As of June 24, 2012 I have been married to my best friend for 6 years! C-R-A-Z-Y, but not crazy bad. Just crazy how time flies (especially when you are having fun). I'm excited to see what the next many years will bring!
For our anniversary this year, we decided to stay local and head to our old favorite stomping ground, NYC. Ahh yes, the city that never sleeps, the BIG apple.
We stayed in The Grand Hyatt, above Grand Central Station at 42nd and Lexington. I've stayed there before. It's not one of the cheaper ones, but it's also not the most expensive. It's also very convenient 4 blocks from 5th Ave 6 or so from Times Square. Just a hop on the 4, 5 or 6 to get down to Chinatown/Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, the hotel is nice and modern which I like. And...you have a view of the Chrysler Building, if you are on the correct side.
King Size-upgrade-before Gary flopped on it!
Cozy little reading area, with random table in the middle, but it works.
Flat screen, thank you and cute little lit shelves. Behind the cabinets are a mini fridge and a safe. Closet to the left
VERY important for me to have a clean bathroom. I get uber skeeved out if it's gross. I mean you are supposed to get CLEAN in a shower!
We had lunch in Grand Central because we were starving. Although I wish I had held out because there was a great street fair right outside of our building with all kinds of delis looking meats.
I chose to eat at Hale and Hearty Soups. It is great, but a little intimidating. Intimidating because the lines are long and you have to order quick or they get annoyed and people behind you do too. It kind of reminds me of eating at Pat's Steaks in Philly, order quick and don't be weird about it. I think Philly is more intimidating. Wit or Wit out?
They chop it for you if you want. This was the small salad with corn, carrots, cucumbers, avocado and chipotle salad dressing. I was attempting a southwest salad just without the protein apparently.
Gary loves falafel and schwarma
P.S. This day was VERY warm. I almost didn't make it through the day. It was the humidity that was killing me though. I can do heat, not humidity. Thankfully it thunder stormed and took some of that away.
Street fair- Spices- may be a little gross to be out in the open, but they were pretty.
Mozzarella and sweet corn cake- y'all know I love cheese, but this was meeeh. I felt bad for all those vendors sweating over the hot grills.
Anniversary Dinner: Thank you Living Social! 79$ for a 4 course meal and a bottle of white/red wine @ Nino's Tuscany Steakhouse by 58th and 7th. There were A LOT of living social users there that night. The food wasn't bad, the atmosphere was nice, wine was good, service was good (refilled my water plenty).
We both started off with bruchetta as well as bread/oil
Gary's appetizer and mine, of course with shrimp
Gary's homemade ravioli
Veal topped with prosciutto and mozzarella with fresh green beans and mashed potatoes(weird choice and those weren't very good).
I felt kinda bad. Being a blogger I take pics of everything. And...since the restaurant was very dark I kept having to use my flash. This is why most of my food looks uber white and washed out.
Dessert: Gary got ricotta cheese cake (which wasn't as creamy as it would have been with say cream cheese or mascarpone)
Here's where I committed a dessert sin: I didn't finish my chocolate mousse(insert *gasp). It was extremely rich and delicious, but I was just too stuffed. One too many breadsticks I guess.
Grand Central past midnight= less people and Beautiful (always is, but just easier to see everything without getting run over)