We didn’t leave the Cape until late afternoon, so we only drove as far as Providence, RI. We stayed overnight in an extended stay motel ( I can’t remember the name). We had terrific Cambodian food — very similar to Thai, but somewhat different. It was delicious. Next morning we got up and went to a WW workshop in Johnston, RI. Good meeting, but not as good as #pasadena830!!! We didn’t have breakfast before the meeting, so after we looked for a local place to try. We discovered English Muffin, Inc. YumYum!!! Eggs cooked perfectly, had a combo that came with French Toast, which was good and made great by the spiced apples that were an option over potatoes. And yes it came with a grilled English muffin, too. Really more brunch than lunch.
Then it was on to Queens, NY. Traffic in NYC was as miserable as we had heard and I was personally delighted that we had decided to leave the car at JFK long term parking for our New York sojourn. As I didn’t want to drive, and because we were in NYC, we ordered Chinese delivery for dinner. Got up early next morning to bring the car to the Bolt lot and meet our cousin, Lisa at the airport. Our connections were perfect, and within an hour, we were on our way to the Doubletree Times Square West which would be our home away from home for our 4 day stay in NYC. Unfortunately, our rooms were not ready (it was only 11 so, not really surprised) so we had something to eat and then sat in the lobby for a couple of hours talking up a storm. Finally got into our rooms around 1:30, and we were all beat, so we took naps. While we were napping, our cousin, Laura arrived. We met for dinner and took a Lyft to Katz Deli for a quintessential New York Deli experience. Pastrami sandwiches, seltzer, pickles and potato salad–mmmmmm. Laura’s daughter Chelsea, who is a director in NYC joined us for dinner and was able to spend some time with us over the weekend, even though it was a busy weekend for her. She had a film being shown at the Chelsea Film Festival, and a Q&A after, and a play in the Fringe Festival as well as a day of filming scheduled in Central Park for a film on which she is the AD. And that was just on the weekend!
Saturday, Kathy and I had a lazy morning while Lisa and Laura went to the 9/11 memorial and museum. I had been to the memorial on my first visit to NYC 2 years ago and there is really too much walking and standing in line for Kathy to navigate. When Lisa and Laura returned, we met up to go see TORCH SONG at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway. It was phenomenal and if you get to NYC, be sure to go see it! The whole cast was brilliant and the play is as timely today as TORCH SONG TRILOGY was in the 80’s.
Michael Urie was perfectly cast as Arnold Beckoff, drag queen and romantic, and Mercedes Ruehl was as terrific as always as his mother. The supporting cast was also excellent.
While waiting for the play to start, Lisa realized her phone was missing. I called the number, and someone answered. He found the phone in the cab we had taken to the play. He was on his way to a restaurant on the Upper East Side and offered to leave it with the hostess. I thanked him and said we would pick it up after the play. Wasn’t till I hung up that it was pointed out that the phone would be on the Upper East Side, and we needed to get to Greenwich Village–I should have bribed the cab driver to bring the phone to the theater. Oh well, we were in for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. After the play, we waited for our Lyft, that never showed up and got to see the cast of the play as they left the theater. When we finally gave up on Lyft, we caught a cab who was willing to make this crazy trip. (of course, it was 5:00 so traffic was terrible!) Raced from Broadway, to Upper East Side, grabbed the phone, raced to Greenwich Village, and actually arrived early for Chelsea’s play, SERVING BRULEE.
Sone Anandpara wrote SERVING BRULEE and starred in it with Ivy Hong. Our cousin, Chelsea Lockie directed the production. The play was funny, very current, and thought provoking. The actors were well suited to their roles. The play was about the first day of a cable TV cooking show. The actual production took place in a school cafeteria, which made it feel like a cable show. The title of the show comes from Crème Brulee and the premise is that Crème Brulee is the perfect dessert, and all women should try to “achieve brulee.” Life lessons ensue.
An actor friend of Chelsea’s, Mia Christo, joined us for the play and after it was over, we all went to Death Avenue for an interesting take on Greek food. I had a wonderful lamb shank. Other foods ordered included a variety of sliders, including pulled pork with a Greek BBQ sauce and a homemade Greek Sausage, eggplant tacos and Greek salads as well as oregano fries. Food was very good. Then back to the hotel and dreamland.