Let's visit the exciting exhibitions at two museums on either side of the park. The Frick (free Friday evening) currently features masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Has, including the renowned Girl with the Pearl. The New York Historical Society(pay what you wish) has several beautiful exhibitions, including the 100th anniversary of the New York Armory Show, which introduced modern art to a scandalized America. Between visits we'll cross the park, which is particularly lovely on winter nights when the trees are bare, making the city lights more visible. We'll spend about an hour at each museum, half an hour in the park. After the Asian museum, at around 9 PM, we'll go for an optional late dinner at a nearby Burmese restaurant. We'll eat family style (no exceptions), sharing the dishes and the cost (see menu below).
COST: On Friday evening, it's pay what you wish at the historical society and free at the Frick. Please add $1 for me, in part to cover Meetup's organizer fee. Dinner will probably cost about $20 to $22, including tax and tip. TO SIMPLIFY THE BILL FOR THIS POTENTIALLY LARGE GROUP, THERE WILL BE NO SEPARATE ORDERING APART FROM THE GROUP AND NO DRINKS (EXCEPT TEA AND WATER, OF COURSE.)
PACE: Moderate (about 2 miles per hour), NOT SLOW.
OPTIONAL DINNER: No separate drinks (see cost, above). We will share the following dishes, based on the recommendations of numerous online reviewers at Yelp and Menupages plus my own experience at Cafe Mingala:
Spring Ginger Salad
Mango Chicken in spicy coconut sauce.
Prawns with Eggplant in tamarind sauce.
Thousand-layer pancake stuffed with ground beef & potato in curry sauce.
Chicken dumplings in basil sauce.
Mixed Vegetables in peanut sauce.
Coconut rice and/or white rice (brown not available).
TRANSPORTATION: Go to hopstop.com, tripplanner.mta.info, or both (since they're occasionally inaccurate).
WAITING LIST: Please be patient. If you're in the top 25 on the list (shown below the main list on the right side of this page) you can come. The waiting list almost always melts away by the time of the walk, since many people cancel, especially in the last few hours.