I knew there was a reason why I moved to this city…because there are an endless array of options to explore regardless of what your interests are, and this weekend was no different.
I kicked it off on Friday night with a little jazz sesh and a glass of champagne at the famed Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side (yes, the place the Royals stayed when they were in town). This quaint little spot is named after the beloved author of Madeline children’s books, Ludwig Bemelman (also a long time illustrator for The New Yorker, Vogue and Town and Country). With chocolate tufted benches lining the perimeters of the room and walls adorned with a Central Park themed illustration of rabbits and elephants, this classic New York staple is sure to transcend any of its patrons to a time of pure elegance and grace. And not to mention, the totally talented Loston Harris Trio performing an array of jubilant jazz notes that really get you singin’ and swayin’.
Saturday, it was all about one of my favorite spots in any of the five boroughs, Smorgasburg! This outdoor food festival on the water in Williamsburg is by far one of the best things to do on a beautiful day in this marvelous city! Open from 10-5, you can expect to encounter rows of food vendors under tents, a sea of people looking to satiate their appetites, a beer garden with flowing booze and endless panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline! Who could ask for more? And while I haven’t been able to try every dish, some of my favorites are the Milk Truck’s Classic Grilled Cheese (with pickles, please!), Mofon-go’s mouth watering Chicken Sofrito Bowl, and for dessert, a giant ice cream sandwich by The Good Batch! Holy food coma!
Finally, after an action (and food) packed weekend, Sunday called for a low key, relaxing kind of day. Remembering I had a gift certificate for Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca I needed to use, I had scheduled an afternoon of mental and physical relaxation at this urban oasis.
As I entered the Morrocan inspired venue, I immediately felt like I was in another world. After being escorted to the ladies room to change into my swimsuit, I was then led to a lower level where the “baths” (pools) were located. There, I was able to soak and relax in various pools including the Tepidarium (the warm water pool), the Flotarium (a salt water pool), a steam room, and other captivating coves (though I did not take the plunge into the Frigiarium – 46 degrees!). After about an hour of indulging in this relaxing retreat, I was treated to a 30 min full body massage – the highlight of my day! When the two hours were up, I was floating on a cloud and didn’t want to leave. What a stunning spa!
If only every weekend could be like this, I’d be a happy camper… or maybe it could! Stay tuned for more Nikki Takes New York as I don my darling hat and sip on Mint Juleps for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby NYC style!