I always wanted to visit New York, it’s one of those places on my list that I have to visit before I die, actually I put a lot of places on the list, including Ali G’s hometown, Staines, lovely place, especially the TK Maxx there, one of the highlights there you must visit. I feel if I never run out of places to visit before I die then I will live forever. Who am I fooling, right? Myself! And I’m buying it!
I had 7 hours Ryan Gosling feast on the plane, ‘Drive’, ‘Ides of March’ and ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’, I never felt so close to him, literally, the passenger who was sitting in front of me pushed her seat as far back as possible so my face was almost touching the TV screen, I think this’s as intimate as I can ever get with him before he puts a restraining order on me.
The Stature of Liberty (they closed up the top so you can no longer climb up to the top anymore), The Empire Sate Building (make sure you’re going there at the right time, otherwise expect a long queue), Central Park, Time Square, The Metropolitan of Art Museum (make sure you go there early, it gets really busy from noon and all the ticket prices on the board are recommended price, you can tell the cashier how much you want to pay for each ticket)… New York definitely has a lot to offer.
Besides all the famous tourist attractions, the food is definitely worth to mention, especially the sandwiches there, legendary! We went to this famous sandwich shop near Rockefeller Center, called Carnegie Deli, their most famous sandwich is Woody Allen’s Special, a 35 layers of pastrami sandwich that comes with pickled cucumbers on the side and the best drink to go with the sandwich is cream soda. I never see any sandwich as this big and scary in my life, can’t quite work out why they call it ‘Woody Allen’s Special’ though, they should rename the sandwich, Heart Attack Sandwich! My husband took on the challenge very seriously, he was having his own ‘Man vs Food’ moment. He managed to eat 2/3 of the whole thing, then man down, food 1, man 0. Please make sure you will bring enough cash to pay for your food as this place doesn’t accept cards.
Another famous pastrami sandwich place is Katz Delicatessen, it’s where they filmed ‘When Harry Met Sally’. They even put up a sign to point out of the exact table where Harry and Sally sat. The owner is very friendly, he even walked up to our table and chatted to us. Somehow, we were chatting about subway at one point since I’m from London, I was referring subway as underground, it definitely got him confused for a moment, he thought I was talking about underground coal mines.
We also visited a sandwich place on the edge of China Town. They don’t do the normal New York style sandwiches, they really put an eastern twist into their sandwiches. The most famous one is the stewed beef sandwich that stewed for hours then dipped in satay sauce, piled with carrot and radish shredded pickles and chillies. With the price at $5.5, extremely reasonable.
Since my husband and I both love the film ‘Forest Gump’, it was such a delight for us to eat at Bubba Gump Shrimp co. The restaurant is situated in the middle of Time Square, the downstairs is a shop that you can purchase Forest Gump or Bubba t-shirts or Bubba’a shrimp cooking book and the place is totally based on the film, even the menu. You can choose from Forest’s Special to Jenny’s Catch, of course, the whole menu is based on seafood in honor of Bubba. I had Bubba’s Boat of Trash as main but I can tell you that it was so delicious, trash has never tasted this good ‘and that’s all I got to say about that.’
If you haven’t tried wooded fired BBQ ribs then you haven’t been to New York. The most famous BBQ restaurant is called Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, located in Harlem, I know, Harlem, notorious for hardcore gangs but trust me, I’m not sending you to a suicide mission, the BBQ there is really worthy for loosing an arm and a leg to go. If you don’t feel comfortable about the area, don’t go there for dinner, go for lunch instead. The restaurant is very close to the subway station, 2 minutes walk really. My husband and I went there for lunch, the area was very quite and peaceful when we visited and the restaurant was filled with mix of locals and tourists. You must try their fried green tomatoes and legendary BBQ ribs. They even make their own BBQ dipping sauce. The ribs are so meaty and juicy, the meat just fell of the bone, yummy, yummy, so good for my tummy, not so sure if I can say the same about my cholesterol though.
P.S. some little tips you might find useful when you visit New York:
- New York subway tickets are very cheap. If you make more than 10 trips then it’s worth buying a week travel card for $29.
- From places to places, it may seems close between places on the map, like 3 blocks away but sometimes it can take you a while to walk to the place so be prepared for walking long distance.
- Please don’t forget to add tax about 8.75% on everything you buy, especially when you eat out, don’t forget to add tips as well as the tax. Normally you should leave at least 10-15% tips that based on your bill.
- There is a street near Time Square, the street is filled with full of diamond jewellery shops. If you are a magpie like me, it’s worth a visit but don’t be fooled by the prices displayed on each item, you should haggle, aim for 60% off the original price.
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