Saturday, March 2, 2013

NYC Trip

Tony planned a big surprise for me to celebrate turning the big 3-0! For the past month or so, he had been telling me that we were driving somewhere, Cole was coming with us, and it wasn't a big deal. I just needed to take two days off of work to go. Well, pretty much all of that was not true! On Wednesday night, I went to my pilates class and called when I was on my way home. Tony said he and Cole were at the store and would be home around the same time as me. I got home first and started packing Cole's clothes and mine as well. I had figured out we were going to NYC because United sent me an email to check in for the flight...oops! But I still thought Cole was coming too. I was folding clothes, I heard them come in the house, and my Mom was standing there! She and my Dad came to watch Cole and Tony and I were going to NYC together. This was the first trip we've taken without Cole since he was born. I was so surprised and a little sad that we would be leaving the man, but knew he would have fun with my parents, and boy did he!

Tony and I few out on Thursday morning, with snow on the ground in Tulsa, but we got out fine. We made it to NYC around 11:00 in the morning and had the whole day ahead of us. We check into our hotel, the Andaz Hotelright on 5th Avenue! Tony knows how to plan a trip! It was a great choice in hotel. Awesome location and a good amount of space. They upgraded us to some kind of room with a better view which overlooked the New York Public Library and we could see some of the lights from Times Square in the distance.

For the rest of the day, we did some shopping around Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue. Stacy and my parents had given me money & gift cards for my birthday so I could do some shopping while we were there. We also got Cole a few things from the Lego Store and FAO Schwartz.

Last time we were in NYC we went to the top of the Empire State Building, so we wanted to do Top of the Rock this time. It was pretty chilly and windy, but not terrible. We still had a good time and saw some great views of the city!
Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side during his planning, and was convinced that we had to go. They have unbelievable cookies! They were warm, huge, and awesome! We ended up going back another time. It wasn't the easiest place to get to on our Subway routes either. We definitely we out of our way to go there, but it was worth it!

Thursday night for dinner we went to Blue Smoke in the Flatiron district. Another place Tony had researched. They serve BBQ in a relaxed, but cool atmosphere. It really felt like a place you would find in Austin. We had to wait over an hour for a table, but it worked out because we found a spot at the bar and had some drinks and appetizers until our table was ready. The food was delicious! I won't embarrass us by telling all the things we ordered, but Tony is still talking about their chicken wings!

We knew we were going to be getting some rain on Saturday, so we layered up and went for a run in Central Park on Friday morning. We did the full 6+ mile loop plus a little extra running back to the Subway stop. It was cold when we started, but felt great after about a mile or so.

It took us a little longer than expected with the Subway travel and everything, so we rushed to shower and hop back on the Subway to go see my friend Jacki for lunch. She's in NYC doing some grad school work. We got to see her apartment (studio) and ate at a yummy pizza place up the street. I wish I knew the name of the place because it was seriously really good brick oven pizza.

On our way back, we stopped a few other 5th Avenue stores, but didn't buy anything. We were getting kind of worn out with all of our travels around the city. We came back and rested for a bit before getting ready for dinner. Friday night Tony had made reservations at Blue Hill, a fancy farm to table restaurant in Greenwich Village. The food was amazing! I tried beets AND brussel sprouts! Everything was so fresh and well cooked. It was our second night to sit at a table extremely close (like you have to move the table to get out) to other people, but it started to clear out a little bit towards the end of our meal which was nice. After dinner, we went to Sweet Revenge for dessert. They have cupcakes with beer/wine pairings. Different and fun. We sat at a little bar at the back which was nice and away from the crowd of the tables.

Saturday was the crappy weather, rainy day. We had a few more shopping spots we wanted to hit, but started the morning off by going to Chelsea Market and had breakfast there. We avoided the rain for a little bit by walking around the little shops and taking a few pictures.

We did a lot of Subway riding this day since it was raining a lot of the day. We went to Eataly with every other person in New York I think. It wasn't very enjoyable with the huge crowd, but a pretty impressive space. We did some shopping in SoHo too. Saturday night we went out for family style Italian at Tony DiNapoli for dinner. The food was good, but we thought we liked Carmine's better which we went to last time we were in NY. It had stopped raining for a bit, and we walked around Times Square at night before heading back to the hotel. Times Square was only a few block walk from our hotel, so we went a few different times or passed through on our way back from somewhere. Always tons of people, of course!

We were so tired every night with all the walking we did. We were out and about most of the day every day we were there. Not something we are used to these days! We're always working with a nap schedule! It was nice to have time just the two of us. We had drinks and sat at a bar, had long dinners, shopped, and did everything on our own time. Of course, we missed Cole and FaceTimed with him every day. It seemed quiet at times without him too. We would love to go back and show Cole New York, but when the weather is nicer and warmer that's for sure. We headed back to Tulsa on Sunday morning because we had to be back in time for my parents to catch their flight back to Houston. We had such a good time, but were ready to get home too. I think it took us a few days to recover from the busy weekend! 30 is off to a great start so far!!

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