Last week my husband and I were able to make a business trip into a little bit of a fun getaway trip! He had meetings all day and I had a few things lined up as well, then we’d rendezvous in the evenings for 3 wonderful date nights including some of our old favorites, new to us spots, and a Broadway show.
When we fly into NYC for business we typically take the Sunday afternoon flight from SFO which gets us in NYC about 10 or 11pm. In my town on Sunday at 11pm you’d be hard pressed to find anyone on the street let alone a restaurant open. Luckily in NYC, that is not a problem. We typically start off our stays with a great cocktail and steak frites at Balthazar in SoHo. This place is always lively and open late with consistently perfect steak frites. I was a little surprised they didn’t have traditional copper mugs for my husband’s ever favorite, Moscow Mule.
After a good night’s sleep, we get up early and head straight for Central Park for a run around the reservoir. It’s the best way to start a stay in NYC. It looked a little different from my run in September, but one of my truest pleasures nonetheless. We parted ways after breakfast for our various commitments for the day after a brief by always wonderful stop at the MoMA where we were able to catch the Gauguin exhibit. We seem to visit the MoMA each stay, it’s one of the kids’ favorite places as well.
We made it to one of our favorite spots that I don’t miss on any trip to NYC, Buvette. Their website is ilovebuvette.com and I unequivocally do love Buvette. We took a chilly but beautiful evening walk along the High Line and tried out a new to us restaurant I’d read about with an unnamed door and somewhat of a secret entry. Sounded intriguing. Ended up being not so much of a mystery as anticipated, but some amazing cocktails were had for certain!
We met up one evening at a favorite midtown spot for a drink before heading off to dinner. I don’t think I’ve ever actually been inside this restaurant. We only go there when it’s one of those perfect evenings to sit outside. Our first two days in NYC were definitely still winter, but this evening was absolutely the start of Spring.
I spent some, ok, maybe a lot, of time in the John Derian Company stores. I was delighted by the textiles and antiques. I’d love to outfit my bedroom with each and every one of the lines of linens they carry. I loved the framed drawings in the last pic and couldn’t stop laughing out loud at top center. Doesn’t everyone need a print of two giraffes doing it hanging on their walls?!
When arriving late on a Sunday and leaving on a Wednesday, there aren’t many opportunities for theater. We always leave Tuesday night open especially for a show. I purchased tickets for Pippin before we left with the enthusiasm of a child anticipating the circus. What I did not know at the time was that Pippin would be just that – The Circus. It was truly a fantastic rendition of the story of Pippin. Think of it in terms of Cirque du Soleil meets Broadway – extravagant and utterly entertaining!
I hope this inspires you to take a trip to NYC to explore all it has to offer. Our family loves it there and my husband and I are grateful for the opportunity to have little getaways like these. It’s also nice to be able to fly back to CA just in the nick of time for New York’s next storm. Sunshine always wins.