When I have guests here in NYC, it is very important for me to show them a good time (and prepare my apartment). After all, this IS the greatest city in the world, so it is my job to make sure they experience it. It is a lot of pressure. I don’t want to let my great city down
First off, on Friday we went out to dinner in the West Village. We decided we’d just wander around until we found a good place. Unfortunately, while not planning dinner can sometimes lead to some hidden gems, it can also lead to some misses….
We ended up eating dinner at a place called Jekyll and Hyde, which I had always been curious about from walking by the sign.
Once we sat at our table, we noticed that there were a large amount children, as well as a host of characters entertaining them. The menu wasn’t very exciting so we all got salads (I forgot to take a picture). I did take a picture of some of the action goin on inside…
Saturday Brunch Day!
On Saturday, I woke up with the possible beginnings of a hangover but I powered through and banged out 7 miles on the treadmill. Once we were all ready we headed out for a classic NYC brunch. I chose the Essex on the Lower East Side. From the looks of the big crowd, it was clear I picked a winner!
We enjoyed some pre-brunch cocktails of mimosas and bloody marys and before we knew it, we were seated on the balcony, which was very nice because it was a little quieter than downstairs.
I was very excited about the menu, which included a wide array of dishes from classic Eggs Benedict to Mexican Matzo Brei (Matzo with scrambled eggs, tortilla chips, monterey jack, avocado, black beans and pico de gallo). I chose the Challa French Toast, which was dressed with bananas foster.
My brunch was absolutely amazing! The richness of bananas foster with the thick challah french toast was the perfect combination. And you better believe, I finished my 3 Bloody Marys. Here’s what the rest of the table got:
After our drinks and the delicious food, we were all very satisfied! And maybe a little tipsy
After brunch, we just had to take advantage of the beautiful weather. So, we enjoyed a few more of these guys outdoors at a little pub nearby on the Lower East Side. Remember, it’s SOMETIMES Healthy Living…
AND luckily, the pub was next to my absolute favorite yogurt place, 16 handles. Yes, the name describes it perfectly. 16 flavors of tasty yogurt and a toppings bar that has everything you can possibly imagine putting on yogurt (and even some items you’d never imagine!). Of course, we just had to have some.
My yogurt was a mix of Red Velvet and Birthday Cake topped with of chocolate covered pretzels, Captain Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. I love cereal all the time, but I love it just a little more when it’s on top of yogurt.
We may or may not have ended our day playing a game we all enjoyed once upon a time in college…but I’m not confirming. Let’s just say it’s nice to pretend you’re back in the glory days every now and then.
Well, we’re hopefully off to the Plaza for brunch shortly! We’re all a little bit tired from yesterday’s action so it might take a while.
What’s your favorite brunch cocktail? For nondrinkers, what about your favorite yogurt topping?