June 1, 2014 Spring Break in NYC – Days 4 & 5
Our last full day in the city was fully packed! In the morning we went to Katz’s Deli for breakfast. Their famous pastrami sandwich was every bit as delicious as I had hoped.
Then we went to the 9/11 Memorial. I had gone in 2012 right after graduation, but this time the Freedom Tower is pretty much complete and is a beautiful addition to the New York skyline.
We walked around the reflection pools for a bit (sadly the museum wasn’t open yet at the time) and then headed to Chinatown. We had dimsum at our favorite place – Golden Unicorn. I was too busy eating to take photos of the meal! We had planned to get a snack at Xi’an Famous Foods, but it wasn’t open. So we opted for lamb kabobs from this street cart instead.
After we filled our stomaches with delicious Chinese food, we walked to the Highline. I’d always wanted to visit when I was in college but never got to. Winter isn’t the best time to take a stroll there (I can imagine it being such a cool place to hang out in the warmer seasons) but we still walked almost the entire length of it.
After so much walking, we were hungry again so we got Wafels & Dinges! This is one of the things I really miss in NYC and that I really wish they had in SF (though for the same of my waistline it’s probably good that they don’t). It was so warm and delicious and now I wish we had gotten 2.
Macy’s was nearby and they were having their flower show at the time, so we went inside to get away from the cold for bit and enjoy the gorgeous blooms that are nowhere to be found outside.
After that, we took the tram to Roosevelt Island. There’s really nothing much to do on the island but we wanted to take the tram. It was pretty cool.
It was still too early for our dinner reservation at Porter House, so we just hang out in Time Warner Center where the restaurant was located for a bit before going in. We used to go to Porter House for lunch in our college days because they had a really good prix-fixe 3-course lunch menu, but this was our first time going there for dinner. We started with an arugula salad to share (bonus points for actually splitting the serving into 2 individual plates for us).
Yufei’s steak (and a humongous serving of fries):
My usual order of salmon:
Food there was delicious as always. Not quite ready to relinquish our last night in NYC, we decided to get a drink and dessert at Stone Rose Lounge next door, where we were greeted with this gorgeous night view of Columbus Circle.
Thus ended our last day in New York. The next morning we packed up, checked out of the hotel, and grabbed a quick lunch at Aceluck. This little restaurant holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I was introduced to the delicious world of Thai food.
After lunch, we headed to the airport. Yufei had used his miles to book first class seats for our return flight and it was awesome! We got champagne after we were seated:
And they handed out tablets with entertainment for the flight. We watched Dallas Buyer’s Club. Here is my movie and part of my meal:
This is the life. It was such a great way to end our trip on a high note!