Friday, June 8, 2012


I was lucky enough to have my parents finally come visit me out here this past weekend. It was a trip almost two years in the making—and I can't express how excited I was to show them around "my" New York and see them for the first time since Christmas vacation.

We had a great weekend—a perfect balance of their uptown, upscale Manhattan of past visits, and my downtown day-to-day life. All the things we did piece together like a pretty great guide to wining and dining with a dash of culture and shopping from Soho to the Upper East Side:

  • GOTHAM GRILL: White table clothes, amazing seafood and a very glamorous 1990s New York vibe, like Gramercy Tavern and totally delicious (the seafood salad is unreal).
  • THE MODERN (at the MoMA): minimalist, fancy and contemporary - just like the museum (amazing duck confit)
  • THE STANDARD GRILL: great spot for an early breakfast al fresco
  • PUBLIC: trendy, brunch-y, delicious lentil salad and great drinks
  • LA PISCINE: on the roof of Hotel Americano; lots of delicious fried seafood with a side of DJ
  • BRASSERIE JULIENNE: cute little french joint on 2nd Ave in the 80s, live jazz with your moules frites
  • MORANDI: loud, busy and seriously great Italian fare on Waverly and 7th Ave

  • LA PISCINE: Before dinner every night we had cocktails on the roof with an amazing view of the city.
  • KINGSWOOD: After dinner at db, I brought my parents to meet up with friends and see one of my favorite West Village bars.
  • PUBLIC: A dirty martini for Mom, a bourbon iced tea for me and the Bloody Maria for Dad.

  • THE MoMA: The Cindy Sherman exhibit was cool and creepy, but the permanent exhibits are always refreshing and unmissable.
  • THE EAST RIVER FERRY: A fun and unique way to get between Manhattan and Brooklyn - especially on a warm day; we took it to and from 34th street to the flea market 
  • BROOKLYN FLEA (Williamsburg): people watching, antique-ing and artisianal everything - of course
  • THE MET: My favorite museum in Manhattan, and the Steins Collection and Shiaparelli and Prada exhibit were crowded but truly wonderful (unfortunately the Cloud City exhibit on the roof was closed for weather)
  • UNIQLO @ 53rd & 5th: picked up 4 shirts for my dad, but the crazy atmosphere and sheer amount of clothes is a little too much.
  • TREASURE & BOND: cool, well-curated jewelry, gifts and apparel on lower West Broadway in Soho
  • MoMA DESIGN STORE: Here you'll find so many unique and useful knick-knacks, and perfectly sized art prints for $10.


  1. How wonderful is this! Sweet photos, a wonderful taste of New York and a very happy family. Your mom looks so young!

  2. Sounds like you had one amazing visit! I LOVED the Stein's Collection. Haven't seen Prada yet :)

  3. This seems like such a great visit! I'm so glad your parents finally got to come. It must have been so much fun showing them around since now you know the city so well! Your parents are so stylish too.

  4. Sounds like you ate really well! My father-in-law loves Uniqlo in NYC but that's just because he likes the superhero t-shirts.

  5. Oh I love your skirt. Where´s it from? Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  6. I am glad you had a great time with your parents. Family time is always priceless