Trip to New York–Day 1

My husband and I just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York. We did so much that I will break the days into separate blog posts by the day.

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We took an early morning (I’m talking 4 AM wake up) flight on Southwest.  We love to travel Southwest because they allow free baggage check. We had a short layover in Atlanta, before continuing on to New York.

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Juan and I on the plane.

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We landed at LaGuardia and had a car already booked to pick us up.

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We stayed at Omni Berkshire Place on E. 52nd Street. It was a great location. We were able to walk to Times Square!

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After we unpacked, it was time for lunch. Juan had a craving for Cuban food. We walked to Victor’s Cafe on W. 52nd Street. I have to say I was skeptical of this restaurant. My husband is Cuban, so we KNOW Cuban food.

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We started with a cocktail.  Juan had the “El Viejito,” which is a Cuba Libre or a rum and coke with simple syrup, fresh lime and mint leaves.  I had the “Hemingway Daiquiri,” which is Cana Brava Rum, marashino liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup.

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The drinks were served with plantain chips and tomato-cachucha pepper dipping sauce. We were off to a good start!

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Juan had the Lechon Asado (Cuban style roast pig, yuca, garlic mojo and moros.) I had Ensalada de Palmitos (organic field greens, hearts of palm, apples, Marcona almonds, Manchego cheese with champagne vinaigrette) and Croquetas Corral (smoked ham croquettas with the tomato-cachucha dipping sauce.) I finished it off with a cuban espresso.  I highly recommend this restaurant! Five Stars!

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A visit to Times Square was next.  I love the lighting on this shot. You can see the colors of the lighted billboards; yet the busyness of the area is captured in silhouette.

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Here we are using my new selfie stick! Captured a great saying, which could be our life’s motto–“The story isn’t over yet.”

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No trip to Central Park is complete for us without a visit to Strawberry Fields to the Imagine Memorial for John Lennon.  Juan is a huge Beatles fan!

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The park is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy, noisy streets.

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It was cold enough for ice on the ponds; but not too cold for a stroll.

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There are gorgeous views of the city from all over the park.

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We even went for a horse and buggy ride!

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Hard to be romantic when we laughed over the “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer was a horse and buggy driver and his horse would pass gas!! At least we were laughing 🙂

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Juan saying goodbye to our horse.

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We ended our horse and buggy ride at The Plaza Hotel.  We just had to go inside.  The opulence of this hotel is on a grand scale.  We wanted to visit The Oak Room because of an old Cary Grant movie filmed there.  It was closed for a private function.

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We found this picture of The Beatles on one of the walls looking for The Oak Room.

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We decided on the Champagne Bar instead.

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Even if you aren’t going in for a cocktail, I advise going into The Plaza for a look around.  It is gorgeous!

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It was time to return to the hotel to get ready for dinner.  We had taken a cab to Central Park, but walked our way back.  There were still plenty of sparkling lights leftover from Christmas.

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This dazzling, crystal snowflake was on Fifth Avenue at the corner of Tiffany & Co. and BVGARI.

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This glowing angel is on the BVGARI building.

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Here is Tiffany & Co’s dazzling decorations.

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Dinner was at Tribeca Grill.  This restaurant is owned by Robert DeNiro.  Here is the cover of the menu that was drawn by the owner himself!

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Juan ordered Long Island Duck Breast with Parsnip Puree and Swiss Chard.  I had the Pan Seared Scallops with Carrot Risotto and Black Truffle Madeira Vinaigrette.  It was delicious–just not the best we’ve ever had.  We ended the night with a visit to B Flat Underground Bar.  This was a neat place that plays jazz three nights a week.  Just wish this night would have been one of them!

This is everything we did on Day 1 of our trip to New York.  Please visit my blog again to see what we did for the rest of our visit.  New York is magical.  There is something new to see every time we come.  We try to pack in as much as we can because the experience is nothing like how we live in our everyday lives.

Leave a comment.  I would love to here from you….until Day 2!

 

 

 

 

 

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