Spotted: two New Yorkers walking towards Central Park, the shorter of the two getting increasingly annoyed at being subjected to overhearing random, inane conversations while the taller one was trying to prevent any random acts of singing or screaming on her companion’s part. The situation dramatically improved after snickering at some prep-school boys who were surreptitiously sipping illicit drinks in the park itself while trying to not be in the view of any NYPD officer scattered along the paths, however, and made the rest of the walk much more enjoyable.
And with that, I end my Gossip Girl references for this post.
You see, I had this idea to go out to Eli’s Manhattan on the Upper East Side to maybe get some provisions for dinner, and Michael suggested taking a walk through the park in order to get there. It was a solid idea: we’d get off the subway at Broadway and 79th, walk past the Museum of Natural History and across Central Park and then head directly to 80th and Third Avenue. We seldom have reason to hang out in the Upper East Side, mainly because it is a bit of a bear to get to, but in the name of exploration I felt like it was time to give it a try.
Unfortunately, Eli’s turned out to be a surprising letdown. While it was hardly shocking that the prices were higher than we normally see in our neck of the woods, it seemed like everything in the produce section was a bit tired in appearance and out of season–especially when they were going for upwards of four or five bucks a pound. We’re all for paying for quality (as our trips to Whole Foods and Union Square Greenmarket would attest), but in this case, we weren’t convinced that we were getting our money’s worth. So we quickly made for the exit and started brainstorming on what to do for the evening’s dinner.
We ended up hopping some subways and went to the UWS Whole Foods, where Michael cleaned out the seafood department of its available squid and we gathered the few things we needed for the evening. The day was far from being a bust, but it was a good lesson in exploration: not every journey can be a fully successful one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth giving them a try. For the time being, the primary lures to that part of the city will be the Met and the Guggenheim, but there’s always another weekend to give it another try.