There's a butcher shop around the corner from us called Ottomanelli Brothers.
They happen to serve the most wonderful muffins on the upper east side in my opinion.
Granted, you have to walk through a bit of sawdust to get to the desired goodness, but it's so worth it.
That's how we began our Saturday morning... with a quick trip down to the butcher shop... for muffins.
We ended our evening by joining some new friends for dinner & drinks.
Meet La Von...
and La Von's husband, Rafael
We had some of the best NY pizza at Koronet.
To quote Rafael, it was simple & flavorful. And incredible.
A short walk across the street landed us at The Heights where we discussed college backgrounds, religion, how we each met our other half & our shared love of good food & travel.
This one's for all you Seinfeld fans... the infamous diner.
One of my favorite things about New York is experiencing the unexpected.
Like a Beatles cover band in the middle of the subway.
They happened to be playing, surprisingly well, one of my fav Beatles songs as we walked up...
Here Comes the Sun.
If you look closely you will see Yoko Ono on the bass.
The next morning this was the first billboard we saw. Hmm...
Chinese New Year Parade
Any guesses on what J was waiting in line for?
The chicken? The shrimp? Maybe some plantains?
No, he chose the octopus.
Quite the adventurous eater. And quite my opposite when it comes to food.
Later on we met up with our new friend Nikelle for dinner before church.
Thankfully, octopus was not on the menu.
J's fresh salami sammy
Nikelle's delish salad
my turkey panini with homemade spicy pesto
after church we made our way to Max Brenner for dessert with Nikelle, La Von & Rafael
the choices were absolutely endless
chocolate cake with melty caramel inside served with ice cream & a chocolate shot
largest chocolate bars ever
Max Brenner candy shop
white chocolate + toffee + dark chocolate fondue
Nikelle's chocolate drink concoction
J's chocolate peanut butter shake
La Von & Rafael's hot chocolate in a hug mug
friends & food & New York City are all very well-suited for one another
as I am apparently well-suited for finding all things Beatles-related in our new city