since the show was being filmed, it was a little different setup then your standard bar scene. The Allen Room held about 400 people so there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. The crowd was a mix of Lincoln Center ticket holders, boot wearing folks, and your average fan like yours truly. They played for almost two hours straight without a break. It was truly life changing experience. I still get goosebumps thinking about that show.

After the concert, we met Michael at a local Belgium cafe for post-show appetizers and drinks. Nothing like a little nightcap and conversation to round out our first day in NYC.

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Friday was tourist day. We woke up and headed to Sant Ambroeus for pastries and coffee. Not going to lie, their coffee could put SBUX’s out of biznass.

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Our first touristy stop was to Fishs Eddy, which is a giant kitchenware store (a.k.a food prop heaven!). I picked up a couple of small plates and wood coasters that are super cute.

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Next, we headed to the 9/11 memorial. It’s hard to believe it’s been over a decade since the towers came down. The museum won’t open until the spring, but to see the mass size of the fountains was truly breathtaking. After the memorial, we walked around the city. Both us agreed we could walk the streets of NYC all day and never get bored.

With time running out, we made a quick pit stop at Bouchon Bakery for a much needed snack! Macaroons anyone?

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We scrambled back to the apartment to quickly change for the evening. Can I just say that I was in love with my outfit?!!

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Micheal, Caleb (my cousin), Mr. B and I decided to have drinks at The Met before dinner. We sipped cocktails, listened to live classical music, and even saw some of the Egyptian tomb displays at night!

trip recap: new york city

Dinner that evening was at a private club and restaurant, Omar’s. I was excited the whole trip for this dinner. My uncle Doug is the silent owner (errrr…not so silent now). As a part-owner of a restaurant in the Little Apple myself, it was nice to shoot the shiz about all the restaurant shenanigans.

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Omar’s is tucked away in an historic brownstone in Greenwich Village. It is named after Omar Hernandez, the restaurant’s Director of Spark. The restaurant is divided into two sections, one for the public and one for private members. The public section has this grand marble bar front and center with eclectic drawing on the walls. The private side, according to Omar, “is for members who want to be seen and unseen. You can grab a cocktail and lounge, or dine in one of the smaller rooms for more intimacy. Whatever you want. We are here to create an experience for you.”

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And experience we did have. Omar was kind enough take me on a tour of the restaurant. I saw the kitchen in action, admired the beautiful wine cellar, and peeked at the outdoor patio where a marble head of David appears. I felt I was witnessing creative, mad chaos, but at the same time, found comfort knowing Omar was always within an arms length away.

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The cocktails were right up my alley. I sipped on a house favorite, a La Ranita – Don Juilo, fresh citrus, apricot jam, & red wine syrup. The food was not the star of the show, but I will say, if you ever want to try Hen of the Woods in NYC, Omar’s is the place.

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Saturday we spent the day in the country (a.k.a Connecticut). It’s only an hour train ride from the city to New Canaan where my uncles’ keep a second home called, The Bridge House. Check out my previous post about the historic and modern home. We had brunch at Elm in downtown New Canaan. Afterwards, we took a drive and stopped to tour a 12,000 square foot estate for shiz and giggles.

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Back to the city to attend a play at the Ohio Theater called, I Call My Brothers. The play was about an Arab-American and how life has changed post 9/11. Even running simple errands can be life changing if you are at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong profile. It was a brilliant show and I hope it gets picked up for a Broadway run.

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After the show, we had dinner at The Spotted Pig in the West Village. Holy geez! The food was off the charts, and yes, this Kansas-born girl ordered a burger with fries. And it was damn gooooooood.

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Sunday was our final day in the city. I wanted to make sure I saw Chelsea Market before we headed out of town. Mr. B and I strolled through the historic building admiring all the shops and restaurants. We settled on a little Italian spot for brunch. I had the eggs Benedict with mushrooms that were to die for.

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And with a blink of an eye, our time in NYC came to an end! Every time I leave New York, I am always left wanting more, which means, we’ll back sooner rather than later.

Until next time, New York.

