Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gazelles Take Manhattan–Day 4

Our final full day in New York dawned and Mr. Gazelle and I were at a bit of a loss.  We had a few things we were keen on seeing and doing but we weren’t really sure how to spend our entire day.  So instead we decided to play things by ear! 

We figured we’d need a bit of a snack to get us going.  A friend of mine suggested a visit to the Doughnut Plant since apparently their doughnuts are delicious!  We weren’t able to make it to the actual Doughnut Plant so instead we grabbed one of their chocolate doughnuts at the Dean & Deluca near our hotel.DSCN5896With the rumble in our stomachs settled we hopped on the subway and made our way to our next destination.  Katz’s Deli.DSCN5911DSCN5906Friends and Bees said that this was the number one place to go for corned beef and pastrami sandwiches.  Mr. Gazelle and I split a corned beef sandwich and it was delicious!DSCN5900DSCN5903DSCN5904The sandwich was amazing and well worth a visit even though it is a bit out of the way.  Sandwiches run from $11.10 to $17.25, beers are $4.40 to $8.00.

After feeling suitably stuffed post lunch we decided to walk it off with a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge.IMGP4062Whoowee, it was a hot one out there!DSCN5917The bridge is such a cool structure to admire up close and the views of the city are really neat too.  I highly recommend a visit!  IMGP4075IMGP4073After we made our way back to Manhattan we decided to hop the subway to check out Battery Park so Mr. Gazelle could get a bit of a better view of the Statue of Liberty.  IMGP4111Even though we were only planning on being in New York for five days we picked up a 7 day unlimited ride Metro Card.  We loved the flexibility it gave us to hop on and off the subway and we got a ton of use out of it.  DSCN5921From Battery Park we walked up through the Financial District, past the New York Stock Exchange.IMGP4126After all of this time outside in the heat Mr. Gazelle and I were ready to cool off.  We started with some delicious salted caramel frozen yoghurt from Pinkberry, a place I have heard people rave about.DSCN5922Then we headed indoors to check out the Harry Potter Exhibition!DSCN5926Mr. Gazelle and I are huge Harry Potter fans and it was awesome to see some of the props from the movies so up close and personal.  The detail that went into the props was just astounding!  Stop by and see it if you are in New York up until September 5th, otherwise it will be down in Sydney, AU at the end of the year (I’m looking at you Mrs. Jaguar and Miss Teaspoon!).

Finally it was time for our last dinner in New York.  We chose to save the best for last with a visit to Tom Collichio’s Craft.  Mr. Gazelle and I are also huge Top Chef nerds so of course we wanted to visit the head judge’s restaurant.DSCN5937I will say that this was the most expensive restaurant we ate at, but the service here was unparalleled.  They congratulated us on our honeymoon as soon as we walked in the door and brought us a glass of sparkling wine to kick the dinner off.  We dined on some of the most amazing fois gras, pork, duck and beets I think we’ve ever had.  Our server’s favourite spice dusted doughnuts for dessert were out of this world.DSCN5945The kitchen had their own way of saying congratulations as well.DSCN5947Appetizers are $10+, mains are $29-$50, side dishes $9-$18 and wine is $40+/bottle.

One of our favourite experiences on the trip though, without a doubt.  With full bellies and somewhat sad hearts that our honeymoon was almost over, Mr. Gazelle and I hopped in a cab and made our way back to the hotel to call it a night.

Are you huge fans of Harry Pottery and Top Chef like we are?  Did you indulge your nerdy side on your honeymoon?

1 comment:

Melinda said...

The Harry Potter exhibit sounds like fun! We're heading to Orlando in a couple of weeks & will definitely be visiting Harry Potter world at Universal. Are you going to check it out in January?