On Tuesday we had a little business to undertake at City Hall *cough* more of which later…
Once that was sorted we decided to tour Central Park. We grabbed a traditional NY sandwich each from Annie’s Rock and Roll Diner (a bit like the greasy spoon type places cops frequent in the movies) – steak sandwich for me and a Ruben for MrS. They were delicious although, you guessed it, huge. We sat and ate them in the sun at the south edge of the park. The weather has been very kind to us this week. We then walked all the way from the South edge right up the west edge and all the way round the lake (Bow Bridge is under repair so is closed), taking in Strawberry Fields on the way up. Strawberry Fields was filled with a) tourists, b) pot heads and c) a really, really, bad John Lennon tribute.
This fab photo courtesy of MrS
I LOVED Central Park. I think if I had to live in central Manhattan I would be a regular visitor there. I wish we could have seen the whole of it. Once round the lake we spent a pleasant hour in the Boathouse outdoor bar, with a beer and a G&T, making small talk with another couple from the UK. I think this was the place we found the most Brits all week, all in one hour!
I think the Park has suffered from the horrendous winter the City experienced this year. They have lots of areas fenced off to allow for regrowth, but it was still beautiful.
That evening we ate in a restaurant called Balthazar on the recommendation of one of MrS’s colleagues. It was down in the more bohemian Lower Manhattan. I think this is my favourite area of NY, down the southern tip, it’s less claustrophobic that the skyscraper-filled upper streets. It feels like West London.
Balthazar was busy, but lovely. It was also overpriced for what it was, but the food was delicious and the service was very good. I can recommend the chicken liver pate and the steak frites! Not sure if it’s because it’s French but the portions here were the most normal we had seen anywhere since we arrived. Also had a delicious Martini. Actually, it’s a shame their drinks don’t seem to match up with food portion sizes…