My parents came to visit me a few weeks back. I’m just getting around to recapping it now! Their trip is basically a tradition at this point. Every July they come to NYC. This is now their 5th year. How crazy to think I’ve been here that long?! (But really, one year doesn’t count, because I was just out here interning for the summer.) We spent the weekend eating, hanging out and seeing a Broadway show. But mostly eating. My kind of weekend! 😉 We ate at a handful of restaurants in NYC, and I’ll recap each of our visits below.
First things first. They stayed at the St. Regis, which is hands down my favorite hotel in New York. It’s one of the most (if not THE most) iconic hotels in the city, steeped in history and the glamour of old New York. Their room was upgraded to a suite, so I crashed one of the nights, and it did not disappoint!
Another thing I love about the St. Regis is the King Cole Bar. It’s one of my favorite cocktail bars in the entire city. If you Google it, you’ll see that I’m not alone! When you go to the bar that invented the bloody mary, you know you’re in good hands. (If it’s your first time there, you MUST order one!)
On the first night, we ate dinner at Boulud Sud, Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean restaurant. All I can say is that if you love hummus, baba ganoush and good seafood, you will leave happy and VERY stuffed. 😀
After we were seated, the waiter came over with champagne and three bowls of assorted dips. Not a bad way to start the meal! Unbeknownst to me, my dad had a connection to someone who worked there. And they seriously hooked us up! The baba ganoush was my fave.
We were all SO stuffed after the dips and bread that they brought out, so I opted for the Greek salad for my entree. It was incredibly fresh and flavorful! The only thing I could’ve done without was the massive amount of feta. I didn’t end up eating it all because there was just way too much on there.
Onto the dessert round….! We were planning to just order the mocha cube. But then the waiter brought out two other desserts!
At this point it felt like Thanksgiving! I knew I was stuffed, but still had barely enough room for dessert, and these did not disappoint! The one on the left (pictured below) was a grapefruit dessert, and the swirly topping tasted like cotton candy! It was a very sweet (although probably unnecessary!) way to end the meal.
The next morning, we ordered room service for breakfast.
I may or may not have snuck in a few chocolate covered strawberries, too!
Later on, my mom and I hit up Rent the Runway in Flatiron. We were looking for a dress for me to wear to my cousin’s wedding. After coming up short, I decided to take my mom to one of my favorite cafes, since we were so close! We stopped at Haven’s Kitchen for two iced teas. She ordered the mint and I got an almond milk matcha latte.
After walking around a bit more, we stopped at The Little Beet for lunch. I ordered the sushi salad.
Then we headed over to Broadway for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. I’d been dying to see this show ever since it first came out! It won a Tony, and now I can see why. It’s hilarious and both of my parents were equally entertained!
Random side note: I was obsessed with the infused waters in the St. Regis lobby! Perfect way to keep hydrated in the NYC heat.
And — oh, did I mention the bathroom? Pretty much a dream. Yep, that’s a TV screen embedded into the mirror. This will be in my future dream home!
After napping, we headed downtown for rooftop drinks before dinner. You can’t really tell, but that’s One World Trade in the background on the right!
Now, on to dinner! Chalk Point Kitchen was the highlight of the weekend. Not to say the other restaurants weren’t as good, but this place blew my mind! Everything was outstanding. All fresh, locally sourced and TONS of vegetarian options. Holla! I started with the granny smith apple and heirloom wild rice salad.
Then my mom and I split the cauliflower steak. This was my favorite dish of all! It was SO incredibly flavorful and perfectly cooked.
Next up: the Korean kimchi tofu hotpot. This caught my eye on the menu right away! And it didn’t disappoint. Super spicy, but not burn-your-mouth spicy. Great entree for vegetarians!
And for dessert….! I don’t exactly remember if this was a brownie or cake, but it was darn delicious and super fudgy!
The next morning, we headed to Cafe Clover for brunch. I had been meaning to check this place out for a while, so was excited to finally go. My mom and I split the avocado toast and then I also ordered the heirloom grain bowl. The avocado toast did NOT disappoint! I’ve never had it topped with peas and beets before, but they were the perfect addition. And oh so pretty!
Almost too pretty to eat!
My mom had the chopped salad. Another winner. Look at that purple cauliflower!
It’s always a whirlwind having my parents here for just a weekend. But I think this time we packed in just the right amount! I’m already looking forward to their next visit. 😀