New York City is always a fun time, but when my mom came to visit me this past weekend it was extra special. Although we didn’t have any set plans in place, it ended up being a perfect weekend including great food, family visits and new experiences. Here’s a recap of some of our weekend adventures…
Saturday morning we woke up early to a rather blustery, gloomy day, but that didn’t stop us from setting out to explore the “City that never sleeps”. Earlier in the week I had learned about a David Yurman sample sale. These sales happen all year round and are a fashionista’s dream come true because you can score some really great deals.
As we made our way to the sale in Chelsea, we walked by Eataly – a huge Italian market with a seemingly endless supply of Italian goods and products and eight stations (restaurants) each featuring a specific aspect of the Italian diet (think pasta, gelatto, pizza, fish, etc).
I couldn’t resist stopping in and showing my mom this haven for all things Italian and we ended up eating lunch there.
After our bellys were content, we headed to the sale. As we walked into the Altman building we were treated by glass cases filled with DY pieces at 40-60% off! As these beauties sparkled under the lights, we couldn’t help but try on rings and pendants and bracelets of all shapes and sizes. And though we didn’t end up purchasing anything (they were still kind of pricey), we had a great girlie time.
Next stop was Lee Ren Hair Salon in Bowery. I recently discovered this small, underground hair salon run by Chinese women where a scalp/shoulder/back massage, hair wash and blow out costs…. wait for it…$13!!! Yes, you read right, $13! And although this is a no frills place, who cares?! The massage alone (think Herbal Essences commercial) is worth it.
We then made our way through Chinatown, down the street art slapped sidewalks of the Lower East Side, took a stroll through Washington Square Park and spent some time with family in the evening. It was nothing short of a good day!
As we looked out the window Sunday morning, we were greeted with bright and cheery rays of sunshine. We made our way out the door and on to brunch with the family at The Little Beet Table in Gramercy. This farm-to-table restaurant offers delicious dining options, great service and rustic decor. A definite must!
As the afternoon approached, I was craving something sweet. Having heard about Insomnia Cookies and how amazing they were and since they were “on the way” (not really), I had to make a stop. I entered a small bakery on 3rd Ave that smelled of nothing but sweet (and sinful) fresh baked goods. Dizzied by the options of decadent delights, I opted for my usual, the Chocolate Chip (my mom had the Peanut Butter). The chocolatey, warm gooey goodness oozed from each bite and before I knew it, it was gone. And although a bit pricey ($3 per cookie), it was worth every bite (and calorie)!
Our final adventure was the best one yet… Sleep No More! This interactive and creepy, but creative, spin on Shakespeare’s MacBeth is one of my favorite activities in New York City. At arrival, you’re handed a playing card (your hotel “room key”), a mask and are admitted to the McKittrick Hotel Lobby Lounge. As you wait your turn listening to live jazzy tunes in a 1920’s style speakeasy, it’s not long before you’re whisked away by a hotel attendant for an individual 2-hour, no-talking adventure throughout 5 floors of an old warehouse (modeled after an old boutique hotel) on New York City’s West Side. During these wild, heart-racing two hours, you follow actors and approach scenes in different “hotel rooms”, looking for clues. After all is said and done, everyone gathers back in the lounge to discuss their action-filled adventure (no two people have the same experience and no two visits result in the same experience).
Although I’ve been before, I’d go 100 more times, and wanted to make sure my mom had this great experience. If ever you’re in New York, or live here and want to experience something like nothing you’ve ever done before, do yourself a favor and check it out! You won’t regret it!
After the show was over, we made our way to The Lodge, the McKittrick Hotel’s winter rooftop escape modeled after a mountain cabin (think outside fire pit, pine trees, a real lodge decorated with dark wood furniture and plaid textiles, and a fur lined tipee outside!) And even though it was the last night of The Lodge (the Winter version of Gallow Green – the garden-like rooftop bar that pops up during Spring and Summer), it was quite the experience.
And after all the adventure, the weekend sadly came to an end. Overall it was an amazing weekend filled with discovery, great food and even better company. I can’t complain!