Review: The Long Room & Christmas In New York

I’m blogging two nights in a row… what am I, unemployed again? (I’m not; still loving the new job and keeping busy.)

First, I must say – I loved all of your comments on yesterday’s post (about chilling out re: exercise). Guess what – no exercise today either (does 4 blocks of walking count?). But it’s all good. I don’t need much to be happy.

This weekend was jam-packed with fun. On Saturday night my best friend from high school (she lives in NJ) came up to visit me and Bobby. She brought her boyfriend as well. Bobby and I took them to walk down 5th Avenue, which is gorgeous this time of year. We stopped at the Rockefeller center to see the tree…

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Oddly enough, I have a really similar picture of the two of us in the same pose (with a Christmas tree behind us) in Princeton from 2005 (I think). We love Christmas.

After we saw the beautiful Christmas tree at Rockefeller, we got stuck in people-traffic because everyone was watching this light show (the snowflakes light up and dance to holiday music).

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Eventually we made it to 44th and 6th Ave to go to Virgil’s Barbecue… but actually Christine doesn’t like BBQ (whoops!). Luckily there was a nice restaurant next door called The Long Room, which is so new that it doesn’t even have a website yet (!). It’s a nice Irish pub/bar and it’s reasonably inexpensive (for New York).

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The menu looked great. I ordered the “Cast Iron Roasted Chicken” – with cauliflower mash and haricots verts (18.95). Bobby, Christine, and Devin all ordered beers (Guinness – it’s an Irish restaurant) and I got a diet coke.

04 chicken

My meal was amazing. The “cauliflower mash” is mashed potatoes with some cauliflower mushed in; the green beans (haricots verts) were wonderfully seasoned and oiled; and the chicken was amazingly tender. I finished just about all of it (Bobby stole a few bites). Bobby (and Christine) ordered the Fish and Chips ($14.95 I think)…

05 fish chips

Really good. He poured vinegar all over the “chips” (fries) so I didn’t like them, but the fish was great. Devin got a Buffalo chicken pizza (13.95 maybe?) and I think his was probably the best dish (no picture).

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I would definitely go back here. I want that pizza! We had a really awesome time. Christine and I get along; Bobby and Devin get along – they are another perfect double date couple.

06 couples

Can’t wait to see them again – probably for New Year’s, if not earlier.

Do you like to go on double dates? Bobby and I have been doing lots of couples outings recently (like Josie’s West with Kate and Simon) and I am absolutely loving it.

21 Comments on Review: The Long Room & Christmas In New York

  1. clare
    14 December, 2009 at 9:41 pm (7 years ago)

    maggie my dream is that someday that picture will be you bobby me and nathan. so glad you had a great time. im loving NY for you so much.

  2. Christina
    14 December, 2009 at 9:43 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh how fun! Last time I was by Rockefeller I saw a real life proposal in the center of the rink! *swoon*

    Your chicken looks delicious! I hate when I order chicken and it’s dry, glad it was moist! 🙂

    I sent healthy yum an email – do you guys need my info. for the musselmans?

    Also – come stop by the blog and leave a comment for cans!

  3. Mama Pea
    14 December, 2009 at 10:16 pm (7 years ago)

    We go on double dates with this really short whiny couple who always spills their food all over their shirts, tries to steal food off our plates and wants crayons to color all over their placemats. Did I mention they are 2 and 4?

  4. Amber
    14 December, 2009 at 11:28 pm (7 years ago)

    omg I am so jealous! Looks like you are having a blast! Did you darken your hair? it looks great!

  5. Lynn (The Actors Diet)
    15 December, 2009 at 12:13 am (7 years ago)

    double dates are a lot of fun…more to share!

  6. Cindy
    15 December, 2009 at 9:43 am (7 years ago)

    oh please show more pics of the NY night life! I LOVE IT.

    we hardly date alone let alone with another couple! You guys look like you had a great night! good for you!

  7. Light Delight with Tou Tou
    15 December, 2009 at 10:12 am (7 years ago)

    Best time in NYC!! I love those lights and decorations, very festival!!my roommate was there in 2007 for the count downs. are you gonna be there too? it will be really exciting!!
    and you just remind me of fish and chips….wahahaha, I love fish and chips very much ( when I was in U.K). and yes I know they are greesy and high in saturate fat…but I just love them! haven’t eat a real fish and chips for 4 years! miss’em!

  8. Bekah
    15 December, 2009 at 10:36 am (7 years ago)

    Yayyy for NY! I’m kinda sad I’m going mid January, so I’ll miss all the festivities but maybe next year!

    Hahah I used to pour vinegar over potato chips as a kid. So good, but an acquired taste. 😉

  9. Jenny
    15 December, 2009 at 10:54 am (7 years ago)

    New York is so magical in the Christmas time! I’m crossing my fingers that I get a chance to head down there before the holiday season is over!

  10. Kim (FitEater)
    15 December, 2009 at 12:39 pm (7 years ago)

    It looks like you had a great time celebrating the holidays in NYC! Even though I live in the city I haven’t even made it to see the tree yet! I definitely have to get over there. I’m so glad you enjoyed it here – I love it!

  11. Sagan
    15 December, 2009 at 1:08 pm (7 years ago)

    I like double dates… with the RIGHT couple 😉 That looks like you had a really wonderful time!

  12. sophia
    15 December, 2009 at 6:00 pm (7 years ago)

    You’re having a fabulous night out night after night! Are you sure you’re a busy working person? Lol…I’m glad to see you so relaxed…and just enjoying your time! You deserve all the happiness, Maggie!

  13. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    15 December, 2009 at 6:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Maggie, you look so happy in all your photos.

    $14.95 for fish and chips is “reasonably inexpensive”? Shoot, I better start saving up for when I come to visit. 😉

    Glad you had fun, and yes, love double dates!

  14. Melissa
    16 December, 2009 at 8:18 am (7 years ago)

    Cute, Mags! I haven’t seen Christine in forever…that’s great that you guys got to meet up. Are you absolutely loving NY life?

    As for double dates, we enjoy a healthy balance of solo dates and double dates 🙂 Hope all is well!

  15. Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    16 December, 2009 at 1:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Gorgeous! I’ve never been to NYC. Are you planning on doing the whole Times Square thing on New Years too?

  16. April
    17 December, 2009 at 5:49 pm (7 years ago)

    I don’t like double dates. I like my alone time with the hubs 🙂

  17. elise
    23 December, 2009 at 10:42 pm (7 years ago)

    clearly we need to double date 🙂

  18. Annie Cornelison
    24 September, 2010 at 6:42 am (6 years ago)

    What’s a good yoga mat brand? Sorry, if this is off-topic, but people who come to this blog should probably know something about yoga.

    • Maggie
      25 September, 2010 at 9:47 am (6 years ago)

      @Annie: I use a Gaiam mat – I’ve had it for about 2.5 years and it is still going strong. I have never found a better one (and I’ve tried a lot of supposedly high-end brands). I got it on super super clearance at REI for $5. One of the best deals I’ve ever gotten 😉

  19. Jennifer P
    23 October, 2010 at 4:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I am entering my 2nd year in the photography business and am discovering new stuff constantly, like this post – many thanks for this blog. Jennifer