We spent most of Saturday walking around Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass...gotta love the neighborhood acronyms). We took the subway from Kath's (over in Bay Ridge) to have brunch at Bubby's by the river. The service wasn't that great, but my trout scramble was very tasty and the view of lower Manhattan was amazing. It was super windy so we tried to stay warm, even when taking a quick walk around Brooklyn Bridge Park. If it had been ten degrees warmer, I'm sure we would have walked across the Brooklyn Bridge or at least sat outside the restored carousel for a bit. Guess I'll just have to go back when the weather's warmer!
|Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO.|
Photo by Michelle!
After brunch, we headed back home for a nap and shower. A little Friends with my friends :) Once we were ready to go, stilettos and all, we headed back onto the subway to head to the Lower East Side. My sister and Jenny had both recommended this restaurant called Freeman's, so that was our destination. However, the restaurant (at the end of a spy-like alleyway) was tiny and no tables were left by the time we got there. Definitely want to call for reservations ahead of time that next visit to NYC!
|Walking down the alley to Freeman's.|
Luckily, Freeman's recommended a place a few blocks away called Sauce. We braved the cold, trying to locate the restaurant and finally fell upon it. Thank god we didn't give up hope that we'd find it because it was one of the best meals ever! PLEASE go there if you ever find yourself in Manhattan. Even though it was packed at 930 and there was nowhere for us to stand while waiting, it was the best experience. It had the best wine of my life, the friendliest staff (even though we were continually in their way), the most delicious tapas, and just loud enough music to bump to. They even had a potato linguini for gluten-free Michelley! Delish! It was meant to be. Seriously, if we had booked a reservation at Freeman's or hadn't been turned away from them we never would have found this place! So fortunate.
|Getting wine while we wait at Sauce.|
|The most amazing wine ever. Seriously. EVER.|
After dinner, we tried to get into some bar (the Library, maybe?) that was in the back of a pawn shop. So random. I love it when it feels like you're on a secret mission, but the bouncers were jerks and wouldn't let all of us in. So not worth the "cool" factor of a behind-the-pawn-shop appeal. So we moved onto the Whiskey Ward which was perfect for our large group. A few drinks later, a few insults from some random Puerto Rican who called himself Ricky Ricardo, and I was ready to head home. Luckily (or unluckily since she wanted to leave because of Ricky Ricardo), Kath's roommate Steph was ready to go too. Side note: I love going out with friends who are OK with going home in shifts. It makes it so much less dramatic when some people want to stay and some people want to go. I was in bed around 230 and didn't even hear it when the other three ladies popped in around 430. Gotta love that :)
So, there you have it! Saturday had a few highs and a few lows, but overall it was another memorable day with people I love!