Enjoying a glass of rosé wine atop the roof of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, overlooking Central Park, has been a must-do on my NYC bucket list ever since I read about it as a "kind of" secret way to spend a late afternoon in the city. Of course, I'd envisioned going up to the roof on a warm summer day but with the hubby's busy and erratic schedule the last few months we weren't able to make it happen until it was almost too late. The Roof Garden Cafe and Bar is only open May through October, weather permitting, and we went on the second to last Saturday in October. Fortunately, while there was a bit of a chill in the air, it was a beautiful fall day in the Manhattan.
The skies were clear and the rooftop was nowhere near as crowded as I'm sure it is during the summer months, providing G and I with uninhibited panoramic views of the city skyline and the park below, the foliage blooming in autumn's trademark fiery hues. Despite the cold weather, I still had that (expensive) glass of rosé while the hubs sipped on suds from Brooklyn Brewery. While we did take a quick look at the somewhat odd and not exactly aesthetically pleasing Roof Garden exhibition by Pierre Hughe (this New York Times article explains the meaning behind it much better than I could), our main focus was watching the sky change from day to night behind that famous NYC skyline. Seeing the skyscrapers light up, in all their sparkle, as the world dims is always a little thrill.
A few more photos from our trip, if you'd like to see.
On our way back down from the roof, we took some time to peruse the art—I couldn't help but stop when I spied pieces by Monet and Van Gogh—but a return trip is most certainly in order.