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East Side Chic

Tempted to take a ramble the other weekend and get out of my ‘hood – as M said, we’re walkers – I decided to venture to the East Side after a brunch at Penelope put me on that side of the island. My life is centered on the West side, but it was my goal in moving to NYC to explore every neighborhood I could get to. Plus all there was all that hype because the UN was in session, so my several-hour-long ramble was a must.

Moving up through Murray Hill (I could see the frat factor this neighborhood is known for, but its actually pretty… gorgeous townhouses), I walked over to the UN (diplomats! languages! flags!), then ambled through Tudor City up through Midtown East to the start of the Upper East Side.

All over there was amazing architecture, a crazy hodge-podge of global influences (somewhat clockwise from the top left): Façades reminiscent of Amsterdam in Midtown East, the Parisian garden effect at Tudor City Greens, the glittery, flinty glass of the UN, Belle Époque architecture off of 5th Avenue (Vienna or Paris, le sigh), the amazing details on buildings in Tudor City, 42nd Street sightline teaching a lesson in perspective and gilded turrets on Temple Ahawad Chesed on Lexington.

For your own jaunt around town, pick an area you haven’t been to before, throw your pre-conceived notions out the window (ie Murray Hill is where post-collegiate fratholes go to burrow), grab your camera and the city will surprise you. More reports of weekend rambles coming soon!

Mimosas in the midst of samosas

NYC is brunch-obsessed, but you wouldn’t think of Curry Hill as the first place to go. Indian food before dinnertime? Not so much. But in this neighborhood on Lexington Avenue (between Murray Hill and Gramercy Park), there’s a great little brunch place called Penelope (corner of Lexington Ave and E. 30th St). No samosas here, just mimosas. The place is adorable with a country kitchen kind of feel – bright and airy with vintage cabinets and tables. The food is delicious and the price is right – $14.50 prix fixe brunch of an entrée and the choice of a cocktail or coffee and freshly squeezed juice (haven’t had fresh OJ like this in the longest time). We went all savory, but there were some seriously tempting sugar-high-inducing options, like Nutella French toast (if M had been with me there’s a good chance someone would’ve capitulated and chosen this option). So make your way to Curry Hill, intrepid brunchers! You’ll love this place.


Salmon-wrapped poached eggs: surpassed our expectations of deliciousness upon consumption.

Ellie’s Spinach Pie: heartier version of spanakopita. Would get it again in a heartbeat.

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