Birthday in New York City

Birthday cupcakes from Molly's Cupcakes in Greenwich Village

Birthday cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes in Greenwich Village

For the second year in a row I was able to celebrate my birthday in New York City! Christina just happened to be getting married September 14th in NYC, so Koen and I made sure to plan my birthday (September 9th) into the agenda. Unfortunately I didn’t think it out very well, because we arrived on my birthday and we were exhausted. We still made it out to Cocoron, a Japanese soba noodle restaurant in Chinatown, for dinner and to Molly’s Cupcakes, the best cupcakes in NYC located in Greenwich Village, for dessert. After our cupcakes we headed back to Park Slope in Brooklyn, where we were staying for the week, to sleep off our jetlag. Unfortunately our hosts were sick and at their parents’ place most of the trip 😦

We decided the 10th was also a good day to keep celebrating my birthday! To begin the day I wanted a typical New York breakfast, aka an iced coffee (from Café Grumpy) and a bagel with lox and cream cheese (from the Bagel Hole). After breakfast we headed to Nintendo World at Rockefeller Center, where we bought Luigi shirts for Koen and our nephew Edward. Our trip to NYC wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Katz’s. Luckily we already knew that the sandwiches are huge, and Koen and I split a brisket sandwich and fries – yum! After lunch we headed back to Brooklyn, but this time to Williamsburg. I made reservations for Koen, Christina, and me to tour the Brooklyn Brewery and sample their beers. We had a little bit  of time to kill, so we stopped by The Bean for a smoothie beforehand. Then we met up with Christina and had a great time tasting the different beers and learning about the brewery. For dinner we went to another neighborhood in Brooklyn, Bushwick, for pizza at Roberta’s where we met Christina’s now-husband Rafaël, Danny, and Matt. Afterwards Koen, Christina, Rafaël, and I went to Sing Sing in the East Village for karaoke (Thanks Rafaël!). It was a great birthday!

Inside Cocoron

Inside Cocoron

 

Edamame for our starter

Edamame for our starter

 

Koen and me with our soba dipping noodles

Koen and me with our soba dipping noodles

 

Mmm...delicious!

Mmm…delicious!

 

Molly's Cupcakes in Greenwich Village

Molly’s Cupcakes in Greenwich Village

 

Birthday Cake (fun-fetti cake filled with cake batter and topped with buttercream) for me of course, and the Ron Bennington for Koen (chocolate cake filled with peanut butter and topped with ganache and butterscotch)

Birthday Cake (fun-fetti cake filled with cake batter and topped with buttercream) for me of course, and the Ron Bennington for Koen (chocolate cake filled with peanut butter and topped with ganache and butterscotch)

 

Tired but happy!

Tired but happy!

 

Walking through Park Slope to get breakfast

Walking through Park Slope to get breakfast

 

7th Avenue

7th Avenue

 

Making our way down 7th Avenue to get coffee

Making our way down 7th Avenue to get coffee

 

Koen outside of Café Grumpy (do you see the grumpy face?)

Koen outside of Café Grumpy (do you see the grumpy face?)

 

Bagel Hole for bagels with cream cheese and lox

Bagel Hole for bagels with cream cheese and lox

 

My delicious breakfast

My delicious breakfast – an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and lox

 

Excited and sleepy

Excited and sleepy

 

Nintendo World!

Nintendo World!

 

Posing with Pikachu

Posing with Pikachu

 

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen

 

Lunch of champions!

Lunch of champions!

 

Look at all of that brisket!

Look at all of that brisket!

 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 

The Bean in Williamsburg

The Bean in Williamsburg

 

Drinking my juice

Drinking my juice

 

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

 

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

 

Waiting for the tour to begin

Waiting for the tour to begin

 

Learning about our first beer - the Brooklyn Lager

Learning about our first beer – Brooklyn Lager

 

Touring the brewery

Touring the brewery

 

Touring the brewery

Touring the brewery

 

We made sure to ask about the chandelier hanging on the right

We made sure to ask about the chandelier hanging on the right

 

More tasting!

More tasting!

 

Koen and Christina

Koen and Christina

 

Roberta's for my birthday dinner!

Roberta’s for my birthday dinner!

 

Paparizza - romesco, mozzarella, smoked paprika sausage, and onion

Paparizza – romesco, mozzarella, smoked paprika sausage, and onion (1 of 6 pizzas)

 

The Nightman - ascutney mountain, eggplant, sungold tomato, and basil (1 of 6 pizzas)

The Nightman – ascutney mountain, eggplant, sungold tomato, and basil (1 of 6 pizzas)

 

Koen, Danny, and me

Koen, Danny, and me

 

The happy now-newlyweds!

The happy now-newlyweds!

 

Matt and Christina

Matt and Christina

 

Matt, Danny and me

Matt, Danny and me

 

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