New York, New York: Part Two

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 14, 2011

I loved hearing all of your stories about New York! Keep ’em coming!

Our first day was definitely packed with activity, but Friday promised to be just as exciting. It began early with a train ride to New Jersey, where I met up with Sam to stash our suitcases at her place before heading back into the city.

We arrived at Port Authority at 9:30 and quickly made our way to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to pick up rush tickets for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) is only starring in the show through January 2, and there aren’t enough emotions to express how excited I was to see him sing, dance and act in person!

More on that later. :)

We secured four orchestra tickets (for $30 each!) before heading to the Times Deli Cafe for breakfast.

I was in the mood for a New York bagel, so I ordered an “everything” with ham, egg and cheese.

It hit the spot and fueled me for a morning of walking and talking with Sam, who took the day off just for me! Our first stop was Bryant Park and the New York Public Library.

I love libraries. It makes me happy to be among books old and new. This one was very Hogwarts-esque!

Does anyone remember World Book? These were essential for papers in grade school!

We worked at the library for an hour or so before venturing out to meet a great friend for lunch. On the way, we made a stop at Baked by Melissa to pick up some of her amazing mini cupcakes!

The selection was incredible – and beautifully arranged, too.

Sam insisted we get a dozen. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was very tough to convince. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We got an assorted box, which allowed us to try each of the standard flavors. We also took two of the mini of the month: snow-covered pretzel, which came with white cake, white vanilla icing and a white chocolate-covered pretzel topping. Those are featured in the top left of the box below. The rest, in order, are cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, tie-dye, s’mores, chocolate chip pancake, peanut butter cup, red velvet, cookie dough, cinnamon and peanut butter and jelly.

These were perfectly bite-sized, sweet portions. Over the course of the day, I tried one of the snow-covered pretzels, cookies and cream, peanut butter cup and peanut butter and jelly. Each of them were delicious for their own reasons. Did I mention they ship nationwide now?

Dangerous. They reminded me of another Melissa I know who bakes amazing goodies.

Once we had our cupcakes in tow, we headed over to Energy Kitchen to meet that “great friend” I mentioned – none other than Karla! I’m bummed because we did not take a picture together, but it was so nice to see her and be able to catch up on life.

I was still feeling full from my bagel, so I decided to order a smoothie off the menu instead, made with orange juice, banana and strawberries. It hit the spot!

We gabbed for more than an hour before Karla had to head back to work. Our time together is always too short, but I’m hoping we’ll be able to see each other again sooner rather than later!

Sam and I wrapped up the rest of the work day at a Barnes & Noble. Bobby called us around 4:00 to let us know he had finished his conference, so we met him at our next tourist destination…

The Empire State Building! It’s always nice to see a city from 86 floors up – especially at night!

Sam was our unofficial tour guide, and she did a great job pointing out the noteworthy buildings.

We hung out for as long as possible before the wind and chilly air brought us back inside. Once we were back on ground level, I was tempted to buy the photo taken of all three of us, but settled for taking a picture of it instead.

Can you see why I love this lady?

Ears popping, we walked to meet up with Sam’s boyfriend, Alex, to grab dinner before the show.

We decided on the ever-popular Shake Shack! We had dinner at the original in Madison Square Park the last time I was in New York, and the Theater District location certainly did not disappoint, either. Bobby got a double, while I opted for a single ShackBurger.

We also split a strawberry milkshake – yum!

Soon enough, it was showtime.

Daniel Radcliffe did an AMAZING job! He is quite the singer and dancer! Bobby and I agreed that this was one of the best Broadway shows we have ever seen. The music and acting were both brilliant, not to mention the fact that we had great seats and company.

After the show, we made our way back to New Jersey for the evening. It was a wonderful second day in New York City, with much more action and adventure planned for the weekend. Looking forward to sharing more in my third and final post!

What are your favorite Broadway shows, musicals or performances?


1 peachyshel December 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Only been to New York once about 5 years ago, really want to go back!

2 Jenn (eating bender) December 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

You absolutely should – I’ve found there is never “enough” time to spend there!

3 Erica December 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Om gosh! The pretzel cupcake sounds yummmyyy! And sam sounds like a blast-what a great guide. Glad you enjoyed the show. My fav is phantom

4 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I used to play Phantom on the piano but have never seen the show. I need to change that!

5 Angela Ten Clay (@AngelaTenClay) December 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Small world Jenn…Karla and I have chatted via email and Twitter before and just made the connection that you guys are good friends. Sounds like such a great trip – love the view from the Empire State building!

6 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I love that you and Karla have chatted before – can’t think of two better ladies to be connected to one another. You are both the most supportive and sweet friends a girl could ask for!

7 Megan (Braise The Roof) December 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

It looks like you guys really got a lot out of your trip! And those cupcakes look dangerous! I mean, they’re mini, so the calories don’t count, right?

8 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

You know that is exactly the logic I used!

9 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) December 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Cute cupcakes! Glad you could try a few different flavors. Fantastic view from the Empire State Building! Great pics! Glad you enjoyed your Broadway show! Phantom of the Opera is a fantastic one as well!

10 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Thanks, Foodie! I still need to see Phantom of the Opera someday!

11 BroccoliHut December 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Eee! So much fun! I loved seeing Rent, Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast, and Phantom of the Opera.

12 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

All shows that I have very sadly never seen! Looks like I need a return trip… :)

13 Susan December 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Sounds like another great day and a great show! Let’s see…favorite shows…Les Mis, Rent, Wicked, Avenue Q, Joseph, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (lesser-known, but hilarious). Oh man, I could go on and on with this one… :)

14 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I love it! Can you believe that Wicked was in Chicago for so many years and I never saw it? Shame on me. I’ve also heard Putnam County Spelling Bee is good before – I feel like I would enjoy that one. :)

15 withasideofhope December 15, 2011 at 6:49 am

Sounds like you had such a great time! I am a huge Broadway show fan! I was very big into singing and acting back in the day. Still enjoy doing it. Some of my favorite shows are 42nd Street, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, Guys & Dolls, Crazy For You, Anything Goes, etc..I could probably continue forever. :)

16 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Very cool, Hope! Those are all shows I have never seen – I feel like I need to schedule a Broadway-specific trip to New York where I just go to shows all day long for a few days!

17 Alexandra Rogers December 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Baked by Melissa is super dangerous :) Glad you enjoyed your time in the city!

18 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Very dangerous! Only time will tell if I can resist shipping them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

19 Melissa @TryingtoHeal December 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Omg, my brother send me a text the other day of that cupcake place! I told him he had to bring me some home when he comes home from school at Columbia next week! And he totally went to the Shake Shack last week too! hahaha!

And love that picture of Sam. She is so fun!!!

20 Jenn (eating bender) December 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

He totally needs to – and if not, they SHIP! Very tempting, very tempting…haha! :)

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