Saturday is our day for exploring the beauties of Central Park, the amazing jewel in the middle of Manhattan. Our favorite Central Park excursion was four years ago, when we were able to ride horses along the park’s bridle path from the Tavern on the Green to the Reservoir near 97th Street. Unfortunately, the company that offered the trail rides stopped doing so two years ago, so we’ll do carriage rides and bike rides instead.
Later in the day we would visit two of the museums that border the park: the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York, the later has a wonderful permanent exhibit called New York at Its Core, which covers the amazing range of the city’s 400-year history.
Our favorite lunch spot is Grazie at 26 E. 84th St. not far from the Met. We stumbled upon this café several years ago and fell in love with their delicate, flavorful omelets.
For dinner tonight we will visit West 46th Street’s restaurant row. This was once home to many fine restaurants just two blocks from Times Square and perfect for dinner before or after a show. It once had a wonderful Russian restaurant, but that’s gone, and the block has gotten a bit dingy in recent years. Our favorite is La Rivista, a classic Italian café at 313 W. 46th St.
Today’s Dish: Smoked Salmon Omelet
Today’s Drink: Prosecco
Tonight’s Movie: The Fisher King (1991) starring Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams. A touching movie, perhaps Williams’ best performance, and it has meaningful scenes in Central Park.