Saturday, 7 May 2011

HOLIDAY - New York Day 5

Day 5 was Friday 29 April, or as it is otherwise known... Royal Wedding day. We woke up and put on the TV to watch coverage in bed, the TV had not been on half an hour when my boyfriend spotted some work colleagues from back home being interviewed for NBC news. Oh how we giggled.

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We'd been given a few recommendations of Greenwich Village for breakfast so that's exactly where we headed. Tea & Sympathy is a quaint little British tea room serving traditional British food and drink. We managed to bag a table which allowed us the perfect spot in the window to check out everyone coming to Greenwich Village to celebrate the Royal Wedding and join the Street Party that was happening outside, and wedding lunch at nearby Leon.

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After watching the Americans and Brits all dressed up for a wedding we headed down to Brooklyn bridge to walk across into another of New York's boroughs. It was a lovely day but we were a little disappointed with Brooklyn which seemed to be a hive of road works and construction. We did visit a really cute sweet shop though where I picked up some 100 Grand bars for a workmate (on his request). The store owner was engrossed in re-runs of the wedding too.

New York 2011

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We headed back up to the Rockefeller Centre to go to the Top of the Rock and take in some more amazing views. While we waited for our time slot we picked up a cupcake each in Magnolia bakery. I have to admit I wasn't blown away, the cake was alright and the frosting pretty special but it didn't quite live up to the hype. If I went back I'd opt for one of the desserts like Key Lime Pie which looked much tastier.

The Top of the rock did not disappoint with views from all angles across the city including a good view of The Empire State Building. The lift ride up make my ears pop twice! Plus check out the amazing Swarovski crystal feature hanging in the lobby!

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Afterwards we were naughty and had another sweet treat, Ben and Jerrys. I went for frozen yoghurt with chocolate sauce - definitely recommended, and has less fat and calories than ice cream. After our sugar rush had subsided it was back to the apartment for a nap before our night out on the tiles.

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We'd decided we needed to make our night out in the Meatpacking District, a cool area filled with slick eateries, hotels, bars and clubs. We started by eating dinner at a place called Sea. It was actually quite reasonable compared to the other restaurants in the area and the grub was really nice. I had a Malaysian curry with steamed veg and the boy went for Pad Thai. All washed down with Blue Moon beer (one of my faves and it's stocked all over New York which is good). The restaurant also had a club downstairs and the DJ mixed tunes were played loudly into the restaurant too which got us in the mood for a boogie.

By the time we'd eaten it was almost midnight as we'd gone out so late but we went for another drink at a place called Gaslight which was a busy bar playing floorfiller tunes. Then it was off to a club, the first couple we tried wanted $25 entry so we tried another, Ajna Bar, and they were only taking people with table/bottle service. After a nice word with the doorman he let us in seeing as we were just a two and it didn't cost us anything... apart from the extortionate drink prices that it. It wasn't unusual though, pretty much everywhere 'cool' in New York costs a fortune to drink in. The cheapest beers we found outside of Happy Hour were still $7 and spirits were coming in at $13 each plus tips in the Meatpacking District. Be warned. It's worth going out here, but a little bit pretentious and probably better to come earlier in the evening when it's not so difficult or expensive to try out a club or bar.

We danced a couple of hours away until we were rudely scared off by someone who thought we might be dancing a little close to his table. Most New Yorkers we'd met were pretty friendly, this guy and his friends showed us another side... the feisty side. We saw this side of the locals again when the metro driver failed to stop at one of the stations on the route. People were shouting angrily at the driver and getting quite rowdy. 

Lucikly the metro runs all night in New York so we stumbled in around 3am, tired but not nearly as drunk as if we'd been paying UK drink prices which was probably a good thing.

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