New York-No RV

Before we became full timers. we had a couple of trips planned. This was one of them. We left our rig in MS and flew to New York for a few days of sightseeing, plays, TV shows and, of course, good food. Our travel companions were our good friends, David and SuSu Straus from Hattiesburg. We traveled with them on an Alaskan cruise last year and had a wonderful time.

Our hotel was the Club Quarters at Rockefeller Center. Our window view was onto W. 51st Street and the stage door of Radio City Music Hall.

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Continue reading to see why this view was somewhat important…

Through some connections David had (thanks Lee!) we got tickets for 2 TV shows. Live with Kelly and Michael and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The musical guest on both shows that day was James Taylor, so we got to see and hear him twice in one day. The Fallon show did not allow any photography, but the Kelly & Michael show was fine with it as long as you didn’t flash. Both shows allowed us a good opportunity to star watch. Kelly was not there that week but Emmy Rossum filled in. Also, while we were there, they filmed (videoed) a segment with NeNe Leakes and Colin Farrell. Lagniappe for us!

Michael & Emmy Rossum

Michael & Emmy Rossum

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Michael, Emmy and Mark Ruffalo

Michael, Emmy and Mark Ruffalo 

NeNe

NeNe

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell

Back to the 21st floor… While we were still relishing seeing all the stars that day, we found out that Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa were performing at Radio City Music Hall. They were there for 3 nights and all shows were sold out. But, after the show, looking out our 2st floor window, we did get to watch Lady GaGa come out of the stage door, walk around to the standing crowd of several hundred people and sign a few autographs and pose for a few selfies. Then she got int her Rolls Royce limo and rode away.

Food:

Eating in New York is always an adventure. There are just so many options. It is much like eating in New Orleans. There are the well known spots, but there are also many other unknowns that have fabulous food. I was looking forward to a great deli sandwich from Stage’s or Carnegie Deli, but bad news for me! Stage’s closed last year and Carnegie’s abruptly closed recently. Lots of rumors swirling around about that. There are allegations of stealing Natural Gas from ConEd and also rumors of family discord in running the business. The sign on the door says, ‘Closed for Renovation.’ It didn’t reopen while we were there, so we had to try an alternate. Katz’s would have been the best choice, but it was just too far so we went to Benash Delicatessen on 7th Avenue and W. 55th Street.

Benash Pastrami Sandwich

Benash Pastrami Sandwich

Picking the right pastry

Picking the right pastry

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Next time we will go to Katz’s!

We also went a little touristy with Guy Fieri’s New York entry, Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar. It was a nice place, very casual with good food & drink. The sandwich below was really good!

Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich- House rotisserie roasted chicken salad with fresh grapes, green apple, celery + dried cranberries. Served open faced on toasted ciabatta with melted pepper jack.

Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich-
House rotisserie roasted chicken salad with fresh grapes, green apple, celery + dried cranberries. Served open faced on toasted ciabatta with melted pepper jack.

House salad with Avocado

House salad with Avocado

We also did the Carmine‘s thing. It was as advertised. Huge portions and really good food. Crowded and tight seating, reservations suggested!

We also spent one day doing the off & on tour bus thing. It was a great way to see a lot of the sights is a short period of time. We had to get off and on 2 different buses because one of our guides was supposed to be speaking English, but it wasn’t any dialect I had ever heard before. We saw Wicked and Jersey Boys while we were there. Wicked was fabulous, we had seen it before. Jersey Boys was also great. If you saw the movie, do not let that keep you from seeing the play. The play is much better!

Typical Tourists!

Typical Tourists!

Boarding the airplane for our flight home, we didn’t realize that our star watching wasn’t over. There, sitting in First Clas, was Andy Cohen, host of the Bravo series Watch What Happens: Live and the Executive Producer of the Real Housewives series. Jimmie Kay told him that our daughter, Jennie, was going to kill her ’cause she got to meet him and Jennie didn’t.’ His reply, “She should!’

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen

Next trip: 2 weeks at Carrabelle Beach FL