Sunday, October 07, 2007

Three Day Weekends


Weekends are good. Three day weekends are even better. Three day weekends in NYC with no major plans are fantastic.

Friday night started out with meeting friends down on Houston St. at Pier 40 to take a cruise around the Statue of Liberty. It sounded like fun until we actually got on the rickety old boat. It was over crowded, the bar was mobbed the food looked awful. We decided to ditch this free cruise (courtesy of the company that was trying to sell their ship for school parties) and have dinner in the Village. We found a parking spot off Bleeker and ate a great price-fix meal at a little Spanish restaurant Cafe Espanol). The food was good, the Sangria was great and the company was fantastic. Saturday involved a trip to the Bronx to visit my dad and then dinner in Little Italy of the Bronx, an enclave on Arthur Ave, off Fordham Rd. The food might have been the best Italian food I have ever eaten (Ann and Tony's). It was even better than the stuff I ate in Italy. Today we had tickets to see The Ritz on Broadway. It was kind of a stupid show, but very entertaining and funny, in a strange kind of way. The worst part was Rosie Perez. She garbled her words and it was really hard to understand her. Then we had dinner at our favorite Chinese Restaurant (Mee Too, on 54th and 9th.) Who would think that two people could walk away from dinner in Manhattan, stuffed, for on $13.50 (including tax and tip).

Tomorrow will be a day of relaxation, marking test papers, writing exams and just catching up. I definitely could use these kind of weekends more often.

8 comments:

jonathan said...

I like the simple red sauce at Emilio's. I guess everyone has their favorite.

There was regular immigration to the neighborhood, just a trickle, but enough to keep it really Italian. There have always been Albanians around the fringes, or inside, but a smaller element.

The last decade or so, though, and the Italian immigration has dried up. It is sad to watch the businesses, slowly, fold. We can still buy fresh bread, but not homemade pasta. Some meat is available, but not as many choices...

It will never go away completely, but it could turn into a tourist neighborhood. It's already started.

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Dinner in California for $13.50, including tax and tip FOR JUST ONE PERSON would be a bargain. Where is that special restaurant, I wonder?

Pissed Off said...

Emilio's is fantastic. I've been there too. Someone I met at therter recommended Roberto's. I might try that one next.

Mee's is a great little restaurant on 9th Ave in theater district, off the tourist beat If you don't mind abrupt service, it is great.

JUSTICE not "just us" said...

In these times it is important to treat yourself during your off hours. As a friend of mine once said come August 30th go to your travel agent and plan your trips for the academic year's major holidays.

I am lucky that I work at the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex and are able to work out there and take advantage of all the activities. For Chrismas/New Years I am Brasil bound. The land of my people. Having a great time is the best revenge. ENJOY!

Pissed Off said...

I'm headed to my favorite country--Jamaica for Christmas. I booked that trip as soon as I came back last year and will book again for 2008 year.

I hate to sound prejudiced, but I LOVE JAMAICANS!

Ms. Tsouris said...

Oh, mohn, I want to go away with you to the lovely island of Jamaica!

Pissed Off said...

Mrs. Tsouris, I would love for you to join us. I feel we would party well together. You sound like someone I would like to know in person.

beth said...

I headed to DC to see friends this past weekend. It was great ~ treated myself to a hotel via hotwire.com. :) Much fun!!