Monday we decided to take the subway down to the financial district and take the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. We missed the first ferry by 5 minutes so we had to wait around for 30 minutes till the next one got there. Once it arrived we boarded the ferry and headed out to see the views of Lady Liberty. At that time I finally got a call back from our bank who said that everything was resolved with our debit cards. With that taken care of I was finally able to relax and enjoy the views of the city. I highly recommend taking the ferry if you have time especially since it's free.
When we were finished with that we walked around the financial district and saw the New York Stock Exchange. We then all had to eat a hot dog from a vendor before doing some shopping at Century 21. After that we walked over to look at One World Trade Center. The New York City skyline just doesn't look the same without the original World Trade Center buildings but the new one is like a beacon of light in the sky. We did a little souvenir shopping before hopping on a subway to take us to Brooklyn.
When we arrived in Brooklyn we all wanted to eat some real New York pizza. We walked around awhile before we found a place, which really wasn't that good. After lunch we started our trek across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views crossing the Brooklyn Bridge are breathe taking. This was one of my favorite things to do. It also helps that I love bridges! Greg R. is terrified of bridges so I was so proud that he made it across!! After we crossed the bridge we all parted ways and Chris and I headed back to SoHo so I could buy my purse. We then walked over to Chelsea Market for a pre-dinner snack and we checked out a sample sale. Once we were full we took the subway back to the New York Public Library. It's a gorgeous library but I really don't consider it a functioning library. We then headed back to the hotel room to rest up before dinner.
We meet my friend Jon who lives in New York and he joined us all for dinner at Les Halles. It was so nice to have a tour guide for a change! Chris was our tour guide/direction person for the majority of the trip. Jon got us there with ease and we waited for our table. Les Halles is a French steakhouse where Anthony Bourdain use to work at. This was the one place where Greg R. wanted to eat at and they even let him go back to the kitchen and take pictures. After dinner we walked down to McSorley's for beer. McSorley's is the oldest Irish bar in NYC and it use to be a mens only bar. We all called it a night after that and we took the subway back to the hotel room.
Truffle deviled eggs
French onion soup
If you can't tell by now we spent a lot of time eating on this trip!