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The NYC Nomad in Murray Hill (34th between 2nd and 3rd)

Stayed

In luxury, with my brother in law’s youngest brother, Nate.  It’s a doorman/elevator building and I became somewhat used to someone opening the door for me when I left for work in the morning.  On my Sunday evening arrival, a couple in the elevator commented on my luggage saying “looks like quite the vacation” to which I mustered “yeah, something like that.”  It is for those situations for which I need business cards to continue to get the word out.  I ordered 500 this week.  Check out the return address labels that Vistaprint offered me for free!

Nate was an excellent host and just moved to the city so there was plenty of space for the aerobed and the added bonus that we got to explore his neighborhood a little bit together.

Trivia - can anyone give me a definitive answer on the difference between Murray Hill and Kips Bay?

Watched

The Celtics win one game against the Lakers, and then lose two.  I’ll say one thing about Murray Hill and that is they know how to do a sports bar.  Bar XII, right on Nate’s street, actually has TV’s on the beer taps.  I also checked out Bar 29 with a groupon which got a +1 for having Buleit bourbon.  The game was awful so I switched venues to the Watering Hole in Flatiron, but it didn’t help the Celtics cause.  The bar annoyed me so I wrote a Yelp review.  I watched Game 7 in Williamsburg and found this great wine shop on Yelp.

Ate

In the Hood

Kalustyan’s - Quite simply one of my favorite places in Manhattan.  There isn’t a spice they don’t have and they have some great baked goods as well.  Made me miss having a kitchen.

Second Avenue Deli - no longer on second avenue, but still an institution.  I had 1/2 a pastrami sandwich and cold borscht.  As part of the experience, they bring a free pickle plate, cole slaw (no mayo), bread, and a mini chocolate soda for dessert.  I’m a big fan and would definitely go back.

Carl’s Steak’s - I’m no authority on the Philly Cheesesteak, but I’m not sure I have to be to realize how good this sandwich was.

Further Afield 

Pies n’ thighs - I’ve been trying to help a friend and former colleague get some things set up on quickbooks.  As a result I’ve sampled a decent portion of Pies n’ Thighs menu and it is ALL good.  I say you check it out - so does the NY Times.

La Palapa West - Overpriced Mexican.  But good company (friends from St. Thomas) and they accomodated a large group.  The mole tasted like a chocolate bar, and not in a good way.

Tasted

A lot of beer.  On Governor’s Island for the Brewfest on Saturday.  Unfortunately I waited in a lot of lines as well.  The event was really poorly organized and I’m unlikely to go back.  Some people were pretty irate.  You can’t hide from social media so hopefully they will get their act together next year.

Noticed

On the second day, that Nate’s apartment overlooks St. Vartan’s Armenian Church.  The dome is beautiful throughout the different parts of the day.  I also took my first time lapse photographic video from his window.

St. Vartans

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