New York literally has a festival every day. I have done extensive research on this topic by browsing my New York essential tool: Time Out New York, so you can believe me. :) This past weekend marks the 2nd year in a row that I’ve attended one in particular. It’s my 1st, 2nd year at a festival!!! You know what that means right? It means that My New York anniversary is coming up.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. The Feast of San Gennaro is pretty lively. My favorite part is that the restaurants in Little Italy set up temporary outdoor dining on the street! complete with raised floor, 1/2 walls and a roof, you know, in case it rains. Last year we were here on our 1st ever NY apartment hunting trip. We stayed in a stunning hotel in Battery Park City (thank you husband’s job), it was the first time I did and saw a lot of things. We were in sight of the World Trade Center and gained perspective of the footprint that had been uprooted in the city. We discovered the beauty of lower Manhattan and very quickly realized that it was likely WAAAAAAAAAAAAY out of our price range. And we met a friend from Texas and her boyfriend for dinner in Little Italy at the Feast of San Gennaro. I can’t remember which restaurant it was but I can distinctly recall the energy that was flowing through me at the prospect of our new life last September.
As I met up with my husband at the festival again this year after work I realized it was still there. I am still in love (with my husband and the city). Oh did I mention it was our anniversary too? I guess you can call us high school sweethearts, although I’m not a fan of that term. This week marks 15 years of our relationship. (have I dated myself enough yet?)
Oh yeah, back to the Feast of San Gennaro! there were singers at some of the restaurants serenading the crowds (think airport hotel performers) but very entertaining. There was a man on stilts and another dressed as a cannoli celebrating 100 years of Ferrara’s Bakery. Lots of people were randomly saying “holy cannoli” I guess when you see a guy in a giant cannoli suit you just have to go there? There were tons of religious trinkets of which I purchased a couple for my mom as gifts. And more gelato than I’d ever seen before. Oh and zeppoles and sausage & peppers.
We had dinner at a cute place but sadly I wasn’t in love with my risotto. It irks me when I spend $25+ on a single plate and it doesn’t work out. The server asked me as he was taking our plates away how I liked it and I said it was “ok” and he was nice enough to send us a complimentary fruit plate. The free pears were my favorite item from our meal!
I kinda wanted to go into Ferrara’s to enjoy a strawberry shortcake but it was jam packed and I wasn’t interested in waiting for an hour. So I just browsed the displays they set up on the street.
I have been super curious about this New York delicacy. Paul went ahead and ordered a sandwich and we were not fans. I love peppers and onions but that sausage was kinda outside of my tastes. sweet & hot & we moved on.
NYPD was, of course, on patrol. I remember when I first arrived in New York I was startled by their imposing appearance. New York officers somehow seem more intimidating. But now, I almost don’t notice them. They are part of my world.
I don’t smoke. I have never smoked. and I will never smoke. and I don’t particularly enjoy minding my own business and inhaling smoke someone has just exhaled. it is gross. but this was interesting to watch.
Did I mention there was gelato at the festival? Seriously if I snapped a photo of every gelato stand I would have run out of space on my 4gb sd card! And you know I do not exaggerate. ever.
Oh and leave it to the Texas-transplants to find roasted corn and tacos! The first taco was sooo good I barely got a shot of it before inhaling it. The meat tasted like what you might find in a pork tamale! Brilliant. The chef of an Italian restaurant was apparently from Texas and decided it would be fun to go against the grain and serve tacos at an Italian festival! He even made his servers wear longhorn hats!