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The Frick Collection & Cuban Food: NYC Day 3

May 20, 2010

On Sunday we took things a bit slower. We were going to have to head out in the afternoon, so wanted to use our time wisely.

First we headed to The Frick Collection. It ended up being the perfect choice. First, admission is donation only on Sundays. Awesome! Second, it was small enough to completely enjoy in a the time that we were there. We didn’t feel overwhelmed or like we needed to pick and choose because we’d run out of time. We got to see everything at a leisurely pace. It really is a jewel of an institution. I loved that it was the home and private collection of Henry Clay Frick, one of the turn of the 19th-century coke and steel tycoons. No pictures were allowed, so we weren’t really able to document our trip there.

Since the museum is situated across the street from Central Park, we strolled through it.

It was a beautiful day and the park was packed with kids, picnickers, and runners. It was a lovely stroll. Then we headed to the subway to go back to Soho, get lunch, and pack up. Along the way back we stumbled upon a Crumpler store. Very cool! I already own the 4 Million Dollar Home and have been thinking about getting a larger size because it’s maxed out. So I was excited to check out their products in person instead of just relying on online information.

We got back to Soho and decided to eat at Cafe Habana for lunch. We thought it would be fun to try Cuban food. The place was always packed when we passed it and it was on the list of Jessica’s recommendations. We were told the wait would be 20 minutes. Well, 45 minutes later we finally made it inside to sit at the bar. The girl at the bar, wearing ripped up jeans and a tank top, was harried but under control.

“One of my boys didn’t show up,” she explained, as she made the drinks for the entire restaurant as well as took orders from those of us seated at the bar.

The funny thing about New York restaurants, at least in the areas we ate, was that besides Union Square Cafe, nobody wears uniforms. All the servers just wore street clothes. No buttons with “My name is . . .” or matching t-shirts or dress code. At Cafe Habana the trash was dragged out the front door (because there was no back door) and the screen-less windows were open to let in a cooling breeze. I loved it!

We got Cafe Habana’s famous grilled corn on the cob, seasoned with lime, chili powder, and cheese. Tasty! I got fish tacos and Josh decided on a Cuban sandwich. We enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant: loud music, clanging dishes, people loudly talking over the music.

At last, now behind schedule, we needed to leave. We packed and cleaned up the apartment and then headed to the subway. Our trip was coming to a close. We were both tired and looked forward to sleeping and reading on the train. I missed Duncan and Owen terribly and couldn’t wait to feel their tight hugs.

But we had a blast.

I think it’s only fitting to end my travelogue with a corny picture of me enjoying my La Colombe coffee.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2010 8:38 pm

    I’m sooo jealous – but wow for you! What fun! And getting to see a little bit of baby girl too! And I love your hair! (And I’m gushing now, but it just looks as though you had such a wonderful time! I totally can’t begrudge you!)

  2. May 21, 2010 9:19 am

    I really enjoyed this series! It made me want to go to NYC. I’ve been there, but only driving through, albeit very slowly during rush hour. Thanks for sharing these glimpses… and you look lovely!

  3. May 21, 2010 1:44 pm

    So glad you two got to have such a fun getaway. Thanks for sharing. And, BTW, I am now desperate for a good latte

  4. Bethany permalink
    May 21, 2010 7:32 pm

    What fun you had!!!!! I love Cuban food.

  5. May 26, 2010 9:35 am

    i’ve been following along on your nyc adventures! sounds like a wonderful trip. i’ve only been there once, and it was a very rushed experience, so i did not get the full essence, i think. but i still loved what i did see and experience. you’ve taken some great shots of your time there!

    and this is the second time i read something about frick on a blog today. i’m intrigued!

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