I think we are setting a dangerous precedent by having our first wedding anniversary here in New York. I mean, of all the places I have been to there is none that has made such a huge impact on me. I mean, this is one of many re-visits and we are already talking about a future visit.
So how do you start of an anniversary in New York? Why, by having a late breakfast at a highly rated diner on TripAdvisor. Obviously. Now, what I love most about these diners is the sheer amount of choice on their menus. Half the battle is choosing from the many options. Whilst the hub went conventional and had pancakes with bacon I opted for an Eggs Benedict with corned beef hash instead of bacon. I was very happy with this choice. You really don’t see much in the way of corned beef hash back in the UK.
The main thing on the agenda was a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Truly this is one of the best museums I have ever been to. Hub thought I was having a stroke or something as I started to tear up as we entered the hallowed halls of The Met.
The entire visit (4-5 hours) was a continued sense of déjà vu. This is my third or fourth time there which means I have seen pretty much everything in there by now. But, of course, there are still things that take my breath away. I mean it’s not everyday you find yourself in a museum that contains an actual Egyptian temple building. We made a beeline for this because I wanted to see if it was just as gorgeous as I remembered. It was.
After all the walking of yesterday and the walk to the Met itself our legs were killing us, but we wouldn’t let that beat us as we ventured through exhibitions of American art, armour, Oceanic art, African art and so many other things. We even came across some specialist tours (including a Jehovah’s Witnesses tour and a tour that just tarred all Egyptian records as a pack of lies because they contradict the Bible… make of that what you will).
On all visits to the Met I always make two mistakes. Firstly, I don’t go to the bathroom until I am desperate. Secondly, I always leave the Asian art to the end. Are these mistakes somehow linked? If you know the layout of the museums second floor then yes these are weirdly linked.
It’s a pity that the Indian, Chinese and South East Asian art are on the second floor as these are rooms that really don’t get the love that they should. You get beautiful statues of celestials, learn about Ganesha’s love of sweets and can even relax in a facsimile of a courtyard garden with actual koi swimming.
With a heavy heart and throbbing legs we left the Met and fulfilled one of the hub’s ambitions of this trip to New York: a street vendor hot dog. It’s weird goals like this which make me love him even more. How could I begrudge him a hot dog when we skipped lunch to look at Assyrian sculptures? Of course I had one. We’re in New York after all.
We were fairly leisurely on our way back to the hotel and took in Central Park during glorious sunshine. What a difference a day makes. In one minute we probably saw as many people in the park as we did all of the day before. We even saw a pair of trash pandas! That was cool.
A quick rest in the hotel and it was off to Morton’s for a steak dinner. We even had a reservation because we wanted to be all fancy like. Of course I managed to stain the table cloth within the first few minutes because the nerves of pretending to be fancy meant it was chutney-stain o’clock.
Walking in we had no intention of getting an entree, but with it being an anniversary dinner (and since we were sat in a comfortable booth) we indulged. I had a tuna tower which was part tuna tartar, part pico de gallo and part mango. It was ruddy gorgeous and made me think this is what Mexican fusion sushi would taste like.
The big deal was to get steak. After our adventure at the Hawksmoor we know what our meat limit is and asked to have a 22oz Ribeye split between us. Honestly, I have no idea how someone can manage one of these massive steaks to themselves and still have room for side orders. The steak itself was tender and mouth-melty. Hub wanted to have it “Oscar style” which meant there was asparagus and crab leg meat on top of the steak as well as a Bearnaise sauce. Nosh!
A fancy meal isn’t complete without pudding and ever since watching Dexter I have wanted to try key lime pie. The fact that key lime is a food list item was just s happy coincidence. I wanted to split a slice, hub wanted his own slice. You can guess what happened. It was sour yet refreshing, but way too much pie and cream after this meal. We needed to walk it off!
Our anniversary night, however, was not complete. Oh no. It was time for us to walk along to the Empire State Building and take in a view of the city at night. With our trusty NY Pass we managed to skip even more queuing today, not that it was that busy at 9:30 pm on a Monday.
The night was completely clear which meant you could see for miles and miles. Looking down at Time Square, Madison Square Gardens and other landmarks from up here made everything seem like it was part of the set of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. It’s magical up there and I could easily pull up a chair and watch the few for hours. Alas, we have many more days to go and I can’t stand there until 1 am as we have plans to visit the Rockefeller Center tomorrow.
I don’t think this is an anniversary day that can easily be beaten, but I am more than happy to give it my best shot!