I stayed over at my parents house since we were grabbing the early train the next morning. My Aunt Denise came down from Maine, and we enjoyed pizza and wine for dinner.
Wake up call at 6AM and by 7 we were on the road to New Haven, CT. The 2 hour drive went by without an issues and we were able to get on the 9:53AM train in to Grand Central station.
Of course there was Dunks.
After just under two hours, welcome to New York City! It’s been since ‘99 that I’ve been to the city so I was very excited to visit. But wow, is it overwhelming. I think I’ll stick to a Boston-sized city.
After we checked in to the hotel, one of the things I wanted to do was walk to Central Park and stop by the Plaza Fairmont to see some former co-workers. One of them was there and it was wonderful to see her. And such a beautiful hotel! It’s the same architect as the Copley Fairmont. It’s also home to Eloise at the Plaza.
As we were wondering back from the Park, we were looking for places to have lunch. There were lot’s of choices, but a bit expensive for our taste that afternoon. We happened upon Cassidy’s Irish Pub on W. 55th street. It wasn’t very busy but service was quick and polite. I had the veggie burger with a salad and it was AMAZING. It was thick, “meaty” and filling. Very happy with my lunch.
Sights of the City
The reason we were in New York City: To see my cousin Aimee perform in Red Valley at the New Theater on W. 45th Street. The play takes place in Kenya in the 50s during the Mau Mau rebellion. Aimee played the female lead, Beth. It’s an intense, emotional story and she just blew me away with how talented she is. She conveyed the character so well that it was making me cry and giving me heart palpitations. All I can say is wow, just wow.
Before we met Aimee on Saturday afternoon, we stopped in to Schmackary’s bakery. So cute and so delicious. I had the cranberry and almond Schmack-a-roon. Yum!
Since Aimee hadn’t had lunch, we stopped at a restaurant in the Hell’s Kitchen section: the Chelsea Grill. Since my mom, aunt and I had lunch a few hours prior, we just snacked on some shared appetizers. My aunt ordered the chips and guacamole; my mom ordered the vegetable spring rolls and I had the apple, blue cheese and raspberry mixed greens salad.
Food was delicious but the service was a bit slow. The company was well worth the wait though.
In the morning my mom and I wanted to get a run in, but we ended up sleeping in too late. We were still kind of sore from all the walking the day before! We checked out of the Intercontinental Barclay and made our way back to the station. By the way, SO not impressed with the hotel. The building itself was beautiful and historical, but I found the service and the employees to be less than pleasant or friendly. I did have a great interaction with their lead concierge but that was about it. I wouldn’t stay there again. There are so many other hotels right in that area (48th St). And look what’s right there! The Chrysler building! Sunday was such a gorgeous day.
For breakfast, we wanted something quick, but not a coffeehouse. Aimee suggested Café Metro and it was just what we were looking for. I ordered the three egg omelet with peppers, ham and cheddar with home fries and toast. Yum!
After breakfast we were on the 11:07am train back to New Haven! I had such a great time hanging out with three of my favorite ladies in a great city. Well, an overwhelming city as well, that’s for sure. Now that I know New York City is within the realm of a weekend trip, maybe even a day trip, I’ll have to take advantage of that!
Have you ever been to New York City? Where’s your favorite “weekend away” place?