In January when I booked my flights for this trip to NYC I was expecting cold, maybe snow, but certainly not the -27 with wind chill factor that we got when we landed in JFK in the middle of February.
As with most of my travel my husband was working and having business dinners and lunches so I was mostly alone. My initial plan was to use the hotel gym to get back to being able to run for 5k and take advantage of the Mon-Wed Mani & Pedi for $25 that is the norm of all the nail salons in town. I also thought it would be nice to spend a few afternoons wandering around a few exhibitions and maybe a little time shopping for some new summer clothes........ well I did some of that, in-between bouts of being frozen, having a numb face and ducking in and out of stores to take advantage of their heating..... The temperatures in NYC were brutally cold. I managed to do some of the things I wanted to do but there was no desire to stroll around the city.
Instead, I spend my time catching up on some reading. I have a HUGE backlog of books on my iPad and I managed to read 2 in the first week alone. I also spent quite some time working on German Grammar. I am having SKYPE German lessons twice a week and so thought I would also take the holiday time to consolidate my learning and my old grammar work into one German 'Bible'.
Despite the cold there was one definite upside to the timing of our trip.
We were in NYC for restaurant week.
This was a bonus and completely unintentional. Lots of restaurants give special fixed price menus for lunch and/or dinner. We booked quite a few and it was also a great opportunity to try some restaurants that we would not normally visit.
On our list were, Capital Grille, DB Bistro Moderne, Russian Tea Room, Petrossian and L'cole Restaurant of the International Culinary Centre. Some of my reviews will be posted in The Restaurant Blog section of the site.
There were some successes and a couple of disappointments, but at least the disappointments were not expensive ones. The set lunches are $25 and the dinners $38. If you are planning to trip to NYC next year I'd definitely look out for when restaurant week is. If you can't avoid the cold in February then you can at least eat some scrummy food.
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