18 September 2011

NYC: Goodbye Manhattan; Goodbye Summer

Although this latest New York trip of mine was only three nights long, we did at least have a full day in the city yesterday before our 10 pm flight. After a final Central Park run, we went for breakfast and I then headed down Fifth Avenue, past a host of Germanic marching bands, to do some final shopping.

I had hoped to go to Market NYC in Nolita but thanks to the San Gennaro festival, that part of Mulberry Street was out of action. I had planned to buy a salad from one of the normally ubiquitous salad bars and eat it in Washington Square Park but it took me until Tribeca to find one, by which point my legs were tired and so I ate in. This detour did, however, take me to another new espresso bar, RBC NYC. Their coffee machine is pretty awesome and they do a lot of adventurous blends but I just went for an espresso, which tasted good.

I bought a couple of t-shirts from Banana Republic and a few toiletries and other bits and bobs and then made my way back to the hotel for a last shower and to finish packing. Mum, Dad and I went for a last walk in Central Park, up the Mall and along the lake that starts near 72nd Street. By this point, the sunshine had long since faded and it was getting chilly. There was just about time for a quick visit to Lululemon, where I stocked up for the impending winter (in the pinky purple colour, of course) before we went for dinner at the Lincoln Center location P.J. Clarke's. I'd never eaten at that branch before and although it isn't quite as cool or characterful as the Midtown East restaurant, it was a nice place to sit and people watch on a Saturday evening. And the bacon-cheeseburger was, of course, flawless.

I got upgraded on the flight home and slept OK enough, but now I'm sleepy and it's cold outside and I'm already missing New York. Ah well; until next time...

State license plates spotted: 36 (including Hawaii)
Burgers: 2
Movie sets/near celebrity sightings: 3
New purveyors of espresso sampled: 2

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