Day two, another sunny beautiful day in NYC! The first thing we did was head to a store to look for some sunscreen. After being outside all day yesterday, my face was starting to get a bit red. The first shop thought I was kidding when I asked if they had any…no, not kidding, I don’t want to burn. Around the corner was a drug store, so now we’re all set for the next adventure. Lena already knew where she wanted to get breakfast, and we planned on going to Rockefeller Center and Times Square before heading to my choice for lunch.
When we arrived at Rockefeller Center, it was already busy with large groups of tourist, so we made our way to the ticket booth to get tickets for the “Top of the Rock”.
With tickets in hand, and 45 minutes before we can go up to the top, it was time for breakfast! Lena loves the Food Network, and she saw a place called Wichcraft on one of the shows, so we had to try it out! They have eleven locations in NYC, and the shop in Rockerfeller Center is open on the weekends, but some of the other shops are not, and some are take out only, so check them on line before you go. http://www.wichcraftnyc.com/locations/index.html This is a very small shop in the lower level of Rockefeller Center, and the breakfast choices were limited, for my finicky eating habits anyway, but the fried egg, bacon and gorgonzola on ciabatta roll was very good, different, but good. It usually comes with frisee, but I don’t do greens.
Our lunch at Wichcraft in Rockerfeller Center.
After we ate, it was time to head up to the “Top of the Rock”.
The elevator ride takes about 50 seconds to go up 67 floors! This is the first of three levels on top of the Rockefeller Center. An escalator will take you to level two on the 69 floor, and there are stairs leading from the outside observation area to get to the last level on the 70th floor. The view of the city from here is amazing! Ticket prices for adults are $20.00 per person, or you can get a $30.00 ticket which allows you to visit the top twice in one day. They call this the Sunrise/Sunset ticket. We only went up once because of us not being sure where we would be at sunset, but next time! Here is the link for more information on the “Top of the Rock” http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/welcome/default.aspx
Central Park seen from the top of Rockerfeller Center.
The next stop was Times Square.
There are lots of stores and people to look at here. Being Memorial Day weekend, there were a lot of military personal in the city, and there was also a live band playing in the center of Times Square. I’m not sure who they were, but it was fun to watch and listen while we walked around.
Looking down at St. Patrick's Cathedral from the top of Rockerfeller Center.
Lunch time is getting near and I’m hungry...again. So, back to the subway and off to Little Italy in search of pizza! Again, with only a subway map, which doesn’t have many of the smaller streets labeled on it, we went in search of Lombardi’s, home of the first licensed pizzeria in America. After a few wrong turns, walking down Mulberry Street through what looked like a giant Italian street festival, and asking directions from a few locals, we found our lunch destination.
The place was busy, but it was lunch time, so we expected that. There was about a 20 minute wait, which went by quickly while we stood at the bar and had a beer. Just standing there I knew this was going to be good. The look of the place, the decor, the ambiance, the smell…it was all good! Once we were seated, the service was fast and it didn’t take long for our pizza to arrive to our table. They only have two sizes of pizza, small and large, so we ordered a small, which has six slices. If you go as just a couple, get the small, unless you want left over’s for later! This was probably the best pizza I have ever had…no, it was the best! If you visit New Your City, and you want to get a pizza, you must visit Lombardi’s! http://www.firstpizza.com/
Lena on "Top of the Rock"
After lunch, it was time to head back towards the subway station, but not before we made a stop at Ferrara Bakery and Café to pick up a few goodies to take back to the hotel for a treat later.
We took our time and enjoyed walking through Little Italy checking out all the sites on our way to the subway station.
Me on top of Rockerfeller Center
You would think after all the walking around in Little Italy, Lena would be ready for a rest, but noooooooooooo. She wanted to get off the subway at Grand Central Station and walk along Madison Avenue…so we did, all the way to Central Park! Now her feet are tired and she wants a rest, so I suggest a ride in one of those over priced horse carriages, which I knew she wanted to do. After a 30 minute ride through Central Park, we headed back to the Hotel.
Once back at the hotel, Lena had some school work to do (on line college classes) so we went up to the 15 floor roof top terrace and I relaxed while Lena worked on her laptop.
A few hours later, and a few glasses of wine for me, it was getting time to figure out where we wanted to eat dinner. We decided to continue with our Italian theme, so we asked our lovely server if there was good Italian restaurant close by. Of course she knew of two very close by, so we had our pick. Dinner was authentic and very good, and the service was very fast! We finished off the night at one of our hotel’s bars with a drink, and then retired to our room for the night, and to eat up those goodies we bought at Ferrara.
The empire State Building from "Top of the Rock"