March 4th, 2011 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

So the boyfriend (now husband) and I decided to go to NYC and elope. We’ve been together for ten years, so why not? We booked tickets from YYZ to LGA, invited some of our best friends, and away we went.

Excitement in the Maple Leaf Lounge at YYZ!

LGA: not one of my favourite airports in the world.

We started off our stay in NYC at The James. The James is pretty new, but we chose it because we loved our stay at the one in Chicago. This James, although fine, didn’t live up to its Chicago version.

The James did send us up some nice chocolates and wine, though.

We had dinner that night at a random Southern-themed bar next door.


The free coffee and pastries in the morning were a nice touch.

OFF TO THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE! We picked up a marriage license here.

The wait was pretty short… it wasn’t too busy on a Thursday morning.

To celebrate acquiring a marriage license: SHAKE SHACK OF COURSE!

Oh mushroom burger, I love you. If only we could get married.

Dinner at the Stanton Social and meeting up with our friends from London and Florida. They are the greatest people in the world.

Are there better things in life than gimlets and lobster and oysters? No, no there are not.


There are no photos of it (they don’t allow photos), but lunch the next day was the best lunch I have ever eaten. WE HAD LUNCH AT MOMOFUKU KO AND IT WAS AMAZING. It’s not easy to get reservations, but we did. I wanted to go for lunch because lunch is more courses (and more expensive) than dinner. I don’t even remember how many courses there were, but it was a lot of food. A lot of really amazing food. This blog post details their lunch, which was similar to ours, just to give you an idea. I highly recommend eating at Momofuku Ko if you’re in NYC.


Dinner at Otto Enoteca, a Mario Batali restaurant. The cheese plate was SO GOOD (truffle honey!), but the pizza I had was incredibly mediocre.

The wine list!

For the last couple days in NYC, we stayed at The Bryant Park Hotel. This hotel, I loved. I would stay here again in an instant. Our room was huge, with a separate bedroom and two bathrooms. It looked out on to Bryant Park. The rooms have hardwood (yes!) and are pretty modern.

Dinner at EN Japanese Brasserie. We ate here last time we were in NYC and Yoko Ono was at the next table over. We had a private tatami room, which I don’t think anyone enjoyed but me. I happen to really like sitting on the floor!

This wasn’t the end of the trip, but I seem to have stopped taking photos after this dinner! Needless to say, there was a lot more drinking, shopping, and eating, so just use your imagination.

Next entry: wedding (or whatever you want to call it) photos!





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