We just returned from a very quick trip to NYC. I just want to thank the folks who responded to my last minute question about a restuarant (especially nywhiz!!!) as the NYC forum people are the best on tripadvisor!!
We went to the city last night to see Tosca at the Met. We stayed at the Lotos Club on E66th & 5th. We arrived and had enough time for a visit to the Frick Museum which I have been wanting to do for some time. It was lovely. We went to Chat Noir (across the street from the Lotos) for a late afternoon glass of wine at the bar & roasted beet salad (very nice with avocado, green apple and blue cheese).
Then we headed across town to get an early dinner before the Opera. Based upon nywhiz's suggestion, we went to Barcibo. It was just perfect! It was just blocks away from the Met and we were early enough (around 6:00PM) that the place wasn't full. We were shown to the manager's "favorite" table which was more or less a ledge overlooking the bar and entrance. It was a fun spot from which to watch all the action as things got really busy. We had a few small plates (broccoli rabe, sausage & beans, wild mushroom risotta and assorted bruchetta) with a couple of glasses of good wine. We arrived at the Met in time for a quick cup of coffee before we got to our seats. The opera was good though we were probably a little too full and tired so we both nodded off a bit I'm afraid to say. I was amazed with the back of the seat titles that didn't have any peripheral intrusion. Just amazing!
In the morning we walked across the park to catch the subway downtown. We couldn't help but notice the number of dogs, all out without leashes. We were so surprised by this (and by all of them getting along so well) that I asked someone who told me that prior to 9:00AM one can let dogs off leash at Central Park. We headed down to 18th Street to stroll along the High Line, the elevated park designed on the abandoned railroad. It was wonderful!! The art installations were interesting and though much of the plantings were still dormant it was still beautiful and gave a different perspecttive to view the city from. I can imagine how much it is used by the neighborhood residents. We headed down to Chelsea Market and got some coffee and goodies and poked around some stores. Then we made it back uptown to the East Side by taking a couple of train transfers without problem.
The visit was too short but jut perfect. We had to head back home to our puppy. Next time. maybe he can come visit the other many dogs of NYC!!