Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Valentine's Trip to NYC

Well, we left before Valentine's Day, but we went for a long weekend. Of course, it was one of the coldest weekends this Winter, so we tried to stay indoors as much as possible and enjoy some long, leisurely meals.

Happy Valentine's Day!
A NYC Valentine

Upon arrival we headed to Maysville for cocktails and dinner. After imbibing a Kentucky Redbird (a bourbon and fruity concoction), I then decided to move on to the Willett Pot Still, neat. Mmmm! The food highlight was the seared beef with radish and apple. The bartenders were friendly, especially since we arrived right as they opened. We ate in the dining room for our meal and the restaurant filled up quickly. Coordination of courses proved to be a bit bumpy leaving us with multiple plates jockeying for position.

Bourbons and Ryes
An awesome bar shelf
Kentucky Redbird Cocktail
Kentucky Redbird
Seared Beef with Radish and Apple
Seared beef with radish and apple. A wonderful dish from Maysville.

Walking back to the hotel we stumbled upon Eataly. Wow! a bit overwhelming. We couldn't resist ordering the Nutella Affogato.

Affogato in the Making
Decadent after dinner dessert/coffee from Eataly.

The next morning we headed to The Met. The museum is big and contains a wide variety of art and artifacts. We were particularly enchanted with the vibrancy of the Thomas Hart Benton paintings and delighted by the Oceanic exhibit.

Thomas Hart Benton - July Hay
Thomas Hart Benton - July Hay
Kwoma Crocodile
Crocodile Ceiling Panel
For lunch we visited the Petrie Court Cafe. Tasty food, lovely service, and a decent people-watching experience.

Malliol with Blue Hat
The blue hat is awesome
Tarrica Cabernet
A wonderful Cab from Paso Robles
French Dip Sandwich
Enjoying a French Dip sandwich at The Met

After lunch we saw armored knights and Dutch masters.

Knight on Horse
The armor collection is impressive
Govert Flinck - Bearded Man with a Velvet Cap
Govert Flinck - Bearded Man with a Velvet Cap
Back to our tiny hotel room for a rest before dining at Perry St. This was our dinner splurge. A five course tasting menu with wine pairings. Unfortunately, it was way too dark to take decent photos. The highlight was a Lobster Thermidor with mushrooms, Gruyere, and tarragon. A perfect melding of flavors paired with a white Burgundy. Luscious, decadent, delicious.

The following day we attempted to walk around the city and enjoy a few outdoor sites. The frozen fountain at Bryant Park was really cool (actually frozen). And we wandered around Rockefeller Plaza.

Frozen Fountain
The frozen fountain was fascinating
Billowing flags at Rockefeller Plaza. No wonder we were cold.
We ended up at Columbus Circle with half a mind to venture over toward the Hudson River to view the Intrepid when we realized the cold weather was winning. It was near noon and we needed a place for lunch. Robert came to our rescue. Located on the ninth floor of the Museum of Arts and Design, the place is colorful and modern with a spectacular view of Central Park and NYC. We settled in to enjoy drinks, wine, food, and restaurant patrons. An indulgent spot to warm our bones. The staff treated us very well, despite the lack of reservations.

Robert Restaurant
Bright colors and funky furniture at Robert
View from Robert
What a view!
Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine splurge
Watercress and Potato Soup
Potato and Watercress Soup. The right starter on a frigid day.

Steak Fries and Salad
Steak Frites

Fur coats and shorts - NYC style
Mirrored View
Diners at Robert
 After lunch we did wander over to see the Intrepid from the outside. In the late afternoon we headed to MoMA to take advantage of free admission night. Wow! What a freakin' zoo! Busy and chaotic. The line for the coat check was at least an hour long! It was tough to enjoy the art because we were constantly jostled by other Friday night freeloaders. I was pleased to see a couple of Klimt paintings. This was the highlight for me.

The Line for the Coat Check
Waiting to check coats. We carried ours.
Klimt Graces
Gustav Klimt - Hope II
As we left MoMA we ran into a cat head. We appreciate this kind of art, too.

Cat Head
Cat Head

After chaos we needed to relax a wee bit before dinner. A glass of sparkling at the Morrell Wine Bar did the trick.

And then we plunged right back into chaos visiting Don Antonio for pizza. Crowded, loud, and busy, but delicious wood-fired pies.

Hungry Crowd at Don Antonio
The crowd at Don Antonio.
Margherita Pizza with Sausage
Margherita with Sausage. Wood-fired Deliciousness.
The next morning we boarded the train for home. Fun trip despite the cold temps. Lots more still to do on future visits.

Through the Branches
NYC - Fun Times

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