My Birthday Weekend

I’ve been in NYC since Saturday, and it’s been a very comfortable transition from home. Two factors made sure I would fit in easily here:

1)   I’ve been here twice before (including a week in November) and have already done most of the touristy things.

2)   I have a group of best friends who have been here for a year and can give me all the advice I need.

But what exactly have I been doing since Saturday? Celebrating my birthday of course!

As most of my family knows, my birthday celebration usually extends throughout the entire month of May. This year was no exception. My grad school friends threw a birthday party for me before finals, my family and I celebrated in Omaha the weekend before I left for NYC, and this weekend I finally got to celebrate with my college friends (summer birthday here).

Even though my birthday was technically Monday, we celebrated on Saturday with a delicious triple chocolate cake from an Italian bakery in northern New Jersey.


Birthday Cake #3

Then we went to a bar called The Delancey, which I enjoyed for its mix of Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and early ’90s dance hits. The reason I wanted to go to The Delancey is because it has a rooftop bar with a view of the Williamsburg Bridge. Unfortunately, there was a private party happening up there. But I suspect the party was Fleet Week-related, so I didn’t mind. (By the way, last week through Memorial Day was Fleet Week, which meant the city was filled with sailors. It’s a good time to be in New York!).

Sunday, I had my first brunch in NYC. We went to Sarabeth’s on the Upper East Side, and I had the spinach and goat cheese omelette. On Sundays, brunch is as important to NYC as church is to the rest of the country. Hopefully, I’ll be able to fit in both.

Brunch at Sarabeth's

Brunch at Sarabeth's

Monday was my actual birthday. Jess was in town from Jersey and Amy was in town from D.C., so the three of us trekked to Brooklyn for pizza at Grimaldi’s. Jess and I were sold on the place after we read that Frank Sinatra used to go there. You can tell that Grimaldi’s has a soft spot for Frank because they more or less devote an entire wall to him. The line outside was long, but a man was playing an accordion outside the restaurant, and it was a beautiful day.

Outside Grimaldi's

Outside Grimaldi's

We ordered sausage, onions and red peppers on our pizza.

One of the best combinations of pizza I have ever had

One of the best combinations of pizza I have ever had


We even had room for ice cream afterward at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (strawberry and chocolate chocolate chunk on a waffle cone). Both places are practically underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The ice cream place is right on the East River, so we got some fantastic shots of the bridge and Lower Manhattan. It was so beautiful and sunny that my pale skin might actually have gotten a tan.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory


Amy, Me, Jess

Amy, Me, Jess

All and all, it was a relaxing first weekend in the city. I ate well, got a martini and a manicure for $10 (at Beauty Bar), walked through Central Park and spent much-needed time with my college friends. It felt good to even just watch TV with them.

I have more posts to come, including a recap of the concert I went to last night. (Preview: Elvis Costello showed up!) But first, I have to stop mooching off the hospitality of friends and move into my apartment!


2 Responses to “My Birthday Weekend”

  1. 1 Mom
    May 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Sounds like the NYC birthday celebration took 1st Place!

  2. May 29, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    I’m so glad you’ve made a comfy transition. Brunch looks delicious, I’m going to brunch with Katlin here in COMO as soon as she gets back- we can pretend we’re in NYC. lol

    I love and miss you!
    When does your internship start?

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