HUGE THANKS to newyorkcityforever & AlicePalace for their recommendations here of El Paso Taqueria!
Met my uncle & his partner for an early lunch at its newest location at 1643 Lexington Ave, at 104th Street (across the street from the much smaller, prior location at 1642 Lex). When I arrived, they were having a grand conversation with the Peruvian bartender about their time in that country. That conviviality -- together with the reasonably priced, tasty food and good service -- make it a place we all agreed we'll be returning to again, and again. The courtyard in back is a wonderful plus, and because it has a translucent roof, you can enjoy it even on days not as nice as today.
After polishing off lunch, we walked over to Fifth Avenue to the Museum of the City of New York and were happily surprised to see how many others were there. For too long, this museum has been "off the radar screen", so it was great to see it abuzz with locals and tourists -- and the first stages of renovations completed last fall are a notable enhancement of the space.
The special exhibition mounted in honor of Henry Hudson -- Amsterdam/New Amsterdam -- is quite interesting & enriched by a raft of artifacts, paintings, etc. from the Museum, private collectors, the New York Historical Society & the Metropolitan Museum. It's nicely complemented by "Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered", an exhibition of the work of contemporary Dutch photographers; "Mannahatta/Manhattan", revealing how very different the ecology & terrain were at the time of Hudson's arrival in 1609; and the 25-minute Timescapes film.
We'd planned to go next door to El Museo del Barrio, but it's closed for renovations until the fall. So we went across the street to revisit a favorite spot, the Conservatory Garden in Central Park... where there were surprisingly few people [not that we found fault with that!].
A wonderful afternoon that perhaps you too will want to experience.