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Trip Report NYC for two who love food!

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We hadn't been to NYC in 7 years. So, we took a long weekend to reacquaint ourselves with the city. Our focus was on food with a little shopping thrown in.

We decided to stay in Chelsea this time because we wanted to get away from midtown and the throngs of tourists this trip. I have lotsa Hilton points so we used those to stay at a newer Hilton property on West 26th between 6th and 7th. Our room was nice and quiet. Very new and modern. The hotel bar was stylish. There was a rooftop bar with a good view of the Empire State building. However, it needs to be upgraded a bit. They used a lot of unpainted wood and while the outdoor furniture is nice, the look is more beach shack than city chic. The staff is very friendly and helpful and my husband made fast friends with the bell captain, Alen. The hotel is close to the High Line and Chelsea Market. Also, it's an easy ride up 6th to midtown and we had 2 dining reservations in midtown. We enjoyed the property and would stay there again.

The down side was the weather. Gray, cloudy and chilly for most of our long weekend. But, no matter we had a great time.

I had hoped to hit some food trucks this trip, but it didn't happen. There's always next time and we did not hurt for great food.

The highlight was a lunch at Le Bernardin. It wasn't officially an anniversary trip but our 7th anniversary was the day after we returned. I have always wanted to go there and have a huge crush on Eric Ripert. More about that later....

We enjoyed running in the AM to the High Line and down to the meatpacking district. We like to run to help us find places we want to come back to later. We loved the area and decided to end at Chelsea Market for breakfast...well, at least the first day.

So, our first day we went to Chelsea Market to check it out and get the lay of the land. I picked up some little cheese biscuits and strawberry balsamic jam for our Saturday afternoon cocktail at Lucy's Whey.. I made myself wait on the Fat Witch brownies but did have a little sample and it was GOOOOOOOD! So much great stuff there and I would kill to have that seafood market near my house! Terrific looking gelato, cheese, Italian foods, Jacques Torres chocolate, Amy's bakery...This was just for scouting and to avoid gaining 50 pounds, we just window shopped.

Lunch was at John's Pizza on Bleeker St. Maybe not was good as I remembered but good. Well, good enough that we ate the entire thing! Our room was finally ready and we went to warm up and clean up prior to dinner.

After a shower and some rest, we decided to try out the rooftop bar. The Hilton really promotes it. Unfortunately, the gray day didn't give us a great view and I had the worst wine I think I ever had. So, a bit of a bummer but we were off to Milos for dinner.

Milos is a pretty place and it was busy! You know it's good when they place is full at 6:30pm. We started with octopus (excellent) and split a Mediterranean sea bass for our entree. The fish was grilled with olive oil and lemon, very simple but simply delicious. We also learned Mediterranean sea bass also has about 5 other names. The baklava we had for dessert was the best we have had anywhere. We have had a lot of baklava! We both love Greek food and go out for Greek a good bit. The baklava at Milos is buttery, flaky, crisp and not overly sweet (often a problem with baklava, too sweet, and the bottom is soggy). We thoroughly enjoyed Milos!

Since the St Regis is right down the street, we had to end the night with a cocktail at St Regis King Cole Bar. Didn't we? I know it's a cliche but what the hell. It was a lively Friday night at the King Cole but I got a seat at the bar. We enjoyed it. And, by the way, the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the center of the hotel is beautiful! The hotel is lovely and we are glad to have stopped in.

So, speaking of cliches...the cab drive through Times Square on the way back down to Chelsea. On a Friday night? Well, is spec-tacky-lar a word? No, it is now!! You just have to be there at night to really get it. It's crowded, loud, full of chain restaurants but it was somehow fun passing through the craziness. I do love NYC.

Time to rest up for a Fridayr un on the HIgh Line and around the meatpacking district, A trip to Amy's Bakery, lunch at Le Bernardin, drinks with a cousin who lives in Chelsea (on her rooftop top, of course) and dinner at Thalassa in Tribeca. Will Le Bernardin live up to it's reputation, what pastry will a settle on at Amy's, is Thalassa as good as Milos?
More later...stay tuned!

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