Every year it has been tradition for my Aunt and I to visit wisteria spots in the city and have our first outdoor margaritas of the season. We started years ago visiting the Conservancy Gardens on 105th and Fifth which has a very large semi circular arbor that when is in full bloom you have to tear yourself away from. Wisteria fragrance will nearly knock you over. We then cabbed ALL THE WAY down to the no longer EL TEDDYS in Tribeca (I still feel that loss) which than was one of the few places making margaritas with fresh lime juice, otherwise don’t bother we think. We now go to Dos Caminos because of their secure out-door space in Soho, nice margaritas and excellent guacamole. Last year we strayed from our norm and went to see the Picasso exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery on West 24th Street. We strolled 18th Street or 20th street looking at front gardens in Chelsea in search of wisteria, sorry I don’t have an exact street but you know how strolls are . We switched out our traditional margaritas and guacamole for paella and Spanish wine, (maybe an homage to Picasso), at Soccarret, DELICIOUS and a beautiful space with one long table and the front of restaurant opened wide.
Another favorite wisteria spot not too be missed is on 10th street between 5th Avenue and University (or Fifth, I do this on bike so again not sure of the exact street again but stroll around.) I hope I inspire you to seek out your spot, or flower and follow it up with a fresh margarita or drink of your choice on a sunny spring day. If you are in New York, that may mean today for wisteria! We have rain for three days starting tonight and wisteria is out three weeks early.
Here are a few photos from wisteria watching and sniffing from previous years, a collection from 10th street, where the stain glass window photo is from, Chelsea and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. As you scroll thru notice the shadows on the walls, they nearly doubles the pleasure.