The only way I can really think to tell this story is to do it by city, because all of it was so terrifically different.
In case you missed it, in January, Marcus and I learned that we were being invited to out-of-town weddings for beloved friends that were to be held exactly one week apart. As one was in New York and the other was in Georgia, we decided that it would be more fun to make an East Coast road trip out of it instead of flying back and forth. Twice.
Wedding #1 was being held in Tarrytown, NY. Since Tarrytown is only a40-ish minute train ride out of Manhattan, it only made sense to name New York City as our first destination.
Our goals for our time in New York City:
- See friends.
- Visit Brooklyn Brewery.
- Visit the American Museum of Natural History.
- Eat at Shake Shack.
- #BirthrightManhattan: will be another discussion entirely, because it was almost as if I was on two separate trips while we were there.
So today we’ll cover #1-4. Okay? Go.
I was suspicious about the hype surrounding Shake Shack – we have plenty of good burgers in Minneapolis. But it seems like The Thing To Do when you’re near one of their outposts and y’all know that When In Rome, We Rome.
The Bacon Cheeseburger on its own was wonderful. But what made the burger different from any other I’ve eaten was the combination of chopped, roasted hot peppers and aioli. Yes, I would do it again.
Breakfast with Joe on Saturday morning would bring us on a side-trip to Dough in Brooklyn for some of the best doughnuts I have ever eaten.
I grabbed two of the Dulce de Leche Doughnuts because they came with high praise, but I’m pretty sure that I could have taken one of each in a pinch.
I didn’t have the time to make it here during my January trip and I thought that it was the sort of museum that would be fun for Marcus and I. Enter: watching and participating in a live recording of something for NPR, a lot of old rocks and a ton of taxidermied things a la The Bell Museum in Minneapolis.
Boating in Central Park
After our visit to the museum, we took a moment in Central Park to breathe and take it all in. At which point we looked out over the water and saw dozens of people in rowboats. I looked up where the Boathouse was located and we started making our way in that direction.
For $13 (and a $20 refundable deposit – all cash), you can rent a boat for an hour and take it out on the lake in the park. It was a wonderful little sideshow in our day and the weather was really just perfect for it.
We saw a lot of locals rowing with choice beverages – apparently they just stash them in purses, etc. until they get on the water. Apparently this is The Best Kept Secret, so this is me telling you, just in case you are So Inspired.
Had we not visited the city before, we never would have been able to dedicate the better part of a day to Brooklyn Brewery. It is forever away on the subway. Then, you walk forever more.
Why is Brooklyn Brewery important to the American Craft Brewing scene?
They have been around for a long time and they produce a hell of a lot of beer. So for Marcus and I, it was really cool to be able to see where that all happens and drink beer straight from The Source.
It was delicious, we were there for probably too long and managed to share the afternoon with so, so many friends.