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Celebrate a Special Evening in New York City – Awesome Food, A Spectacular Bridge and Beautiful Views

We recently celebrated a birthday in New York City.  Food anchored both ends of the celebration and the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge played host in between.  Here’s how we had one of the “bestest” evenings ever.

  1.  Start with an early dinner in South Sea Port:  The entire South Sea Port area is a smorgasboard of places to eat, drink, shop and people watch.  We kicked off our celebration at Acqua, a lovely restaurant with Italian food and an amazing wine bar.  For a complete list of places to shop, eat and more visit http://www.southstreetseaport.com/directory/
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The wine collection at Acqua
  1.  Walk the Brooklyn Bridge:  This is a must do bucket list item in New York City.
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Walkers on the Brooklyn Bridge
  1.  Veer towards DUMBO and walk towards the waterfront, sampling the assortment of small stores and boutiques along the way.  For a complete list of attractions along the waterfront, click here:

http://www.brooklynnow.com/waterfront/fantastic.html

  1. Grab dessert at the one and only Jacques Torres.  We binged on cookies and ice-cream.  The melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookies and the chocolate ice-cream spiked with just a bit of pepper feeling totally justifiable intake post our long walk.
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Source: http://www.mrchocolate.com/news/about/locations/dumbo/
  1. Sit back on the benches along the waterfront taking in the people, the ferries and of course the spectacular beauty of a quieter, more private part of New York City.
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New York City as seen from Dumbo

Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO – A Great Way to Experience New York Away from the Crowds

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone interested in walking around New York City, experiencing a part of Brooklyn, eating some good food, walking into boutique shops and art galleries and relaxing by the waterfront.

What? Walking around DUMBO also known as “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”, the 90th historic district of New York City.

How? 

– Pick a lovely day

– Don a good pair of walking shoes

– Add in some friends for company

– Bring a good appetite

– Plan to dedicate 3-4 hours for a total experience

Why? I will admit that till a colleague told me about DUMBO, I knew nothing about this lovely, waterfront Brooklyn suburb.  So, one beautiful spring day, a group of us decided to start our walking tour at City Hall on the Manhattan side of East River.  (FYI….Tell any Manhattan cab driver that you want to walk the Brooklyn Bridge and he will drop you off at the right spot.)  Take the pedestrian walkway on the bridge and walk across, pausing to take lots of pictures and soak in the sights.  As you come towards the end of the bridge, follow the sign downwards to DUMBO, and walk towards the water and you will be there.  If you are hungry, stop by Ignazio’s for some good pizza followed by dessert at either Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory or at my favorite, Jacques Torres’s shop which includes amazing desserts and ice cream by one of my favorite pastry chefs.  A meal like that and I am ready for a nap.  So, what better way to relax than head to Brooklyn Bridge Park and watch the boats, people and take a nap.  If you are short on time, you can take a ferry from here to Manhattan.  If not, head to one or more of the many boutiques and art galleries located here. You can return back to Manhattan via a ferry, taxi or of course walk back on the Brooklyn Bridge in time to catch the sunset.