So even though I’m on Long Island for the summer, I can’t stay away from NYC. Here are some of the places I’ve gone so far…
1) Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St, New York NY
I had been watching one of the travel/Food Network shows, and when this place came on, I knew I had to go. Turns out, the school that I taught in freshman year was only a block away the whole time! I got a blueberry doughnut, and it was delicious. Next time I’ll try one of the specialty ones.
So one day a few weeks ago after getting tickets to a show, we decided to wander and stumbled upon the Intrepid! We didn’t go in, but relaxed in the park nearby for a while. A really nice day trip for the spring or summer.
3) Mystery Monastery Park
This past week, while on yet another day of wandering, we found this church that has a public park hidden behind these tall stone walls. It was kind of creepy, but once inside it turned out to be gorgeous, with benches, trees, flowers and archways. There weren’t any homeless people begging for money either, like in Cooper Square.
Bleeker St in the West Village
This pizza place was recommended to me to be better than any pizza in Italy, and even though I’m not sure it entirely lived up to the hype, I will give them credit for creative pizzas. I got a butternut squash, mozzarella and yellow pepper pizza, so if I go back I’d probably suggest something more traditional, like margherita.
After eating gelato everyday for 4 months, GROM was the only gelato in Italy I didn’t like. However, it is one of the few gelatos in NY that is actually Italian, so I brought my friend to try it, and she really enjoyed the authentic Italian treat. As for me, I went next door to…
5) POP BAR
This place was something different. They put gelato into an ice pop bar, and it was the perfectly refreshing treat for a hot beyond belief day. I got blood orange, which is the only orange that I’ll eat. I discovered it in Italy, but they have it here in the US, too.
6) How to Succeed in Business
Yes, it’s the show with Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe starred in it, and in my opinion the best part was his attempt at an American accent. He actually is a pretty good singer, too. What was funny is that I’m not sure how tall he is in real life, but compared to the rest of the cast, he looked really little. If you can get tickets, a great show to see!
7) Catch Me If You Can
I had high expectations for this, but I have to say I was disappointed. I loved the movie and the plot, but the music was forgettable and didn’t really seem to fit with the theme of the show. The acting was great, except I would have loved to see Amy Adams reprise her role from the movie as Brenda Strong. Seeing a blonde in her role just seemed unsatisfying. The show reminded me of one of my favorite tv shows, White Collar on USA Network. Oh, if only Matt Bomer showed up for a surprise cameo!