Two Days in NYC – Day 1

Back in July, some relatives of mine came to NYC with the plan of spending only 2 days here. Being the excited host and planner that I am, I planned out the 2 days in great detail. I really wanted my cousin to be able to see the best of NYC had to offer and wanted to squeeze in the restaurants/eateries she sent me (apparently she loves yelp). What made it easier was that she wanted to visit MoMa and the High Line which made my job easier for planning. She is a huge kpop fan so I definately wanted to take her to Koreatown.

This is what my plan looked like:

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch – Korea town
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Walk around 34th Street
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Travel to MoMa
3:00pm – 5:00pm
MoMa – 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY ‎
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Central Park walk to Columbus Square
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Dinner at St Marks – St Marks
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Walk around 42nd St

What really happened?

My relatives decided they wanted to have dim sum instead, so we went to a local Chinese restaurant near 8th Ave (the Chinatown in Brooklyn). The restaurant is East Harbor Seafood Palace (for those of you who are interested). After lunch, we went straight to MoMa. I think we were all tired from walking through the museum already. But at least my little cousin enjoyed the museum since she had taken an art class that discussed works currently displayed at MoMa.

Afterwards we were tired and wanted a snack so we walked to MoMofuku Milk Bar (one of the eateries she found on yelp) since it was between MoMa and Central Park. It was small and was in a hole in the wall. Ok not really, but it was very hard to find. The sign was small and it was inside the Takara Bellmonte Hotel. The soft serve ice cream came in two flavors: Cereal Milk or Butterscotch Miso. Both were good though the butterscotch was definitely richer. We were able to bring our snacks and enjoy them in the hotel lobby since there wasn’t a seating area at MoMofuku.

After our much needed break, we continued our journey to Central Park. My planned route consisted of walking from the south east side to the south west side, passing by the Pond, Wollman’s Rink, and the Hecksher fields and ending at Columbus Circle. According to Google Maps, the planned route would only take 18 minutes, so I thought it was perfectly doable.

Central Park Walking Tour (South)

Central Park Walking Tour

What really happened? This:

Central Park Tour - FAIL

Central Park Tour – FAIL

It seems I over estimated our walking speed, age differences, and walking endurance of the party. It’s okay though as long as my guests were okay with what they saw. That’s what they get for ONLY STAYING FOR TWO DAYS.

The short breaks that we took at the park benches were nice though. We got to enjoy the wild life at the pond, people watch as they jogged by or walked their dogs, and saw groups that were doing those boot camp training sessions or just group training.

After our tiring day of walking, we headed to Koreatown for dinner. We ended up at Korea Spoon, which had good food. Really, you can’t go wrong with any of the Korean restaurants in Koreatown.

Have you had any plans that didn’t go as planned? It seems to happen to me a lot. These days I mainly plan so that we know where places are so that we will know where to go when we are out and about. Any missed places of interests can always be moved to another day and my plans are constantly shifting around. But having a plan prevents ad hoc planning and wasted time on figuring out what to do without the comfort of using a computer to check out sites.




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