This week has been a struggle for me. Lately, I have been feeling as though I'm on the verge of poverty, so basically I haven't bought any food and have been dining on what I have around in my apartment. Last night I had a can of tuna fish for dinner. You get the point. Also, when I got home from work today I realized that the handle of my cheese grater melted in the dishwasher. Dang. But as I ponder my struggles, I have realized something much more monumental. This past weekend marks a year since I moved to New York. Not to be too sentimental, but I can't believe it's already been a year. It's been quite the whirlwind and I'm glad to announce that I haven't been sideswiped by a cab or worse, a bicyclist, yet. To honor this moment, here six (I have always had a weird thing about the number six) of my favorite places in the city. 1. Luke's Lobster
If you like lobster and you haven't been to Luke's you're CRAZY!!! I have only had lobster (or lobster rolls) a few times in my life and this is by far some of the greatest. The lobster salad has huge chunks of claw, the dressing is super light, and the bun is toasted to perfection. If someone had told me a year ago that I would be enjoying a lobster roll on East 7th st I would have LOLed in their face. But fate brought us together and now I'm hooked.
2. Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop
Maybe I'm behind the times, but I didn't know that there was a rooftop at the Met until fairly recently. Overpriced drinks are available on the roof but the spanning view of Central Park and the city skyline is better. Also, it's the perfect place to tan without the distraction of ants, trees, and people screaming.
3. Oyster Happy Hours
I had never tried a raw oyster until last summer, when I went to The Dutch with my co-workers. Finally trying an oyster opened my eyes to a whole new phenomenon: oyster happy hours. An oyster happy hour is when all oysters are $1.00 and there are deals on drinks, etc. My favorite oyster happy hour is at The Mermaid Inn (post to come on that later) and I hope I'll be making many visits there this summer.
4. The Dog Park @ Washington Square Park
Sometimes I think that it's entirely possible that I like dogs more than people. NYC = dog lover's heaven and the best place to get a daily dog overdose is Washington Square Park. Dogs are joyfully running around left, right, and center so when I'm having a bad day, this is where I go. The only downside - non-dog owners are not allowed in the dog park. This tragedy probably has a silver lining though, because I would most likely stroll off with someone else's dog.
When my roommates and I lived in the East Village, Poco was our spot. With a happy hour with half priced drinks and $5.00 tapas, and located 20 feet from our apartment, it was a struggle not to stop there after work. Also, Poco is the inventor of one of the best drinks known to mankind: The Poco Splash (pictured above). Other than gin, lychee, and cava, I'm not sure what else is in it, but it's fantastic. They also have an unlimited brunch for $27.00.
6. Bluebird Coffee Shop
I walked by this little cafe almost every day before I finally mustered up the strength to go inside (I thought I wouldn't be cool enough to fit in with the scene). It has since been one of life's best choices and although this is random, their oatmeal is the bomb. It's also perfectly acceptable to lurk there alone, which is something I need to get more comfortable doing.