United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report NYC Weekend - a couple of museums worth a visit plus breakfast

Jump to last reply

After too many quick jaunts to NYC just to hit up some museum exhibitions at haunts we'd already visited a million times before, we finally went to two we'd not been to, and I thought them worthy of a recommendation here as I'd not seen them mentioned here in recent memory.

Morgan Library and Museum - at 36th and Madison. This is a private collector's library with his own holdings but also revolving exhibitions from elsewhere. When we were here, there were fabulous exhibits on Edgar Allen Poe, Italian drawings by Tiepolo and Guardi, a da Vinci traveling exhibit from Turin (drawings including a study for Madonna on the Rocks and the Vitruvian man), JD Salinger letters and the Booker Prize. I think this is one of the museums I could keep going back to, because even while the permanent collections are interesting and the library is just gorgeous, all of the artifacts of the permanent collection on view as well as the traveling exhibitions seem to change quite frequently. Each exhibition was of comfortable size so that I wasn't at all museumed out by any of them; it was a delightful Sunday morning spent there. This is now a must on my NYC visit list.

Hispanic Society of America -- way uptown on West 155th street. We took a cab, which was 20 minutes and about $30 each way, but were well rewarded by this visit. The claim to fame is the Sorolla "Visions of Spain" in the museum's largest room...a room of 360 degrees of murals by the Spanish Impressionist Sorolla from when he was commissioned to paint representations of his visions of Spain. They are breathtaking. Upstairs there are a few more Sorollas, some handsome Velazquez, Goya, Ribera and the crème de la crème, gorgeous El Grecos. The Holy Family of his that is there is exquisite. We were also surprised to find two by John Singer Sargent there, one a copy from when he was copying Spanish masters at the Prado, and another Spanish Dance which is similar to El Jaleo at the Gardner here in Boston.

Finally for breakfast we tried Norma's at Le Parker Meridien. I'd seen this covered on the Food Network flipping through the channels a few weeks ago and reserved a spot based on that. While the menu is diverse and extremely creative, it is very high priced. I'm fine paying $25 for my designer French toast or Eggs Benedict (which was quite excellent and overly filling) but not $9 for OJ or $15 for a small pot of coffee or tea. I'd probably go again to try another entrée, but I'd stick to water or split a pot of coffee with my travel companion instead to keep the bill under $100 (with tip) for two people.

10 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 San Diego beaches using public transportation
  2. 2 Vegas hotels for families
  3. 3 Netrate Concepts-Hotel Pricing?
  4. 4 Roundtop Texas Lodging
  5. 5 Route from Port Angeles to Seattle.
  6. 6 Trip Report JoeTro's San Antonio trip report
  7. 7 Another California/Utah/Arizona Road Trip...Itinerary Comments?
  8. 8 East Coast trip in 11 full days.
  9. 9 New York - October with 7 yr old
  10. 10 Honeymoon roadtrip SF-Seattle
  11. 11 Hilton Midtown New York
  12. 12 Lunch at the Lakeside (Boathouse) restaurant in Central Park
  13. 13 Bob Denver... Where are you?
  14. 14 Nashville - Where to stay that's in the middle of it all?
  15. 15 Tour companies
  16. 16 NYC Neighbourhoods
  17. 17 Trip Report YNP, GT and Driggs 10 day trip 8/13-8/22 - great time was had by all!
  18. 18 Where to stay for Acadia National Park
  19. 19 Road Trip from San Francisco - Hwy 1 to Carmel area or Yosemite??
  20. 20 10 days in Big Island and Kauai
  21. 21 let's do a new Hawaii countdown
  22. 22 Trip Report Bears and Traps. Our Grand Alaska Sea & Land Tour
  23. 23 New York City Borough Walking: Where for Diverse Flavorful Neighborhoods?
  24. 24 Please advise: Mobile Natchez Nola or Mobile Nola Natchez Nola?
  25. 25 Best way to drive from Newport RI to Salem MA?
View next 25 » Back to the top