Ah, New York in the fall. It makes me want to buy school supplies. (And send bouquets of newly sharpened pencils to charming Internet friends.)
Seriously – the hubs and I hopped down to NYC in mid-October for a long weekend, and it was, as always, delightful.
We arrived Friday night and settled into our apartment – a charming retreat (found via Airbnb) in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Our hostess recommended Chavela’s, promising that the Mexican dishes there would meet even our Texan-snob standards. She was right.
Guacamole + sangria + enchiladas = mucho delicioso.
On our way home, we stopped in at Forte, a brand-new cafe (they’d been open three days!) for apple cider and pumpkin cheesecake. Delicious.
Saturday morning found us checking out the Brooklyn Flea – sadly under-attended due to chilly rain. But J did make a new friend.
We dropped in at the Greenlight Bookstore, a favorite discovery on our last trip to Brooklyn, and popped in to see the Greene Grape’s new digs. (And to split a zucchini-cranberry-chocolate-chip muffin. Wow.)
Its cozy space is chock full of fascinating books. I could have browsed for hours.
Blueprints from the original Sesame Street set, sheet music for “Rubber Duckie” and “Bein’ Green”…
…all kinds of cool Henson/Sesame Workshop trivia, and half a dozen of our favorite Muppets (including Super Grover, in the clouds!).
We left with smiles on our faces (noting on the way out that the exhibit is “brought to you by the letters N, Y, P and L”).
After a bit of shopping and wandering in the neighborhood, we walked up to the Upper West Side for dinner at a sidewalk cafe.
I’m still not sure if the maitre’d’s Italian accent was real, but the pasta and wine were delicious.
After dinner, we headed up to West 83rd Street, to a place I’d walked by but never entered.
For the uninitiated, Cafe Lalo is the setting for an important scene in You’ve Got Mail – when Kathleen Kelly arranges to meet her Internet admirer and is shocked to see her nemesis Joe Fox instead. (The railings outside are the scene of Fox’s mini-freakout before he walks in: “She had to be! She had to be!”)
Our experience wasn’t that dramatic (thank goodness), but the desserts are out of this world.
Sated and satisfied, we headed back to Brooklyn for a cozy night in.
More New York photos and stories to come.