TODAY is our 4-year anniversary!! Though it feels as though we’ve been together forever.
We are so, so happy to celebrate together, especially when there is supposedly a killer Mexican food restaurant in Cuenca that we haven’t tried yet (El Pedregal Azteca). Tonight we’ll be dining on tacos and I am so excited I can hardly wait. And mostly, I have just loved, loved every time Danny has reminded me with a big smile that our anniversary has been coming up. He’s been reminiscing about our love story all week. I never tire at how LOVING and giddy that guy is-especially towards me!!! Holy crap -it’s the best thing ever. Danny is a big reason why I started this blog. I finally just had it so good that I felt like I had to do something to give back.
In honor of our anniversary today, I thought I’d share with you THE MOST AMAZING IDEAS for a memorable, magical anniversary in NYC.
These came straight from the mouths of my girlfriends in Brooklyn. Recently one of them needed anniversary ideas and you can see for yourself here that everyone came through for her big time. Please zap me back to New York. I want to do every single one of these!!!
(image by Lovinda)
THE BEST NYC ANNIVERSARY IDEAS:
1. “Romance=nighttime city views and waterside seating and you can get both of those at the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park or The River Café by Brooklyn Bridge Park. The River Café is PRETTY cussing PRICEY but there’s nothing I’d rather cash in my daughter’s college fund for than a chocolate cake in the shape of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Loeb Boathouse is obviously beautiful and scenic and then you could take a boat out. (Boat rentals were $12 when we were there. The line was long but moved really fast.) Also there are TURTLES that swim right close to you so you can dip into the water and grab them. (Warning: you will instantly regret this because actually inner city turtles are disgusting).” -Suzie Cook
2. “A trapeze class at Hudson River Park (near Chelsea Piers). It sounds totally terrifying in a possibly romantic way? or a pee your pants way.” -Mim Harwood
3. “It’s not a knock-your-socks-off atmosphere, but the tasting menu at Battersby (on Smith St. in Carroll Gardens) was the best meal of my life. I love to do tasting menus for special occasions and that one was my favorite and a really good deal! (Although I heard they may have raised the price.) Also they recently opened their sister restaurant Dover at that cursed corner location on Court St. and 1st St. (where the Magic Fountain and then that nasty burger place used to be.) Haven’t been yet but it’s on my list.” –Linsey Laidlaw
4. “LISTEN did you know you can get student rush tickets to Of Mice and Men with none other than the beloved (?) James Franco? They’re only $35 and are sold when the box office opens. They open at 10:00 am so I bet you don’t have to go super early.” -Suzie Cook
7. “Back when we were young and wild and free, we kayaked on the Hudson River. It’s a one hour lesson and then you row up and down for a couple hours, dodging booze cruises all the while. It was really fun.” –Koseli Cummings
8. “Right now my favorite way to celebrate (when we have the time) is the quick day trip route. Anything in the Hudson Valley holds my heart, namely Storm King, Dia:Beacon, and any of the Vanderbilt or historic mansions. Lyndenhurst is probably only an hour away in Tarrytown (they are hosting a Mother’s Day piano and baritone concert), or the Gold Coast Mansions along the north shore of Long Island are equidistant. Beautiful grounds for the kids to run around in, and then plenty of suburban dining for the picking (Cheesecake Factory!). Poughkeepsie has a walk/bikeway over the Hudson that has incredible views, and actually West Point is equally stunning and we have wanted to go to a football game there sometime.” -Angie Hansen
11. “I keep hearing that Mohonk Mountain House is really cool. It’s the closest thing to staying in a castle in the Hudson Valley. They also have tons of outdoor activities.” -Mara Kofoed
12. “I also LOVE Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown for Dim Sum. It’s like a Chinese Diner stuck in the 50s on the coolest little windy street. It’s been my birthday dinner of choice for the past couple of years.” –Kelsey Nixon
14. “Dia:Beacon Museum. It’s absolutely stunning. Sometimes they also have events there (concerts, dance performances, etc.). You can also walk through the nearby downtown of Beacon.” -Mara Kofoed
15. “The Modern (the fine dining restaurant at the MoMa) is so nice. Abby and Brian often go there for their anniversaries and so for my wedding they gave Danny and I a dinner there. The food presentation is so beautiful. You could combine the dinner with the museum.” -Mara Kofoed
20. “I also think one of those cheesy river cruises would be kind of fun. Actually maybe not for a one-on-one date, unless you are really into staring into each other’s eyes, but we should go with a big group sometime. And play a game on board. Mim, I had to unsubscribe from Groupon cause I kept buying the most random crap I never used, so you keep an eye out for a good river cruise for us all to go on. ” –Linsey Laidlaw
23. “Fallingwater, the 1930s home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a MUST at some point for all of you. Seriously. It’s unbelievable.” -Mara Kofoed
27. “We looove the food at The Spotted Pig in the west village. It’s super quaint. You must get the garlic rosemary string fries and sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi that they are famous for. It’s right by the High Line so you could go for a stroll after dinner. Every Tuesday evening they do “Stargazing on the High Line” where you can gaze at the stars, planets, and moon through the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association, and chat with the experts about the sights you see.” -Mara Kofoed
And now I am so homesick for New York!!! oye.
How about you, my friends? Would you add anything to this list? Or do you have an amazing anniversary date you’d love to share?