Sauntering through familiar paths in Liberty Village, I saw familiar buildings bordered by new construction - a neverending phase of the City, it seems. A variety of floral attractions lined the north side of Liberty Street, as roadwork took place on its south side.
SCHOOL grew busier towards the conclusion of our meal, which led to a brief wait for the bill. As the host strode by, I requested him to flag our bucket hat-donning waitress, resulting in prompt payment and departure from the noisy quarters. A persistent line could be observed outside of the door as we routed back to Liberty Street.
Physical distancing was urged though not enforced; illuminated circles on the ground would guide visitors to find a seat within. Limited seating was available in the form of benches surrounding mirrored pillars and foldable chairs. The closer seats on the floor were akin to the first row at the movie theatre; the best views were obtained seated and slightly in the middle of the room, where pillars would provide back support when required.
By the entrance were caffeinated beverages, alcohol for purchase and consumption within the exhibit, and pastries supplied by Delysées. I proposed either procuring afternoon pick-me-ups within the gallery, or heading northeast towards St. Lawrence. The sleepy polar bear opted for the second option, listing "better vibe" as the primary reason.
Prices had always been steep here, but even steeper since my last visit. The Blue Matcha Lemonade and Iced Baileys Latte set us back $6.00 and $6.30 respectively, while the pylon-shaped brownie of a Chocolate Wedge rang in at a whopping $4.25, despite being the smallest pastry in the case.
Though the Chocolate Wedge housed sections of gooey melted chocolate, the portion was insufficient for sharing. Moreover, the brownie was more cake-like than fudgey.
I was less keen on the cookie than the sleepy polar bear. Although we both found the cookie dough itself enjoyable, I could not consume the entire cookie in one sitting. With ample Oreo bits folded within and an icing sugar glaze on top, the sugariness had me reaching for water after each bite.