For my 30th birthday, Ryan pulled out all of the stops and surprised me with a long weekend in one of my favorite cities in the world. He spoiled me rotten and never said “no” once. Though we’ve both been to New York several times, we’ve never gone together so it was fun to explore and experience the city with a fresh perspective.
We spent our first afternoon in Central Park and had a late dinner at Gramercy Tavern. I’ve had a few weeks to think about this now, and I’ve made up my mind: Gramercy Tavern was the best dinner of my life. The food, ambiance and service were just out of this world. It was everything you expect dining in New York to be.
Strolling in Central Park.
Perfect afternoon with this guy.
On the steps of the Met.
The next day, Ryan made us wake up at 6 a.m. in order to catch a glimpse of the Today Show. We saw the anchors for about a minute — so was it worth it? Hmmmm. It did allow us to get in line for the Top of the Rock early and avoid the long lines. After experiencing the views from the top, we headed over to Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, Bryant Park and Times Square. One of the best memories from the trip was grabbing food from a food truck in Times Square and eating in Bryant Park.
From there, it was nap time (remember the early wake-up call?). Then we were off to Broadway! We saw An American in Paris, which was breathtakingly beautiful as well as fun. And we capped the night off with a visit to the top of the Empire State Building. Though I was a negative Nancy the whole way up (I still hate heights), it was the best trip to the top of the Empire State Building that I’ve ever taken.
Top of the Rock.
On our last full day in New York, we spent the morning at the 9/11 Memorial. This wasn’t anything that I was “looking forward” to doing, and though I cried for most of the first hour, I’m so glad we went. I also loved how many different nationalities were represented amongst the other visitors. It’s comforting to see that the whole world still truly mourns with us.
After the 9/11 Memorial, we headed over to Chelsea for lunch, a walk along the High Line and shopping in Chelsea Market. We decided that should our path ever take us to New York, this is the neighborhood for us. After, we made our way down to Wall Street — which was tourist crazy. We grabbed a few touristy photos ourselves, and then got out of there as fast as we could. Dinner that night was at Saxon + Parole — another AMAZING meal. And I’m proud to report that Ryan picked all of the restaurants and did a phenomenal job in finding places that he knew I would love.
Reflection pool at the 9/11 Memorial.
Ryan’s happy place.
It was a birthday fit for a princess — so thanks, honey! You’re the best!