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