Happy Birthday, Ryan!
It’s hard to believe that exactly one year ago yesterday, we made our first post on this blog. Now, one year later, we’re celebrating not only that milestone, but also Ryan’s birthday.
Last year, we posted up in the Ace Hotel for the night and enjoyed a birthday celebration that we thought for sure would be tough to top. Dare I say that we did?
Continuing with the tradition of a staycation, we decided to stay at The Standard this year. The Standard is perched over the High Line, with amazing views of the city and the Hudson River (and it’s within walking distance from our apartment!).
Upon checking into our 16th floor room, we were greeted with expansive views of lower Manhattan and the Hudson River. It was truly breathtaking. In fact, we’ve decided we much prefer the downtown view to the slightly obstructed uptown one.
After lounging around our room (and gawking at the ultra-sleek and voyeuristic bathroom), we enjoyed a delicious slice of cheesecake and a few cocktails at the bar downstairs before it was time for dinner.
For dinner, we dodged the light rain and trekked a few blocks south of the hotel to Recette, a place I had been dying to try and thought Ryan would enjoy. It exceeded both of our expectations by far and has now likely earned a regular rotation. What a charming, inventive and fun restaurant—we both couldn’t recommend it more highly.
After dinner, we returned to the hotel to enjoy a bottle of wine that Ryan selected for his special day.
Exhausted from the excitement, we fell into bed and awoke the next morning to a crisp, clear morning and that breathtaking view. After grabbing a latte from the new Blue Bottle Coffee location on 15th Street, we relaxed in our room before heading to one last birthday surprise… A very special lunch.
To be continued…