Flight to New York from Houston
Our flight was at 6:00 am so we woke up early and arrived at the airport a little over an hour early to check in and not miss our flight. We had a very short layover in Philidelphia but it was not long enough to do anything. We arrived in New York around 2:00 pm and got our bags. Once we had our luggage we went to buy a week long transit pass so that we would be able to get around the city for $24 for a week of unlimited transit rides. This is a really good value for price if you are going to use the subway and or buses a lot because one trip cost $2 and one day costs $7.
After getting our passes we waited for the M60 and took the bus to Megan's(Steph's sister) appartment. We dropped off our stuff and get settled into the little appartment we will be staying in for a week, but the price is certainly right at free.
Next, we rode the subway to 'wichcraft. We ordered the roasted turkey (avocado, bacon, onion relish and aioli on ciabatta roll
) and the slow-roasted pork sandwhiches (red cabbage, jalapeños & mustard on ciabatta roll
). both are very good but not the best value at around 9 dollars each.
After a late lunch our trip had finally begun. We decided to take a tour of the town. We were near Union Sqaure so we headed there first.
We walked to Union Square, which was fun to sit and watch the people interact in the area. There are tons of stores but we decided not to shop just sit for a while and take New York in. The huge clock and strange hand was very confusing to figure out what it stood for or meant.
Grand Central Terminal
We took the subway to Grand Central Terminal. The Terminal is magnificant with wonderful architecture and tons of traffic with people hurrying to catch their train. There are also some really fantastic restaurants inside the terminal but we did not go to any of them. We walked through and caught the train to the Wall Street and New York Stock Exchange area.
Wall Street\New York Stock Exchange
Staton Island Ferry
World Trade Center
Porto Rico Importing Co. arrived after 5pm to find out they don't sell brewed coffee after 5pm. So we browsed the store while waiting for Brian, Megan's friend to show up. We went to another coffee store nearby once Brian showed up.
We arrived around 8/9 pm and we were forced to wait for around 20 min becaue the restaurant is so small. While we were waiting we observed what others were eating to see what looked good and to help gauge other peoples opinion of the Fatty Crab. When we sat down I noticed how the small restaurant was unique. It had dark walls with, small tables bunched close together, the
music ranged from Ben Harper and other rock artists but it was not too loud as some people claimed. The kitchen was very small and I wondered how they were able to produce anything edible in a kitchen that size. We read through the menu trying to decide what to order. The waiter told us that we should order around 5 dishes for the 4 of us but we decided to go with 4. We ordered the chicken rice, fish, fatty duck, and the chili crab. The fatty duck was very rich but Steph and I really liked it. The name does a very good job describing the dish which was 3 pieces of duck which had a thick layer of crispy fat. It reminded me of cracker jacks with its sweet and peanuty flavor. The chili crab came last and was at market price. But it was our favorite dish it was very flavorfull, spicy, tender, and makes your mouth water. It was served with three pieces of toast which were welcomed because they could be used to soak up the flavorfull sauce.
At the end of the meal we were all stuffed but decided to head to the nearby Magnolia Bakery, which is supposed to have some of the best cup cakes.