Memphis, Times Square and Spice Market. All in One Night. Bam.
When in New York City you simply must see a Broadway show. It was a given that we would do this. After putting our picks forward my girlfriends and I decided to see Memphis - I was very very excited. And so on the first Thursday night we were in town we dolled ourselves up, red lipstick and all, to see the show.
Clearly we were very excited... It was my first time (apart from Ballet Concerts) wearing Red Lipstick. I kind of liked it. But later on in the night it ended up everywhere...like my arm and my chin. Possibly even my elbow. I think I need lipstick wearing lessons.
Memphis is a show about music and love and race in 1950's Tennessee. It's packed with lots of dancing, colour and beautiful tunes.
The cast were really vibrant, there were really touching moments and the songs were super catchy. I can see why it's won some awards, including the 2010 Tony Award for best musical. We ate Twizzlers while we watched - when in Rome...
After the show we freshened up before sneaking a peek at the stage post-show!
Then we walked to Times Square to catch a glimpse of the fluorescent madness and tick that nugget off our list. It's a pretty frightful scene, not a place to linger, that's for sure. So we took some pics and then high-tailed it to dinner.
We had reservations at Spice Market, upon Peta's friend's recommendation.
Spice Market is one of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurants, and it's a really lovely space, with a wooden interior and supreme mood lighting. The Asian-influenced menu is jumping with exciting offerings. It was really difficult to select items, as there was so much choice - in particular a lot of beautiful seafood options.
In the end we shared a whole bunch of delicious appetisers. Behold the slightly moody pictures, which are not at all representative of the happy flavours.
Complementary Papadums with a type of relish,
Broccoli and Corn (beautiful),
Spiced, Crusted Corn Cobs (ridiculous)
and Tuna Tartare (wow)
We also shared Crab Dumplings, which were soft and delightful, and a main of Fish which came with some sort of Green Mousse - I thoroughly disliked this green concoction, so let's not talk about that...
The appetisers were the standouts to me, and my girlfriends agree. When you're in New York City next, I really recommend visiting Spice Market for incredibly delicious, quality bites (which are quite reasonably priced!). You can share some plates with your friends before hitting the bars around the Meatpacking District - that sounds rather great. It's not exactly a humble district, yet a little pretence never hurt anybody. And with such tasty appetisers nearby...I'm there!
It would also be preferable if you see a Broadway show first. I think it makes the food taste better. Bam.