Firstly, thankyou to all those who contribute to the forum and offer their advice and knowledge. It's only fair i do the same, although i must warn you all that i do tend to waffle and go off at tangents. I'll slowly be doing reviews of the various restaurants, places we visited and of course, the hotel we stayed at.
Two friends/travel buddies: 1 male, 1 female, very early 40's:-)
We arrived @ EWR about 2pm. After collecting our bags and making a quick diversion to the gents / restroom where i was somewhat bemused at the 'cultural' differences between the US & UK. Seeing loo doors starting so high off the ground with a nice 3/4 inch gap running down both sides certainly gave me food for thought. I never knew i could go 'that' fast.
By the time we got out of the terminal we'd already been asked twice if we needed a car, both times we said we'd rather get a yellow cab. Nipped over the street to the despatcher lady who gave us our ticket, unfortunately the shiney mini van got knicked by some old lady [ok ok, so she was there before us, but so what, hahah] and we got stuck with a taxi that looked like it had spent most of it's life being driven around Afghanistan. But what the cab lacked in looks and cleanliness it certainly made up for in speed. I'm not sure what the limit is on those particular roads but at one point i thought our driver was auditioning as the new Stig on Top Gear!
After checking-in at our hotel [Staybridge Suites] and getting a choice of 2 lousy rooms [we picked the best of the worst] we freshened up and hit the streets. I was surprised just how noisey New York streets are, although it was mostly due to taxi drivers randomly 'honking' at each other!
We had a table booked for 6pm @ Bryant Park Grill which was just a few blocks down the street, nice and easy to find on our first evening out in the Big Apple. I knew via TA that the ice rink was in full-flow but we weren't expecting all those cute little craft stalls to be there too. The BPG was very quiet when we arrived which was just what we needed after a long flight. The food was a bit hit and miss, well mine was, but the lovely waitress and the chap constantly filling our water glasses made up for it. Hey, we're British, easily pleased ... well i am. lol.
After a quick stroll past the stalls, the opening of my friends purse, plus an unexpected view of the Chrysler Building all lit up, it was back to the hotel for some rest .... or so we thought.Edited: 24 November 2011, 21:42