I’m just going to stick to the highlights today:
The Met Cloisters: The Cloisters has been on my NYC bucket list since I first saw pictures of it a few years ago. The reconstructed cloisters were originally from French monasteries and abbeys. The museum contains hundreds of decorative arts and sculptures from medieval Europe. It was one of those places where a picture can never do it justice. I stopped several times to just sit and enjoy the surroundings. If you want to feel like you’re in Europe right in New York City, this is the place. It was definitely a highlight of not just the day, but the whole trip, and well worth the 30 minute subway ride and walk across Fort Tyron Park to get to.
“Come From Away”: “Come From Away” is a musical about Gander, Newfoundland in the days following 9/11, when 38 planes were forced to land there from all over the world. It’s hard to imagine a small town nearly doubling in size with over 7,000 visitors, but the cast does a remarkable job of bringing the events to life with both emotion and lightheartedness. I would see it again and again. Considering I hadn’t even heard of it prior to a few weeks ago, that’s saying a lot. It’s easy to see why it had so many Tony award nominations!
Bibble and Sip: A midday snack was in order before the theater. I had read about Bibble and Sip before coming here, and the Earl Grey cream puff I had was out of this world, both in terms of size and flavor. Coupled with a warm hot chocolate, it was a perfect pre-theater treat.
Ribalta: If you ever find yourself in New York City, run – don’t walk – to this incredible Italian restaurant in the Village. I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe the Neapolitan style pizza. A super thin crust with mozzarella, provolone, gorgonzola, and parmesan topped with prosciutto. No offense to the traditional New York pizza, but that didn’t hold a candle to this! And the dessert… I was already completely stuffed, and clearly already had my share of carbs and sugar for the day, but the Babamisud was out of this world. Layers of Neapolitan sponge cake, mascarpone, and Nutella. Need I say more? Just take my word for it and go there. You can thank me later.
Aside from the highlights, I ate a famous New York bagel for breakfast, took an early morning walk around Central Park (I love being out and about before the rest of the world wakes up!), visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral, walked a little around Greenwich Village, and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (I was way too tired and full from dinner to appreciate it; definitely worth another visit one day). Another great day, but my legs are protesting all of the walking and stair climbing of the last two days!