So I was flicking through photos on the computer the other day and came across my photos from New York. Also seeing a friend is visiting soon made me want to go back. So I thought I’d blog about our trip instead.
It was a short break we flew out on the 19th January and came back 22nd. I booked it as a surprise birthday present for Matts 21st and as he only had short period off work I had to make do with it. I told everyone but him about the trip and his mum and dad bought us the New York Pass tickets for Christmas which is when the big reveal was. I was so excited, probably more than he was!
We flew with Virgin from Heathrow, we decided to get the coach with National Express, I’d definitely recommend it, the coach was comfy and the staff were lovely.
The flight out was lovely, we had initially reserved extra leg room exit row seats as when your boyfriends 6ft plus you gotta. But the flight was half full meaning we could move anywhere, Matt stayed in his extra leg room seat while I moved to a row of 4 seats to myself. It was lush. The in flight entertainment was good and the food good, except the GU pot, not everyone likes chocolate Virgin.
The tail winds were on our side and we landed in just under 7 hours. We got the famous yellow New York Cab to our Hotel in Times Square. Aside from them booking the hotel with my middle name not surname causing some confusion we were quickly checked in to our room with a times square view.
It was a pinch yourself moment, I was actually in New York looking out on Times Square.
I won’t bore you all with a blow by blow account of everything we did there or I’d be here all week but I will share some of the places we loved, things we’d recommended and hints and tips for if we went again.
Places to Eat…
Obviously the most important thing to discuss. There were so many places to eat it was hard to decided, there were some amazing looking places in New Jersey but we didn’t get that far.
Ellen’s stardust diner
We obviously HAD to eat here because I’d only heard good things. It was amazing. A little cramped, you definitely got to know your neighbour. But the food was good and the atmosphere fantastic, I think even Mr O cracked a smile.
Virgils Real BBQ
We stumbled across this place when looking for somewhere to eat and I’m so glad we did. It was AMAZING. The portions were ginormous but prices reasonable and service was lovely. I’d definitely go back again.
So not New York specific but a trip to the USA wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Olive Garden for their salad & bread sticks. The mains are ok too but the salad is where it’s at!
Places to go…
We had the New York Pass, this gave us prepaid access to hundreds of attractions and priority access sometimes too. We didn’t have time to do everything but we the things we did I would recommend totally.
Empire State Building and Rockefeller centre
Unfortunately typically for us the visibility when we visited these on two separate days was ZERO! Mist and fog everywhere. But we managed to see a tiny bit of the view and it was wonderful. I’d recommend it and will definitely do it again when the weather is better.
An icon of New York, it is absolutely stunning. We walked through 3/4 of it before going back into the city. It is unbelievable how such an amazing outdoor space can be slap bang in the centre of the craziest city on earth.
9/11 memorials and museum
As sombre and humbling place. Nothing can ever describe the feeling of walking around the remnants and foundations of these majestic building after such a horrific attack. This is somewhere you have to visit to appreciate it. The pass also gets you faster entry.
You can’t go to New York without a trip to times square. The bright lights and atmosphere are second to none. Our hotel was on times square so we went there daily. And what a view we had!
We walked most places but we also used the Water Taxi to travel round, I’d definitely recommend this, gave us views of lady liberty, through the mist anyway. We also used the Hop on, Hop Off bus tours. This gave us flexibility in getting around but also gave us a lot of information about the different areas and some of the guides were fabulous. It’s not for everyone but we loved it.
And Finally, we couldn’t come all the way to NYC and not have a traditional pizza slice!
So that was New York.
I can’t wait until we go back and do everything else we didn’t fit in this trip. Have you ever been? What are your favourite things there?
Thanks for stopping bye.