Sunday, 27 April 2008

Goodbye to New York..(and also, how we spent the rest of the time there..)

We are now in Philadelphia, which seems all lovely & quaint. However, lots to tell about New York as we were too busy having fun to update this blog at the time!

So, after the last entry on the Thursday; we got bored of waiting for vintage stores to open, so we got a taxi to 81st & 5th Ave to what I can only describe as shopping heaven - Consignment stores...! Consignment stores are where really rich people give their clothes that they probably only wore once to a premiere or something for a tiny fee, meaning these stores can sell designer clothes for really cheap prices. For example the Prada suit Andy bought for $425 (200 quid), would have cost about $2000...same goes for my Armani black dress - $60 (30 quid!)which would have retailed at $1000. Don't worry, we already had money to splurge thanks to the money pot we had saved up so your kind wedding donations were not used in such a frivolous way!

After dropping off the goodies back at the hotel, we got changed and went out for steak at Quality meats restaurant. It's has fantastic decor and is a very cool place to eat, though it didn't cater too well for me. I asked about veggie options and was told I could have a selection of sides on a plate, as one on its own would not be enough. When the food arrived it was obscenely huge, I must remember Americans like big portions! Andy enjoyed a 12oz fillet which was apparently the best steak he has ever eaten!

Friday began with us buying a laptop for all my writing really is much cheaper over here for electronics. As we were walking past Virgin megastores we noticed Elbow were playing and doing a signing there at 12.30pm, so we got some lunch and then went to watch them. They were excellent, and in good Northern humour.

Next was the Sex & the City tour (thank you again Bex!!) which was 3.5 hours of fun - location sightings, video clips, free flirtinis, and fab cupcakes. The guide was really funny, and so excitable. And Andy was not the only man on the tour!

We went out for food, and drinks - found a great Thai noodle bar, then went to the Back Room - a really cool prohibition style bar, with no sign to the bar and you have to walk down a dark corridor to get to it. Once inside drinks are served in tea cups, and bottles are wrapped in brown paper! We spent all night there, drinking and talking to the bouncer who was guarding a door...people kept trying to get into that secret room but he was not budging, one lady even did a dance routine which ended a cartwheel in an attempt to get in! (We later found out the bar is owned by Tim Robbins & his friends, and it's his private lounge behind the door.)

Saturday was an early start to go and watch the football (8am) - We managed to find a sports bar that was showing 3 games (Pool / Boro / W.Ham). Result! The bar itself was a good place but unfortunately was filled to the rafters with very drunk Man United fans. GRRRRR.

Now ... they say you always see someone in NYC .... and yes ... we did. Mr Big (from sex in the city) was spotted next to our hotel and then ...... thinking it wouldn't get much better than Chris Noth .................................... We only saw BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN!!!!!!!

After getting over the excitement of the star spotting we headed into the West Village and settled in a little bar with a great juke-box. Music on Saturday April 26th in Art Bar, NYC was exclusively chosen by Mr and Mrs Smith (note - They loved it!).


neil said...

"buying a laptop" - you can't leave it at that, what about the details! What did you get in the end?

Andy & Janine Smith said...

LOL - We bought a lovely (and highly rated) little HP number that had 70% ... oh yes that's right people ... 70% off the price. Reduced from it's original price of $1400. It just seemed crazy not to buy it.

Please don't think we ignored your advice - we just couldn't turn down the deal they offered.


neil said...

No trouble - no I knew there would be more choice than you could shake a stick at and probably a completely different choice to what I had suggested. It's sounds like an excellent deal. I'm just jealous I can't go gadget shopping :)