Labor Day and Memorial Day are the only Monday holidays I get from my day job, so needless to say, this weekend was a highly coveted bit of time off. Friday I had a half day at the office, so Allie and I went over to El Rio Grande on 38th and Third Avenue for drinks and lunch on their patio. The food was good, but drinks were expensive ($7 for a can of Corona?!). We had Benjamin with us since I brought him to the office Friday. He slept in his carrier the entire time:
Friday night and Saturday I had some QT at home with the kitties and a friend of mine- pizza, movies, Friends DVDs, laziness. Was pretty fabulous. My mum came down Saturday night for a couple days to see my apartment, check out my new hood, and to celebrate Fleet Week (natch). Sunday morning we went to Pomme Cafe in my neighborhood. Their brunch menu is really great- $14 gets you a mimosa, coffee, warm croissants, and your choice of a main dish. The restaurant is decorated very warmly, with dark wood and gold dominating the decor. The front of the restaurant opens up onto sidewalk seating along Broadway. It's worth the trip to Astoria if you don't frequent the area already.
After breakfast we went down to Pier 86 to check out the Fleet Week scene... the USS Iwo Jima was closed for the day, so we went to Dave & Busters in Times Square for some air hockey and mario kart. (My mum's pretty awesome). We shopped like crazy all afternoon in Herald Square- hit up Victoria's, Macy's, GAP and H&M. I found a shirt and dress at H&M to quench my spring fashion thirst for Breton stripes!
After shopping we went up to Riverside Park and had dinner at the Boat Basin Cafe. I really love it there. Decent prices, good food, and a fabulous view. We waited for a seat outside and had dinner and drinks while the sun set over the Hudson. Did I mention I'm obsessed with NYC?!
We wrapped up Saturday night with a trip to the movies to see SATC2. Cute flick. Monday we headed back down to the Pier and waited in a very long line to board the USS Iwo Jima- an active navy vessel that was here for Fleet Week. There were several navy helicoptor flyovers while we were on the flight deck, and we got to tour the ship and check out the aircraft (and the sailors, of course).
Was a great weekend with much-needed rest and catching up with my mum. In other news, Lily and Benjamin are BFFs already (yay!) and I've got several musician interviews coming up really soon. Hooray for happiness!