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    Vijay @ NoshOnIt — February 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    This looks like so much fun and so many places I’ve never been before in NYC. Bouchon Bakery & Spotted Pig are two of my favs though.

    • Lauren replied: — February 18th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

      Thanks, Vijay!! It was a great trip!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my goodness I am ACHING to get back to NYC!!! I was there on my 30th birthday and want to go back so desperately. There is nothing like that city. And holy HOTNESS you look fantastic!!!!! That outfit was definitely #GoodIdeaJeans

    • Lauren replied: — February 18th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

      Dude, I adore NYC!! We definitely all need to go back and get into some shenanigans together!!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — February 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    What a fun recap! I love Sant Ambroeus…one of our brunch and dessert go-to’s! Also, this is totally weird, although not to be, but after living in NYC for a while you recognize the tops of buildings in your hood….I think I live down the block from your uncles!

    • Lauren replied: — February 18th, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

      NO WAY?!!!! I swear it’s a super small world. When I come back and visit, we totally need to hang!!!

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    Rachel Cooks — February 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    OMG you are so cool. :) Bourbon and cigars? Let’s be friends!!! Except I tried to puff a cigar once and I wasn’t very good at it. #minordetails #iamverylame

    And hot stuff! Love the outfit. What a fun trip!

    • Lauren replied: — February 18th, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

      Gurrrrl, we are totally going to smoke stogies together sometime!! Thanks, Rachel!!

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    Megan {Country cleaver} — February 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I want to do NYC with YOU!!! Seriously that looks like epicness all wrapped up in AWESOME!! And you will have to physically pull me away form Fish’s Eddy.

    • Lauren replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 12:08 am

      LOL!! We so need a girls trip!! I’m thinking biz expense research trip:)

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    DessertForTwo — February 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    First, I lovvvvved reading this recap. You did such a great job capturing the whole trip!

    Second, I had no idea you part-owned Harry’s! We ate there all the freaking time! If a Friday night went by without a Moscow Mule from Harry’s, it was rare. So glad to support ya, sistah! That place was the best place in MHK. I also loved 3 olives. Ever eaten there?

    Anyway, loved your trip recap! :)
    xo

    • Lauren replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 12:11 am

      Thank you, friend!! We should do NYC together sometime. And I am so glad you loved Harry’s! We also part-own Bourbon & Baker which just opened up down the street! Come back and visit!! xoxo

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    Deborah — February 18, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    We barely missed each other!! I cannot get enough of that city, and it looks like you had such a great time!

    • Lauren replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 12:14 am

      I know!! I saw your instagram pics! Bummer:( Hopefully we will cross paths again soon! xoxo

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 19, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I love visiting the city. I haven’t been to The Spotted Pig before but it is definitely on the list. You have to stay up late and live it up in the city.

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    Joanne — February 19, 2014 at 3:02 am

    I’m so glad you had such a fun-filled time in my city!! I have to check out some of these restaurants that you frequented…since I am way behind on my dining out.

    • Lauren replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

      You totally should! Next time I am in the city we need to get together!!!

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — February 19, 2014 at 4:48 am

    What a trip! I’m jealous, it’s been too long since I’ve been to NYC.

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    Tieghan — February 19, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Oh I would love to go to New york. What an incredible trip! Thanks for sharing!

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    Susan — February 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    You know what’s sad? I live here and don’t even do half the things that you did on your trip. However, I love the Allen Room. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Also Fishes Eddy is my downfall. I workout right around the corner from there on the weekends and well I go in way too often.

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    Sheila — February 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    ahhhhh! I love NYC!! I am taking my 2 middle childs ;) there over memorial day weekend. I cannot wait to explore all over again. It never gets old! Thanks for sharing. We need BHF to be in NYC!! relive our condo curse in Manhattan!

    • Lauren replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

      You will have such a blast!! And yes, we definitely need BHF in NYC!! #condocurse

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    Desi — April 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I am obsessed with your photos! Do you use your phone to take these pics? What kind of filter do you use for your foodie pics taken inside restaurants with low lighting? I love how yours turn out, mine always look awful! NY sounds like a foodie’s dream :) I’ve been dying to try The Spotted Pig :)

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