Wednesday, December 9, 2009


What's a New Texan weekend you ask? Well, it's a New York City weekend made special by a visit from our friends from "The Big D" (Dallas, Texas)! Becca and Saleem Zafar have been to NYC a bunch of times now, so we tried to come up with fun things to do and non-touristy restaurants to go to that they haven't been to before...and we did, but sometimes mixing in a couple of touristy things can also make it more fun- especially around the holidays.
So after picking them up Friday night from LaGuardia Airport, we headed straight for The Plaza Hotel.This time of year, the lobby is always decorated so beautifully with lights and a tree. You can sit at the bar and have a cocktail (pretty pricey- around $18-$30 for one drink) to take it all in.Or you can just pop in like we did to snap some photos and pretend that you are in a scene of the movie Home Alone 2.Next, we checked out the windows at Bergdorf Goodman. It's amazing, how much work goes into the windows at the department stores. If you are planning a New York City weekend, I would make sure to see the windows at Bergdorf, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor- they are all interesting and unique in their own way.

Then of course, just a couple of blocks down, is the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. We've all seen it a dozen times, but it still makes you oooh and aaah to see it again.We snapped some photos and by this time had worked up an appetite and wanted to eat. But, where do you take a couple in Midtown Manhattan that's trendy, not stuffy, not touristy, but still yummy? That's a hard call. Most people would say there's no place, just head downtown. Well, East Side Social Club is the answer. It just opened a few weeks ago and inside it feels like a scene out of the movie "Goodfellas." All the waiters and waitresses are dressed in 1940's clothing.The tables and chairs are made out of wood and the tablecloths are those red and white checkered ones that you'll often find in a pizzeria.

Their Ricotta Gnocchi with house made Bolognese Ragu for $17 is delicious!This was just the beginning of a fun filled New York City weekend. Find out what else we did in and around the city tomorrow.

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