A few Fridays ago, as soon as the work week came to an end, I hopped on a plane and jetted off to New York City for a weekend with my girlfriends. Jocelyn moved to NYC after we graduated from college, and Samantha and I have always have a blast when we travel to the Big Apple to visit. Now that I’m living it’s Pittsburgh it’s even harder for all of us to get together, but as soon as we all arrived in the city it was as if no time had passed!
After plenty of girl talk on Friday night and Saturday morning, we kicked off the weekend with brunch at Upland.
I feel strongly that every day should begin with breakfast food. So even if I go to brunch at 1PM and want to order pizza I will first eat a donut so that I can say I ate breakfast food before I ate lunch food. Is that totally weird? Or do you do this too?
And so, brunch began with a plate of donuts.
We shared the donuts over cocktails, and then we shared a pizza. Because when I am in New York, I must eat pizza.
We may have overdone it a little on the “appetizers”, but our entrees looked so delicious that we immediately dug in when the plates arrived. We all ordered the eggs benedict, and I was glad that we did so I didn’t have to share. It was the best ever! The meyer lemon hollandaise was out of this world good!
After brunch we took a stroll through the city in an effort to walk off our big meal.
We admired the beautiful homes and buildings along the way, and I was pretty enamored with this planter!
Eventually we arrived at The Met, where we’d planned to spend the afternoon exploring the Costume Institute’s new exhibit, Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology. The exhibit celebrates haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions from the early 20th century to the present and studies the distinction between hand-made and machine-made clothing. It was fascinating to see the intricate designs (some of which I recognized from runways and red carpets) up close.
The exhibit opens with a Chanel wedding gown with the most incredible embroidered train.
The featured fashions highlight various materials and techniques, from traditional embroidery, pleating, and featherwork to innovative laser cutting and 3D printing. It was amazing to see how technology has impacted fashion and how the two have evolved together over the last century, but I was most impressed by the handiwork of some of the intricate early designs (as shown in the first two photos below).
After an afternoon of exploring the museum it was time for another cocktail. We made our way to The Met’s Roof Garden Café for a drink and some pretty spectacular views of Central Park and the surrounding cityscape.
As afternoon turned to evening, we found ourselves back at Jocelyn’s apartment for a quick nap before dinner. We enjoyed a sushi dinner at a great spot just down the street, then grabbed a table Upstairs at The Kimberly for drinks, beautiful views of Midtown Manhattan, and some more girl talk.
The next morning, after a bagel from Ess-a-Bagel (another NYC must!), we did a bit of shopping and took a walk through Central Park.
As the weekend came to a close, we made one final stop for brunch at The Smith. We’ve eaten at The Smith almost every time I’ve visited Jocelyn in New York, and it’s not to be missed. In the past I’ve always opted for pancakes or French toast (plus their glazed donuts!), but I this time I was looking for lunch. The avocado toast, with poached eggs, lemon, and red pepper flakes, was perfection!
Until next time, NYC!