Yes, I ate the Big Apple. Well, not the whole thing. Just a small bite, actually. But it was delicious. Before checking out Katie Holmes’ recently closed Dead Accounts on broadway, Mom and I grabbed brunch at Scarlatto.
The cute little Italian restaurant has a good reputation and is happy to cater to the theater crowd, meaning they will get you to the theater on time.
We nibbled on fancy little muffins and rolls while we perused the menu. I opted to order Spaghetti alla Carbonara off the lunch menu, while Mom had a Truffled Mushroom Omelette for brunch. Mine came with a bright salad and the perfect balsamic vinaigrette.
Wow, delicious. The spaghetti was enough for two people; it was so creamy and rich. The omelette was light and luxurious with the taste and scent of truffles permeating every bite. Our kind waiter was attentive and quick. We made it into our seats in plenty of time, forbidden to take any photos of Katie Holmes or the great stage design. After the play we saw Al Pacino outside and raced across the street to snap some photos while the cops yelled at us. I was too short to get a good photo, but thoroughly enjoyed the madness of the crowd. Especially the guy frantically screaming “Serpico!” to get Al’s attention.
Later we wandered around Time Square and checked out Macy’s to see their holiday decorations and shop a little. I bought a Chanel lipgloss and chatted with the salesgirls about Hurricane Sandy. The city and the people seemed bruised and a little shellshocked but strong.
It was so cold. After walking and enjoying the city for hours, we slept well in our comfortable, modern hotel.
The next day my childlike, nerdish heart sang for joy at the American Museum of Natural History. We checked out the planetarium show, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. We also saw an IMAX movie about the evolution of flight with cute little animated flying dinosaurs and spent the afternoon walking around checking out exhibits.
We had just enough time to grab some falafel and pizza and head back home. NYC, until we meet again, I love you. Hope I return soon.