Sunday, 17 January 2016

USA (New York City) Itinerary - Day 2: Russ and Daughters, Dominique Ansel Bakery, 9/11 Memorial, Chalk Point Kitchen, Walking Tour, Brooklyn

Russ and Daughters for breakfast. Too yummy smoked salmon with bagel, tomatoes, capers and onions! It was a very cold morning and we hurried into Russ and Daughters to wait for our table in the warmth. Very friendly and cheerful lady at the counter. What a nice start to the day!

127 Orchard St New York, NY 10002

Stef and King collected their cronuts from Dominique Ansel Bakery super early in the morning (thank you!). I did not even know about the cronut craze until Stef told me about it and I am so so grateful that they made reservations for both the March and April flavours! The March flavour (Pineapple and Matcha) was delicious! We ate them in City Hall Park under bare trees and along quiet pavements in the park. You have no idea how much I miss those cronuts ahhhhh.

We walked to the 9/11 Memorial and followed the crowd to the fountains. The air hung heavy and solemn in this place. There were no giggling teenagers running around happily, no happy jump shots. Everyone was respectful and quiet. There was a lone red rose around the fountain and it felt so... lonely.

We were late for our reservation at Chalk Point Kitchen but managed to get a table after a short wait at the door. It is a rustic farm-to-table restaurant in Soho, serving delicious food. I love the tender juicy chicken, the runny poached eggs and the kale and apple salad! This is a good place to check out if you are in the Soho area.

527 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

We did a Walking Tour after lunch around Soho, Little Italy, Nolita, and Chinatown. It is interesting to follow a guide to hear about the historical significance of various buildings, beautiful details about certain architecture and to learn more about the downtown areas. That said, it was a mini shock when our guide announced to the group that we were from Shanghai as we entered Chinatown, despite us telling her earlier than we were from Singapore. Thereafter, she asked us to translate the name of a shop which was written in Chinese characters!

We walked through the Civic Center on our way to Brooklyn Bridge and saw various courthouses. "The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government." True that. 

I had SO MUCH FUN walking across Brooklyn Bridge. It was such an amazing experience, especially when we turned around to check out the Manhattan skyline which receded into the distance with each step we took towards Brooklyn. We bought ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (the boyfriend and I had Vanilla and Chocolate Chunk) which turned out to be not that great an idea because it was positively freezing by then. The sun was beginning to set and we braved the cold to Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch the sun setting beside the Manhattan skyline. My hands were trembling so badly that many of my pictures were out of focus. When we were too cold to think, we stumbled to Luke's Lobster and bought a lobster roll to share! The lobster roll was so delicious! It was so good that Zg and I had another one on our last day. 

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory: The Corners of Old Fulton and Water Street Brooklyn, New York 11201

Luke's Lobster: 11 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States

It was getting dark and the streets emptied out. We went on to the DUMBO area and found Washington Street where we captured the picture below. Empire State building in the arch of the Manhattan Bridge. The good thing about empty streets is that you can plant yourself right in the middle and take a picture without being cursed at. 

A light snow drifted down and the temperature dropped steadily. All of us were shivering madly by then and when we could not stand being outdoors any longer, we ran into Shake Shack and ordered some yummy burgers! If you can only have one cheat day in New York, devote your cheat day to Shake Shack. It is definitely worth it. I had the Shrooms Burger (crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce) with cheese fries and was so awed by them! I have no idea how they managed to fry the portobello mushroom to perfection yet sealing the juice within. How did that happen?! Must be magic. Stef, King and Zg had variation of their beef burgers and said their burgers were good too!

1 Old Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11201

We stumbled out of Shake Shack when we were ready to brave the cold and willed ourselves to battle the strong wind and snow to the subway station. I was never that happy to see a subway station before!

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