If you're following @peachesandsalt or @V_S_P_L on Instagram, then you saw that Jd and I were in New York over the weekend! We arrived Thursday evening just in time for dinner and drinks with my best friend Emily at Dziupla, a Polish restaurant in the heart of Williamsburg. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture, but we had the most amazing pierogies and I recommend you go try them if you're in the area. After dinner we headed over to Surf Bar for pina coladas to top off the night. I'm not sure how we found out about this bar, but we went because we heard the floor was sand and when arrived the floor was indeed sand! I thought it was really cool and so did Emily, especially since she is orginially from Virginia Beach.
On Friday, Jd and I got an early start and headed into Manhattan. When we got on the subway, the sky was clear, but as soon as we stepped off and walked above ground it started raining so we immediately had to duck into the nearest store and buy an umbrella. Luckily the rain didn't last long and by 1:00 p.m. it was bright and sunny!
While finding our way to New York's New Museum, we stumbled upon this unique Mexican restaurant called Tacombi, where they literally make and serve tacos out of an old VW van. The restaurant was buzzing with people when we arrived, but luckily they had room for us right away. I noticed that many people had bright drinks, which I thought were cocktails at first, but quickly realized they were fresh pressed juices upon review of the menu. I don't know of anywhere in Richmond that serves fresh pressed juices so we obviously very excited about this and each tried one (they were AMAZING by the way).
I ordered two tacos and Jd order a quesdilla, all of which were delicious. I love that they use corn tortillas instead of flour, I really think it makes a huge difference in taste when you use corn. Again, if you're in New York please go check this place out! The service was oustanding and friendly, we chatted with the owner briefly and he was so kind, asking us where we were from and what we thought of the place.
Finally we arrived to the New Museum, which Jd had been looking forward to since before we arrived in New York. We walk and discover that only two out of five floors are open, which was a huge disappointment. I honeslty have to say that I wish we had gone to the MoMA instead because we finished touring both floors in about 20 minutes or less.
One of the coolest installations we saw at the museum was an Oculus virtual reality simulation. I had never used an Oculus before and it wasn't at all what I expected it to be, but it was amazing to say the least. When I put on the head display I was immediately placed into a deep forest. To my surprise, I could do a complete circle or look in any direction and there was still a full forest. It was crazy! You could even walk through the forest! So I will say that if you are bored one day, then go check this out, but otherwise I would suggest you wait until all of the floors are open again.
Once we got back to Emily's apartment in Queens, we dipped into a thai restaurant for a quick meal before heading to a rooftop bar that served up some great drinks while we waited to meet up with friends.
On Saturday, we were exhausted from lack of sleep and several long days of walking, but we got up at the crack of dawn to get our coffee and bagel fix right. We panned to head into Manhattan again, but the M train was closed for repairs so we ended up going back to Emily's and being lazy for about three more hours.
When we did finally get up, Jd and I spent the day walking through a good portion of Manhattan to get to Washington Square. We traveled through Tribeca, Soho and Greenwich and ate some pretty awesome pizza on chess table outside of a park.
We saw some interesting, colorful art and stumbled across a street festival where we grabbed some fresh roasted corn and admired various clothing, pins and other handcrafted materials.
This man somehow managed to carry his piano into the park and played us all some beautiful music while we sat and admired him. It was fabulous!
On the way back to Emily's apartment, we decided to take the Brooklyn Bridge, which I had never walked across before. It was such a beautiful view and it was so sunny on Saturday that it could not have been a more perfect day to stroll along the bridge.
Near the end of the bridge, Jd spotted this man fast asleep and he of course had to get a photo of it because it was so hilarious. I mean this guy was out cold! He must of had a long morning....or night?
And then there was the spontaneous art festival we stumbled upon as we attempted to get pizza at Roberta's. We saw some very interesting people, including this half naked artist, who is apparently well known around the New York area? It was interesting to say the least, but that's what made it so amazing! The streets were filled with people and artists were painting murals and usic was blasting from someone's car. Oh, New York.
And then it was over. Roberta's was so packed that we ended up going to a Korean place (unfortunately I can't remember the name, but I will find it out next time I am in NYC and let everyone know). Our bus was arriving in NYC at 5:00 a.m. Sunday so we had to be awake at 3:00 a.m. to pack and call cab that could drive us to the bus stop. Needless to say, Saturday night was uneventful, but it was nice to have som extra rest.
We had a transfer in Washington, D.C. which gave us time to grab coffee and breakfast AND venture around the station. Jd was able to snap a few photos, including this one above, with his iPhone quickly before we had to catch our next bus back to Richmond. Home.
I hope you enjoyed reading about travels or at least looking at the photos! We have one final surprise below:
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