This was my third trip to New York for my husband and I (aged 28 and 29). I love the City and thought this was the best visit yet, though that's probably only because it was the most recent...
Wednesday 1st September
We arrived into Newark at around 2pm on 1st September (via Continental) and got the train into Penn Station before the subway to 59th and Lexington. From here it was a ten minute walk to our hotel 'The Bentley'.
We got the Bentley for $150 per night and were upgraded to a delux corner suite. We were both really impressed and would definitely recommend it (I'll post a separate review). We unpacked, changed and headed to Duane Reid for drinks and sweets before relaxing and getting ready for dinner. We had restaurant week reservations in Persephone for 7pm!!!
We found Persephone easily and ordered our three course meal and wine pairings. The restaurant had pros and cons...liked the complimentary bread and olives...loved the main course lamb tenderloin...not so keen on the dessert wine, chocolate cake dessert or the overall quiet atmosphere. We were happy enough but headed to bed early due to the time difference and travelling fatigue.
Thursday 2nd September
We were awake at 8am and took our time getting ready. We walked to Grand Central rather than subwaying as we fancied seeing a bit of the City to get us in the mood. We had never visited Grand Central and were really impressed with the beauty of the building. We enjoyed the Whispering Gallery before heading to th foodhall for breakfast burritos in a Mexican place - they were really tasty. We walked over to Juniors for cheesecake, it was nice but not the best cheesecake ever - not enough biscuit base for me!
We jumped on the subway to Brooklyn getting off at Prospect Park. We walked around the library and down into the Park past the little old house - I loved this! We made our way through, relaxing and enjoying everything. It was a REALLY hot day - 36 degrees and very humid - so we cooled down at every sprinkler :-) We left the park at Park Slope walking down to 5th and then 7th avenues. We had $3 beer in a little bar on 5th - couldn't believe how cheap it was - eventually hoping on the subway to Grimaldis.
We got there around 5pm and got seated at the last table after 5 minute - we were going to the Brooklyn Bridge movie so thought we'd have time to sit in until 6pm when we wanted to be there. Unfortunately, we ordered and waited....and waited...and waited...before hearing that the oven was being restarted and it would take a while. We got our pizza after 6! We enjoyed it chatting to a girl and her aunt from upstate New York. They were great company.
We made it over to the movie and there was still plenty of room left...we grabbed a spot and settled down. We saw people with wine and were gutted we hadn't brought any...ahh well! We'll know for next time. The movie (Some Like it Hot) was fab and sitting there with those views and the sunset was a stand out memory of the whole trip for me!!!
We walked along the Brooklyn Bridge back hoping on the subway right up to our hotel for an early night.
Friday 3rd September
This was our day to go to Jersey Gardens so we got up and headed to the Port Authority. We grabbed iced coffees (our drink of the trip) and some Mrs. Fields cookies - what a healthy breakfast?! - before hopping on the bus.
We had a great day around the shops and bought plenty of bargains, particularly in Abercrombie, Gap and Tommy Hilfigger, stopping for lunch in Chilli's. The traffic was bad on the way back so we weren't back into the hotel until 6:30pm and had to leave at 7:30pm to meet friends for dinner. It was the quickest hour of my life, had to shower, tan, make-up (all the girlie things) and then head straight back out.
People we know from home were on our flight out and back so we had organised to meet them this night in Carmines. We sat at the bar while we waited on a table enjoying some Prosecco. Two starters, two mains and two bottles of wine later we stumbled out... :-) The food was delic as usual - had stuffed mushrooms and baked clams followed by spaghetti and meatballs and a chicken and roast potato special. Amazing...
The four of us headed to O'Lunney's for some more alcohol....very drunk we left for the subway around 3:20am. Boy are the waits long at that time of the morning?! We nearly fell asleep at the stop! Into bed for 4am...