Sunday walkabout

Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
Trip End Mar 09, 2012

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Unusually for me, up early on Sunday morning so we met Helena and Jeff in the lobby and went for some breakfast. Found a small cafe on the corner and had some nice bacon and eggs, then walked to the Hop on Hop off bus stop to catch the downtown loop. It was a lovely sunny day, but clear and very cold. We decided to sit upstairs on the bus, so we could see everything - this was a great idea but the wind was fierce and we all ended up frozen - maybe not such a good idea after all! We started off going through Times Square, the fashion district, past Macy's and the Empire State Building, round Madison Square Garden, past the Flatiron Building and down to the lower East side. By then we were losing all feeling in our faces, and we had lasted as long as we could so we got off near Chinatown. We walked along Canal Street and then through Chinatown where Matt and Jeff spent ages looking at the Peking duck hanging in the restaurant windows. We wandered on into Little Italy, which Jeff especially wanted to see given his Italian-American roots. We loved all the traditional trattorias and the cannoli stalls, but we are here to eat deli sandwiches, not pasta! We carried on strolling along to Essex Street Market, where we browsed all the different foods and wished we had somewhere to cook them!
I managed to find a lovely little independent cupcake shop (imagine that!) called the Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery in a little side street on the lower East side - well, if the boys are going to eat their body weights in meat, Helena and I have to find something to keep us happy! The cakes were really cute, and very reasonable at $1.75 each. Helena went for the chocolate with vanilla frosting, and I had a 'Lemon Yummy' - it really was!
I could have stayed there longer, but the boys were getting restless so we continued on to our next deli destination - Katz's deli on Houston Street! This is the famous deli where 'When Harry met Sally' was filmed and Meg Ryan gave her most convincing performance! It was packed for Sunday lunch, but we managed to find a table in the corner and just took in the atmosphere.
Matt went for the corned beef sandwich, Jeff and I plumped for the Philly Cheesesteak and Helena had a chili dog. Itr was a bit too chili for her, and she needed a good drink of water to calm her tongue down. The cheesesteak was nice, but Jeff wasn't too impressed. Matt said his sandwich was good, but missed the pastrami, so he only gave it 7/10.
After lunch we carried on wandering through the East Village and wouldn't you know it, we found another cupcake shop! The Little Cupcake Bakeshop on Prince Street was packed, but we queued and managed to purchase a 'Lemon Luscious' while Helena had another vanilla/choc combo. This one was completely different, as the topping was made of marshmallow - it was tasty but I preferred the Sugar Sweet Sunshine one. Helena liked them all!
We strolled on through Soho to Washington Square Park, where we took pictures of the famous arch, looking up Fifth Avenue. We loved looking at all the beautiful brownstone houses in Greenwich Village, including the house they used as Carrie's apartment in 'Sex and the City'. 
We found a jewellery market on West 14th Street that Helena had wanted to visit, and while Helena bought a necklace for her sister Emily, Jeff bought a necklace for Helena as a surprise and I bought a pair of earrings to match my 10th anniversay ring - a good afternoon's shopping for all! We stopped for a coffee and a rest at a shop called '3 Tarts' which made really good marshmallow treats. We tried some lovely combinations - vanilla, espresso - the chocolate and rosemary was not one of them! We finished our coffees and decided to head back to the hotel - we then realised it was nearly 5pm and we had missed the last tour bus, so we hopped a cab back to the Milford.
A nice rest and a freshen up and we went out for dinner - not to a deli this time, but to Justin Timberlake's restaurant - Southern Hospitality. I had an amazing pulled pork sandwich, and Helena had fried chicken - there was a piece which was almost as big as her head!
Matt and I were still battling with a bit of jet-lag, so we went back to the hotel after dinner and Jeff took Helena for another walk around Times Square. More exploring tomorrow. . . . .

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