I had the green shakshuka (two baked eggs in a green tomatillo shakshuka, served with challah toast), and Christopher had the madame Freda (pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar bechamel, gruyere, and a sunny side up egg).
We spent the day wandering around, admiring spring in Manhattan.
Mid-afternoon we stopped at S'Mac to share mac and cheese:
We also had some rolled ice cream:
In the early evening we headed to the Comedy Cellar, for a second time, to see some stand-up. After comedy, we went to catch live music at Club Groove, and also snacked on a Mediterranean platter, and amazing cheese fries while there. We stopped for late night frozen yogurts before heading back to our hotel.
Friday was the last full day of our vacay. We slept in a bit, and then had an early lunch at Blossom, a vegetarian restaurant in Chelsea.
We spent a lot of time in the Financial district, and stopped in at Fraunces Tavern, which is a historical landmark in NYC that opened in 1767. We visited the museum upstairs, including the long room where George Washington bid farewell to his officers on December 4, 1783.
Christopher loves history, so this was a highlight for him.
For dinner we tried a sushi burrito from Poke Green:
At some point during our trip we also saw a few live, local bands in an intimate setting at Arlene's Grocery, in the Lower East Side. I think we were the only people there that weren't the band members' friends, which made us a little bit sad that the market for live, original music is dying.
There are very few places in Manhattan to see bands that aren't playing covers. Decades ago, all the venues had original music by up-and-coming artists, but now it seems as though people only want to hear songs they've heard before. You'd think NYC would be the place to hear something you haven't heard before, but that is getting harder and harder to do. Anyway #supportoriginalmusic #rantover.
We were in bed early on the Friday night so we could get up at a decent time to head to the airport.
How's your week going so far?
Do you have any plans for this weekend?