If you don't live in the NYC area and need a good hotel recommendation on the Upper East Side, the Sherry-Netherland Hotel is a glorious option. Included in this link are plenty of other hotels to choose from in this neighborhood.
I was here to visit the Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France exhibit.
|Self-portrait of the artist.|
It's amazing the amount of portraits she produced. And her ability to paint clothing and hair was exceptional. It's also said that she had the ability to recreate exact likeness of her subjects. This is one of my favorites of her paintings...a wealthy business man close to the King.
But with the rumblings of the French Revolution surfacing, fearing her close relationship with the Queen, Le Brun was smart and fled to Italy. There she was embraced wholeheartedly in Florence, Rome, and Venice. She then traveled to Vienna, Switzerland, and then to Russia where she continued to paint royalty. If you live in New York City or are going to be visiting, I highly recommend this exhibit - it will continue through May 15, 20016. Before heading off to an early dinner, I had to stroll through some of my favorite areas of the Met.
|The Greek statues.|
|The American Wing. Look - Lampposts!!!|
|Fried calamari and jalapenos.|
|Charred artichoke salad.|
Walking back up town, we stopped in at Osteria Cotta located on Columbus Avenue between 84th and 85th Streets.
|Not quite sure why I'm making this face.|
I've been wanting to try this rustic Italian restaurant for months but it so popular, getting in was virtually impossible. But we dropped by on the early side and it was great. 5pm to 7pm is their happy hour and drinks are discounted as well as a list of their thin crust pizzas, which were only $7 each! One was definitely plenty for two.
We chose the prosciutto and BRUSSELS SPROUT pizza with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Yes, Brussels sprout = to live for! I'm going to try this one at home too. I inhaled it.