Wednesday, June 2, 2010

day 2

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.

17 comments:

Kelly said...

I am so glad that the two of you got to get away and that you had such a great time! I'm excited to see your next post.

Dawn said...

Sounds like a great day! That dessert sounds delish!

KeepOnTrying said...

I love New York! Sounds like a fab vacation so far!!!

Kandid Kelli said...

So I was hungry until I read this... Thanks alot, jerk! (jk about the jerk part.... but I am hungry now!)

Sounds like you got a great workout that day!

xo
-K

AplusB said...

I love these posts and pictures! Looks like a lovely weekend.

Secret Sloper said...

I'm glad you guys did so much walking! The only way to know New York is to explore it on foot. In nice weather I routinely walk around 50 blocks at a time (which is roughly 3 miles). It's great exercise and never feels it with so much to see!

I'm looking forward to hearing about crazy night #3.

Rach said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! I've never been to NY.

Erin said...

Your dress is too cute! I am loving hearing all about your trip.

ifcrossroads said...

I'm salivating over your dinner. Seriously! It sounds incredible :)
Oh and yet again, amazing pictures. You have a second calling my dear!
And YUM on the champagne. I can get into some serious trouble with champagne :)

2catdaughters said...

You look adorable and so very happy! I'm glad you had such a fun vacation.

JC said...

Awe, you trip sounds so great! I'm jealous but I'm so glad you guys got to go and had such a great time. =) Can't wait for tomorrows post!

The Baby Race said...

Yay for comped food and drinks!!! That's so fun :)

Rebecca said...

Sounds like such a great time. I love the kind of trips wher you just walk all over and then eat and eat and then walk again and nap. Just so satisfying! Can't wait to her about the next night!

Arlyne said...

Am loving the pics & can't wait to hear all about day 3 :)

Leslie said...

I miss living closer to NY. I am so glad you are enjoying your trip. Your pictures bring back fun memories for me when I used to visit friends in the city!

S.I.F. said...

I am getting so jealous! I have never been to New York, but I've always wanted to go... You are making me want to go even more!

Kim said...

Your vacation sounds amazing - you two did everything!!!! Don;t you just love H & M ?! Love the pic with the NYFD dude! :)