Mom and Chris Visit NYC!

This weekend was such a treat because my mom and step-dad flew in for the long weekend :) We have really been looking forward to their visit and were so excited to dine around NYC! They flew in Saturday morning on the red eye and were such troopers. They managed to check into their hotel early and take quick naps before venturing up to our apartment. Tyler spent the afternoon at the UCLA vs. St. John's game at Madison Square Garden; his Stats professor went to UCLA tickets and invited him and a few other Bruins...nice professor! My mom, Chris and I ventured down to Battery Park and the World Trade Center. Here are some pictures from our excursion....
 Love this shot with the sun peaking through the clouds
 Statue of Liberty from Battery Park
 Cute seagull hanging out
 Reflecting pool at 9/11 Memorial
 The fountain is so beautiful. Such a nice memorial.
 The new World Trade Center
 So touching and beautiful
Reflection of the new World Trade Center in the glass of another building.
 My mother dearest and me :)

After walking around the 9/11 Memorial, we met Tyler at the subway and walked up to Tribeca to walk around before our early dinner reservations. We ended up running into one of my brother's best friends, Leon, on the way!
After exploring Tribeca for a while, we headed to the Tribeca Tap House to watch the UNC basketball game and grab a beer before dinner. From the Tap House, we headed up Greenwich Street to Locanda Verde for delicious Italian food! 
 Love the decor and lighting!

I have been dying to try this place and have attempted to get reservations multiple times and have failed. Luckily, they had a 5:30pm reservation, which was perfect for my mom and Chris. They both were so exhausted that going for early bird special wasn't an issue ;) The food at Locanda Verde was absolutely phenomenal! If you go, you have to order the Sheep's Milk Ricotta for an appetizer and the Lamb Meatballs. Both appetizers were amazing! After dinner, my mom, Chris, and Tyler headed back uptown for the night, while I met up with my college girlfriends Jacqui, Kara, Liz, and Katy. Katy and Liz came down from Boston and we hung out at Katy's parent's apartment in the Financial District. It was so great to see the girls, despite Jacqui and I being really sick with horrible colds.

Sunday, I met my mom and Chris and took them around Chelsea while Tyler stayed home and studied :( We got off at Penn Station and made a pit stop at the B&H Photo warehouse, which is essentially Chris' mecca! From there, we walked the Highline from 30th Street down to 12th Street and really enjoyed the walk as it was a relatively warm day and wasn't too chilly. 
 Walking the Highline
Bridge connecting to Chelsea Market

I made lunch reservations at Fig & Olive, which is another restaurant I've been dying to try in the Meatpacking District. This place was fabulous and definitely recommend it! If you do go, definitely order the Crostinis!

 Love the lamp shades!

My lunch...delicious!

After lunch, I took my mom and Chris through Chelsea Market to see where my office was as well as all of the bakeries and shops. It was nice to be able to show them where I spend a majority of my time :) We then decided to head back to the Upper West Side to spend a few hours relaxing before dinner. After chilling out for a little, we headed to the East Village to The Stanton Social for dinner. So many friends/coworkers recommended going there and we definitely were not disappointed! We got 8 different tapas plates and loved each and every one. The restaurant is known for their French Onion Soup Dumplings and of course we ordered them; each bite was so savory and better than the previous. It was such a delicious meal and we left so full :)
 French Onion Soup Dumplings
 Chicken & Waffles with Balsamic Maple Syrup
Mac & Cheese with Chorizo

Monday, was unfortunately, my mom and Chris' last day in NYC :( My mom and I spent the first half of the day sitting in Starbucks reviewing fun hotels and activities in Italy and Greece (where Tyler and I are going for our honeymoon) as she has been all over the place and has amazing recommendations. We then met my great aunt, Estelle, and my cousin, Katie, for a late lunch at Esca, which is Mario Batali's restaurant. The food was fantastic and it was so much fun seeing Estelle and Katie! 

Sadly, after our lunch date, it was time for my mom and Chris to leave NYC. We had such a wonderful weekend dinning all over NYC, walking everywhere, and just getting caught up. Can't wait for their next trip out here!

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