I had dreamed of seeing New York for ages, ever since my musical theatre obsession began (I know pretty much every Broadway song ever written). So I was beyond excited to finally see the "city that never sleeps." We tried to see everything in 4 days, but of course, that task was impossible. However, we did see two Broadway shows while we were there. We lined up for rush tickets and got half-price tickets to "Billy Elliot" and "Promises, Promises." Both were amazing shows and I am still humming the songs from them.
Another thing I loved about New York City was the food! Thanks to our Lonely Planet guidebook, we found some great restaurants. Here are a few awesome places that we visited:
Across the street from the Chrysler Building, 99 cent Pizza fuels the business lunch crowd looking for a cheap bite. I literally handed the cashier a crisp dollar bill and got a slice of pizza in return. The pizza itself was quite simple, nothing extravagant, but a solid meal for one dollar!
The next place was the famous Magnolia Bakery. If you watch Sex and the City then you'll about this cupcake lover's heaven. For $3.25, you get a delicious moist cupcake with a mound of creamy buttercream icing on top. I got two cupcakes and I could barely finish the second one.
The red velvet flavour was my favourite. It was so light and fluffy with a dollop of vanilla icing.
(Me in front of the bakery)
Apparently, all of New York knows about these great deals, because the next place we went to was the busiest restaurant I had ever seen. Katz's Deli is famous for their mile-high pastrami and Reuben sandwiches and is also "famous" for this scene in "When Harry met Sally:"
Well, we did have what she had. The sandwich, I mean. Mike fought his way to the counter amidst a huge crowd while I staked out two seats amongst a sea of dishes and fellow sandwich lovers. We decided to share one classic Pastrami sandwich and that was satisfying enough for me. This is only place I ever pay $15 for a sandwich because it was so worth it.
We found some other gems near our hotel on the Upper West Side too, but alas no pictures. On our first night, we ate at an amazing --and very affordable-- Thai place called Land Restaurant on 82nd and Amsterdam.
The next night before the show, we ate at Sara Beth's. I had a wonderful three-course lobster special for only $29. Zabars was also a great lunch place for a satisfying deli sandwich and gourmet snacks.
New York was a vibrant place with so much history and culture. I officially heart N.Y.
(taken from the "Top of the Rock" observation deck)