So where we?? Chinched has gone back to Newfoundand with the rest of the James Beard team and Bacalao and RANL have moved into Manahatten.
We stayed at Affinia 50 on 50th, a great neighbourhood with lots of small hotels and restaurants and easy access to subways to anywhere.http://www.affinia.com/New-York-City-Hotel.aspx?name=Affinia-50 Got a great deal on a junior suite complete with 2 queens, living room area and a kitchen.
After the dim sum adventure, Bacalao and RANL head off to explore Chinatown and its amazing markets and weird and wonderful food… buckets of live toads and some of the ugliest fish you will ever see. I am positive we saw sculpins for sale! Emerging market perhaps??!!
Fish, fish and more fish!
Those are black chickens folks!!
Full chickens and ducks and various animals hang behind the food to go counter in Chinatown market.
A sudden downpour sent us fleeing into a street market for cheap umbrellas and off we went. We found our way to the subway to get us back uptown. Now remember that up to this point we had been followers on the flipside of NY streets and now we were on our own! Took a couple of mistakes but we got there!
From Chinatown we went back to the area of the Twin Towers to shop at Century 21…. discount prices on labels. We found some awesome deals. A must visit for NYC shopping! http://www.c21stores.com/stores
Back at the hotel with new clothes to hang, we got ourselves settled into the room and made plans for the next couple days of rest, relaxation,sightseeing, shopping, lots of eating and even more walking! Dinner that night would be just a couple of doors down the street at a neighbourhood diner and an early night. Monday would be a large day!
Tea and fresh fruit from yesterday’s market foraging in Chinatown is the breakfast of champions, due in part to the fact that this is the first time in over a week there has not been an early morning rush to be somewhere.
So, after a slow and leisurely start to the day we headed out to the Museum of Natural History. http://www.amnh.org/ The raincoat I found at Century 21 the day before came in handy; slightly drizzly and cool…. just like home. By the time we got to the museum it was close to lunch time so we detoured a bit and found a great little neighbourhood Japanese restaurant where we had sake to take the chill off, fantastic sushi and teryaki and finished off with red bean and green tea ice creams.
With full bellies we headed back to the museum where we journeyed to the stars at the planetarium, http://www.amnh.org/rose/spaceshow/journey/?src=e_h , discovered strange creatures right here on earth http://ez-www.amnh.org/creatures-of-light and walked with the dinosaurs http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/fossils/. We even visited with North American mammals in their own habitat. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/mammals/north.html
Look familiar? Our own moose!
Our adventure at the museum was a little rushed and if I had to recommend anything, I would say…. take a full day and take it all in…. but we had dinner reservations for 5:30 at ABC kitchen. http://www.abckitchennyc.com/ Now …. neither Bacalao nor RANL are 5:30 diners, but we took what we could get! ABC kitchen is the newest of the family of restaurants of Chef Jean-Georges… of Jean-Georges fame http://www.jean-georges.com/and was named Best New Restaurant in 2011 by James Beard Foundation. It is a very cool place. The old ABC Flooring and Lighting company is home to an eclectic mix of businesses that range from very cool furniture and home decor to bakeries, tapas restaurants and of course… ABC kitchen.
Dinner was fantastic… would highly recommend this place located in the Flatiron District. (Although… some of the weirdest wine service I have ever encountered. The waiters all present the wine, leave the table and come back with an opened bottle to pour. Very odd!)
Next trip back I would return to ABC, but would also try the tapas restaurant Pipa as well.
Tuesday was bright and early and we played tourist in earnest. We walked to Grand Central Station to get the subway and what a station it is!There are better pics here than I could take, but I have added one of my own as well. http://www.google.ca/search?q=grand+central+station&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=JfroT_XTOce70AHpto
We headed back to the Flatiron District to visit Chef Mario Batali’s Eataly. http://eatalyny.com/That was a real treat…. a fantastic market with several restaurants and eating stations, including a white linen restaurant Manzo.http://eatalyny.com/eat/manz
We headed out to the 911 memorial. It was a very busy place to get into and security was strict. While I get the necessity of it, it really did take the emotion out of the whole experience.
Here’s the Survival Tree.
The badly damaged stump was taken from the grounds of the church next to ground zero and nursed back to health and replanted at the memorial.
And here is the memorial with the new buildings in the back ground.
From there we went to the water taxi and took a ride out to see Lady Liberty…..
and a little tour around New York harbour. Very cool!
After a full day of walking and touring and seeing as much as possible, we headed back to the hotel. Dinner that night involved walking out the front door, turning left and walking till we found something interesting… and we did…. Matisse. http://www.matissenyc.com/ Great little visit to France without leaving our neighbourhood.
Believe it or not, the trip is almost over. Wednesday morning was an early start; pack and leave bags at the hotel lock up and cram more New York in before leaving late afternoon. We hoofed it up 5th Avenue passing all the designer stores until we hit Central Park.http://www.centralparknyc.org/
It was a gorgeous day and the park was full of families and tourists and New Yorkers strolling in the sunshine.
We found the zoo but thought better of it, given time constraints, so we wandered straight up through the park until we found our goal… The Boathouse. http://www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/ This beautiful room with its open veranda was again a throwback to another time, when time was slower.
It was the perfect way to end our New York adventure