We went back up to NY, well the Mr. and I went there for the first time together. It was really fun and was the first vacation we have taken together since being married. Whoo-hoo, alone time!!
It was so much fun!! We took the bus up there and round trip tickets are only $42.00 per person! The trip is about 4 hours but a little bit longer on Fridays when you hit traffic (about five hours if I'm being honest.) On Monday when we returned it was a four hour trip. The bus was great, it had wireless internet, it was clean, free bottled water, and showed a movie. Plus my best friend was beside me. :) The company is called DC2NY.
Well we stayed in a hotel that we got a deal on from Travelzoo Top 20, a weekly email subscription service I get with travel deals that are really useful. The hotel was called Shelburne Murray Hill and was in the Murray Hill section (also fondly known as "Curry Hill" for its great Indian Food!) The hotel was very nice, recently renovated, but weirdly, we did not spend much time there. Normally we like to spend a lot of time relaxing in the hotel.
The first thing we did was go up on the Empire State Building to kill some time. At night, we went to see Mary Poppins on Broadway - we cannot recommend this show enough for adults or kids. It's co-produced by Disney and the sets were mind-blowing, not to mention the talent on this show. We walked everywhere and met my friend N, who was still living there, for Chinese Hot Pot dinner/lunch. Warning, too many chilis in this bowl!!! I don't know what's happened to me lately but I can't handle the chilis like I used to! This is a big bowl of broth and then you order all the different foods you want to put in there to simmer/boil - then you all dip in, pull it out, and eat them. Sort of like fondue:
Annnnd, we went over to Rockefeller Center, and watched people ice skating, but did not do so ourselves . . .
And went all the way to Brooklyn to have what is considered the "best" pizza in the city, from a place called Grimaldi's. Now, this place is in competition with a spot called Lombardi's so we will have to try that place next time. Personally i loved the spot in Little Italy we went last time. And Little Italy, although touristy with all the street cafes, etc., would be a great place to have a meal outdoors, touristy though it is. What can i say, i am a sucker. BUT, Grimaldi's can turn out some slices. The line was down the block and we just got in it b/c we knew something good was inside. I watched them making the pies and they weren't making them like i had ever seen a pizza made. The crust was a little juicy when ours came out but it was wonderful.
All in all, we missed a few things I would have loved. We didn't lay around in Central Park b/c it was too cold. And did not make it back to the National museum, a lot of things in which I wanted to share with the Mister. But we did get foodstuffs from Little Italy to bring home - 20 yr old balsamic vinegar and dry sausages which we have already dipped into. Not to mention an eclair which i stuffed into my face on the spot and risotto balls they heated up for us in the deli which we ate as a snack. AND we brought home a heavy bag of NY bagels which we are still munching on the weekends!