Thursday, March 10, 2011

New York City in Two Posts - #1

I could post for an entire week on our four days in NYC. The food alone could take a week.

But, I don't want to rub it in your face.

That would just be wrong.

Honestly, NYC at any time, in any weather, with anyone is amazing. Period. No question about it.

I don't understand anyone who could visit NYC and not like it.

So much history. So much culture. So much to do. So much variety, from the people to the food. 

I love that.

I get that some people wouldn't want to live there. It's busy. It's loud. And, it would be very hard to feel like you had your own personal space and privacy.

But, I love it.

My kids did too.

But, the trip was also one more confirmation of how spoiled my kids really are. You'd swear we were torturing them by making them walk. Yes, we did take the subway. It's not like they had to walk all the time. I was honestly longing for the days of strollers and baby backpacks. The days where they would just ride and not talk, much less complain.

They also have this idea that they must have something at every store. For real. By the last day, I had threatened them within an inch of their lives if they asked me to buy them one more thing.

Aside from that typical kid stuff, the trip was great.

We had one rainy day. It poured, but we went out anyway. By the end of the night, we were soaked. And, only one of our $4 umbrellas remained intact. It was quite an experience.

Oh, and let's not forget it was cold. The girls complained about that too. But, for the most part, our days were beautiful and chilly.

Prepare yourself for the onslaught of pictures.

After our plane arrived, we headed to one of my favorite NYC restaurants, Sarabeth's.

My lemon-ricotta pancakes with warm maple cream ... melt-in-your-mouth good!

Both K Belle's & Beau's sandwiches were also incredible.

We then headed to The Natural History Museum and for a walk in Central Park.

Let the complaining begin. Look at the difference in expressions.

We did more walking in Times Square that night and ate at the Ellen's Stardust Diner, complete with the singing waitstaff.

The girls were thrilled.

Take a look.

We split their famous cookies n' cream milkshake. Not worth the cost, but good.

The next day we headed to Chinatown and Little Italy. We spent the rest of the day dodging the rain and visiting more key spots like NYC Library, Empire State Building, and Ground Zero. We ended the day with another stop at Times Square where we ate at Ruby Foo's and the girls rode the giant ferris wheel at Toys 'R Us.

I love this picture. It was pretty K Belle's and my view the entire trip (minus the umbrellas).

Back to Ferrara, a place we stopped by last time in Little Italy to have cappuccino and tiramisu. This time it was gelato and a lobster tail.

Ruby Foo's Chinese Restaurant ... another great choice!

Yes, they did get in the My Little Pony car at the ages of 10 and 13.

But, the third day was my absolute favorite because of two things: Eating at Serendipity and seeing "Mary Poppins." 

We also went to Rockefeller Center and walked Fifth Avenue, which had to include a visit to FAO Schwartz and The Apple Store.

FAO Schwartz

Serendipity ... loved all our food and the frozen hot chocolate was definitely worth the wait. Actually, we only waited 20 minutes, although the host said it would be 45 minutes to an hour before we'd be seated. I'll discuss why Beau thought we got a table sooner than we did in another post. Too lengthy to discuss here.

The girls were overwhelmed by their hot dogs. When they said "foot-long," they weren't lyin',

My sandwich was so good.

But the frozen hot chocolate was the pièce de résistance. Actually, all the desserts I saw brought out looked divine.

Take a closer look. Yum.

And, one of the founders of the restaurant was there and signed his cookbook for me. Guess what? The frozen hot chocolate recipe is in there. I'll let you know how that turns out.

After Serendipity, we headed to Grand Central Station. Can you believe we ate again? Hey ... you need energy for all that walking. Just a snack while waiting for the late show of "Mary Poppins." It's OK. Don't judge. It was tiny.

All from Magnolia Bakery ... red velvet & hummingbird cupcake. Super moist & delicious.

Giant magic cookie bar.

"Mary Poppins" was awesome! It was one of the few times my behind automatically jumped up out of my seat naturally to give a standing ovation. Incredible. If you're ever in NYC, go see it. It's especially great for kids.

We all loved it.

And, last, but not least, on the last day we went on over to Hoboken to get cannolis at Carlos' Bakery. We waited an hour, but it was inside. After we had gotten there, a line started forming outside.

The cannolis ... So delicious! I also bought some cookies which were also quite good.


(Super blurry iPod picture, but had to show you those cannolis.)

It was a fantastic trip.

But alas, my days of frolicking about NYC are over. Now we're knee-deep in this kitchen remodel.

I'll have more pics tomorrow and tell you about our incident with the German.


Wendi@EveryDayMiracles said...

Living vicariously through you, this post, and these pictures?? Why yes.

AND... I'm now very hungry.

Rachelle said...

Love Stardust! I have not been to Serendipity's.. well, I've been, but the wait was to long before a show, so we could not stick around. Boo! Next time you get to NYC you guys will have to go to Greenwich Village and eat at the Caliente Cab. SO GOOD!

The Hat Chick said...

Looks like you had a great time. Can't wait to hear the rest of the stories. I love Serendipity too!

Autumn said...

Yes... I am living through you too!
Looks like a fun trip!

Tara said...

Traveling vicariously through you (and all the pics you put on FB!).

My little girl would FLIP HER LID to see Mary Poppins live. She'd love it!

sara said...

I so love NYC!!! When I was younger, I worked there one week a month...never got tired of it!

and Ruby Foo's.....delish!!!

looks like a great trip!!

H-Mama said...

How fun!! Sounds like you hit all of the important spots. Hubs and I plan to take our girls one day, too. When they are a lil' older. {Less complaining? One can hope. ha.}

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

And in answer to my own question.....always keep reading :) Looks like a lovely trip.*sigh*

ajlounyinjurylaw said...

No kidding, NYC has so much to choose from and a place you could never run out of things to do. Love pics, thanks for sharing.