Original plan was a ski trip to Mammoth.
Then... opportunity to see friends in New York popped up.
So decided to take a quick 5,000 mile detour on the way to Mammoth, via New York. *grins*
First stop was Hudson Yards to see The Vessel. For a symmetrical construction, it's actually got quite a few more views and angles to it than you'd expect. Well worth the stop, even if it is a tribute to excess, although a winter morning was perhaps not the best time to go!
Caught up with friends before they leave New York-- their two kids are adorable! And happy hour at Seamore's is actually pretty good. A little loud for small children but we made it work, and at least this early on a Friday they weren't too busy. Brookfield Places' food court is actually pretty good sized too, although I suspect I only explored half of it? The lamb noodle soup at Northern Tiger is pretty adequate for food court food, and regardless, it was great to catch up!
Stopped by a few other places on the way to dinner with different friends. Squish Marsmallows is a decent take on gourmet marshmallows, a bit on the sweet side, while Village Square Pizza is an ordinary but serviceable slice by New York standards. Then it was finally time to catch up with Pearl and coworkers for dinner at Chazz Palminteri-- where it very much felt like the cliched actor-cum-Italian-restaurant experience you'd expect. Food was pretty decent, the fish was actually good, so no complaints!
Late-night wandering lead us to realize we were only a block from Magnolia Bakery, so of course we had to grab banana pudding. With a bunch of Pearl's coworkers from her current company in town, we had no problem devouring dessert!