Would firstly like to say thanks for all the helpful tips and advice, which made the trip to NYC go all the more swimmingly.
Arrived at JFK from LHR on time (travelled Virgin Atlantic) and got through immigration and collected bags in about 35 minutes. We took a yellow cab and arrived at the hotel by 3pm (Sofitel) and after a quick freshen up we were straight back out again. First stop was Top of the Rock, we timed it perfectly and got to the top in ten minutes and saw the daylight and night time views. It really was a perfect start to the trip. From there we walked a bit of a loop to scope out the area and visited Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. We ate at the Bryant Grill and I have to say the steak was absolutely delicious. After a little wander around the craft fair we collapsed into bed about 10pm.
Day two (Saturday) we were up and out early and after breakfast at The Red Flame Diner we took in a tour of Central Park in a pedicab. We had pre-booked Tour Guide Stan who was great. He knows a lot about NYC as well as being very personable hence this was a great introduction to the city. We finished up the tour at Columbus Circle and from there we walked down Broadway to the Flatiron District taking in Times Square on the way. We had lunch at Mozzarellis (I am a coeliac and was able to have gluten free pizza – perfect!) and then continued the walk further south to Union Square before hailing a cab to take us to the New York Police Museum, which was really interesting. We then walked along by the river taking in the views of the Brooklyn Bridge and up to St Paul’s Chapel, which was very moving. As it was such a beautiful day we decided to continue walking and walked all the way back to the Sofitel on 44th – my feet were sore!! It was a great way to get a feel of the different areas of NYC though. That evening our legs and feet were pretty sore so we decided to stay in our hotel for dinner.
Sunday we were again up and about early, we checked out the shops on 5th Avenue and surrounds such as Prada, Bloomingdales, Abercrombie and Fitch (line to get in – sheer madness, needless to say we did not stand in line), FAO Swartz amongst many others. We were lucky enough to have another beautiful day and walked around Central Park and managed to see the Carousel, Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Anderson, Belvedere Castle and the tip of the Reservoir. It was then time for lunch and we went to another gluten free hot spot called Peter’s Gourmet Diner on 1st Avenue between 84th and 85th. After lunch my legs had refused to work for a short while so took the five subway one stop down to 59th for a little wander and then back to the hotel for a freshen up and recharge of the batteries. We wandered down to the Heartland Brewery for dinner followed by drinks at The View. I know it is a bit of a tourist trap but seeing the views of the city on our last night was a nice touch.
We returned home to London on the Monday but luckily our flight was not until 10pm so we had time for a wander around Greenwich Village and the East Village. We stopped for eats at S’Mac (gorgeous!) and Babycakes (delicious!).
The only thing we did not do that was on my tick list was to visit New York Public Library although we did zip past it in a cab at one stage!
All in all it was a great trip and we were so lucky to have two full days of blue skies and sunshine. Hope to return soon and see more of what the city has to offer!