A Relaxed Memorial Day in NYC
Take advantage of the crowds heading to the Hamptons and bask in the relaxed vibe of the city. Plan to dust your bike off and ride across The Brooklyn Bridge to visit The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Without a doubt, it is one of my favorite things to do. The views of lower Manhattan are breathtaking and free! These are a few other activities to consider when planning your weekend.
The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard Street) I have a bit of an ice cream problem. I could have ice cream every day, several times a day. This small neighborhood haunt makes fresh homemade flavors worth the downtown ride. My favorites are black sesame, ginger and lychee. They also offer a full array of old standards and specialties like Chocolate Bacon. Trust me; this stuff will make you melt. For $4 to $5 your dessert craving will be completely satisfied. Almost. I usually stop by after hitting Shanghai Cuisine for soup dumplings. This combination makes for a perfectly satisfying and affordable day.
The Frying Pan (Pier 66 at West 26th Street) Spend the afternoon on the spectacular floating restaurant and bar The Frying Pan. Any seat presents great views and the sites from the rooftop balcony are stunning. I always feel like I’m on vacation when I visit. The burgers and fries are top notch but they also offer a complete seafood menu with clams, mussels and lobster. They make a mean margarita and have buckets of Rolling Rock (6) for $34. It’s definitely the kind of place you can hang all day and night. It attracts families and singles alike. In the evening a DJ moves in for dancing ’til dawn.
Oceana (120 West 49th Street) Another benefit of the city emptying out is being able to score a table at some of the finest restaurants in the city. After all these years in the Big Apple, my go to spot for upscale seafood is still Oceana. It’s like they just fished the sea bass out of the water two minutes before it hits your plate. New to the menu are deliciously fresh Tahitian tuna items like Tahitian Poisson Cru with cucumber, coconut milk and scallions. Take advantage of their theater menus from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday for a three course dinner for $55. Treat yourself and grab your cool friends who stayed in the city for the holiday.
The Up and Up (116 Macdougal Street) Impress your cohorts by bringing them to this hidden cocktail gem before or after your Oceana feast. The Up & Up is a craft cocktail bar that is a throwback to when time and attention went into every libation. Go with an open mind and let the mixologists create you that perfect masterpiece. Once home to the Gaslight Cafe, you can almost see Bob Dylan playing in the back. The vibe is comfortable and laid back, perfect for small groups to connect.