Here are are few of the highlights from my last trip to the city that doesn’t sleep…….
A must see, but leave your FOMO at home. Sleep No More is the story of Macbeth set in an old hotel. The audience “checks-in” to this hotel as a guest and enter the smoky lounge with the soulful singer on the old microphone and the whiskey flowing. It feels like you jumped back in time to the upper class, under ground speak easy. Groups are given masks and invited into the elevator and the rest should be a surprise. You’ll want to leave for your FOMO at home because unlike most shows you will not see this one beginning, middle, to end. The “audience” walks around the floors of the hotel silently and masked while the unmasked characters of Macbeth run around you, pulling people into rooms, and acting out scenes here their and everywhere. You’re bound to miss murders, heated affairs, or the witches’ rave/orgy (did I mention it’s a bit risqué?). While it’s fun to take advantage of the freedom and follow the random bellhop or go down the empty hallway I suggest trying to follow Macbeth or one of the other main characters. No matter what you see or don’t see it’s impossible not to appreciate the creativity behind this Off Broadway show.
Yum Yum Yum. I met an old friend, super singer, and LLYOVer Anya Marina for lunch at this spectacular “raw food” restaurant. We choose the Prix Fixe Lunch, a 3 course set price package with a few options to choose from in each coarse. This allowed me to try my 3 courses and Anya’s 3 courses Thank God. I could go into the details of all the savory uplifting flavors, but this photo of their dessert should be enough reason for you to go here immediately….
Whether you’re a raw food fan, always wanted to try it, or the thought of it repulses you, Pure Food and Wine is delicious enough to change any big mac lovin’ mind.
Karaoke at Duet
NYC or no NYC this is more of a reminder of how much fun Karaoke can be. It had been awhile for me and renting our own little room, putting back a few adult beverages, and trying to sing was SUCH A GOOD TIME. We went to Duet in Midtown. They have great customer service, a ton of songs to choose from, and walking by the other rooms it seemed like everyone was having as much fun as we were. We even joined another group’s room for a big sing along. The personal rooms are great for letting loosing and getting over the fear of singing in front of people After 4 hours we left with sore throats, a hefty bill, and smiles.
I headed over to the “hip” side of town to the flea market, of course. They have a few different locations in the summer, but the winter flea goes down inside the old Williamsburg bank that just happens to look more like a European cathedral than a bank. It’s gorgeous. With over 100 vendors there is something for everyone, prices are good, and the have an ATM and food so you never have to leave! J
This Nolita hot spot was one of the highlights of my trip. We started with the daily 5 star hand crafted cocktail at The Daily before walking over to PUBLIC, the restaurant side of the building. The décor and vibe is as good as it gets, my personal favorite being the wine mailboxes behind the hostesses. PUBLIC offers a membership to get their monthly artisianal wines from around the world with tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and recipes included in your very own little wine mailbox. The manager said she loves the wine program because they really get to know and build a relationship with the members (adorable!). The uncommon menu was inspired by travel, which I can obviously appreciate, but I didn’t have the guts to try their more sought after wild game like kangaroo. However, EVERYTHING I did try was worthy of the Michelin Stars they’re collecting. I’m always a fan of going to new places when I’m on the road, but PUBLIC is not on my permanent list of things to do in NYC.
and while I would love to report on the latest and greatest of NYC hotels I got the best option… A friend from high school’s place. We did the one thing that girls that have been friend for as long as we have do….. laugh. thanks Abaaaaay !