NYC Day 2 April 11th
What a day! Our hostel provides free breakfast so we had oatmeal, tea and a banana. While having breakfast, I sat next to a lovely Pakistani who is currently doing his residency in Pennsylvania; his name was Suoman. I love how hostels are full of so many outgoing friendly people.
Our first stop of the day was to Whole Foods, the American mecca of organic markets… We being super navigators went to the wrong address which held an empty retail space so naturally thought the store closed down. We walk a block further and then found it! New York seems easy to navigate, but I have a sneaking suspicion we will be getting lost a lot this trip.
Next we took the New York metro to the Meat Packing district (yes I know what you’re thinking, “vegans are going to the meat packing district??”). The district back in the early 1900’s was the main meat packing district of New York. All the meat was transported to Manhattan via rail road to this neighbourhood. Over the last decade, the area has been revitalizing itself and the railway has since shut down. There currently is only one meat packer left in the district and as of next year it will be gone. From private funding, the railway was preserved and turned into what is now known as the “Highline”. A walking path, plants and trees line the old railway bed. The path is free to the public to walk.
We met up with Susan (she was with David and I during the Lumbini leg or our Nepal trip in October) at the start of the Highline. From there the five of us walked the first phase of the highline all while taking pictures, chatting and soaking up the beautiful greenery and scenery the walkway provided.
Following our walk, we went to Blossom for lunch. It’s a chain vegan restaurant in NYC. The food was tasty however exceptionally rich… Who knew you could deep fry French toast? Dayna and I shared an appetizer of vegan crab cakes made out of tofu and kelp topped with vegan tartar sauce. We then split the vegan Benedict and country breakfast which consisted of French toast, roasted potatoes, Apple smoked Saitan sausage, tofu scramble and greens. So good!
We proceeded to make our way uptown to the theater district to go to “The Hand to God“, a comedy. Before going into the theatre we walked through Time Square… Holly crap busy place much? People everywhere! The first part of the play was very funny but the enjoyments died off towards the end of the play were a scene involving killing the puppet lasted way too long. I don’t know if it was worth the $140 we spent but I’d recommend it to people if they could go for cheaper.
On the way to our dinner reservation, we stopped at another Whole Foods. This one was in Columbus Square and Dayna thought it was the chains “Flag Ship” store. Turns out she mistaken biggest and best store for the BUSIEST! There was something like 40 cash registers and the line up to pay literally was half the store long! And it’s Sunday! I don’t understand how people can live in such a density populated area.
We attempted to get back on the subway after our whole foods adventure. I say attempted because instead of waiting for the light to change to cross the road to get to the other side of the metro, we chose to use the Pedway… Bad idea… We literally walked 15 minutes up and down stairs just to get to our subway line… Had we waited for the light to change, we would have only had to walk ten steps!
We still managed to make our reservation at Candle Cafe East for 7 pm. After being seated Dayna met this lovely older couple sitting near us who raved about the restaurant. We ended up sharing samples of our meals the whole night! The man was an architect who worked in New York most of his career before retiring. I feel like that is every architect’s dream, to work in NYC.
Our appetizer for dinner was AMAZING. Dayna and I shared grilled Saitan skewers and each had a salad. For our entree, I had the penne with Bolognese sauce; Dayna had the Portobello mushroom steak, David had a veg curry and margarita had the raw pad Thai. Really pretty meals but I wasn’t super impressed with the entrees. Desert however was another thing… We had “living blueberry pie” (Raw blueberry pie) with lemongrass ice cream and an almond pie with chocolate mousse. The lemon grass ice cream was to die for.