Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Big Birthday in the City - Day 3

We started off Friday with a live taping of The Today Show - well Brian's parents and I did. Brian slept in a little and joined us right before the full morning show cast joined us out in the rain for a quick segment. We didn't get there at 5:30am, so we weren't on television but we still had fun.
We then headed to Ess-a-bagel for some breakfast. Real NY-style bagels with any topping you could ever think of? Yes please! I had cucumber, tomato, and cheddar cream cheese on an onion bagel and Brian had herb cream cheese and lox on a plain bagel. I wish we'd brought some home!
To avoid the rain, and the feeling that we were just trying to keep busy between meals, we headed to St. Patrick's Cathedral. It's such a beautiful church - the pipe organ is particularly pretty.
We walked about an hour and a half to Ivan Ramen for lunch - both to kill time and burn off calories. We got a great table in the back and I ordered the vegetarian ramen, which wasn't quite as fancy as all the meat-eaters ramen, but it was good. (Also, this is another chef/restaurant featured in Netflix's Chef's Table series.)
Then it was time for the Tenement Museum, which Brian and I had done before but we picked a new tour this time, "Under One Roof." It was a more modern version of life in a tenement building in NYC. The building we were in (pictured above) was inhabited until 2013. The tour was good, but we really loved the first tour we did there six years ago, "Irish Outsiders."
After we stopped back by the hotel to change, we went to Sagaponack Bar & Grill for dinner. I had the 'Shroom Burger - cheesy-filled portobello mushroom with lettuce and tomato, pesto fries, and a tasty salad.
We ended our day with a play, The Seafarer, at the Irish Reparatory Theater. Brian and I had seen a play by the same playwright in college, so we thought it would be fun to see another, and Matthew Broderick was in it, so that was fun. The play was pretty dark but very good.

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