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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We Take On New York City: Day 2

This was by far our favorite day. I did some research before coming of local places we should check out. The first one I found was a coffee shop in the basement shops of Rockefeller Center. It is called Blue Bottle Coffee and by far some if the best coffee I have had. Mike, who has never been a big fan, got a Mocha and downed it. It took us a while to find it, which people noted when I was researching, but so worth it! Highly recommend. 

Next stop, Grand Central Station. The coolest feeling. You see the station in the movies all the time and I always see pictures on HONY taken there. It is so magical. The restaurants in the bottom of the station are so cute. So much life going on every where in NYC.

Next on the itinerary was the Empire State Building. But before that, we had a quick stop at the NY Public Library. 
My face was 1/2 frozen

As for the Empire State Building, we did not plan on going up, but I am so thankful that we did. The views...breathtaking. It also made me confirm my fear of heights. But all in all, if you are there, make sure you pay to go up. 

Our friend had told us about this awesome park, High Line, that used to be an old railroad. It was amazing. Even though it is not too high above the streets, the views were still amazing. It was like being a fly on the wall watching all those hustle and bustle below us. It is a great mini escape.

Beautiful building art

Next stop: lunch. Another friend told me about the Jane Hotel. If you don't mind a little bit of a walk or the Subway, I recommend scouting this place out! Cafe Gigante is the hotel restaurant and the vibe was just what we needed. The food is authentic and the atmosphere matches. We didn't stay long enough for the bar to open at 5pm, but I hear it's the place to be. 

Looks kind of funky, but it was absolutely delicious. And we were BOTH stuffed. 
After the Jane, we took a nice stroll through Greenwich Village. The brownstones are just what I imagined and I wish they had them back home. I would definitely love to live in one. It was so peaceful to be able to walk on the side walk without someone constantly at your heels. Very cool area.

Our mission after this was to get to the Ace Hotel. Mike mentioned he saw one of his friends check in to this hotel and how we should look it up. It was awesome. Very hipster, but very fun/amazing/just how I want to decorate our house/just what we wanted. In side, they have Stumptown coffee, which blew me away. Delicious lattes and regular coffee. It you love coffee, check this place out. There bar is also well known, but we weren't ready for drinks yet. Side note, when I was looking on Instagram later that night, Joe Jonas checked in at the Ace. I had a moment! 

We are ready for dinner now, but not sure where to go. This was my fourth trip to NYC and all the times before I have eaten at the Stage Deli. I was on a hunt to find it, but when I thought I had the right address it was wrong. Come to find out the deli closed in 2012. So sad. SO instead we went to Carnegie Deli. I think this was Stage Deli's rival, but what were we supposed to do?! Huge portions and delicious. Mike's pastrami sandwich was about 3 inches tall. And like a pro, he ate the whole thing.

One of the things I wanted to do most on this trip was to go ice skating in Central Park. We finally found the rink and of course they were about to clean the ice and then we would only have an hour to skate. Our fault for getting there at8:30pm, but the website said they closed at 11pm not 9:30. I was sad, but that just made me more ready for Serendipity 3!!! This was the cutest place and just like I pictured (and I saw it on one of those food shows). We were only going to get one frozen hot chocolate, but they have a minimum of $8.50 a person. Not a problem for a girl who loves options and desserts. We ordered the biggest Sunday I have ever seen. You get to choose your flavors of ice cream and your topping. One scoop vanilla, one cinnamon, and one mint chip covered in hot fudge. I could have ended the trip right there. I was in a state of pure joy. Now on the other hand, the frozen hot chocolate was not as good as I thought it would be. Good to know for next time.. There will be a next time.

Look out

So fun

We finally stumbled home with full bellies around 11pm. It was quite a long day, but I had never seen the city like that before. I highly recommend getting out of the touristy spots at some point in any trip you take. It gives you a whole new perspective. 

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