Hello again to my lovely readers, welcome back to another NYC Blog Post. You asked for more, so you shall receive!
This time, I’m focusing more on the places I visited, the things I seen. So if you are going to New York on holidays, you may want to keep reading to find out some of the best places I visited.
Empire State Building
When I thought of New York, the first thing I thought of was the Empire State Building. Growing up with a massive love of American Movies (Elf) and Sitcoms (How I Met Your Mother), it featured in so many so was always in the back of my brain, I knew this was the first sight I wanted to see.
The whole experience was amazing, I was excited as soon as I seen the sign on the street. I was so excited to get in the elevator that Buddy the Elf turned on all the buttons so it looked like a Christmas Tree (The elevator is manned so you can’t do this unfortunately). Literally 1 minute after getting in to the elevator, we were on the 80th floor, where we stopped off to learn a few facts about the Empire State Building, then we got on another lift to take us to the top.
I can’t tell you the exact feeling I had when we reached the top, amazement, wonderment, love, excitement, passion, the list goes on. It was incredible. Seeing the whole of New York was something I will never forget.
Top of The Rock
Now I know a lot of people like to do one or the other when they visit New York. But I really wanted to see New York at night. Which is why we went to Top of the Rock at 10pm, and I am so glad I did.
The lights you see are mind blowing. If possible, the City looks even busier with the mesmerizing lights from every building.
The highlights for me were, Ben & Jerrys on the bottom floor (of course) and seeing the Empire State Building (I told you I was obsessed).
The World’s Best Bar? We had to check this out for sure! Owned by two bartenders from Northern Ireland (I love a good local success story), Dead Rabbit has been named the World’s Best Bar more than once. We got off the Hop on Hop off City Bus with the intention of having lunch, then going on the Staten Island Ferry.
We sat down, had a cocktail (of course) ate our lunch, and 4 hours later we left. Yes, seriously we stayed for 4 hours. I can’t explain why, but we loved it. It had the most welcoming feel to it, they served Moet Cocktails and the food was delicious! (We ordered the Rueben Sandwich).
So if you are planning to go to Dead Rabbit, be sure to open your schedule for the rest of the day, because you will not want to leave.
This was the most surreal experience I’ve been through. Seeing the memorial, reading all the names of everyone who died made you realise how insignificant your own problems are. You try and imagine what everyone was going through on that day and it takes everything in your might not to cry.
When you’re at the 9/11 memorial, you also need to visit the little church that survived the attacks.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
Finishing off on a more lighter note, without a doubt, the best place I ate was Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Honestly, the food isn’t spectacular, although, I have to say, finally eating a rainbow bagel in New York was one of my highlights.
But it’s not about the food, it’s about the singing and dancing waiters and singing along to Proud Mary at 8am. It was the best restaurant I have ever been to and I can only hope and dream that some day, someone will open a restaurant similar in Derry!
Other places that I want to mention are, Central Park (Of course), Sarabeths (Just off Central Park for Brunch) and also Hershey’s World at Time’s Square where you can pick up the World’s Biggest Peanut Butter cup.
So there you have it, hopefully you enjoyed this post, and if you have any questions or want to tell me where your favourite places in NYC are, leave your comments below.