What a great birthday surprise! On Saturday afternoon we checked into the Gramercy Park Hotel which was just beautiful! The lobby and bar are like an art gallery, featuring rotating works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, David Salle and Julian Schnabel. Our room was very nice as well – and check out the mini bar! 🙂
After settling in, we did what I’ve wanted to do ever since first moving to the city – go to Gramercy Park! This park is private and you can only get in if you’re lucky enough to have a key. Luckily, this is one of the perks of staying at the hotel – park access! We were let in by the doorman and discovered such a peaceful oasis in the middle of Manhattan. There were only 4 other people in the park when we were there. We walked all around and really took it in, because unless we buy a townhouse on the park’s perimeter (highly doubtful!) we’ll probably never get to go there again. Amazing.
Next up was dinner. We changed into our fancier attire and walked over to a great hidden gem – Riverpark. It’s Tom Colicchio’s new restaurant, which overlooks the East River. I had no idea it was even there! We sat outside and had a fantastic meal.
Back to the hotel for a quick drink and then we were off again. This time we stopped for gelato at a new place that just opened – Amorino, and then walked down to Washington Square Park. It was bustling as always and just so alive.
We went on a ghost tour of Greenwich Village that night. This is something silly we like to do whenever we go away – we’ve done them in places like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Newport, but have never done one at home. Plus they’re a great way to hear some stories and learn a bit more history of a city. After the tour, we walked back to the hotel – and ran into Andy Warhol along the way!
What a great night it was!
The next day we had brunch at L’Express and walked around some more – Eataly was a must stop. And later that night – birthday cookies!!