The Big Apple without children…sleep, move, and eat
Hubby and I have been lucky enough to get to NYC without kids 3 or 4 times. Here’s a few items on my eat, stay, and play list when traveling there as a couple. From the middle of the country, it takes at least half a day to get to NYC. So, here’s what we did on a recent long weekend visit in November.
Where we rested our heads:
Our home away from home this time was the Waldorf Astoria towers. These are like little apartments without a kitchen. Although a little outdated, the history and charm makes up for it. Seeing pictures of the famous people that have called these apartments home, is fun too. They have a separate entrance from the main hotel which makes it feel extra luxe. I did enjoy an 80 minute massage in the spa while I was there. It was great, although a tad expensive. However, if you are Hilton Honors member, at least you are earning points at the same time. It is located within a few blocks of Grand Central and Rockefeller Center. It was definitely light jacket weather during our visit, so being close to the subway was a nice benefit.
Living in a flyover state, means we drive everywhere at home. So we enjoy getting a subway pass for the duration of our stay and hitting the pavement. Grand Central is perfect for picking up that metro card. A few times we’ve been walking though its main lobby and seen movies being filmed. We always visit the whisper corner outside of the oyster bar so we can play with the acoustics of this beautiful building. You stand facing the corner and whisper, kind of like the tin can on a string project. It’s cheesy, but fun and free too. I’m not saying we didn’t take a cab on occasion or to and fro the airport, people.
Eating in great restaurants is half of the fun in New York City. Dinner reservations are a must. I love using the Open Table app for that purpose. Easily getting, or modifying a reservation on your smartphone is a great convenience. The first night we ate at Tao, which has several locations across the US, and the food was stellar. The sushi was melt in your mouth, but there are great options on their large menu for the one in your party that doesn’t eat seafood too. One of my must have food items is a lunchtime hot dog from Gray’s Papaya. True New Yorkers order theirs well done. Trust me when I say whether you eat it plain like I do, or add onions or chili, you’ll love it. You can eat it in the square across the street.
Within walking distance of many theaters we dined at Lattanzi on 46th Street. This was one of my favorite restaurants of all time, with great charm and fantastic wine. Close knit tables, in an elegant but comfy atmosphere. They serve many Italian Jewish dishes that will melt in your mouth. It was hard to narrow down the best dish at the table, but my hand made ravioli was amazing!! We hit another restaurant with friends in the theatre district before our flight home, called Carmine’s. It’s a great place for lunch and everything is served family style. If there are only 2 of you, I’d skip this one. The portions of everything are huge and meant to be shared. Even the salad. Of course if you are staying somewhere with a fridge, you could eat the leftovers one night and save some cash for activities around town.
So Wednesday I’ll be writing about those things to do around town. I think they are things you can’t do, or would modify if the kids were with you. ’til then….