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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend: Friday

Friday morning was another perfect day to be outside. Our initial plan was to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, as the parents haven't yet experienced this New York tradition. However, someone was too hungry and needed food sooner than later. Not pointing any fingers (except for the one straight at me). So, on this gorgeous day, we hopped a cab over to Vinegar Hill, which is right outside Dumbo. 

We spent the remainder of the morning walking through Dumbo and along the water down past the new carousal, River Cafe and Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

 We followed the hill up to Brooklyn Heights and walked through the fruit streets, along the Promenade and down into Cobble Hill. At this point, I was on a mission for food. Not many restaurants were open for brunch, as it was Friday and not a Saturday or Sunday. Being smart, I called ahead to make sure the place I was headed was open. Thankfully, they were!

Closer to noon that I would have liked, we were seated at a large booth in the middle section of Char No. 4. The inspiration for the choice of the days brunch, was my Mom and her love of pancakes. If you remember, earlier this summer, the girls and I stopped for brunch at Char No. 4. As delicious as I remember brunch being, the one thing that truly stands out in my food loving mind is the amazing stack of pancakes placed in front of Emma. 

Mom went for the Buttermilk Pancakes with Vanilla-Blueberry Jam & Honey-Almond Butter. Of course she was generous enough to share a couple bites. 


Last time, I practically licked the bowl of grits and couldn't think of anything better than grits with poached eggs on top, thus leading me to order the Poached Eggs with Bacon Cheddar Grits.


Dad ordered the House made Gravlax over crispy Potato Cake with an Egg Sunnyside Up & Egg Remoulade. Half way through he mentioned he could order a second it was that good.


Brunch was a huge success. Everyone was full and happy and we were ready to walk it all off. We headed down Smith Street towards Red Hook and walked until the shops ended, turned back around and walked down the other side of the street. Of course we made little pit stops in all the cute little shops. 

We decided to head back to Manhattan, via the Brooklyn Bridge, since the first time didn't happen. Unfortunately, someones feet hurt too much and we hopped in a cab instead. Sorry Dad! Next time, I promise. This time, thankfully, those hurting feet weren't mine. 

We headed back to grab Oliver and meet Emma and her brother at Pinkberry!

After Pinkberry, it was nap time. All of us were exhausted post our big Brooklyn adventure. It's a good thing we napped because none of us had any idea what we were getting ourselves into later that evening. Until then, I dreamed of pretty pictures....

After my nap, I was ready to party! Tonight was the night my parents were taking all my friends out to dinner. Emma and I agreed there was no better spot than Rubirosa. They were happy to accommodate our party of 11. Dinner couldn't have been more perfect. The food was delicious, the wine was amazing (I would know) and the company was hilarious. The Tratturi Primitivo, which is their house red, is my all time favorite wine. Why? Because, it is easy to drink. Too easy!

For parties over eight, Rubirosa serves family style. They sent a sample of the menu which Emma and I both agreed was what we would have ordered if we were going just the two of us. The portion sizes were perfect for the amount of people. 

The starters included my favorite Rice Balls, Meatballs, Mozzarella Sticks, Calamari Fritti, and a large Rubirosa Insalata. 


For the second course, we had two pasta dishes which were amazing. Emma and I had never had pasta at Rubirosa, which was apparently a mistake because, we were missing out! I can't even tell you what we had, although surprisingly I remember exactly what it looks like. I'm assuming from looking at the menu, one of the dishes was the Ricotta filled Butternut Squash, Brown Butter and Sage ravioli. The other dish could possibly have been the Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Tomato Basil and Parmigiano.

We also had two pizzas for the table which I believe to have been the Classic and Pepperoni. I did have a slice of the Classic, which is always one of my favorites!

Apparently, everyone had so much fun at dinner, it was decided we needed to move the party to another location. That we did...

...and we ended up here...

Oh yes, that is proof I actually sang karaoke. Unfortunately, there is too much video to ever forget this night happened. Fortunately, none of said video is of me, as I was the one doing said videoing. It is however, of my crazy awesome friends, singing their little hearts out. If I didn't like them as much as I do, I'd post the video. But for now, these three photos will have to do!

The evening ended and morning started with sake, sushi and singing. 
I think we can all agree it was one epic evening. 
Let's just say, we were all looking a little rough the next morning. 
There is no doubt in my mind that it was all worth it. 


  1. Sounds like an amazing night with friends, family, great food & even better booze!!

  2. I "wandered" upon your blog a couple of months ago & I just have to tell you that I just LOVE reading about your NYC adventures. Thank you for sharing!