Although I was not thrilled with only having four hours of sleep, when I woke up this morning, I was SO EXCITED! The day was here! NYC! We boarded our flight at 7:30, and landed in Newark around 10:30 and took the train into the city. We were able to check into our Air BnB, and then head out to explore. (That’s the ideal version of what happened, of course. That’s not including our utter confusion of the subway, not understanding the metro card machines, getting off at the wrong stop, and then taking an uber the rest of the way. HAH! You learn from your mistakes, right?
Apparently there are a couple of Totto Ramen restaurants around Manhattan but we tried the one in Midtown East. We sat at a table with a couple of local regulars, and ordered some veggie ramen. (Jason got the spicy, of course.) I would highly recommend this place, especially if you are looking to get in and out of somewhere quickly. Their staff was friendly and helpful, and it was a nice introduction to the city.
After that we headed over to Central Park! (Which was about a 15 minute walk.)
We really wanted to go ice skating in Central Park, but the rink was closed due to weather! So Jason and I decided we should just wander around the park for a little while, and I am so glad we did. We mainly explored the southern part of Central Park. We stopped to watch a saxophone player, and to admire the pups running by, and to people watch of course. We walked down The Mall (my favorite spot) and down Strawberry Fields and through the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace.
I am actually happy we got to explore the park instead of ice skating. Exploring was super fun! If we have time, I think we might try to skate another day. (Maybe in Bryant park instead?)
At this point in our journey, we were in NEED of some coffee. We tried two places, the first had a great atmosphere and okay coffee, it was called Madman Espresso.
The second place we went was called Third Rail Coffee. They served Counter Culture Coffee, and it was delicious. This really hit the spot, and gave us the energy to get through the rest of the night.
After that, we made our way over to Cacio E Pepe. Ummm this place was soon delicious! We decided to eat here after seeing a viral video of how they serve their pasta (in a giant wheel of cheese.) I mean how could we resist??
And yes, it tasted as good as it looked. (Jason wasn’t a huge fan, but I loved it!!)
To end the night, we walked over to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. (Thanks for the suggestion Nick and Keani!) What a cool experience!! This wasn’t just any rooftop bar. This bar gives you a snuggie to cuddle up with, and serves hot beverages for you to sip on. (Oh, and also an AMAZING view of the city, including the Empire State Building.) Not to mention, the roof is lined with colorful heated igloos for big parties to sit under. We know this is a total tourist trap, but what a great concept! We couldn’t resist.
After that we made our way back to our room. We were soooooo exhausted, and ready for some shut eye.
We can’t wait to see what is next on our journey!
(Oh, also, I think I might have pulled a muscle in my right leg. Not entirely sure. By the end of the night I was in tears because of the pain. I am hoping that the pain will be gone tomorrow. Fingers crossed! I have the best of luck, don’t I?)
All for now,