A New York Weekend
The New York Times Travel Show was last weekend. It sounded like fun so I convinced BC to ditch work with me and bus up to New York City for the day/night. Our Megabus tickets ended up being $6. Yes, you read that right, $6 for roundtrip fare from Baltimore to New York City.
To start any New York weekend off right, a bagel must be consumed. I love Ess-a-Bagel but wanted to branch out and try something new. Food Network has mentioned Murray’s Bagels in Chelsea as the best, so we walked down there with our bags after getting off the bus.
The everything bagel with veggie cream cheese was delicious. I’m not sure it beats Ess-a-Bagel but it is a close second. Definitely one of the best bagels I’ve ever had.
After checking into our hotel I ventured over to the Javitz Convention Center for the New York Times Travel Show. Friday was for travel professionals (and I qualify), there was a lot of information about destinations that was helpful for me- hotel guides, tour companies, etc. But mostly, it was geared towards travel agents. I’m still glad I went.
BC went to the Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum. I find this stuff creepy so this was the perfect opportunity to see it since he was dying to go. He took about 100 photos. They were all creepy.
Our Friday in New York turned into food tour. After running a half marathon in Central Park a few years ago we ended up on Bleeker Street for pizza at John’s Pizzeria. While we were there BC’s friend told him you must eat at John’s. We were one step ahead of him. I liked the pizza but it tasted better after running 13.1 miles- but doesn’t everything.
I used Hotwire to score a great hotel deal. Also important to note, there are far less travelers in January and February in New York, therefore more hotel rooms and better deals. We stayed at the 4-star St. Giles Court Hotel in Midtown West. The room was huge (for New York City) but it wasn’t near anything too exciting. I’d probably stay elsewhere next time just because of the lack of nightlife in the area.
At night we after we could wander in the cold no more, we ended up with beer and cupcakes in the room. Like I said, not much happening in Midtown West at night and it was freezing. The hummingbird cupcake from Magnolia Bakery was awesome! Apparently I have to try the banana pudding there. Everyone else in line was buying it in giant cartons.
Tomorrow we visit Chelsea market and find the best eats on this New York weekend trip.