“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” -Leonardo da Vinci
Day 2 in NYC was an amazing day for me. First stop was breakfast at Má Pêche by 5th Avenue and E 57th St. Fun story, while walking there, I passed the Grand Army Plaza and saw the cast and crew of Modern Family filming. It was so weird seeing celebrities not getting hounded by people- well they were working so it kinda makes sense. Anyways, the walk down 5th Avenue was insane. There were all these luxury brands lining the streets and even though it was a Thursday morning, there were people pouring in and out of the stores.
Anyways, I arrived at Má Pêche and noticed that they didn’t have a lot of people in for breakfast. I ordered a coffee and the garden omelet. The coffee was decent but the omelet was insanely good. I didn’t really mind that the service was slow- it took about an hour for my meal to arrive- because the quality of the food made up for it. Breakfast was decently priced, but still kind of expensive (I’m a broke college student what do you want from me).
After breakfast, I went to the top of the Rockefeller Centre (the Top of the Rock hence the title). I had to wait about half an hour before I could get to the top, so I wandered in the stores opposite of the entrance. There was a farmers market set up beside the Rockefeller Centre as well that was pretty cool. It was all organic, locally sourced produce and I wish I could’ve had the chance to buy something.
The line at the Rockefeller Centre was pretty long, but the inside was beautifully renovated. There was a Swarovski crystal chandelier hanging in the main foyer. It glistened and sparkled and pretty much made the place look classy as hell. The elevator ride to the top made my ears pop and took about a minute. The elevator attendant told everyone some factoids but I can’t really remember. Anyhow, the top was the most beautiful thing ever. On one side there was this magnificent view of Central Park, and on the other side you got to see the New York City skyline- Empire State Building and all. Oh, and I can’t forget the East River and the Hudson River, but they were kind of just on the sideline. I swear I spent an hour up on the observation deck just taking it all in. I wish I had a cup of coffee with me and just sat there and enjoyed the view.
After coming down from the Rockefeller Centre, I wandered around lower Manhattan. Nothing too special. Grand Central Station, the Brooklyn Bridge and the 9/11 Memorial. I will say this about the memorial, it was such a peaceful place to remember all the lives lost on that horrible day. There was a giant cube fountain that just seemed bottomless, and there was water just flowing down it. It was just surreal to be standing there when I know about the horrible things that happened at that very spot.
That night, it started raining just before dinner so we had to duck into somewhere to eat and avoid getting soaked. I found this amazing Italian restaurant called Forlini’s Restaurant. It’s not actually in Little Italy, its just off Canal St in Chinatown, and I almost missed it. Thank god I didn’t because the food was amazing. It was authentic Italian cuisine cooked that was hearty and delicious. My family and I ordered a whole tableful and I regret not ordering more! We got the fettuccine alfredo (you gotta stick to the classics), the fresh fish of the day (I honestly can’t remember what it was called), the grilled pork chop pizziaola and the veal (again, I don’t remember what it was called- Italian dishes are a mouthful!). It was all so good it’s making my mouth water. Unfortunately, because we were all starving, I forgot to get pictures of the meal- but it would have photographed nicely. After a somewhat disappointing meal yesterday, this meal was a treat!
After dinner, the rain stopped (perfect timing!) and we started to make our way home. NYC will always have a place in my heart and I was such a tourist that day. If I could live there I would be the happiest person ever (especially if I lived along Park Avenue).
Tune in sometime next week to read about my last day in NYC- I go to the Met!
As always, safe travels.