Central Park Zoo
Another trip to Central Park, this time for the zoo. I was excited to see the penguins and the Only Cow in Manhattan.
I found a red panda having a snooze in the shade.
Poor lonely cow.
I particularly liked the petting zoo where you could feed the sheeps. There was an alpaca too but he was surrounded by children constantly.
Chelsea Market is the coolest place near the High Line. It's a huge hipstery food market, where you can buy all manner of delicious things- cheese, cake, spices, alcohol etc. I was there for what the Internet told me are the best tacos in New York.
The queue was long but moved swiftly. Gave us plenty of time to decide to order everything off the menu. Including grilled cactus because it just felt right.
Trying proper tacos was an exciting moment for me. I love tacos but the ones we get in the UK are either hipstery with pickled onion on or the sort you get in boxes. Both of which I love. But these are the proper sort; the tortillas were being made in front of us, the meat was being chopped up with a big cleaver and all the sauces were super fresh and delicious.
The chicken was my favourite but the pork was also delicious. I loved the grilled meat flavour and the hint of chilli.
Look at the char on that meat!
Chelsea Market was incredibly busy but I loved the industrial, un-finished feeling and the way you kept discovering interesting things like a water fountain and a corridor filled with fairy lights.
The High Line
A disused overground railway line which has been paved and filled with art and plants. It's an absolutely gorgeous way to spend an afternoon.
People tend to tell you about the High Line as if it's an undiscovered secret but it is, naturally, full of people and you shuffle along it like the Brooklyn Bridge. I'm sure there's better times to go but I went for a post-lunch stroll. Mad dogs and Englishmen and all that.
I just got excited because it said Parks and Recreation.
Excuse My French
We'd popped into here for happy hour cocktails on Saturday and the food smelled so good that we had to go back for dinner.
It's a gorgeous little French bar on Orchard Street with a few bar seats and tables, a vintagey style without being gimmicky, the smell of truffle oil in the air and basically my ideal cocktail menu.
We weren't super hungry so ordered some salmon gradvalax, scallop carpaccio and duck confit with parmentier potatoes. Salmon was beautiful, the scallop carpaccio was very light and an interesting texture but a little oily. The duck smelled amazing- so rich. It was a very rich dish, which I enjoyed but couldn't eat too much of it.
For drinks, we initially stuck to happy hour Royales (champagne or prosecco with syrup). They have a whole range of floral syrups, which I loved, with rose being my favourite.
I was happy to spot my favourite Aviation (or L'Aviateur as they called it) on the cocktail menu and had a lovely chat with the bar tender about the history of the cocktail. He told me a story about it being served on the first flight from Paris to New York or vice versa maybe. I can't remember, I'd had plenty of cocktails.
Hill and Dale
Hill and Dale do a great Monday happy hour with $1 oysters all night. I've never tried oysters before and we were feeling hungry, so we ordered four, some devilled eggs and some chips plus some HH cocktails.
Really enjoyed the oysters with the hot tomato sauce, the eggs were fun and the cocktails were fine but nicely presented and reasonably priced- a rarity in Manhattan.
Hill and Dale was the closest I found to a 'pub' in New York, with plenty of booths but also big squishy sofas at the back and board games available to play. We had great fun drinking and snacking and playing giant jenga amongst others. We brought so many tequilas that they ended up giving us a free round.
A lovely day in the big city.
Photos by Helen and Edd.
Everything paid for ourselves though Hill and Dale did give us a free tequila shot!