Monday, September 19, 2011

NYC Wander: Food and the High Line

I spent Saturday in New York City with my daughter and some very special people, Sam, Paul and Claire. Lauren and Sam gave us an insiders tour of the city. We love to eat and we love to be outside. The tour was customized to meet our needs. We basically just filled in the time between meals and snacks by wandering around the City.

Our adventure began at Cafe D'Alsace in Manhattan's Upper East Side for an alfresco brunch. All though there were many tempting options on the menu, four of us ended up with the same meal, coffee, fresh squeezed OJ, and Eggs Benedict. Claire had OJ and a German Waffle with fresh fruit. We were all happy with our choices, and our day was off to a good start.

We took the subway to 18th Street & 7th Avenue, walked cross town to the Gansevoort Street entrance of the High Line in the Meatpacking District. The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. The trains ceased running in 1980. 

After decades of challenges and debates the first section of the linear park opened on June 9, 2009 from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. On June 8, 2011 the second sectioned opened to West 20th Street, and there isn't a date set for the completion of the final section to West 34th Street (http://www.thehighline.org/about/high-line-history.


Paul, Sue, Sam, Claire, and Lauren on High Line
Walking on the High Line, notice the plantings and the RR tracks in the trail
Hanging out on the 23 St Lawn on the High Line

We stopped on the trail, to enjoy a delicious gelato from a trail side vendor.  We exited via an elevator down to street level onto West 30th Street. We took the subway back up town. After a short detour and rest on the rocks in Central Park we walked to dinner. 

Sam suggested dinner at Hide Chan Ramen for some of the best Ramen noodles in NYC. We were not disappointed. Unlike many Ramen Restaurants, Hide Chan gave us options to the richness of the broth, the firmness of the noodles, and the additional items we would like in our soup. There was also a nice selection of appetizers and cheap (by NYC standards) Tsingtao beer. 

We ended the evening with dessert at Two Little Red Hens Bakery for cupcakes. Mmmm what a perfect end to a perfect day.

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