When you work a 9-5 (or -6, 7, 8...), weekends are beautiful and precious. In New York, a city full of energy and art and booze and quirkiness and really good food, they are all the more wonderful. In addition to spending time with friends, catching up on sad adult things (like finances and laundry), and too much Netflix, Lorenzo and I try to have one new experience in the city. Usually, that experience entails walking around a neighborhood, people-watching and sight-seeing, and partaking in two of our favorite pastimes: drinking and eating.
On a recent outing, we ended up in the East Village. Our first stop was to Live Live Organic, home of my favorite face lotion in the world. It's essentially honey and bee pollen, and just amazing on your skin. Lorenzo always gets mild sticker shock when he finds out another cost associated with being a woman (can we talk about the price difference of haircuts, the cost of tampons and shampoo and makeup...) but got over it quickly since he is a devotee of the lotion too.
Wandering through the side streets, we ended at Bua. There were one too many drunken bros, but the bar had a cute little outdoor area and good beers on tap. We only planned on one drink before dinner, but they had a credit card minimum we had to meet - c'est la vie.
Somdum Der, a Michelin-starred Thai place, was as good as we'd hope it would be. Flavorful, just the right amount of spice, and a good ambiance. I recommend the fried chicken thighs (you can take the girl out of the South...) and the Pad See Eiw with shrimp.
Even though we've only lived here for two years (or just shy of), breezy spring nights in the city make me think of this sentiment: One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. - Tom Wolfe