New York: April Favorites

For some reason, though I always remember how much I love fall in New York, I seem to forget that I love spring too. And yet each year, it rolls around and I find myself surprised by one fact: this city is pretty damn enjoyable in the springtime. Flowers are blooming and the streets aren’t suffocatingly hot yet and I know I’ve got to savor it while I can…which is just what I did this month.

I found my first bits of spring at NYBG, where I took in the annual Orchid Show. I can never get over how splendid and varied their collection is.

Another thing I can never get over? Living in close proximity to Central Park. I love it in every season, but cherry blossom season sure is a special one.

While I’ve always been wild about Central Park, I tend to give Riverside Park short shrift – which is ridiculous, since it’s gorgeous too! This year, I arrived just in time to catch the cherry blossoms:

And of course, my neighborhood, the Upper West Side, is itself packed with springtime charms. This stoop on 73rd is giving me serious staircase envy!

This month I checked off something that had long been on my list: the Ukrainian Museum. I came to see their pysanky collection, aka hundreds of intricately painted Easter eggs. Really cool!

I’ve seen a lot of great Broadway this year, and Come From Away is yet another one to add to that list. It tells the story of thousands of people who were stranded in Newfoundland on 9/11. While the concept could easily be insensitive or saccharine, this musical is so good. I was totally swept up in it, as was the entire audience (I can’t remember when I’ve ever seen such an enthusiastic ovation). See it if you can!

I’ve long been a fan of the Taste of Streep Instagram account, so when I heard they were holding a Devil Wears Prada movie and trivia night at Syndicated BK, I knew I had to go. I snapped up tickets for myself and a friend, and it was a super fun evening: custom cocktails, fried chicken, and a very enthusiastic (and drunk) crowd watching a movie we all love.

This month in nomming, I made my way to Fort Greene to brunch with some friends at Pequeña, a tiny, hole-in-the-wall-feeling Mexican restaurant that serves up great margaritas:

I also stopped by Murray’s Cheese Bar with my bestie for brunch. I had the crispy chicken biscuit: so, so tasty! The Specialino Spritz was pretty damn refreshing, too.

My third brunch of the month was at Maison Pickle (which has been serving Jacob’s Pickles’s menu ever since Jacob’s was struck by a fire). While my main (the chicken and pancakes) was tasty, my friend and I were mildly obsessed with our starter: pull apart bread with butter and honey. It was to die for!

I rounded out the month by chasing two trends of the moment. First up: Do, which serves edible cookie dough. And, in the grand tradition of all trendy NYC establishments, it also features a loooooong line. But, they’ve got it down to a science and I found that the line actually moved quite speedily (given its length). As for the cookie dough? Super tasty, but so rich you won’t be able to finish your whole cup.

And second, I couldn’t resist trying the Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks. It tasted…about as good as I expected it would, which is to say it was kind of gross. I got my pretty picture and I had a few sips and….that was that.

After worrying that I didn’t really do all that much during the first three months of the year, I finally felt like I was back in a good New York groove in April. Let’s hope I keep the trend going this month too!


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