Taking a Bite out of The Big Apple: Day 4

As the week goes on, it seems that we are waking up later and later, and getting a later start to the day.  That’s ok though because the vacation is nearing an end, and with only two days left, we have done pretty much all we can do.  We started Wednesday with a trip to Brooklyn.

Pastrami on rye with brown mustard from Katz’s Deli

My mom stayed back to relax and do a little more sleeping so she could be ready to shop on 5th Ave.  So, my dad, sister and I took off for Brooklyn to find where rapper Biggie Smalls grew up.  In fact, he grew up no more than 10 blocks away from the subway stop we got off of.  My dad googled his place of birth which made it easier to find.  My sister was practically in heaven when we found it, and although it was a drizzly, rainy, cloudy day, it turned out to be a lot safer than the three of us thought.  It was definitely not Detroit, and there weren’t many run down houses.

It was a decent looking neighborhood and after snapping a few pictures, we headed back to pick up my mom at the hotel and grab some lunch.  But we didn’t just want to get lunch, we wanted to get authentic Katz’s Deli sandwiches for lunch.  After seeing the famous deli on television, specifically the Travel Channel shows Man vs. Food starring Adam Richman (who’s from NY), and Bizarre Foods starring Andrew Zimern.  Both recommended to get the Pastrami sandwich on Rye bread with brown mustard.

We grabbed a table and it was like cafeteria style, so we got up and ordered our sandwiches from our own personal sandwich maker, Eli. He was hilarious, very witty and funny, making the experience that much more enjoyable.  My dad got the same sandwich while my sister got a Ruben with corned beef, and my mom and turkey sandwich.  We were able to taste test the meat, to make sure we liked it before he put it on our sandwiches.  The meat was phenomenal and I knew right away that this was going to be the perfect sandwich.

Once the sandwich making was complete, we returned to our seats to enjoy authentic NYC style deli from Historic Katz’s Deli.  My first bite immediately told me that this was the best sandwich I had ever eaten in my entire life.  The pastrami was so tender, the brown mustard added a kick to it and the rye was the perfect holder.  It was a little on the expensive side, but if you have the time and the money, get to Katz’s Deli at some point in your life.

After a wonderful lunch, it was time to shop.  We rode the subway to Rockefeller Center and started our shopping on 5th Ave.  We ended up walking uptown from 47th St. and 5th Ave. all the way to the edge of Central Park and 5th Ave., about 11 blocks.  A slight detour was made to check out the NHL store, on 6th Ave. and 47th St.  I have to guess we spent about a half an hour in that store admiring the jersey’s the apparel, just about everything deciding what to buy.  And when I say we, I mean me.

Raising a mini Stanley Cup in the NHL store

The shopping continued up to Central Park.  We visited FAO Schwarz, Saks Fifth Avenue, and walked past many expensive stores including Cartier and Bergdorf Goodman.  We made it to The Plaza Hotel and wow was it amazing.  Probably the most expensive hotel in all of New York City and it shows.  The ornate lobby and ballroom, and restaurants and shops below are definite signs that this is an upscale place.  We checked it out and even had a bite to eat in the basement shops.

Once we finished, it was back down 5th Ave to head home.  My sister was in heaven shopping in all of her favorite stores.  Once she was done, we took the subway back to Chinatown.  I went out to get some late-night chinese take-out and I ended up getting Beef and Broccoli while my mom ordered Chicken Fried Rice.  Well, she actually wanted chicken with rice, but this isn’t your local chinese restaurant, this is authentic chinese Chinatown food.  I didn’t see any Sweet and Sour Chicken and they didn’t understand what chicken over rice meant.  Regardless, both dishes were excellent and we both loved them.  The dishes were shared with my dad and sister too.

We have one more day left here in NYC and my mom and sister plan on shopping some more, while my dad and I plan on checking out some more of the architecture in NYC such as Grand Central Terminal and the Flatiron Building.

I know that after I finish my last blog post tomorrow night, I will definitely miss New York City.

Ta-ta for now,

Chris

To read the original post, go to The Michigan Journal.

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