My Birthday Weekend in New York – Part 3: New York City

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Emily Jablon:  On Saturday morning, we waited for Daraius’ mother and her friend to meet us at the Andaz 5th Avenue.  We then went shopping at Sak’s 5th Avenue with Daraius’ mom.

On our way, Daraius and I stopped for pictures outside the New York Library which is just across the street from the Andaz 5th Avenue.

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Emily and Daraius in Front of the New York Library

Daraius:  Since we were meeting my mom who was coming to the city to see both of us and to shop, I didn’t plan on exploring the city much during this trip.

Nothing better than a day of shopping with the two women I love most. 😉  I get bored when dragged on shopping trips, but my mom likes to shop in the US when she visits because she says the prices are cheaper than elsewhere in the world.

But since this was my birthday weekend, I was going to get nagged by my mom and Emily to buy new clothes.  So I had to practice my “I don’t need anything.  Why don’t you meet me when you’re done shopping?” response with just the right intonation so that I wouldn’t appear irritated, but also convey that I really wasn’t interested in shopping.

But Emily and my mom insisted on picking out clothes out for me, and showing them to me, and I would scowl and express my disapproval.  Yes, that’s what we do for fun in the family!

Emily Jablon:  Daraius’ mom got some purses and blouses that were on sale and I shopped around for some shoes.  I didn’t find anything I liked, but it was still fun!  For lunch, we stopped at a food stall on 5th Avenue and had a hot dog and a chicken kebob. The kebob was a little dry and very bland. The hot dog reminded me of the food I got at summer camp. After eating, we went back to the hotel to rest before dinner and a show.

Daraius: How can spending hours inside on a gorgeous day looking at things you didn’t like be fun?  I’m glad that Saks 5th Avenue had chairs and couches where I could join the other (mostly men) in fidgeting with our smartphones.  I quite liked the hot dog, but I’m not picky when I’m hungry.

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Pure Bliss at Saks 5th Avenue!

Emily Jablon:  For dinner, we went to La Fonda Del Sol, a Spanish restaurant.  We ordered empanadas, croquettas, patatas bravas, a cheese plate, a mixed salad, soft shell crab, rack of lamb, and garlic shrimp.  To drink, we had sangrias, a highball, and moscato wine.  For dessert, we had crema catalana.  Our favorite foods were the croquettas and the patatas bravas.  The food was expensive and not worth the price.

Daraius:  I searched for Spanish restaurants near the Andaz 5th Avenu on Chowhound, because Emily likes Spanish food.  I usually like Chowhoudn review better than Yelp reviews for restaurants, but for the first, the Chowhound suggestion wasn’t very good.

Emily Jablon:  After dinner, we went to the Broadway theater district to see the musical Chicago. It was at a small theatre and Daraius got cheap tickets through Travelzoo.  We got very good seats and I could see the facial features of all of the dancers.  The choreography and songs were excellent!

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On Broadway

Daraius:  I’m glad everyone liked watching Chicago.  I finally did something right this trip!

Emily Jablon:  After dinner, we walked through Times Square on our way back to the hotel. It was my first time seeing it at night and it looked very pretty so see all of the buildings lit up!

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Emily at Times Square

Emily Jablon:  After breakfast, we went to check out Grand Central Terminal which was a 10 minutes walk from our hotel.  Grand Central Terminal is the world’s largest train terminal and was built in 1913.

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Emily and Daraius at Grand Central Terminal

It is a beautiful architectural marvel and I loved exploring the corridors and seeing the Art Nouveau architecture.

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The grand ceilings and lights at Grand Central Station

The light fixtures were gorgeous!

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Gorgeous Lights

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Emily outside the doors to Grand Central Terminal

After seeing the Terminal, we went to a department store to get Daraius some new clothes.  We got him jeans, 2 t-shirts, and a sweater.  I was so happy he got some much-needed new clothes for his birthday!  He looks very handsome in them.

Daraius:  The women finally convinced me to get new clothes.  I don’t know why – I’ll get food all over them and soon they’ll tell me that I look like a slob and the cycle will start again!

Emily Jablon:  After shopping, we got a lamb gyro and a potato knish at a food cart on the road.  I loved the gyro but didn’t like the knish because it seemed stale.

After lunch, we went back to the hotel and I packed for my flight back to Kansas. It was a wonderful weekend we shared in New York, celebrating Daraius’ birthday.  Happy Birthday, baby!

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16 responses to “My Birthday Weekend in New York – Part 3: New York City

  1. What no new bowtie? (wink)

  2. Sounds like so much fun! I like to go a couple times a year – to escape Memphis and see a show or two. Great place for a birthday trip.

    Daraius, how do you pronounce your name? 🙂

  3. Next time you are in NY, get some chicken and rice from the halal cart at 53rd and 6th. Make sure you go at night. AWESOME stuff. I’m sure if you asked for some restaurant recommendations on here, you’d get plenty. That way you don’t end up eating bad food in NY.

  4. If I’m not being too nosey does your mother live in another country?

  5. I’d say it was a perfect way to spend a Birthday! Happy Birthday!

  6. You were in my neck of the woods, awesome! I thought I felt my spidey-senses tingling, lol.

    Next time you come here: If you want good Italian food, I’d recommend Po (on Cornelia street near the village); for Pizza I’d recommend Numero 28 near West 4th street (unless you don’t mind going all the way to Avenue J in Brooklyn and going to DiFara’s and waiting an hour, DiFara’s is FANTASTIC btw); for Thai I’d recommend ‘Sea’ in Williamsburg (L train to Bedford Avenue) or Pure Thai on 9th avenue btw 51st and 52nd; for Chinese go to “No. 1 Little House” (called Number One Restaurant on google maps) on South William Street and Broad street near the original headquarters of Goldman Sachs where I used to work [85 Broad]; burgers…definitely 5 Guys or Five Napkins, maybe even Burger Joint (secretly hidden inside the Le Parker Meridien Hotel lobby behind a big curtain)

  7. oh why didnt you post here to search for a good spanish restaurant! i’m from nyc and maybe could have recommended something like Sofrito’s.. you and emily should check it out next time around!

    also it happens to be restaurant week which means lunch is $24.07per person and dinner is $35 per person pri fixe! 🙂

    oh, also i’d definitely agree with brandon on DiFara! i grew up eating his pizza and watched him gain his fame on food network and now he’s a must must try for pizza in nyc!

  8. Dude, this city has a million restaurants and you go to a couple crappy food carts? Come on bro.

  9. Daraius,

    Just go along with the shopping, it’s not worth fighting. You’ll get used to it, and have your smart phone handy.


  10. The cycle NEVER ends!! Women in your life will constantly hound you about new clothes. They live vicariously through others who buy clothes.

    • @Debbie Schroeder – Ha!

      @Justin – It’s pronounced “Duh-rye-us”

      @oneeyejack – I didn’t ask for recommendations because we didn’t have much time to go out for food…though I probably should have.

      @Anne – You’re not too nosy. She stays in India.

      – Thanks! It was a great weekend.

      @Brandon @sash | – Thanks for those tips. We’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time!

      – We didn’t have much time for lunch, so food carts it had to be.

      @Will @Ken
      – I’m learning to do that…but it is hard.

  11. D, Loved your report and family touch as always. I thought you were Spanish/ Greek but its surprise your Indian?

  12. If you are going to by clothes NYC is a great place there is no tax on clothses or shoe items under $100!

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