Think green bean casserole only so much better for you.
Which means you can eat more.
New York City is many things to many people.
To me, it is the largest city in our country.
It is also where Sesame Street is filmed and based.
The first show I can remember ever watching was Sesame Street.
I loved that show and my children have loved that show.
So growing up in a tiny rural town in central Ohio, when I thought of a big city, I immediately thought of NYC.
Add in that Jen lived here for a year and I had the perfect tour guide for my first visit to the Big Apple.
So let me give you the nickel tour of my new favorite big city.
The first subway sign I saw, I got giddy!
See all those little circles and numbers?
I have no idea what they mean.
Subways are haaaarrrrd.
It’s all good.
After a while you just get used to it.
I swear I am not being sarcastic.
It is like this, there are so many cool things about NYC that you just overlook little things like this.
Now, if I saw a rat running around this pile, it would be a different story.
So Jen said we had to eat at Ray’s Pizza while in NYC.
I had never heard of it but definitely love me a good pizza, so was all in.
So let me defend my response.
I said it was like the Wisconsin Dells of NYC.
If you don’t live in the Midwest or have never been to the Dells, you won’t get that comparison.
OK, its the Branson of NYC.
Very touristy and it was cool to run through but it was cray.
It was almost too touristy.
We were in this awesome little shopping area called Winter Village in Bryant Park.
I got the coolest sign here at Brooklyn Made.
I am standing.
In New York City.
Bryant Park skating rink.
For the Real Housewives fans, this is the rink where Jill Zarin did her little “skating” show.
And I say “skating” because it was more like “walking across the ice with blades strapped to your feet”.
I loved this little shop at Winter Village.
I got Annie a Christmas present here.
So I could say to her on Christmas Eve, ” I went all the way to NYC to get you this!”
Wherever I go, I find Grace.
Sir, it would serve you well in life to learn what the sign says.
DON’T BLOCK THE BOX.
Is that Bruce Willis?!?!?!
Or as I like to say 30 Rock.
OK, I sound like a tourist.
Skating at Rockefeller Plaza.
In my heart, I wanted to strap on skates and scoot around.
But Bethenny was the next day and I really didn’t want to go with a huge cast on.
Oh and this looks so much smaller in person than it does on the Today show.
I don’t watch the Today show (I am a GMA girl) so I don’t know what kind of shenanigans go on outside here.
When I see this sign, I think of SNL.
Formerly known as Saturday Night Live for us old people.
I am torn.
I really wish the NBC store was open when we walked by.
But at the same time, I would have spent my life savings in this store.
For the Friends display alone.
Radio City Music Hall.
This one is for my mama as well.
The Rockettes Christmas show was starting the next day.
This you need to know.
First, good luck getting a cab in NYC.
It took us at least 10 minutes to get one each time we tried.
I should say when Jen tried.
I was a little afraid of hailing a cab in NYC.
I have done it in Chicago but this is NYC, people.
Second, don’t let the cabby’s think you are a tourist.
Just don’t let them smell the fresh blood in the water.
When getting into a cab, do not, I repeat, DO NOT do the following:
– hold a map
– be looking at a map
– ask for a map
– ask where you can get a map
– ask where you can get a cheap I Heart NY tee shirt
– ask where they shot 30 Rock
– ask how to read a Subway sign (the transportation mode not the sandwich shop)
Because if you do any of the above, you will get…what I like to call….the “scenic tour extravaganza” of NYC.
Which in layman’s terms = you will dip into your college fund to get your butt outta that cab.
One of my fave all time movies is Serendipity.
So one of my gotta see it spots while we were in NYC, was the restaurant namesake of the movie.
Those who know this movie will know that this shop was used as a bridal shop in the movie!
Oh, my sweet Betsy Ross, this was amazing.
Amazing isn’t even the correct adjective.
I actually went to an online thesaurus looking for words that fit.
Yessss, let’s use titillating!
Because we can……
ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
The amount I would pay to eat John Cusack’s leftovers.
Never gets old.
If you look closely, there is some soft porn playing in front of that store.
The worst deli sammich I have ever eaten.
How do you mess up ham and cheese?
I was so excited to be riding the subway!!!
I even texted a picture of the inside of a subway car to my mom and hubs.
I know what you are thinking.
The above drink did me in.
And I am not ashamed to say it.
Jen and I decided to be “spontaneous” and go to Morton’s in the Financial District.
On a Thursday afternoon.
We split a “jumbo” crab cake (by the way, “jumbo” refers to its price tag, not its actual size), a bowl of sour cream mashed potatoes and we each got a cocktail.
Which must have been made with ALL OF THE ALCOHOL IN NYC.
It was fun, it felt like we were doing something crazy and my wallet felt a little lighter.
But then I was buzzed.
I rode the subway.
I walked the streets of NYC.
Then came back to the hotel and passed out for 45 minutes.
Do I know how to partay or what?!?!
After my nap, we wandered out to the streets of NYC.
And this is where you will see a full circle moment.
See that bra above?
It’s kind of famous…
Meet Jen’s 6th toe.
Know this: you will walk A LOT in NYC.
And you don’t even realize how much you are walking until you get back to your hotel, take off your boots/shoes and meet your sixth toe.
Bacon and Egg on a roll.
This is how NYC does breakfast.
I shoulda got the donut……
To be fair, I was still burping up my drink that consisted of all of the alcohol in the land that morning, so nothing really sounded that appetizing.
These corner deli/bakeries were EVERYWHERE in the city.
I took this on our last morning before we left for the airport.
I felt like it was just so New York.
I kind of didn’t want to leave.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my big city (Chicago) but there is nothing like the original big city.
The vibe is so cool, I totally see why so many people love living here.
And one other thing…the people are friendly.
The East Coast gets such a bad rap when it comes to this but everyone I ran into was so friendly, helpful and accommodating.
So that was my first (and definitely not last) trip to the Big Apple.
I hope you enjoyed it and maybe next time you all can come with!
Wouldn’t that be fun??
Bra-less, drunk and holding a map.
Tackling NYC like a BOSS.