We stayed with our friend Nan on the Upper East Side and Friday evening she brought us for dinner and drinks at The Writing Room, a fantastic spot with delicious fried chicken and flawless Negronis. I wouldn’t have necessarily thought to pair the two, but sometimes these things just happen organically. It felt right.
Saturday was a beautiful Fall day – cool, crisp, sweater-weather, but sunny and while gallivanting about we found the cutest little French pastry shop called Canelé by Céline. Canelés are a classic French dessert from Bordeaux that are crispy and dark on the exterior, caramelized to point of almost burnt (but not quite), and soft and custard-like on the interior. The storefront on East 82nd is super-tiny and so are the canelés, but they’re adorable and the flavors are really unique. I actually opted for three savory varieties rather than classic rum – black olive, pesto and chorizo. I gobbled them up so quickly I didn’t have time to take a picture. For shame!
Saturday evening we met friends at One Mile House on the Lower East Side – terrific little tavern with an impressive craft beer list. I’m not a big beer drinker, but I spotted a brew called Kuhnhenn Chubbs Peterson on the chalkboard menu and obviously had to have it. It was brown and nutty and rich and I loved it. So I had another. The bar was perfectly situated right next to the Bowery.
The band put on a super-fun, high-energy show, as always and we were fortunate to get really close to the stage.
We of course imbibed and reveled too much and stayed up way too late, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our last stop was The Bagel Mill (1st Ave between 88th & 89th), which we always hit on our way out of town. Toasted pumpernickel with veggie cream cheese for me and toasted everything with plain cream cheese for Michael – he’s a purist.
What are your favorite things to do and see in NYC?