I had the whole weekend off and even got out early on Friday so I really tried to make the most of it and I don't think I did a bad job.
Friday evening I met up with Kim and Alexia and Levi at El Cortez in Bushwick, a Tex-Mex Tiki Bar. The food was good (check out my chimichanga below) and the decor was epic--check out this Eater post full of pictures of the interior, you will dig it and want to visit. As you probably know, I don't drink, but if I drank, I think I'd love drinking at El Cortez. What higher praise could I give?!
After dinner we headed to Bedford where they were giving out free cones at Davey's. I had the "Whop'corn" (Whoppers and Popcorn).
Neighborhood's neon tree
Saturday. Big Day. Started with a neighborhood and Soho stroll on my way to breakfast lunch.
Have you seen one of these? They are EVERYWHERE now.
Dork Knate? I don't get it.
Carol was in town and I met up with her and Ryan at Mission Cantina. They're always changing the menu over there and currently the menu is: Choice of Two Burritos. On the left: chile relleno burrito. On the right: fried chicken burrito. You might be leaning towards the chicken one on principle, but let me tell you: that chile relleno one is the burrito you really want.
Also got ceviche tostadas and guacamole. Had to try to fill that table.
Post Cantina? Morgenstern's, of course.
There's this peach ice cream now that everyone is saying you gotta get.
Had an hour or two of freetime...
Before standing in the Red Hook ferry line with Lauri and Carol. It's a big line, you watch a lot of ferries come and go as you wonder which ferry you'll finally fit onto.
I was going to go with them to Hometown Barbecue but ferries were getting so delayed and I needed to be at Lincoln Square before 7 so I sent Lauri and Carol off to Brooklyn like I was seeing them off at the airport and stayed behind in the city.
Street model with tourists.
I'm probably the last person on earth to take some pictures inside the new Fulton subway interchange.
But it's highly photographable.
Having missed out on Brooklyn barbecue, I met up with Chaunte at the Mighty Quinn's in the West Village for a little Manhattan barbecue. I tried their new smoked and fried spicy chicken sandwich. Spicy chicken sandwiches: so hot right now.
And then, get this, we went up to Lincoln Center for a 25th anniversary screening of Metropolitan, my favorite movie that I forget to list when listing my favorite movies.
FOLLOWED by a Q&A with director Whit Stilman and nearly the whole cast! Like they were only 2 people short of the whole cast, it was great.
Everyone's crazy about Chaunte's summertime pants.
All the attention gets embarrassing.
Finished up Saturday night with Ty's birthday party. No pictures, though. It was dark and there were lots of people to talk to.
Sunday Emily surprised everyone by showing up at church with her 12 year old niece. No pictures of that because we were in church.
But here's what new friends do right after they meet: go onto a phone to figure out if they've met before.
Walking home from Prince street. Hanksy strikes again.
Seamore, a new fish restaurant up the street from me, is packing them in.
Genuine Superette a little less packing them in.
The Lion of Little Italy
So, yeah. Very nice weekend. Now I'm home a little early on a Sunday night, reading books and writing blog posts and feeling ready to do the law more tomorrow. Here I come, law! Rested and ready!