Designer Shelly Steffee walks Rue La La through her idea of a perfect summer weekend in our new “Weekend Warrior” feature.
My ideal summer day activities would include my husband Dave, great food, and a unexpected adventure around New York City, where we live. Friends and cocktails are always welcome and a plus!
Saturday begins when I wake up at 8:30 or 9. My husband has been up since 7AM and has been to the Abingdon Square Greenmarket for fresh eggs, bread, fruit, and whatever else the local farmers have that weekend. Therefore, I will be having breakfast at “Chez Shepard” (Dave Shepard, my husband, is the cook in the family).
After breakfast we discuss what we have to do and what we want to do. Want always wins! The plotting begins with ideas and phone calls to friends. We catch up on the week and see what everyone is up to, if we are meeting up or on our own.
We rent bikes on Morton Street, pick a direction, and go. We ride south along the West Side Highway and decide where we want to eat lunch. In Tribeca we might stop at Terroir or Locanda Verde. Finish lunch and continue biking along the water and stop somewhere for drinks with friends.
After that we might ride inland to the Bowery museum or a gallery show we have heard about or a shop we haven’t yet explored. Recent favorites include the Picasso show at Gagosian and “Field Recordings,” an exhibit of Bryan Graf’s photos at Yancey Richardson Gallery in Chelsea. By evening, it’s time to ride back home, drop off the bikes, rest, and make dinner plans. If we go out for dinner, we like to stay in the neighborhood. Some places we like are Meme, Spotted Pig, Café Cluny, I Sodi, Wallsé, Macelleria, and Scarpetta. And if we stay in, we invite friends for dinner and drinks, and maybe project a movie on the building next door from our roof terrace.
Sunday begins the same way Saturday did — Chez Shepard is open for business. After breakfast, we like to go to the early movies because it minimizes the NYC movie-going experience and is half price before noon — double pleasure!
We have lunch at Bar Pitti, then walk up Sixth Avenue, stop at Citarella for dinner ingredients, drop them off at home, and roam the city. I make a request for Dave to make his pesto pasta with a salad and we watch True Blood.
I am currently renovating my bathroom (I usually have a project of some kind going) so I may also squeeze in some sourcing during the weekend and that usually takes Dave and me to areas we may not usually go to which always is an opportunity for a new experience!
Lauren David Peden writes as a Contributing Editor for Rue La La.