Oh how I love New York and when parents suggested at the beginning of the year why don’t we pay your uncle a visit over in New York I jumped at the opportunity. If you shop the flight sales you can get a very good price on return flights to the Big Apple.

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We were there for five days and this time lovely Lawrence came along with the Almonds. As we’ve all done most of the main tourist sites before it was great to be able to experience the city feeling a little more like a local. We were very very lucky with the weather, expecting deep snow and cold frost in December but we instead had glorious sunshine and very balmy temperatures.

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Our first morning was spent taking a leisurely stroll up to Central Park with Mum while Lawrence finished off some work. Our stroll ended with a glass of vino in the courtyard of the newly refurbished Tavern on The Green. When the sun is shining it’s a great place to just watch the world go by.

That afternoon we had tickets for the recently opened Color Purple matinee. Recommended by a friend it was the perfect show to watch in the US. If you’ve never been to Broadway, well worth it as you’ll find a completely different atmosphere to the West End. Audience participation is a must at Broadway with many of the crowd shouting and getting very animated. Also it’s surprising how many phones are out and people surfing the internet mid performance. The show was great, very entertaining and a wonderful cast involved including Jennifer Hudson.

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Afterwards it was time for Mum’s birthday meal at the wonderful Nomad Hotel. Dad worked his magic and managed to get us a table on an early sitting. We sampled the cocktails in the dark moody bar, very Manhattan. The menu is simple with the main ingredient being brought to the forefront but yet they are very well executed.

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To start with Lawrence and I shared the Crab salad which came with apple and chives. Beautiful and refreshing dish. Our second choice was the Bigoli with wild boar ragu, radicchio and parmesan, perfectly cooked pasta dish but be warned very rich.

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We had the chance to taste parent’s choices as well which was the beautiful Squash, roasted with pears, pumpkin seeds and parmesan.

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Now the mains were really excellent and we pretty much went four ways on the dishes. The real highlight was the infamous roast chicken for two with fois gras, black truffle and brioche stuffing. It was accompanied by brussel sprouts, apples and porcini mushrooms. Lawrence even went for the HUGE Growler of Le Poulet brown ale.

As it was a birthday how could we say no to desserts, in fact how could we say no to three tasty delights, complete with birthday candle!

The meal was absolutely amazing, real highlight from our food experiences in New York. It’s a very trendy hotel so feel free to even pop in just for a drink and bar snacks. Now that concluded our wonderful first day in a city that I hold close to my heart. One or two more posts to come.

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