What: Hot chocolate & a stroll around
Where: 66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – DUMBO
When: check website for hours
Rob & I go back to NYC every holiday season to spend time with his wonderful family & this time we had more vacation time than usual, which was great! With more time on our hands & armed with $20, we attempted the seemingly impossible…a $20 Date in New York City.
First Attempt = Ice Skating in Bryant Park
Result= Mission failed! $20/person — but we still had fun! We decided to walk around Bryant Park before heading home with our cold selves. There are a lot of little shops scattered throughout the park, and the first one we came across was by far my favorite. Pickle Me Pete! You guessed it, it’s just barrels of Pete’s homemade pickles, all varying in spice level. I got an assorted jar full & was a happy camper. So I guess this date was a partial $20 date success!
Not quite a $20 Date...
So many pickles!
Second Attempt = DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is an up & coming area near the water with a cool art scene & an amazing view of the city. We grabbed Rob’s sister & her boyfriend & my father-in-law and went down to this industrial side of Brooklyn with amazing hot chocolate at the famous Jacques Torres. We all got the wicked hot chocolate (which is like cake batter, thick & amazing) and walked down to the waterfront. The old Coney Island Carousel is now beautifully featured in a new glass home down in DUMBO, so we went to check that out, along with the view of the city between the Brooklyn & Manhattan bridges. It’s almost breathtaking, no matter what the weather, to see the massive scope of the city against blue skies & architectural masterpieces. So of course, lots of pictures were taken:)
Result = SUCCESS! $4 for each small Wicked Hot Chocolate = $20 for the five of us! Group $20 Date is a success! And we got plenty of exercise walking around DUMBO, checking out all the new tucked-away shops while drinking our yummy hot chocolate.
Next time you’re in NYC, make sure to check out Jacques Torres & the neat area that is DUMBO!