Birthday Weekend Wrap-Up {I’m 30!}

My parents came to visit last weekend and Adam had two full days off so we were able to have lots of family fun.  My mom and dad technically didn’t come for my birthday, the dates just worked out, but we spent the weekend doing all of my favorite city things – walking, and eating, and eating while walking! – and hanging out with good childhood friends so it was pretty perfect.  And I’m 30 now, whomp, whomp.

Here are some highlights of the best places we walked and things we ate from the weekend…

Thursday night we walked around Williamsburg and had dinner at Pies ‘n Thighs.  I had hibiscus iced tea.

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And a chicken biscuit with hot sauce and honey butter.

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Instead of pie we did dessert at Milk Bar.

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Cereal milk soft-serve with cornflakes and hot fudge.

Friday we drove up to Montauk to explore.  We checked out the beachfront towns and hiked along this very cool stone pathway near the lighthouse.

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We stopped at the Long Island Levain and fell in love with the giant walnut chocolate chip cookies.

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And had lunch at Lunch.

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The seafood bisque was good.

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But lobster rolls were better.  They give you a big pile of buttered hot lobster meat and let you assemble your sandwich yourself.

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We stopped at a random restaurant late that night on our drive back and ended up having an amazing meal but I have no pictures because I wrongly assumed it would be terrible.  Adam and I plan on going back very soon for the flourless chocolate cake (though next time it won’t come with a birthday candle!).

Saturday was spent in Park Slope and Midtown.  We started with Doughnut Plant.

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Everyone loved their doughnuts (minus the beignets which just aren’t up to Plant standards) but tres leches are clearly the best.

Then trained to Grand Central Station.

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Cold brew from Café Grumpy.

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We shopped a bit, then explored Chelsea Market and The Highline.

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Watermelon juice from Num Pang was refreshing.

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And so was the mint seltzer from Brooklyn Soda Works.

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We headed back to Brooklyn for dinner.  Drinks at Pork Slope, aka my favorite bar.  And hibiscus vodka is definitely a favorite drink option.

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We got tater tots and spicy chicken nuggets – meh and yum! respectively – for appetizers which was good because I actually hadn’t tried any of the food at PS prior to that.

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Dinner was Luke’s for round 2 of lobster rolls.

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Best in the city, I think.  And they had cans of Downeats, the tasty cider I tried last weekend in Buffalo.

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I didn’t take a photo of the maple soft-serve at Corner of Vermont but it was worth a mention.

Sunday was our SoHo/Lower East Side Day.

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We started in DUMBO to park near the F train.

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And had to get coffees at Brooklyn Roasting Co.

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Then we had amazing brunch at Russ & Daughter’s.

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My “Lower Sunny Side” came with sunny side up eggs, Nova lox, and latkes.

Ice cream at Morganstern’s.

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Omg.  Vietnamese coffee and raw milk ice creams topped with fudge sauce and double Luxardo cherries.  I assumed everyone would share with me and they did not but I still managed to take this down.

We ended our weekend with dinner at The Smith.  The drink menu was on point; my “East Village Passion” had rum, lime, passionfruit, and fresh mint.

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We had ridiculously good fried green beans to start.

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I saw photos of the mac and cheese on instagram and had no choice to order that for my meal.

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With a watermelon and feta salad.

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So good.  We ordered the s’mores jar for dessert, obviously.

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Sadly I didn’t love it, but Adam was more than happy to eat my share.  Since he did not eat a giant ice cream after lunch that’s probably fair!  We will definitely go back again.

I left some things out because this post is already a bit lengthy, but I seriously did almost everything I love.  With the people I love.  <– aww!

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