New York, New York!
We left bright and Early on Friday. I travel light for trips like this. No need to pack more than a shirt and undies for each day. 🙂
We landed early and took the shuttle into the city – dropped us at Grand Central Station. Step 1 – snack! Here is the SB ogling the CHEESE shop. Oh my goodness – THE CHEESE! Sadly, we were never in a position to buy 80 pounds of cheese to send home. And you saw the size of my bag… no cooler in there. So fancy cheese was not one of the things we bought.
But we DID find a snack at the Grand Central Market.
Flourless Spinach and Feta souffle for me and Chicken Croquette for the SB.
Next we went on a free walking tour of the NYC Grand Central Neighborhood. It was excellent and if you are ever in NYC on a Friday at 12:30 pm, I highly recommend it!
SB in the lobby of the Chrysler Building…
Group photo (also in the lobby of the Chrysler Building)!
Someone is getting tired of having his picture taken… but that’s our awesome tour guide behind the SB.
Bakeries are everywhere in NYC – EVERYWHERE! This one in Grand Central. OH THE HUMANITY! I CAN’T POSSIBLY EAT ALL THAT!
But there is more to NYC food than dessert… After the tour we got meat on a stick. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeaaaaaaaaat on a stick!
That was just a snack, though – to tide us over to dinner.
Which was particularly fabulous and wonderful and meat-a-rific….
Katz’s Corned Beef! Worth EVERY PENNY of the $15 per sammich.
And after all that? Cheesecake. GOD I LOVE NY CHEESECAKE!!!! I don’t care how full I was… cheesecake. every. night.
Saturday we met our niece Cait for walking around and lunch in Soho. First we walked the High Line Park, which was a little disappointing… much less exciting than on the Travel Channel. Then to Chelsea Market for walking around, etc. Finally back to lunch – Little dive bar – but yummy! SB had a bacon cheeseburger… Rare! You can get a rare burger in NY. I had an omlette.
After lunch we did more walking – kind of a theme for the trip – walk, eat, walk, eat. Then dinner at a crazy place with a cowboy theme.
Silver spur. Weird menu names, but the food was good. SB had eggs benedict and I had a salad with excellent grilled salmon.
(and of course more cheesecake).
Sunday we went for a walking tour of the Madison Square / Flatiron Building area. Another great FREE tour!
On the way up from the hotel to the tour, I was looking for a snack. I found a PALEO restaurant! GRAIN FREE BAKED GOODS!!! Seriously yummy espresso chocolate chip muffin made with coconut flour. I keep saying “yum”, but honestly – food in NYC is SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!
We had lunch with Cait again (and her boyfriend / fiance) at an Irish pub. I had salad with corned beef. totally different corned beef than Katz’s, but still EXCELLENT. Then, more walking… up the island to Times Square – just to get immersed in the crowd a tiny bit. Then right back out because, damn, I HATE TOURISTS!
That night I had gotten a bit tired of $50 meals, so we went hole-in-the-wall for dinner. I had Chinese (OF COURSE I HAD CHINESE!).
King Wok! Very tasty Mongolian Beef! (and, of course, after that, cheesecake!)
On the last night, even the SB got in on the dessert action – with a VERY tasty chocolate mousse.
But I got the last dessert of the trip in on Monday at lunch! Again – Grand Central Station. Pumpkin pecan cheesecake with gingersnap crust. oh… sigh… yum… I miss it already.
Thence back home. And back to the regular routine… and, sadly, no more cheesecake.
Oh well – next trip!!!