I’m back from New York! And with a whole lot of stories and pictures to share. Since our trip was 8 days long, I’ve decided to break up the trip into four blog posts (2 days per post). Today’s post will cover my first couple days in the Big Apple.
After getting a full four hours of sleep, we took off for New York at about 6am. For the day, we were scheduled a four-hour flight, a two-hour layover in Chicago, then a two-hour flight to New York. Well, unfortunately, we missed our flight from Chicago to New York because United closed boarding for our flight early and we didn’t show up until about 5 minutes before they were originally supposed to close boarding. Even though the plane was still on the ground with 15 minutes until takeoff, the pilot wouldn’t let us on the plane, so we had to be booked on the next flight to New York which didn’t leave for another two hours. I was so frustrated at this point: I was tired from only getting four hours of sleep, stressed from the last 6 weeks, and I just wanted to be in New York already!
After I had stopped crying out of frustration, Chris told me that United had booked us for the next flight in FIRST CLASS. Yes, it still sucked that we were going to get to New York later than expected, but at least we would get to fly first class for the first time in our lives. Flying first class was definitely a cool experience: we had TONS of leg room, we got free cocktails, and we got to sit in the very front row of the plane, which meant we got to be the first ones off. It was hard to go back to economy after that flight, let me tell you.
Once we arrived in New York and checked into our hotel, we ventured out to find food. We decided to head to Shake Shack since it was only a 15 minute walk from our hotel. Shake Shack is like the In-N-Out of New York: very popular, delicious, high quality fast food. As a matter of fact, I think I like Shake Shack better than In-N-Out! I might be a horrible Californian/West Coaster for saying that, but oh well. I’ve never loved In-N-Out’s fries, and I love crinkle cut fries, so that’s how Shake Shack won me over. Plus, their menu has way more variety.
Sunday was Chris’ birthday, so that day was all about what he wanted to see and do. The man loves a good brunch, so we started the day with brunch at Max Brenner. Max Brenner is known for being a chocolate lover’s heaven, and since I love chocolate, well, I myself was pretty stoked about this place. I got a mocha and chocolate pancakes for my meal. I was a little worried the combo would be chocolate overload, even for me, but it wasn’t. It was the perfect amount chocolate-y goodness.
After walking off our brunch and exploring Union Square, we got ready for a fancy dinner and a broadway show. We went to Ruth’s Chris for dinner, then saw The Book of Mormon. Chris said The Book of Mormon was his first choice for broadway shows, so I bought us tickets to see it as one of his birthday gifts. The musical is written by one of the creators of South Park, so it wasn’t really my kind of musical, but it was still entertaining and exciting to finally see a real broadway show in New York for the first time. And Chris loved it, so that’s what matters most! Full of food and jet-lagged, we walked back to our hotel and passed out in our comfy hotel bed to rest up for another jam-packed day in the Big Apple.
Have you ever flown first class? What’s your favorite musical?