Here we are, my final photo diary from New York. I had to split this trip’s posts into three as we managed to fit so much into our time there. The following is what we got up to in our final 24 hours, so I’ll shut up here and let the rest of the blog post do the talking…
Day Four – Evening
That night we had already pre-booked a table at Bar Sixty-five/The Rainbow Room at the Rockefeller centre. We’d been looking forward to this for months, but unfortunately on this day, there was 0 visibility thanks to the rain clouds (another reason I’m so glad we did the One World Observatory Desk earlier in the trip).
Despite this the cocktails were super nice, ours were the Big Apples, filled with champagne and cinnamon sugar around the edge. They were so good we ended up having three… each! Also if you plan to eat here but don’t want to spend your life savings it’s a good shout to stick to the appetisers as they were big enough to count as a meal for two! We also had the pork rib sliders (would recommend) and the squid (maybe wouldn’t recommend as much)
Day Five – Morning
Our last day started off early again, and I popped out to grab a cup of tea (I refuse to spend $10 on a cup of tea through our room service). I walked to Dunkin Donuts on 7th avenue, turned to my left and wham, there was Times Square. It was completely empty apart from myself and one other person, so I had a little explore on my own in the rain and took some pics – taking advantage of the emptiness.
Then we had our last breakfast to enjoy, so I googled ‘American diners’ and we found The Brooklyn Diner close to our hotel. It looked the part from the outside, and it looked even better once we were in. The food was tasty, but slightly overpriced for what it was, however the experience of eating in the diner was worth it.
Then we had our final booked adventures for the trip – The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I really enjoyed going to visit again, and would always recommend this if you’re travelling to NYC. I know the Staten Island ferry is free, but the Statue of Liberty trip isn’t expensive at all, and it’s really worth it for what you get. You can get right up and close to the statue, and then a trip to the Ellis Island museum.
After a stop for chips and prosecco (my favourite meal combo tbh) at the Pier A bar, we headed off to Lower Manhattan again, in an attempt to find some last minute NYC gifts. And finally we decided to spend our last few hours trying out a rooftop bar called Mr Purple, and the views did not disappoint. It was so good to spend our last afternoon in New York with a glass of wine looking at the – one again clear skied – skyline of NYC. Mr Purple is a bar on top of a hotel and I would definitely consider staying here if (when) I come back to NYC, as the views must be amazing and the neighbourhood was really nice.
SPEAKING of the nice neighbourhood, we stopped of for our last lunch at a place called Pizza Beach, right Mr Purple bar. As with all New York meals, one pizza was enough for two so we picked a Taco topped pizza with a side of Nachos and they tasted just as good as they looked – I mean, look how pretty they are.
After our last meal, it was time to head back to JFK. We took the subway and the air train again, which is quite a long trek but if you can handle it it’s a lot better value than a $80+ taxi ride.
By the time our flight rocked around at 10.30pm I was absolutely pooped, as soon as we got on the plane I put on my complimentary eye mask (ta, Virgin Atlantic) and immediately fell asleep – even through take-off, right until about an hour before arrival back in London. Definitely the longest I’ve ever slept on a flight, and I think I definitely needed it after the jam-packed long weekend in NYC.
So, that’s my photo diaries done. I hope you enjoyed these, thank you for reading this epic three-parter. Thank you also to my best gal pal and travel companion Katie for winning this trip and being the best throughout the weekend. I had the best time and want to go back soon, because even though I’ve now been to New York three times (#blessed) I still feel like there’s so much for me to see.
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