There’s lots of exciting things to see in the Big Apple – Central Park, Broadway shows and Times Square – but for me it’s all about the bookstores, coffee shops and cocktails.
My trips to NYC always begin at The Strand. The Strand Bookstore opened in 1927 and is a day trip in itself. I’ve been there numerous times and have yet to make it to the second floor. I always purchase a notebook and a book that takes place in NYC. This last trip I bought The Odd Woman and the City, which is a memoir by Vivian Gornick. I have to limit myself otherwise all my mad money would be spent on books. That would be a lot to carry back to the Jane Hotel which is quite a hike from the Strand!
I have several coffee shops I frequent when in the West Village. My favorites are The Hudson Cafe – which also serves an awesome breakfast burrito – The Bean, and Kava Cafe. All three are wonderful and worth checking out next time you’re in the city.
No trip is complete without a visit to the altar of Dorothy Parker. The Algonquin Hotel spent many years as host to The Vicious Circle, a group started by Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley not long after the end of WWI. They met everyday for lunch along with other writers and editors of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Their table was reserved for them and became known as the Algonquin Round Table. The Algonquin Hotel is now a National Literary Landmark.I sit at the same table each visit and order my favorite drink – a Dorothy Parker, of course!
The Algonquin Hotel’s Dorothy Parker
5-6oz. of gin (there’s even a brand called Dorothy Parker!)
1/2oz. St. Germain
Lemon, honey and basil to taste.
Shake. Pour. Enjoy!
Readers: Hope you have enjoyed my mini tour of NYC. Please tell me about your favorite spots in the city in the comments!