Can anyone else use a weekend from their weekend? I took the train up to NYC on Thursday night and got back yesterday evening and while it wasn’t an exhausting few days plan-wise, I always feel a little out of sorts on Monday morning if I get home later in the day on Sunday.
I didn’t take my camera up this weekend and only snapped a handful of photos…the main takeaway is that the iPhone 6 camera really just doesn’t cut it anymore. I’ve been stealing J’s phone for most iPhone photos when we’re together but since he wasn’t with me this weekend, settled for what at this point feels like the crappiest phone camera. Definitely being dramatic over here, but it’s insane how good the camera is on the newer models…I typically replace my phones every two years but am trying to hold out a little longer this time around. It’s proving to be more difficult than expected–anyone else in this boat?
The friend I was staying with had to go to work on Friday, so I stuck with her schedule and woke up like it was a normal workday. After meeting up with another friend for coffee (iced hot chocolate for me–unsurprisingly delicious), I headed up to Maman in Tribeca to do some work for a couple of hours. I’d been wanting to check out Maman for ages and it very much lived up to expectations. I only ordered a tea + almond croissant since I knew I’d be eating a big lunch, but everything on their to-stay menu looks incredible (and NYC-affordable) so I plan to make it a somewhat regular stop when I’m in the city.
One of our friends works at Google, so we met up with him for lunch…which was insane. I’d only read articles and seen news stories about how robust the dining options are at these large tech companies, and it did not disappoint.
After lunch, we popped into Uniqlo because I wanted to pick up a couple basics and their Soho store is enormous. I ended up with this sweater in navy, this sweater/top in navy (the white was so pretty but sold out!), and these leggings that keep you really warm–I wore them Friday night and definitely thought they were significantly more insulated than any other pairs I own. Size down because I got a small and they’re still a tiny bit baggy! I also really wanted this top (size up) but am trying not to shop too much so am going to wait for a sale.
Friday night was a nice, relaxing wine + pizza + lounging in leggings catch-up session with some college friends–even though I’m nearly five years post-graduation, it’s so weird to think you go from hanging out with the same group of people literally whenever you want (like, walk two doors down or five minutes and you’re there with them) to having a few hours once or twice a year. I’m just glad most of us live on the same coast!
On Saturday, I grabbed lunch with a friend at Olio e Piu, a cute little Italian restaurant in the West Village. The decor definitely outdid the food (great eggs benedict, pretty good fries, meh baked eggs) but it’s still always nice to try new spots, especially ones that don’t always get the same fanfare as some of the city’s more
Instagrammed popular institutions. I spent most of the afternoon wandering around, and finally checked out the not so new Sézane, which was as beautiful as expected. I loved this top but was between sizes, and kind of wish I’d spotted this because it looks like it fits a little more traditionally and the flower details are so beautiful.
Upon Charlotte’s rec, I stopped by Supermoon Bakehouse for an afternoon snack and picked up one of their Ferrero Rocher croissants. It’s not a place where I’d want to hang out–awkwardly placed tables and crowds–but super easy to grab something to go. The croissant was unbelievably good…definitely go if you find yourself on the Lower East Side.
Saturday night, my friend and I went to Javelina, a Tex-Mex restaurant I’d been wanting to visit foreverrrr. She’d been before and told me the queso was surely good enough to live up to a Texan’s expectations…and it did. This place was ‘hoppin–there was a three hour wait for a table and we got there at 6:30–but we snagged two seats at the bar within a few minutes and got margs (the frozen prickly pear is a must-have!), the queso sampler, and a side of rice + beans and homemade flour tortillas. While I was tempted by the entrees, this worked out so well…I’m always tempted to order misc. sides like this as my meal but get carried away by my love for enchiladas and just typically end up overeating. Javelina is now easily one of my favorite restaurants in the city so like Maman, I’m hoping dining there becomes a bit of a tradition!
On Sunday, I had brunch with Sarah and Jackie at Quality Eats on the Upper East Side. It was a really cute spot and packed at 11:30, but we grabbed seats at the bar. I had the bacon egg and cheese on monkey bread; it was so good, but I definitely want to try the patty melt (described by the bartender as a triple Big Mac with some accents) when I don’t have a three hour train ride ahead! After a long walk down to Penn Station, quick stop at Magnolia Bakery for some banana pudding to-go (literally the BEST–if you haven’t had it, it will change your life), and a quick catch up with another friend, it was time to head back to the District. I usually leave NYC earlier in the day on Sunday and while getting back later plus daylight savings wasn’t the best recipe for closing out the weekend, it was really nice to have a little extra time on Sunday. See you next time, NY!