Early morning-- Manhattan
I'm up early this morning, taking pictures out our 9th floor window. The light is subtle and the brick buildings are full of architectural detail.
We are at the Andaz Hotel on 41st Street and 5th Avenue. Right across 5th from the beautiful library which is all lit up at night with designs. I'll have to find out what that's about.
Our flights went smoothly including the, what now seems requisite, time sitting in the plane on the tarmac, not moving. And then there was the rush to get our connection in Atlanta only to find it was, of course, delayed. We arrived in Newark only about a half hour late. Used Dial7 car service which was very easy and hitch-free.
At this hotel, there is really no front desk. You walk in and are greeted by a few people and one guy just said come this way. He had a little lap top computer and, after offering us each a glass of wine (Parducci Cabernet, not bad, at all) , he gave us our keys and took us upstairs.
We changed our clothes and hurried out to meet Vicki for dinner. Couldn't get a cab on 5th so we decided to walk. To 23rd and 2nd Ave. Bao Noodles. Great little place! We ate the yummy Vietnamese food--I wanted a pork Bhan mi sandwich because I'd never one before. Love it but after about 3 bites I deconstructed it and left the crusty French roll behind. I also ordered taro fries which came in a cute presentation in a paper cone inside a coffee can. The fries weren't crispy but they were garlicky, sweet and totally addictive. Ken had the special--Saigon Noodles. The broth was kind of bland and then he added a bit too much hot chili sauce. There were little hard boiled quail eggs, shrimp and squid in with the noodles. Vicki got "salt and pepper squid" which was really great. They drank Vietnamese beer and I had a nice light cold sake, I enjoyed. We went back to Vicki's apartment for a while but I was really crashing. We did get to meet the famous Binky, her inherited cat. Took a cab home.
One more building shot from our room: