Monday, February 21, 2005

Niel and I got to go on a date on Sunday. We originally had planned on going out on Saturday, but got busy with errands and doctor appointments. Got those out of the way on Friday after work and Saturday. On Sunday we went to see The Gates and had lunch at Johnny Rockets. The Gates are pretty and do something different for Central Park. And certainly cheered things up with the dreary weather. They had an Asian feel to it. The flags are all different sizes and I think heights. An optical illusion I think. And the park was packed of course. Niel took a bunch of pictures and we ended our walk at the lake. It was frozen since it was so chilly and pretty neat to see also. Although it was nice to look at and I was impressed by the artists determination to finish the project; I could think of other things the money spent on The Gates could go to. But it's their money and just my opinion. Afterwards we headed to the new mall by Columbus Circle and went to Borders where I purchased (on sale yay) another Irish cookbook. I have a lot of American cook books, but only a few international ones. So I am trying to change that. The Borders there is so big and has a section for crafts.
Afterwards we took the train back into Queens and decided to eat at Johnny Rockets in Forest Hills. (Good choice Niel!) The food is tasty and the atmosphere is fun. There are 5 cent, 50's songs to choose from on their mini jute boxes. And the waitress's do a little dance. I like trying new restaurants and there are so many I want to try, plus old ones I want to go back to. Here are some more pics.

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7 comments:

Shannon said...

I've been wondering how a real New Yorker thought about the gates! I'm glad you like them!

foodiechickie said...

Heh heh. I had mixed feelings about it. I enjoy art but this one was ify.

Mike said...

I love Johnny Rockets!!! I had never been to one before, and Rachel and I were someplace, I think maybe Delaware and they had one. It's a pretty neat atmosphere. Do all the waiters and waitresses yell "HELLO!" when someone new walks in? That scared me a bit the first time.

And your pictures are great, but those "gates" are hideous. Central Park is beautiful on it's own, I think the curtains, or gates or whatever you want to call them make the park look cheap and tacky. But not as bad as when those same artists "wrapped" a building in Germany. Geesh, it's amazing what passes as art.

Lisanne said...

Ani, I'm glad that you guys had fun on your date! :) I've been interested to hear other people's opinions about "The Gates." I saw an ABC News segment about them. We have a Johnny Rockets restaurant here in our mall in Albany, but it's probably not the same as the one that you guys went to! Enjoy your week ...

foodiechickie said...

Mike-It was a pretty neat restaurant. They didn't yell "Hello" at this location. I'd recommend it and go back. It been neat to go to other locations and see what they do.

Hey Lisanne-Thanks! Hope you get to go to Johnny Rockets.

Ms. A said...

Brian and I love Johnny Rockets, I first discovered it when I was working in Bethesda (MD surburb). There are a few of them around this area. Sometimes they yell "hello," and sometimes they don't. I think it just depends on the people who work there.

It is a fun place and it kind of reminds me of our other favorite which is Silver Diner. And I understand how you feel about the gates, I know when I saw them on TV I kept thinking that's not really art.

But there are some people who are blown away by Christo's work, as you can tell I'm not one of them.

Enid

foodiechickie said...

Wow a lot of Johnny Rocket fans. I'm glad we tried it:) Yeah we're still very much on the fence about Christos work:)Thanks for registering I appreciate it!