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The Editor’s Guide to What to Do When You Can’t Do It All

When Andie and I part, we always like to have our next rendezvous in the calendar.  So when I left Hudson in August, we decided to do a quick weekend in the city in December, as I’d never been in New York at Christmas time.    I arrived on a Thursday night and left on Sunday afternoon, so we had to figure out how to cover maximum ground without stressing ourselves out.  Our goal was to eat well, drink well, learn something new, and come away inspired.  

We arrived at Freehand, dropped our bags and headed to The Broken Shaker for a quick drink and some of their home made bread and salted butter before rushing to The Drunk Shakespeare Society for their early show.  Hilarious.  Highly recommend. 

In the rapid fire spirit of our trip, the rest of our itinerary went something like this

Our favorite shops were

Aimé Leon Dore

The French bookstore Albertine

CO Bigelow Apothecary

Moscot Shop 

Our favorite restaurants were

The Smith for brunch

La Pizza & La Pasta at Eataly

Pop Up Bagels

The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park

Dowling's at The Carlyle

The Donut Pub 

Our favorite bars were

Danté with its monogrammed ice cubes

The Campbell

The Broken Shaker

Our favorite event was Gutenberg! The Musical and the halal cart outside the James Earl Jones Theatre. 

Our favorite Christmas market was in Bryant Park. 

Our favorite afternoon was spent walking through Central Park, ending at The Plaza.  

Our favorite exhibit was Ruth Asawa Through Line at the Whitney

January 10, 2024 — Laurie Furber