I got back from Tulsa on Thursday evening and Friday we packed up and flew to New York City. I surprised Beth with a trip for the holidays and we had a great time. Because of the huge snowstorm that rolled through the Northeast, our flight was about three hours behind schedule. It's hard to complain though because a lot of flights were flat out cancelled. We got to New York about 1:15 a.m. and got to our hotel around 1:45. After checking in, we went to bed to get ready for a busy day ahead. On Saturday we just went out with no real agenda. We took the Subway up to Fifth Avenue, did some shopping(and a little more shopping), went to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and walked past the United Nations. It was a lot of fun to see things that we've only seen on tv or heard about.
Saturday night we had reservations at Bar Americain which is one of Bobby Flay's two restaurants in NYC. He's one of our favorite Food Network chefs and although we had to take out a small loan to pay for dinner, the food and atmosphere were great.
On Sunday morning we got up and went straight to Times Square to get in line at the TKTS booth where you get half-priced tickets for that day's Broadway shows. We were lucky that we only had to wait in line for about an hour and ended up getting tickets for our first choice, Spring Awakening. After getting tickets, we walked around a little bit before going to the show. The show, although not completely what we expected, was great. The music was really good and all of the actors did a great job.
After the show we did a little more sightseeing before going to Carmine's for dinner. Carmine's had been recommended to us by a few different people and although the wait was forever long, I'm glad we went. Carmine's is a family style Italian restaurant that has been in New York for a really long time. Below is a picture of our Calamari appetizer. Let's just say that Beth and I didn't eat it all.
On Monday we got up and headed straight to the Empire State Building. We were glad we got up and did that because we only had about an hour total wait to get to the top. When we got done the wait was 3+ hours. After that, we went to Central Park, went down to Wall Street(and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge), walked through Greenwich Village, and ended the night in Soho at a well-known pizza place called Lombardi's for dinner.
Overall, we had a great trip and I'm glad we were able to make it to New York during Christmas. Next time we go maybe it'll be in the summertime when the weather is a little different.
Below are a few other random pics from NYC:
Pics of Ground Zero from our hotel room:
Below is a picture of the front of our hotel on September 11, 2001. It's crazy to think that seven years ago, chaos engulfed the area of NYC that we just got back from. If you didn't see Ground Zero across the steet, you would never know that anything ever happened.