During the week of my birthday (July 4th) I spent five fabulous days and four awesome nights in New York City!1. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and I ended up having a great time! Of course it helps when you’re with the right company my G/F Lianne joined me on said journey.
It’s a damn big city, to be sure, and the food was great as well. In fact, I had the best pizza in my life at Lombardi’s in Manhattan. I don’t think I can ever have pizza in this city again as it won’t even come close. Well, Magic Oven will probably get me through, but I don’t think they can ever come close. The sauce, the crust, everything was just perfect. Just like Dean, I’ve even tried making my own. I’ve come pretty close, but you just can’t compete with an old-school coal oven.
Anyway, back to the trip. The city is a monster, as the kid in the Ben Sherman store said to me, and five days just wasn’t long enough. Still, I saw quite a bit:
- Grand Central
- Rockefeller Plaza
- Radio City Music Hall (I didn’t go inside)
- NBC Studios (also, didn’t go inside)
- The Apple Store (I totally went inside!)
- Times Square
- FAO Schwartz (Lianne bought a limited edition Domo doll)
- Lombardi’s (I couldn’t get a decent shot)
- Little Italy
- The Empire State Building (that’s the top taken from the observation deck)
- And the MoMA (of course I went inside!)
Phew! And, while I was there I also did a little shopping and picked up a Wii. At the time they were hard to come by in T.O. but now they seem to be everywhere. Still, I think I saved about $20 bucks when you knock off the tax.
So I’m definitely going back, possibly next year. Oh, and the best recommendation I can make for anyone in the GTA planning a trip to New York City! is to take Porter airlines. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.
1 From now on, this is how I will refer to New York City!. Small caps and an exclamation point. Always./