60 Hours in the City
October 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm
So you want to be a part of it? New York? Well, strap on those vagabond shoes, have a preflight cocktail at Chili’s and hop on the next plane to Newark International Airport. Scoot your suitcase on the AirTrain. Take it to the New Jersey Transit. Revel at the likes of dark greasy hair, mewelry (man jewelry) and thick Jersey accents while you gaze at abandoned buildings and graffiti with whiffs of trash out the window. Get off at Penn Station where you’ll lose yourself for a few minutes among the crowds. Find the yellow lights of the cabbies. Hail one and hop in. Hurry, they are honking.
October 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Tell Mohammed Shabarshad to take you to the Empire Hotel in the Upper West Side on 63rd Street. Yes, that’s right, the one that Chuck Bass is trying to purchase. Make out with Chuck in the chic, low-lit lobby. Text Gossip Girl. Spotted: Roses are red, violets are blue. Chuck is making out with a tourist. What’s Blair to do?
October 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm
Venture to Kefi on Columbus Ave for Greek-inspired cuisine. Squeeze into a booth with your lover and try the balls of meat; authentic Greek salad; and spreads, an offering of tzatziki, feta sauce, roasted red pepper hummus, and baba ghanoush with pita slices. Drink the Boutari moschofilero until you forget your life. Comment on how good it is to have balls of meat in your mouth. Stroll over to the Cava Wine Bar between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave. Order a dark, red wine blend and sit near the open floor-to-ceiling windows.
October 10, 2009 at 9:00 am
Awake in the morn to freshly brewed, hazelnut coffee from Bread Soul across the street from the hotel. Jaunt on over to Central Park to snap a few candid pictures. After scouring the park for knockoffs and pleasantly-priced artwork, dine at PJ Clarke’s for lunch. Inhale the macaroni and cheese with bacon and peas, calories removed. You’re on vacation.
October 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Shop until your husband drops. Purchase 80s boyfriend blazer from Zara, cost-friendly European couture. Appease hubster by having a beverage at the Heartland Brewery. Try the Smiling Pumpkin Ale.
October 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Meet a local or pay a local to wine and dine you. Drink the 2008 Domaine Daniel Pollier Macon-Villages chardonnay purchased at Best Cellars from the Burgundy region in France. Check out the Upper West Sider’s quaint, NYC apartment. Hail a cab and tell Sadam Mohallad to take you to Chinatown Brasserie on 380 Lafayette Street. Order the Ginger Dragon, a cocktail of ginger essence, lemon and vodka. Have three of them. Become loud and obnoxious. Talk about how you love the meat sticks (chicken and shrimp lollipops) and pop some pork pot stickers in your mouth. Salivate at the soup dumplings. Snap a photo in the coy pond.
October 10, 2009 at 10:30 pm
Proceed onward to Puck Fair, a pub of Irish spirits. Pretend you’re young again while drinking microbrews with a bunch of NYU students. Decide it’s time to get back to the hotel to check out the rooftop lounge. Have a martini with Chuck Bass in the lounge. Because he’s underage and most of the patrons are, too, especially after midnight.
October 11, 2009 at 10:30 am
Quench your dragon thirst with a Pellegrino in the morning from Bread Soul. Jaunt over to Battery Park to pick up a yachtsman. If that fails, try the instructor from Manhattan Sailing School. Mimic Lady Liberty because no one else has ever done that before. Shop until you’re about to eat your hand off. Feast on a prosciutto and mushroom pizza at Adrienne’s Pizza Bar in the outdoor, restaurant-lined street. Unbutton your jeans to make room. Saunter to Rockefeller Center and get a picture with Prometheus. Because having your liver eaten by an eagle is so hot right now. Vomit in your mouth at the guy on the subway eating Chinese.
October 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Wipe vomit from mouth. Take a quick nap. Host a Happy Hour party for two in the rooftop lounge. Attempt going to the Boat Basin for dinner. Swear because it’s Sunday and the basin is closed. Walk over to the funky Asian Fatty Crab for shrimp wontons and the fatty duck. Check crouch for crabs. Order a red blend from the Terre D’oltremare in Italy.
October 12, 2009 at 8:15 am
Have one last hazelnut coffee at Bread Soul. Act like a silly schoolgirl because they’re filming Sex and the City II in the hotel lobby. Cry a little because it’s time to leave.