In 2016 Danny qualified for a cruise that left out of New York City, so we tagged on a couple of days to see the city sights. We packed a lot into just 3 days!
We stayed at the Muse Hotel right in Times Square. We had stayed at a similar Klimpton hotel in SanFrancisco that we enjoyed so we figured we’d stick with the brand. It was very nice, staff was very helpful and the free wine at night was appreciated. Even though Times Square was so busy, it was a nice and quiet retreat just steps away.
The first day we walked around Times Square, Rockerfeller Center and the went up the Empire State Building. We had a decent meal at Bourbon Street Bar and Grille for dinner. Good service, excellent drinks and a pretty decent meal for a good price. It wasn’t busy so our waitress was very attentive.
Day two we took the subway to Battery Park to catch a ferry over to see the statue of Liberty. We kind of ran out of time to go see Ellis Island as we had to get over to see the 9/11 Memorial and the Freedom Tower. This was a very emotional experience but one that everyone should experience. We spent about 3 hours total inside the building and about 1 hour outside. Found my childhood neighbor’s name, Mildred Rose Naiman, who was a passenger on American flight #11.
Day three we walked to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum which turned out to be much more interesting than I had throught. Too bad we didn’t wait until the next day as our ship was docked right next door and spent a day in port.
I know we had pizza today, but cant remember where, and we also had a Nathan’s hotdog, just to be able to say I had one.
We then hit Central Park where we saw a couple of the highlights, didn’t realize how large it actually was. Quick tip: pick a few things you want to see and ask for directions. We wanted to see Strawberry Fields, the Carousel and the Fountain. We couldn’t find Strawberry fields, the Carousel had just closed and we had to ask a couple of police officers directions to the fountains. Wish they had some better signage to help non locals get around. But it still was great to see everyone out enjoying the open space, be it boating on the water, kids on the playgrounds, baseball games, roller skating parties and Frisbees and footballs flying.
On the way home we stopped at Trump Tower for a drink. We both got the Tower – Captain Morgan Coconut, Captain Morgan Spiced, Pineapple and Orange juice, grenadine and topped with Barcardi 151.
Dinner was at O’Brien’s. Had higher hopes based on Trip Advisor reviews but we had mediocre food and weak drinks with kind of blase’ service. We did score a seat on the 2nd floor with a view. It was convenient to our hotel but wished we had tried the bar that had the bartenders in kilts instead.
The next day we woke up early and caught our cab to the pier. We spent a day in port but we were pretty tired from all our walking so I got a pedicure and we got spa passes and just chilled on board.
A friend was in town and wanted to meet for lunch at a place he had been before so we walked a couple of blocks up from the pier and found a quaint bar, the Landmark Tavern, with nice white linens and excellent service. The guys both got corned beef sandwiches and I decided against the usual and got lobster ravioli that was delicious. Bar was lively with some locals watching “football”, but our service and food was top notch.
Back to the ship. Sail away on the Norwegian Breakaway was great and the views of the Freedom Tower and Lady Liberty were superb.
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