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Monday, April 6, 2009

Spending Time in New York City!

Last weekend we went into New York City for a visit to my college son. Here's the entrance to his college on Seventh Avenue...

There's art work all over the campus...
We took our girls, my hungry son, and his starving roommate to Blue Smoke on 27th and 3rd at the recommendation of my blogging sister, Pat, from Mille Fiori Favoriti. She told me this restaurant was right near my son's college and we would love it! Wow, did we! This is a BBQ gem!

We started off with a sausage sampler with great mustards...
Racks and racks of ribs...my kids are such carnivores! You recieve a large bucket on your table for discarding the bones...

A view of us from the second floor...

On any given night, this restaurant turns into a premier jazz bar... but we were there in the afternoon!For dessert, we had the sampler--a slice of everything on the menu!
We walked it all off with a walk in Madison Square Park...notice the "thin" building in the background? That's no illusion! .
Where else but in Manhattan can you find a statue of Chester Arthur, our 21st presedent?
View of the townhouses surrounding the park...


We had a great time catching up with him and spending the day in Manhattan! And yes, I made sure he was well fed and he did his wash (always the Mom! Haha!) :0)



































20 comments:

Dawnie said...

looks like a great trip! I love New York, the food looks awesome.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

We will have to try that place in the near future Tara, it looks to be right up our alley. My daughter had spring break last week, and we spent quite a bit of time eating out, shopping, and doing laundry. She was just happy to be home for the week...and when I spoke to her last night...back at school, she was happy to be there as well.
♥, Susan

Rue said...

Good morning Tara :)

Happy belated Birthday to your beautiful daughter!

That restaurant looks wonderful! The food made me drool, is that wrong?? LOL

hugs,
rue

Daisigirl said...

Oh, I just love seeing your photos! I really like the picture of your table from up above and those desserts look amazing!

The Blogland Diaries said...

Spending time in New York...always a good idea in my book. Soon Spring will cover all of those branches. I love Central Park in the Spring.
Karen

Barbara said...

Tara, Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful weekend. The food made my mouth water.
I am sure your son was happy to have you there.

M.Kate said...

Looks like a fantastic trip Tara, love the pictures..love the food pictures even more :D

Cori G. said...

What a cute picture of all of you looking up!!! Hi Tara, I have an award on my blog for you!!1

xoxo Cori

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Wow Tara, new york looks great, maybe I will get there one day and see it in person!
Alicia

Deborah said...

I followed the trail from Cori's blog...I so enjoyed my visit with you. Fantastic picture taken from above! I shall come visit again soon, but right now I must walk off the calories from just LOOKING at that dessert tray. **blows kisses** Deborah

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Tara!

Glad you enjoyed Blue Smoke si much --it's hard not to like juicy ribs and thick hamburgers if you are a carnivore :-D

Madison Square Park is so pretty isn't it? You'll have to visit it again in late Spring when everything is blooming, and the trees are green, and when the concession stand is open -- they have great burgers too!
I heard the Flatiron Building has acaffolding around it now for structural repair.

Hugs, Pat

Donna said...

You've made me hungry! Yum. Love all the pictures of NY. Looks like you had a great time.

Hugs,
Donna

bj said...

Oh so glad you got to spend some time with your boy...I know you must have really loved it.
NYC has always scared me...so big, I guess...and we live in such a small place. I would love to go there sometime and see it all...
xo bj

Firefly Hill said...

Looks like a great visit Tara! I love your shot of the Flatiron bldg..

annie

laura said...

Loved the pics of Manhattan. I've been many places in my travels, but never New York city. Note to self, GO.

Kelly said...

Easter Blessings Tara!!!

kelly~

Gina said...

Hi Tara,
I've having trouble viewing photos on blogger at the moment..only a couple showing...and one of the dessert sampler!! wow, craving for that choccy cake right now! Happy Easter to you and your family! Gxox

Joy said...

Yum, looks like great food. Love the picture of you all. Happy Easter!

Deb said...

What a fabulous trip.
Happy Easter Tara

Shannon (Faith and Chocolate) said...

What a fun trip, Tara! And what a great restaurant!!! It's making my mouth water! (I guess I'm a bit hungry...) Happy Easter, my dear!
Hugs,
Shannon