Our East Coast Adventure: Sick in NYC

On Saturday morning, I woke up in Boston with what was only the beginning of a wicked head cold (that I still have today). I grabbed a box of cold/flu meds on our way down to South Station, popped it on the Amtrak and napped for part of the train ride back to NYC. We got in around 5:30pm and were both starving. In the mood for sushi, a quick Google search pointed us to MEW in Koreatown, which was just a short walk from Penn Station.

Cool Lighting at MEW

The food was amazing. We each ate a bowl of age tofu (also our fave item on the menu at Sushi California in Coquitlam), split some corn on the cob (random?) and then I ate a spicy tuna roll. It was more expensive than sushi in Vancouver (which is dirt cheap and so good) but it was all delicious and the vibe was really cool. I would definitely go back there in future visits.

Age Tofu

After dinner, we checked into our hotel (Club Quarters in Midtown, booked on Hotwire – never stay there) then went out in search of ice cream. We grabbed a couple cones (two scoops each, of course) then walked to Bryant Park, where we sat by the fountain and did some people-watching before bed.

Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Fountain at Bryant Park

Fountain at Bryant Park

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

I passed out that night and slept for almost 12 hours…

…only to wake up with a fever.

I jumped out of bed and into the shower, knowing I had a day full of events ahead of me. As soon as I got out, I crawled right back into bed and stayed there until dinner time. Sarah was amazing and went out to get me iced coffee, green juice and a warm bagel. I, on the other hand, had an internal pity party. We had such a short amount of time in NYC and I had to spend almost an entire day in bed. 🙁

We had tickets to Chicago that night, so I got up around 5pm to go out for dinner beforehand. While I normally hate being anywhere near Times Square, it worked out that our crappy hotel was 2 blocks from a good Italian restaurant (I would go back there, too) and 4 blocks from the theatre.

The Rigatoni alla Trecolori

The Rigatoni alla Trecolori

I also couldn’t let Sarah leave without trying a piece of Junior’s cheesecake.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake

We got to the theatre right as everyone started to walk in…

The Ambassador Theatre

The Ambassador Theatre

…and got to our seats, which were just four rows from the stage. It was incredible. I felt like c.r.a.p. and tried not to bother everyone with my cough, the whole time, but what an incredible show. And Brandy (yes, Brandy Norwood) was the star! It was our 12-year-old dreams come true to see her sing live, haha.

Four Rows Back from the Stage

Four Rows from the Stage

We both got terrible sleeps that night – me because of my cold, and Sarah probably because of my coughing. But we woke up early and took the subway to the Upper West Side, so we could have breakfast at Alice’s Tea Cup. Then we grabbed cookies from Levain Bakery for our road trip.

Eggs Benedict on a Ham and Cheese Scone

Eggs Benedict on a Ham and Cheese Scone

We got our rental car (I drove in Manhattan! and through Times Square!) and left the city around 12:30pm, en route to our next destination: Philadelphia.

Crossing State Lines and Entering Pennsylvania

Leaving New Jersey and Entering Pennsylvania

Overall, it was a pretty quiet weekend in NYC. I’m sad I didn’t get to do more, and that I didn’t get to see a few friends (miss you, Claire!). But I’d never been to a broadway show before, so at least I crossed that off my list. We’ll be back in the city for a few hours on Saturday before we fly home. Maybe I’ll be able to sneak in a visit to my favourite coffee shop before we leave…

On Friday, I’ll tell you all about our road trip to Philly + our time there. This morning, we’re driving down to DC and making a pit stop to visit my dearest friend J$!

How’s your week going? 🙂