Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hey, Everybody in the 212

I'm headed down to New York City tomorrow! This biannual trip is loads of fun for me - and very productive. I write on the way down, write on the way back, write in my hotel room, and in between I work with really awesome people and eat really awesome food! And I get paid for this ... yes, I do know how lucky I am. :-)

Here's some of our gang's favorite New York places:

The Hotel Pennsylvania

We work here, sleep here, and hang out in the lobby watching hundreds of people come in and out, listening to them speak a dozen different languages, and generally being amazed at all of it.

Niles Restaurant

Conveniently located three blocks from the hotel, this is an awesome restaurant and a Bradley Communications tradition for dinner at least one night. They have the absolute best crab cakes I've ever had. And the cheesecake! Mmmmm...

Rickshaw Dumpling Bar

Just amazing. Who would have thought a place that serves nothing but "dumplings" could have such a variety - and that they would all be sooooo good? My fave is the fried chicken and thai basil dumpling with peanut dipping sauce.

Okay, that's my second favorite menu item. My first love at Rickshaw is these:

Chocolate dumplings! Best. Dessert. EVER!

The Empire State Building

Even the inside of the place is beautiful (that's part of the floor up there). And once I got to the top last time out, all I could think was:

Holy crap, New York is really big!

Have a great week, everybody. I'll see you next week, when I'll be a good ten Rickshaw chocolate dumplings heavier. :-)


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Wow! I've only been to New York once and then only for a couple of days. Didn't see any of what you've shared. Have a great time!


s.w. vaughn said...

Thanks, Marilyn!

This stuff is all in midtown Manhattan. Native New Yorkers have told me that no one goes to midtown (except to shop at Macy's, which is right across the block from our hotel :-)

One trip I actually made it to Chinatown, which was really cool!

Marta Stephens said...

Great pics, SW ... so, what work do you do on these trips?

s.w. vaughn said...

Well, besides my own writing, I am a helpful media coach type person, stopwatch button pusher, and bouncer (grr, I'm scary). I am also a greeter, a media escort, and a general errand-runner.

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Wow, Sonya! I've heard about your super trips before, but LOVED seeing the photos. And man, have you got me salivating. Wow. I'm NUTS about anything with Thai basil and peanut sauce! YUM. Even though yesterday I stopped and gave myself a treat at my favorite Thai restaurant in Rochester, NY, I'm once again craving it, thanks to these photos. LOL. Have a ball! And when you get back, maybe you could write a piece for us about how this particular job has helped you become even more savvy as a writer.

Kim Smith said...

ew girl! that stuff looks WAY delicious. My mouth is so watering now!!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I haven't been to NYC yet, but the food looks fabulous, so I guess I better get my bags packed. Food is the deciding factor. Thanks for sharing, Sonya.