It is a sunny Saturday morning when we wake in our apartment in Upper West Side Manhattan, New York.
That is a sentence I have been looking forward to saying.
Alex and I are on the first morning of a month long holiday in the USA.
I wake at an already lazy 11:00am and thought another half hour won’t hurt… wake up again at 1:00pm..DOH. It is such a beautiful day which we seem to be missing… “Alex, Get Up!”.
J-Man (Alex’s nephew with whom we are staying) suggests a typical New York Saturday morning could be spent over breakfast and so we head to Sarah Beth’s for a serve of pancakes all round. Breakfast is USD$20 (per person).
J-Man has offered to play tour guide Ken today and is going to take us on a walking tour of Upper West Side Manhattan.
Our tour begins with a walk across to the Hudson River where we reach Riverside Drive and Riverside Park which has a path running its length. The path is super busy with people on bikes, roller blades, jogging, walking etc and it is a case of trying to avoid the bikes as they hurtle along at speed wobble defying speeds.
We walk out onto a pier which gives us a fantastic panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline
and looking up and down the Hudson River.
Choosing the path of least resistance, we head up along a quieter path where there are some likely lads playing basketball under the expressway.
We choose a path which leads us up and away from the Hudson.
As we keep walking south we make our way onto Broadway which pretty much runs down two thirds of the length of Manhattan. We reach Midtown Manhattan and Columbus Circle which is at the junction of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South, and 8th Avenue.
Here also is the Trump Towers and the south west corner and main entrance to the famous Central Park which I am looking forward to exploring during the next 2 weeks.
We decide from here to visit the restaurant exterior made famous in Seinfeld which is actually called Tom’s Restaurant. It is only a few stops on the train from Columbus Circle so we head to the subway entrance at 59th Street – Columbus Circle.
At the ticket machine we get a card between us for the underground and load it with $40 of travel. Each trip on the subway costs USD$2.50 so this should get us around for a while.
We catch Line 1 to subway stop “110th”. We walk up a block and find Tom’s Restaurant on the corner of 111th and Broadway. Inside we order a coffee and pie, just like George might do. The cappuccino comes with cinnamon sprinkles and Alex is not a fan. Our pie also seemed to be missing the cream it is supposed to be served with. No tip for you… come back 1 year!
We walk all the way along Broadway from 111th to 86th and feet are starting to get sore.
J-Man has decided on dinner at Hill Country BBQ in Flatiron. This is a meat lovers’ paradise where I do believe cutlery is optional. It reminds me so much like Bob’s Country Bunker from the Blues Brothers. All that is missing is the chicken wire in front of the stage.
Cost for dinner where use of cutlery is deemed “sissy”, USD$30 (per person).
An after drink seems to be required to wash all that meat down. Across the road is a bar called Maysville… good enough. This is a nice looking bar and give their Vodka selection a bit of a workout. Bar tab USD $110.
Home to bed to rest our feet, in readiness for day two in the Big Apple.