Best Places to Wine and Dine in NYC

Jay’s parents have been in the city for the past week with Jay’s aunt and uncle, and we have been so glad to have them.  They have been a welcome break from graduate school papers, cover letters and job search databases (anyone want to hire me?!).  It has been such a treat to take a break and show off our favorite spots, where we do life and the excitement our new city has to offer.  Together we have taken in the arts….

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Savored time with family..

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and sipped and nibbled our way through the great foodie culture NYC has to offer.  Below you will find a detailing of the exceptional establishments we frequented regularly and had the pleasure to share with Jay’s family over the course of the past week.  So if you’re looking for a great glass of wine, exquisite italian or simply just an undeniably great craft brew to accompany your gourmet burger -look no further.  What follows are some of our favorites in Manhattan.

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Cathedral of St John the Devine

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 I am loving fall in the city.  The colours, the crisp, cool air and the festive decorations of each autumn holiday.  We spent the weekend laying low and regrouping after a busy week full of sight seeing, socializing and merry making.  We took the opportunity Sunday to stick close to home an attend Cathedral of St. John the Devine which is around the block from our apartment. Whenever I run by I am always slowed by lines of busses parked out front, and hoards of tourists snapping photos.  So I am glad we finally got to experience what all the fuss is about.  The architecture is stunning, with the soaring ceilings, stained class and ornate stone work.  It it the the largest cathedral in the world, which in Manhattan where space comes at a premium is even more impressive.  The service was reflective of the architecture.  St. John the Devine is of the Anglican tradition and their 11 am choral eucharist was breathtaking.  What we have loved most about being in the city is that we have been able to experience so many different denominations and approaches to church, from the very intellectual, to a church in a bar to a gospel church to now a traditional Anglican service. After church, we grabbed coffee from the Hungarian Pastry Shop, which never disappoints and explored the cathedral gardens for awhile.

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Warm Greens, Yam and Avocado Salad

Jay and I just finished buying a weeks worth of organic groceries from our living room couch and will be getting them delivered to our apartment tomorrow morning for less than it would cost in subway fare.  So needless to say I am slowly and surely adapting to our novel manhattan lifestyle and the sheer connivence of urban living.   However, there have been a series of small changes that have not been as seamless, and although mostly minor they are adjustments just the same.   One such transition has been going from our seemingly expansive, modern kitchen to our cozy, retro digs here on the Upper West Side.  So inspite of the chaos of unpacking,  days of avoiding suffering in front a heated oven in a New York summer swelter and fighting all temptation to continually eat out due to the sheer cheapness and accessibility of multiple culinary options in our new neighbourhood (that’s right still got the U in there. Go Canada) I decided I need to make our new place feel like what it is, our home, by preparing a hearty, home cooked meal. This quick, inexpensive and filling paleo or vegan meal (your choice) fit the bill in that it didn’t monopolize much of my scant time, thus allowing me time to tackle the five journal articles I was assigned during my first class. Welcome to graduate school.

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