Exploring Central Park
My Dad, Brother, Cousin Nicole, and I headed to Central Park to check out all the sites it had to offer. Our first stop was to see the solar operated sailboats, just like in the movie Stuart Little. The guys rented the little sailboats and had fun figuring out how to maneuver them just right. This is one of my favorite pictures of me with my Dad and little brother!
Next we headed over to check out the Alice in Wonderland statue (located adjacent to the sailboats). Nicole had known about this cool statue and I was surprised I hadn’t heard about it until then. Alice in Wonderland has always been a favorite of mine (my sister and I were in the musical twice growing up). It is super cute in person and worth a quick visit if you’re in the area. We spotted a Bride & Groom taking their wedding photos as we strolled over to lunch and had to snap a picture!
We decided to go to the Boathouse Restaurant for lunch as it was at the top of my and Nicole’s list.
The Loeb Boathouse Central Park
E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021
To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for the food as it’s more of a tourist spot. I was happily surprised by each of the plates we ordered. If you have a carb weakness, I suggest asking your server in advance not to bring the bread assortment (YUM)!
The food was good, but hands down the restaurant views are priceless. We were so thankful to have gotten the best seats in the house right in front of the water. During our lunch, we spotted many row boats passing by (so romantic). If you ever decide to stop by to rent a boat, keep in mind its cash only. Someday I hope to enjoy a romantic date on one of these boats (just gotta find the right match in the meantime).
I had to get a picture in front of the supposed FRIENDS fountain while in Central Park. Looking back this picture makes me giggle inside as it is fitting with the FRIENDS frame on my door!
The MET Museum
My Aunt, Cousin, and I headed over to The MET Museum for the day and had way too much fun! One of the cool things about this museum is that visitors set the price. If you’re looking for something exciting and budget friendly, this is a great find. The museum sets a “suggested price”, but you get to choose the price of your admission. It could be $1 or $100, it’s up to you!
We toured various exhibits (the Spanish art above was one of my favorites).
A funny thing happened to me while strolling through the museum. At one point, I got separated from my Aunt and Cousin… Quite some time had passed and my feet were killing me (I had walked all over in heels – bad idea)!
My iPhone decided to die on me in perfect timing as I wanted to reconnect with my group. Carefully, I hobbled to the main staircase (attempting to do so gracefully) thinking they’d see me on their way out.
I waited at the top of the stairs, but off to the side and set my purse on a ledge where I stood. Out of nowhere a female Museum employee (in my mind she reminded me of a European school principle) approached me.
She started shouting out me as if I was sort of suspicious threat or something (I was baffled)!
“What is the problem?” I asked.
“Ma’am, you cannot leave your bag unattended!” she replied.
“It’s not unattended, I’m standing right in front of it” (inside I was livid, yet laughing at the same time).
I explained to her that my feet were in pain, so I needed to sit and rest my feet. My “bag” was simply a purse with a camera inside. It was never left alone! She proceeded to attack me with her tone. I was so annoyed at this point and wondered if I was being PUNK’d. Picture this in an episode of SNL and it’s a pretty accurate idea of what happened. I immediately placed my purse on my shoulder and left the ledge. The woman stared me down the rest of my visit to make sure I wasn’t suspicious haha!
Finally, my Aunt and Cousin walked by and spotted me (thank God)! Apparently, they had been looking for me throughout one of the exhibits and they finally gave up. My feet were in pain but I was laughing when I told them the story. They couldn’t believe what had happened to me and my “unattended bag”.
We headed up to the rooftop for our last stop of the MET tour…
The rooftop was listed as a “garden”, but I didn’t spot any flowers. It did have one of the most stunning 360 degree views in town! In addition to the view, there was a bar with beverages, to-go meals, and seating underneath a beautiful trellis.
The entrance of The MET Museum is simply stunning and one of my favorite spots of the city. To be honest, I daydream about having lunch on the steps like a scene out of GOSSIP GIRL!
We happened to tour this amazing museum on The 4th of July… How cute was my cousin Nicole’s outfit?!
Santina Restaurant Meatpacking Dist.
820 Washington St New York, NY 10014
One of our last stops was for a family lunch at Santina in the Meatpacking District. Santina has fresh and unique ambiance. Truthfully, I assumed it was Spanish Tapas and had no idea that it is actually a Italian Seafood restaurant. I enjoyed the lovely salad I ordered and the sides. I wasn’t the biggest fan of some of the appetizers we had as this was not typical Italian food.
I am usually pretty good at being descriptive, but this is a hard restaurant experience for me to describe. Our server was wonderful and helpful; We had a lovely time and enjoyed ourselves.
My cousins dish above looked and tasted fabulous, but for some reason we didn’t select the best appetizers to start with.
I would give this restaurant another try as it was a great experience over all. Best of all was the excellent company with my wonderful family. We recapped the fun moments of this family vacation and have so many special memories to look back on. After exploring 4 states on the East Coast together, we said “That’s a Wrap!” and flew back to CA.
I am beyond thankful and blessed to have spent this priceless time with my family.