Ivy (aka Princess FiFi’s mamma) had made plans to go to Lucky Strike for some drinks last week. Next thing you know after reading some reviews and comments from Pear, our plans were quickly changed to dinner and drinks starting at Max then onto our favorite watering hole Bar 89.
Luckily I was working in the field that day so I was able to head out to the city at a normal time instead of making the trek in from Long Island!
The plans were to head out to the city earlier with the boy and Pear for some pre dinner drinks and then Ivy would meet us in the city around 8:30. Pear arrived promptly at 7pm in his shiny new car and we headed out!
I had been given a gift card by NinjaCyn for one of our favorite restaurants – so off we went!
*Note all pictures are from my phone…and my new spiffy Instagram app! (bout time it came to Android!…now I just have to get a new phone with a better camera…October cannot come fast enough!)
We took a seat at the bar and decided on our drinks…Can you guess what we got?
I’ve had both the Bellini and Max Mix in the past….and they are both TOO SWEET! The Max Palmer immediately (obviously) caught my eye. The drink was good…but not great. I found it a little bitter either from the tea or the muddled lemons…it could have used more lemon juice in my opinion. Pear got one too.
The boys deserted me…Pear in the bathroom and the boy went outside to get Ivy…I need to change my foursquare profile pic ASAP…thanks to creeper guy at Max…I told the boy not to leave me alone at the bar but did he listen?….nooOoOOoOoOOo…
When Ivy arrived we were quickly seated at the last available 4 top! Perfect timing!
A bottle of wine was ordered while we made our dinner decisions…
I am new to drinking red wine. But after my personal one on one lesson back in December, its been discovered that like white wine and other boozy drinks…I DON’T like it sweet! The waitress assured me that the bottle Pear had chosen wasn’t too sweet and it was a good wine. Obviously my attempt at a picture of the name is a complete fail! You can see a glimpse of the boy’s iced tea in the picture too…I had it for the first time last year…and it was good!
Max always has daily specials posted on the boards in the restaurant. Can I say how ecstatic I was when we saw burrata on the menu?! One order of burrata and one order of calamari to start. The calamari comes with a spicy marinara sauce that is delish! No pictures of the food because…well I dunno…just because, ok?! Bad blogger I know…
For entrees Pear and Ivy got the same dish – squid ink pasta with shrimp in spicy marinara…good as always! And yes, squid ink makes your poop black. Like JET BLACK! And for that single superficial reason is why I no longer order squid ink pasta anywhere. Ivy texted me the next day to confirm her findings! She’s a nurse. And a mom. She is used to gross stuff like that. Your ears would probably bleed if you heard some of our conversations! Wow look at that tangent! See I guess thats what happens when I don’t have any pictures to show you! The boy and I both got specials from the board. For him – lobster ravioli with spicy marinara and for me fettuccine with mushrooms and TRUFFLE OIL. Thumbs up all the way around!
Waiting for our noms….Ivy and Fifi have matching bangs…LOVE IT! I should tell her dad that I want to join in on the party the next time I go see him for a haircut too! lol
After dinner we headed over to Bar 89 for some more drinks. Ivy and I were chatting in the car and wound up driving uptown! The boys beat us there by a long shot!
Whenever I say that we’re going to Bar 89 most people give me a look and say “again?!”….Pear and I have been going there for over 10 years now. It’s our spot! (Don’t get jealous boy! ) Until I find another bar that has table service, good drinks and a well stocked bar, this will be my go to spot!
CHEERS! <The boy was here too…just hiding from our antics…I can embarrass him sometimes when I have a few in me >
We ended up somewhere else after this….but for the life of me I can’t remember where or what the name was…I am thinking it was somewhere on the LES.
It was a LONG night…O.o
The next morning:
Yeah I totally drank tap water from the bathroom. Yes it is gross. But you know what is even more gross? Throwing up because you are hungover.
Till next time…
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