A couple weeks ago, my younger brother, Michael, came to visit. He has been here multiple times before, so we skipped all of the touristy things. Instead, we did a lot of local New Yorky things: ate, drank, and hiked - wait, people in New York hike? Yes, yes they do.
Mike definitely came at a time when I think we both really needed family in our lives. We each live apart from our parents and other siblings, and while he's only a 2 hour drive away, it's still a 2 hour drive away. Phone calls and Skype sessions are how I survive without my family, but it was so nice to have him physically in my city for once. One thing I've recently learned is that timing is a bitch, and *gasp* I have no control over it. For once though, the timing of this trip synced up nicely for both of us.
We at ate Annabelle on Thursday night, which is my new go-to for creative and different pizzas. I usually get the ricotta, duck prosciutto and and blueberry chutney pizza, but this time I wanted to try their pasta. I had the cavatelli, beef osso buco ragu, arugula & asiago cheese pasta and it was seriously to die for. So hearty, so warm - perfect comfort food!
Friday night, I took Mike to Heath as our one 'splurge' night out. Heath is a restaurant that is included in the Sleep No More interactive play experience. You don't have to have tickets to the play to eat here (we didn't), but that is what it's most famous for. They have an amazing rooftop bar, Gallow Green, that's also pretty great.
Mike is a big fan of whiskey, old-fashioned things, and music. So I knew he would love this place immediately. And, it was an added bonus that it had more comfort food, this time originating from the UK. He had a steak and ale pie, and I had a seafood soup. Both were so delicious, warm and filling. So filling!
Saturday we went to Bear Mountain. I'll have a second post going up tomorrow that covers more about Bear Mountain. It was honestly one of the coolest things I've done in NYC. Mike's also a huge outdoorsy guy, so I'm glad I got to do this with someone who would not only appreciate it, but also be able to save us if we went off the trail and got lost. And, we both didn't judge one another for the amount of pictures we wanted taken of just ourselves - gotta get that perfect angle down.
Thank you, Mike, for coming out. I'm thrilled you were here when you were, and thanks for your brotherly support!