New. York. City.
Waking up in a cozy Connecticut B&B and winding up in the bustling wonder that is Manhattan was nothing short of a thrill ride . Once we got to New York, there was so much to see and do! First up we visited Central Park — a marvel for nature and architecture lovers alike. It’s over 800 acres of public park for locals and tourists to enjoy, and we saw as much of it as we could from the comfort of a horse and buggy ride. We recognized several sights, such as the iconic carousel and the Wollman skating rink and then decided that we would enjoy our first NYC meal at Tavern on the Green, of course! We felt as if we were in a movie. The farm-to-table menu items were amazing, and we couldn’t decide on a favorite dish.
Next on our wish list was to do as much window-shopping on 5th Avenue as humanly possible. We took selfies starting at the famous Plaza Hotel all the way down to the awe-inspiring St. Thomas Church in Midtown. Along the way we visited famous stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Elizabeth Arden and of course, Tiffany & Co.
What evening in NYC would be complete without dinner and a “show”? (For non-New Yorkers such as us, that means a Broadway play.) We feasted in Midtown at Quality Meats, a unique dining experience that pays homage to a traditional meat locker. Roasted Bone Marrow for an appetizer and an entrée of Hanger Steak with Brandied Cherries, Parmesan Waffle Fries and Yorkshire Creamed Spinach on the side? Yes, please.
It was time for the Great White Way, otherwise known as Broadway. So many lights and marquees! We found ourselves at The Ambassador Theatre to see Chicago. For nearly two hours we were mesmerized by song, dance and endless laughter.
We weren’t quite ready to end such a big day, so we stretched our legs and gave ourselves a mini-walking tour of some of the most notable buildings in the NYC skyline. The Chrysler and Empire State buildings really stood out against the night sky, and the main concourse of Grand Central Station was not to be missed.
The Big Apple certainly lived up to its amazing reputation. Looking forward to resting up, we checked in at the Z NYC Hotel just across the East River in Long Island City. The expansive view of the city was hard to resist, but tomorrow was to be another incredible day.