R. Nichols's NYC tips
by R. Nichols on May 22, 2011
I just returned home to Los Angeles after 9 days in New York City. Of those 9 days, 8 were rainy - but luckily I took full advantage of the one glorious day of sun - a day of such perfection that it literally took my breath away.
I thought I would share a few of my favorite things from New York....
1) Amy's Bread. I've been carb-loading at Amy's Bread for years. In fact, I always choose my hotels based on their proximity to Amy's. There are 3 locations (9th Avenue & 47th, Bleecker Street and Chelsea Market). I can't even begin to describe how I feel about their sourdough chocolate twist or the holy grail: the almond brioche toast. Heaven!
You may find me here several times throughout the day
Don't miss the sourdough chocolate twist
The almond brioche toast - carb heaven
2) Central Park. On the one perfect sunny day I decided to head to The Met - via Central Park. On the right day (which it was) it can take your breath away (which happened when I came across these azaleas and tulips)....
3) Alexander McQueen exhibit. So I finally got to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While heading towards the ancient egyptian wing I overheard somebody mentioning an Alexander McQueen exhibit. Hmmm, I thought. That could be interesting. So I navigated the maze of The Met and discovered the McQueen exhibit - called "Savage Beauty". I was expecting to see some mannequins with interesting dresses......
......but instead entered one of the most powerful, moving, exciting, beautiful, haunting experiences of my life. It's actually difficult to describe - but I can tell you this....if at all possible....YOU MUST SEE THIS EXHIBIT. It is worth taking planes, trains and automobiles.
I have always had a mild interest in fashion, and I haven't missed a season of Project Runway - but nothing prepared me for the impact this would have on me - and the tremendous appreciation for art and fashion that it ignited. Who knows - perhaps I will become a couturier now! The exhibit runs through July 31st.
I snapped a few photos - which may give you a small glimpse of what I'm talking about....
4) Indian Food. Somehow I spent the first 4 decades of my life without indian food. It was just a few years ago that I was introduced to The Ghandi Cafe (7th Avenue and Bleecker) - a tiny hole in the wall restaurant which gave me my first taste of Chicken Tikka Masala. Since then, I have searched high and low for an identical indian culinary experience, visiting nearly every indian restaurant in LA (as well as others in New York). I have not found anything that can even remotely approach the delicious nirvana that is The Ghandi Cafe. It is food so scumptious - you'll never want the meal to end. Each bite is better than the bite before. Afterwards I felt embraced in a warm glow for hours. You can trust me on this one.
Chicken Korma and naan - 2 of my favorite things....
5) Raoul's. Each time I visit New York my clump of best friends and I always have a special dinner at Raoul's (180 Prince Street). It's been around for years and years - and as far as I am concerned - it is perfection. Casual, elegant, relaxed, cool, understated and absolutely delish. It's a splurge - but I find that their steak au poivre with frites is well worth the investment. It just so happened that it was my birthday - and I was surprised with this chocolate cake underneath a cloche of melted sugar. Magnificent!
notice the profiteroles in the background....YUM!
Next time you are in NYC I hope you'll investigate a few of my suggestions. Let me know!