Since this was our first weekend in the city after closing up the Fire Island house, we decided to break out of our routine and venture uptown. It was great.
We had dinner Saturday at Robert, in the Museum of Arts & Design on Columbus Circle. (Warning: the restaurant’s website is really irritating.) Food was great, interior design is terrific, views are amazing, and service was spotty but generally ok. We’ll definitely go back.
Then we walked another 10 minutes or so to the new Ink 48 hotel on 48th & 11th. Views from the 16th floor rooftop bar were absolutely stunning; there are no other tall buildings around, and it provided a rare East-facing view of Times Square and midtown.
Sunday we headed back to the Upper West Side, starting out with a stroll around the Natural History Museum.
We passed by several nice-looking brunch places, but most were pretty dog-unfriendly and wouldn’t allow Nanu to sit under the table in their outdoor patios. Finally we found a place with less stringent rules. Our brunch at Al Dente was actually quite good, although the online reviews I read today are pretty bad, so I guess I wouldn’t recommend it in general.
Next, we checked out an outdoor flea market. It was pretty upscale and they had some interesting stuff.
Finally, someone’s short, little legs were getting tired. (And Nanu seemed to be getting pooped, too.) So we headed back down to Chelsea, with one of us hanging out the taxi window to greet passers-by.