Friday morning we woke up pretty early--and I woke up with a cold from sitting out in the rain the night before. But we had to keep moving. We had a lot to see and not a lot of time to see it. Our first stop? Rockefeller Center.
We took a few pictures and then headed over to Dean and Deluca for some much-needed coffee. At that point, we remembered that it was Friday, and the Today Show was having their concert series outside. So we got to sit an enjoy a live performance by One Republic while we ate our breakfast.
After breakfast, we walked back up 5th Avenue. I bought a dress at H&M and Joey walked around the NBA store. Then we walked (yes, WALKED) all the way over to Times Square.
A couple of more shopping stops and we were back on our way, still walking, down to Madison Square Garden and Macy's. Joey was just amazed by the fact that they could stick an entire arena in the middle of a city. At that point, we had a choice. We knew we needed to meet a friend for lunch back uptown at 1 (it was about 11:45 by this time), but we were SO close to the Empire State Building. Did we want to brave the potential crowds and go to the top?
We decided to do it. We were a little late for lunch and we didn't stay long at the top (about 15 minutes) but it was worth the view.
The next couple of hours at lunch were so nice. It was nice to rest our feet and it was so great catching up with my old friend and coworker, Michelle. She is probably the sweetest person you will ever meet, and I loved spending time with her. She treated us to lunch at the Algonquin Hotel and it was a great meal.
After parting ways with Michelle, we hiked back to the hotel and took a well deserved power nap. When we woke up, we got dressed for dinner and took the subway downtown and wandered around for a while, checking out Wall Street and Ground Zero before heading back up to SoHo.
Dinner was at a tiny little restaurant in SoHo called Shorty's 32. And when I say tiny, I really do mean tiny. It only had about 10 tables. Joey ordered the braised short ribs and I ordered the scallops. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. I think the ribs took longer than they expected, so they kept coming out to apologize to us for the delay. Of course we didn't care. We were on vacation and by this time we weren't in a hurry to walk ANYWHERE. Plus, I was drinking champagne. :)
Well, for our "troubles" they comped us two appetizers, two desserts, an extra glass of champagne, and a cup of coffee for Joey. It didn't matter. The wait for the food was worth it. Amazing. Simply amazing. Don't get me wrong, I loved my scallops. But the short ribs were to die for. The desserts were incredible too: deep fried waffle with fresh strawberries and ice cream and a molten chocolate cake. We walked out of there full and happy.
I am sad to say that we didn't do anything exciting after dinner. We were beat and I could barely breathe out of my nose. So we went back to the hotel, got in our PJs, and watched the Magic game. But our night on day 3? Well, that's for tomorrow's post.