New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it in New York, New York, New York
Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
This was the song playing in my head while I was on the bus to New York City last Saturday.
I convinced my husband Abraham and my friend Minette to go with me and explore downtown NYC. We left Albany, NY at 7:30 am and arrived at 10:20 am in NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal.
We purchased Gray Line’s NY Sightseeing Downtown Day Tour for 35$ each. We only had 8 hours to spend in NYC, so we planned to check out a few places we’ve never been to before.
1. Korea Town
2. Little Italy
3. 9/11 Memorial
4. Wherever our feet take us
What We Did:
The ticket agent told us to wait for our bus on 42nd Street between 9th and 8th Avenue. We planned to eat lunch at the New Wonjo Restaurant in Korea Town on 32nd Street and 5th Avenue. It’s a 17-minute walk from our location.
We were so eager to start exploring the city. We did not wait for the bus. Instead, we started walking towards 5th Avenue. Guess what? It took us almost an hour to reach our destination. Why? Well, we can’t help ourselves from stopping and taking photos of these gorgeous sights!
And yes, we did a little bit of shopping too! It was around 91 degrees Fahrenheit, we thought of getting hats to protect our face from the scorching heat. The caps were on promo (Buy one, get one 50% off), so we took advantage of the discount.
Finally, we arrived at the New Wonjo in Korea Town. A friend recommended this place when she heard that we were looking for a great Korean BBQ restaurant.
We ordered the Marinated Premium Gal Bi (Short Rib) that comes with various side dishes: salad, kimchi, steamed egg, etc. The meat was charcoal grilled on our table. We tried the beef, and we all agreed – the steak was delicious!
Our belly was full when we left the restaurant. We are definitely going back to New Wonjo next time we are in Korea Town.
We were happy to find a Gray Line/NY Sightseeing bus stop near the restaurant. The open-top, double-decker bus arrived, we got on the bus and joined the other passengers seated on the top deck. We had an excellent panoramic view of downtown NYC!
We enjoyed the sights so much that we missed our stop at Soho/Little Italy, so we decided to hop off the next one – Chinatown. Abraham was telling me to walk faster because it’s almost 2:30 pm and we still need to find Lombardi’s Pizza in Little Italy. I hurriedly took a snap of these colorful Chinese lanterns before I followed him.
Every corner in NYC has its own story. I don’t want to skip the details of our trip because I want to show you the various facets of New York.
On my next post, I will tell you about our quest to find the first pizzeria in the US. Of course, there were unexpected turns along the way. Did we have enough time to visit the 9/11 memorial? Find out more about our NYC downtown adventure next week.
Thank you so much for reading. Till next time!
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