Wrap-up: April in NYC

Just back from another great trip to the city. It was kind of awesome, though, to leave the puffer coat, gloves, scarves and umbrellas behind – it snowed when we arrived and poured cold rain as we left – but, of course, we don’t go to NYC for the weather, right?

Not exactly spring fashion!

Not exactly spring fashion!

This trip was all about fun, food, friends and family. We went to seven different performances, a new record for us! As previously mentioned, Audra McDonald’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill was our hands-down favorite, but we also enjoyed Bullets Over Broadway and Beautiful. We took our boys to see Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan and rounded out our trip with the quirky The Realistic Joneses. The only performance we didn’t totally love was the Metropolitan Opera’s Cosi Fan Tutti, but that must be because we are Philistines – the opera has been well-reviewed. We were also lucky to be invited to join friends at an open rehearsal of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet company in Chelsea – this is an incredibly talented and innovative dance company!

Go see them if you can! (image from cfa.gmu.edu)

Go see them if you can! (image from cfa.gmu.edu)

The CE enjoyed Bullets Over Broadway

The CE enjoyed Bullets Over Broadway

"Beautiful" was lovely.

“Beautiful” was lovely.

The esteemed cast of The Realistic Joneses. We had Row C tickets - the closest I will ever be to Michael C. Hall! (image from arthurkade.com)

The esteemed cast of The Realistic Joneses. We had Row C tickets – the closest I will ever be to Michael C. Hall! (image from arthurkade.com)

We were lucky to be in town for Easter week and returned again this year to Calvary Baptist Church for Dr. David Epstein’s galvanizing Good Friday service.

If you're in the city and looking for a spiritual uplift,  head to W. 57th St. and hear Dr. David Epstein preach. (image from chosenpeople.com)

If you’re in the city and looking for a spiritual uplift, head to W. 57th St. and hear Dr. David Epstein preach. (image from chosenpeople.com)

Easter Sunday was a joyful day for us: we worshipped at Redeemer Presbyterian and then went to brunch with our boys, Daniel’s friend, Isabel, Angie and family, and our friends Teri and Billy. And the sun even came out!

The whole gang on our way to brunch.

The whole gang on our way to brunch.

James in his Easter basket "fly glasses"

James in his Easter basket “fly glasses”

Taylor, Isabel, Daniel, Billy and Teri at Easter brunch.

Taylor, Isabel, Daniel, Billy and Teri at Easter brunch.

Angie and her boys.

Angie and her boys.

Daniel and Taylor, Easter 2014

Daniel and Taylor, Easter 2014

Thomas in Central Park after Easter brunch.

Thomas in Central Park after Easter brunch.

There was, alas, no shortage of fine dining. Our magical experience at Eleven Madison Park takes the prize, but we also had a lovely dinner at Nougatine, great steaks at The Strip House, and terrific lunches at The National, Ruhlmann’s Cafe, Ma Peche and Bouchon Bakery. We also got to have breakfast one morning with Dave’s daughter, Laurel, who happened to be in the city.

I am powerless to resist: Nougatine's butterscotch pudding.

I am powerless to resist: Nougatine’s butterscotch pudding.

Taylor and the CE shared a Porterhouse at The Strip House.

Taylor and the CE shared a Porterhouse at The Strip House.

So fun to see Laurel!

So fun to see Laurel!

A healthy salad at Bouchon Bakery.

A healthy salad at Bouchon Bakery.

…and a not-so-healthy lunch at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rockefeller Plaza

…and a not-so-healthy lunch at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rockefeller Plaza

Amidst the drear and cold, there were still plenty of signs of spring in the city:

Calley Pear trees like these in Central Park were blooming all over the city.

Calley Pear trees like these in Central Park were blooming all over the city.

I came across this lovely sight in the West Village.

I came across this lovely sight in the West Village.

I love the forsythia! We saw this hedge abloom in Bronxville.

I love the forsythia! We saw this hedge abloom in Bronxville.

We had to leave the city for two of the biggest events of our trip: we took the quick trip up to Bronxville last weekend for James’ 6th birthday party and Thomas’ Little League game:

Happy brothers at James' birthday party

Happy brothers at James’ birthday party

Bobby and the boys after the party.

Bobby and the boys after the party.

Thomas had the biggest hit at his game! He's a natural!

Thomas had the biggest hit at his game! He’s a natural!

Every trip to NYC is our favorite trip, but it was truly hard to say goodbye this time. It’s great to be back in CA, but we look forward to a summer return to the city!

Can't wait to go back to see these guys in the city!

Can’t wait to go back to see these guys in the city!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to Wrap-up: April in NYC

  1. It’s just wrong that I read this post filled with lovely memories and great descriptions of Broadway shows and beautiful family and friends and my take away that can’t stop ringing in my head is: “Taylor SHARED a steak?!?” It’s not just the weather that is topsy-turvy.

  2. dizzyguy says:

    As usual, the CCL’s photos and writings so perfectly portray our experience in the city that not much remains to be added. It was a very busy and altogether satisfying trip with respect to family and friends, theater and other entertainment, dining, etc. However, the weather did not assist us in our enjoyment of these events, but neither did it prevent such. However, we did notice some cracks in the normally steely NYers as their winter entered its 6th month. Who could blame them?

  3. tdevir says:

    What a fun NYC trip and such great pictures as usual. I am always starving after I see all those fab food photos!!! You guys know how to eat!! Xo

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