The city that never sleeps

As promised, a selection of NYC pictures for your perusal.  There is an additional gallery in the Travel section of the blog.  It seems like more than just 10 days ago....especially after my weekend which involved 48 hours in-hospital call.  That means I was in the hospital from 8 a.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Monday.  Only 5 hours of that was devoted to sleeping.  It also involved handing a new baby to his mother, and that always makes it time well spent.  When I climbed onto my bike to ride home, it seemed as if spring had sprung overnight in Washington, D.C.  Filled with bonhomie I detoured to GBD for some fried chicken and doughnuts which were worth the 3 extra miles of pedaling.  GBD is a new restaurant in Dupont Circle--"golden brown and delicious."  Expect a restaurant review soon....Sophie will not be denied!

No soup for you!

No soup for you!

Back to the Big Apple....We checked a lot of NYC boxes on our trip: MOMA, Chelsea Market, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Milk Bar (twice!), Eataly, FAO Schwartz, Dylan's Candy Bar, Carnegie Deli, Spiderman (nobody fell), The Village, Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Times Square, the Staten Island Ferry.  We stayed in midtown here.  If you are military or retired military I would highly recommend it.  We did a lot of walking, but the 7 day transit pass came in very handy.  The subway system in NYC is extensive, relatively clean and 24/7.  There is no faster way around Manhattan in my opinion.  We did not venture to the other boroughs, maybe next trip.  We took the "Vamoose Bus" from D.C. to NYC.  Sixty dollars round-trip--comfortable seats, timely departure, Wi-Fi and a working toilet.  Again, highly recommend if you live in the D.C. area.

The Spotted Pig

The Spotted Pig

We had a lovely meal at The Spotted Pig made even more special by cast of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" sitting two tables away.  Danny De Vito really is that short.  Ian and I shared a plate of the sea bass crudo.  I had the crispy pig ear salad with a side of nettle mascarpone polenta.  He had a burger.  Sophie had the prosciutto/ricotta tart which she pronounced, "delicious but it's too rich to finish."  That same person had dessert at Milk Bar not 30 minutes later.

NYPD in Times Square

NYPD in Times Square

We enjoyed Spiderman despite our last minute back row seating.  Times Square was garish and crowded, just like you would expect.  I have never understood the hoards who vacation in NYC that flock to eat in chain restaurants and shop in the same stores available in their malls back home.  People in Japan probably feel the same way about Americans at Tokyo Disney.  Our first meal in NYC was at Momofuku Noodle Bar where we made sure to try the ramen and the pork buns.  The staff was cheerful and friendly, snapping a picture of the Lees grinning giddily at their good fortune.

I will leave you with a recommendation for a sweet little coffee shop on Lexington (near our hotel--so 38th streetish).  Lucid Cafe was like falling into a wormhole to Seoul.  Run by Koreans--friendly and delighted by our ability to speak three words in Hangul.  We had coffee there every morning.  They make a mean flat white, and they totally deserve your business.  

Bok Choy at Momofuku Noodle Bar

Bok Choy at Momofuku Noodle Bar