Summer in the City: August in NYC

Two perfect summer weeks in NYC. Glorious weather made for some of our favorite walks ever in Central Park and on the High Line. Saw our family and friends, had some great meals, and, as always, can’t wait to return. Love, love, love New York!

Started things off with a night at the Cabaret. There are not enough superlatives for Alan Cumming in his role as the Emcee. I didn’t love Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles, although the CE thought her divine. Linda Emond, who we previously saw paired with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman, was revelatory and Danny Burstein as Herr Shultz was her perfect match. Least impressive was the so-called table service for those of us who spent a fortune on cabaret table tickets. I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I felt some sympathy for Shia Labeouf’s outburst a few weeks earlier. Daniel finally had to belly up to the bar for us at intermission and discovered that drinks were $30! Only in New York, right?

Cabaret and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill compete for our favorite current Broadway offerings.

Cabaret and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill compete for our favorite current Broadway offerings.

So fun to have Daniel and Mary join us for Cabaret!

So fun to have Daniel and Mary join us for Cabaret!

On a mellower note, the CE and I went to the kitschy-beautiful Beacon Theater to see Sarah McLachlan one night. She is a generous performer and has absolutely rabid fans!

Sarah McLachlan at the Beacon Theatre

Sarah McLachlan at the Beacon Theatre

It's worth going to a concert at the Beacon Theatre just to enjoy the faux-classical interior.

It’s worth going to a concert at the Beacon Theatre just to enjoy the faux-classical interior.

We were so lucky to be able to take the whole family to a Yankees game on a perfect summer evening.

Happiest place in the Bronx: Yankee Stadium

Happiest place in the Bronx: Yankee Stadium

These guys.

These guys.

James and Grandpa enjoy the game.

James and Grandpa enjoy the game.

We finally got together with our almost-neighbors Michael and Shane for dinner one night in the West Village. Had lunch with friends Lori and Lauren before they headed to the West Coast to wrangle chickens for us. And we felt like real New Yorkers/hipsters when we took the subway over to Brooklyn to join Teri and Billy for dinner at Reynard at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.

The CE does a little two-step with Daniel, Michael, Shane and me at Melibea in the West Village.

The CE does a little two-step with Daniel, Michael, Shane and me at Melibea in the West Village.

Lauren and Lori

Lauren and Lori

How cute are these two? Billy and Teri at Reynard in Williamsburg

How cute are these two? Billy and Teri at Reynard in Williamsburg

Can’t go to NYC without discussing food. Four memorable dining moments:

These roasted carrots at The Modern Bar Room might be the most heavenly vegetables I've ever tasted.

These roasted carrots at The Modern Bar Room might be the most heavenly vegetables I’ve ever tasted.

Oh to be young and thin! Daniel polished off this warm brownie with almond brittle ice cream at The Standard Grill.

Oh to be young and thin! Daniel polished off this warm brownie with almond brittle ice cream at The Standard Grill.

Billy and Teri shared this roast chicken at Reynard.  It is presented in all its golden-brown-ness and then carved. Yum.

Billy and Teri shared this roast chicken at Reynard. It is presented in all its golden-brown-ness and then carved. Yum.

We always have a great meal at Hell's Kitchen on Ninth Avenue. Here is the CE with their Ancho Crusted Tuna Tostadas.

We always have a great meal at Hell’s Kitchen on Ninth Avenue. Here is the CE with their Ancho Crusted Tuna Tostadas.

One magical evening we walked through the Park to have dinner at the Central Park Boathouse. Yes, it is clogged with tourists. But if you 1) have a reservation and 2) get there right at 5:30 pm when they open and stand in the front of the line, you can get a pond-side table, dine with the koi and the snapping turtles, watch the punters and the gondolier and be bathed in the last rays of the setting sun. You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy that!

Summer night dinner at the Central Park Boathouse

Summer night dinner at the Central Park Boathouse

Loved the sunchoke salad at the Central Park Boathouse.

Loved the sunchoke salad at the Central Park Boathouse.

And loved the sunset, too.

And loved the sunset, too.

Green space is surprisingly abundant in NYC and part of what makes it the greatest city in the world. The Park, the High Line and the Met rooftop were our pastoral destinations this trip. And Lincoln Center, with its beautiful plaza and free outdoor summer concerts, is another great place to spend an evening.

The little boat pond in Central Park

The little boat pond in Central Park

We took a late-night walk on the High Line. Great time to be there.

We took a late-night walk on the High Line. Great time to be there.

Saw the Dan Graham roof garden at The Met.

Saw the Dan Graham roof garden at The Met.

The Met rooftop has some of the best views in the city.

The Met rooftop has some of the best views in the city.

You can cool off by the fountain at Lincoln Center on a warm summer night.

You can cool off by the fountain at Lincoln Center on a warm summer night.

Best of all, of course, is that we get to be with our family when we are in NYC. We are so blessed.

James and Thomas always come over to swim in our building's pool.

James and Thomas always come over to swim in our building’s pool.

The CE and Taylor got together for dinner one night.

The CE and Taylor got together for dinner one night.

We got to celebrate Thomas' and Bobby's birthdays in the Park.

We got to celebrate Thomas’ and Bobby’s birthdays in the Park.

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4 Responses to Summer in the City: August in NYC

  1. dizzyguy says:

    Such a great trip. Food, Broadway, subways, Central Park, etc.; and all to be shared with family in friends. We are so very blessed to have these experiences at this phase of our life. And the CCL has perfectly captured the mood and flavor of the latest NYC adventure, as we have come to expect from her.

  2. Excellent. Now I don’t have to plan our late September trip to NYC. I can just copy everything you did. (Except Cabaret probably. Saw Alan the first time and he was sublime. If Emma Stone was in for Michelle already we’d see it again though ) But putting met garden, Central Park boathouse, High Line in Tripitt. Now- how do I get I. Touch with your lovely family and friends to join us?

  3. Mrs. G says:

    Another beauty of a trip! So wonderful you can blend touring, fine dining, incredible entertainment with family time! Amazing! xoxo

  4. pollo amigo says:

    Looks like another wonderful trip…this time with greenery and short sleeves/

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