I had a fun-filled (and exhausting) weekend in the one and only New York City (slideshow below). I ducked out of work early on Friday to catch a train to a train to a bus to NY. My bus left at 3:30 (my friend, Brooke, was travelling with me) and we arrived outside Penn Station at 8:30 - an hour late. We met her boyfriend, Mike, there and then waited for Eric's bus to show up! He got there at 9:30, as scheduled, and we all piled into a cab to the West Village where Mike (Eric's classmate) is subletting an apartment while he completes his summer internship. After dropping off our (too-heavy) bags, we explored the neighborhood a bit and got a late dinner at Surya.
Eric and I spent Saturday with my friend, Justin (he visited Boston recently). We went to Brooklyn to meet him and his girlfriend, Sarah, for brunch at Cafe Luluc. Hello delicious pancakes. I'm not sure what made them so good; something about the crispiness. I was full after one, but I ate the entire outer edge of the second. Afterward, Justin showed us around his adorable neighborhood which I believe is called Carroll Gardens. He and Sarah were so sweet. They invited us into their home, showed us the roof deck, and then took us to not one, but two, parties! We went to their friend's lovely Manhattan apartment to watch the US vs Ghana World Cup game (bummer) and then we walked a few blocks and went to a rooftop shindig on 6th Ave. Holy moly, talk about a view! To the right was the Statue of Liberty and the left, Central Park (in the distance). Plus, amazing views of both the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building (my personal favorite). After a bit, Eric and I decided to walk back to the West Village to meet Brooke + Mike for dinner. The first restaurant we went to had such poor service that we left (after 10 minutes nobody had even offered us water and it was easily 90°F and humid out). I'm glad we did, because we ended up eating at Móle, and the food was seriously delicious (we did end up waiting for over an hour though, because the hostess wasn't very good at estimating how long it would take for a table to be ready - she said 15 minutes). After dinner, I wasn't very good company because I was completely exhausted after our busy, busy day, so I went to bed early.
Sunday we had brunch with Brooke + Mike at The Diner and then we just tried to keep cool. We spent some time at High Line (an elevated train stop that has been converted into a park) and we walked through some of the Gay Pride festivities. Brooke was catching an early-ish bus back to Boston and Mike had to get some work done, so Eric and I had a few hours to ourselves in the afternoon. Even though we got to see each other two weekends in a row, we didn't have much time to just be alone, so it was wonderful to just sit and talk. Before I was ready, it was time to say goodbye again and go our separate ways.