To celebrate our one year anniversary, Vafa and I took a trip to New York City this weekend. We’re hoping to make traveling for our anniversary one of the special rituals of our marriage, and NYC was an amazing trip for year one. I wanted to share a few highlights with you all….We left early Thursday morning via bus, a little tired and cranky without morning coffee, until we saw the Manhattan skyline from the bus window. Our first hotel, Club Quarters Opposite Rockefeller was across from Radio City Music Hall and just steps from the NBC studios. The views from the 7th floor terrace of the hotel were stunning–the neon Radio City sign, skyscrapers stacked tall and miniature cars below.
We almost immediately set off for some exploring and then dinner in the East Village. We ate at Il Buco, a rustic, elegant Italian restaurant. The decor was divine: in particular, the light fixtures, which were beautifully crafted from old-fashioned kitchen appliances–sifters, hand-blenders, strainers–and cast a romantic glow over the room. And the food–oh my! Lemony kale salad, warm bread dipped in olive oil and sea salt, homemade pasta with basil pesto and roasted potatoes, and a chocolate torte with cappuccino to finish it off.
We ended the night with a standup comedy show at Upright Citizens Brigade theater. I recommend this highly–tickets were only $5 a person (!!) and the humor was great, atmosphere was relaxed, and plus, it’s connected to this awesome lady.
On day two, we made our way to MoMa with my dear aunt to see the Jacob Lawrence Migration exhibit. It featured a series of paintings that depict the Great Migration of hundreds of thousands of African-Americans from the South to the North in the early 20th century, in hopes of better living, education and work. The paintings–all done on brown paper with tempera paint–were emotional.
The exhibit also featured other African-American artists, including a Billie Holiday performance and photographs of the post-slavery South. It was harrowing and worth visiting.
Later that day, we checked into hotel number two, the Andaz on 5th Avenue, across from the New York Public library. Upon arrival, we were met with crisp white sheets, ceiling-to-floor windows revealing clusters of skyscrapers, complimentary beverages and snacks, and a rain shower, which I loved.
That night, we saw The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night-time, a Tony-award-winning play starring Alex Sharp (review on this to come!) and wandered through Times Square, overwhelmed with the crowds and utterly happy.
P.S. – I wore this dress on our wedding day!
We couldn’t have gone to New York without visiting the Met, and on Saturday, we spent several hours there. Vafa took me straightaway to his favorite painting: A Wheat Field with Cypresses by Van Gogh. We then split up to wander the museum individually–I spent hours with the impressionists (Degas’ ballerinas make me teary!) and Vafa explored the relics from Ancient Egypt.
The best kept secret of the Met is its rooftop deck, which overlooks the city. It was the perfect place to chat with Vaf about art and just enjoy each other and the city.
For our last bit of time in the city, we sat at a park bench in Greenwich Village and called our Dads for Father’s Day. It was so sweet to talk to family, while looking across cobblestone streets and colorful brick buildings against blue skies, watching the passersby. We had–and still have–much to be grateful for.
Do you travel with your significant other? What destinations are on your travel bucket list? We’ve talked about making this scenic drive. And if we leave the country, it’s my dream to go here and here.