Document Your Life #18 – NYC Little Italy & Ground Zero

It was our last day in New York City and it felt like we’d been here for ages. The first part of the week was so stressful because of Hurricane Irma and these last days felt a lot better – more enjoyable, sort of.

The sun was out again. We skipped breakfast and walked from our hotel on west 27th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue) all the way down to Little Italy and had lunch at Sofia’s. They were just opening so we were the first customers and got a nice table on the sidewalk – in the sun.

The food was incredible and I’d definitely eat there again.

After a stroll through Chinatown (buying a pound of cherries / US$ 3), we went over to Ground Zero and had a look at the beautiful memorial park. I’d never seen it before, but I was really impressed with what they’d done…and with the new skyscrapers they were building.

We went inside the Oculus, which is the World Trade Center train station located in a completely white building that looks like an eye (hence the name). It’s such a curious building and looks completely futuristic.

Inside, there’s a mall and underneath it all is the train station. We sat down for an ice coffee at Starbucks, rested our feet and checked emails, etc., on our phones before taking a taxi back to the hotel.

In the evening, we had dinners at a Korean BBQ restaurant just down the street from our hotel. We were dying to try it, because it looked so curious. We chose a combo-plate with beef, chicken and shrimp which the waiter grilled for us on a table BBQ.

We also had rice and some different sides that we didn’t really know what were called. The food was good, but we were hoping that they’d let us grill the meats ourselves – guess it’s too much of a hazard for the restaurant.

We spent the rest of the evening packing and went to bed early to get up early the next day …and go back to Punta Cana.

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