Today is our last day in NYC and I can tell you it’s been a whirlwind of a ride. After breakfast at the hotel, the students attended a Broadway clinic in the morning. During the 3 hours, they learned dances and songs from the Broadway hit Aladdin. The chaperones on the other hand time to walk around. To be completely honest, I am not a functioning adult until I have my espresso shot. So, that’s the first place I went to find. We stumbled upon a place called Eataly near the flatiron building. If I knew this place existed, I would have brought an extra suitcase just for this store. It had everything you would buy for a homemade Italian meal. They had pasta, sauce, meat, Olives, spices…the list will go on and on! They even had a pastry store that sold Nutella desserts.
Since we were across the street from Madison Square Park, we decided to see this beauty. It’s a miniature version of Central Park and it was the perfect place to enjoy my espresso. The flowers were in bloom and I even saw a friendly squire running around the garden. The park also has the original Shake Shack inside of it. This restaurant started out of a hot dog-cart and became so popular that in 2004, Shake Shack officially opened in Madison Square Park. To this day, it’s a permanent food kiosk in the park. Around 10:50am there was a line of people waiting for it to open. If you’ve tried it, let me know what you think!
After the students were done with their Broadway clinic, we headed to Chelsea Market for lunch. This was a foodie dream come true. Not only have I heard amazing things about this place but it’s also home to Food Network. There was a possibility, a very small one but a possibility that I could see Bobby Flay or Giada De Laurentiis walking around. This place is a representation of NYC. Every type of food is available to feast upon at this market. Since I’ve read online about Lobster Place, that was my first stop. I’ve always wanted to try a Lobster Roll but was waiting for the perfect place to try it. After reading all the great reviews, I knew this was it! My sandwich came with fresh claw and knuckle meat, celery, scallions, lemon and mayo on a toasted top-split bun. The bun was buttery and made a perfect addition to this sweet sandwich. It was everything I imagined a lobster roll would taste like. It was light, fresh and a perfect lunch for walking around. A must next time you’re in Chelsea Market. For dessert I headed to Bar Suzette for a Nutella crepe. Yes, you heard me correctly!
Tip #1 make sure you come hungry to Chelsea Market. This place has everything for a sophisticated palates or a picky eater. This place has a neat vibe. The smell will lure you into every shop and entice you to try the flavors around the World! Christian ordered a double cheese burger and a large chocolate shake and the other students ran around trying different thing. Make sure you add this to your “must do” list.
Our last stop before we headed off to the airport was the High Line Elevated Park. The park was formally a rail track that went out of use in 1980. It is 1.45 mile long and runs from Hudson Yards to the northern edge of Chelsea. This trail track was turned into a NYC Park and host lovely wildflowers, greenery and outdoor art. It offers an amazing view of the Hudson River and a place to sit-down and enjoy some peace and quite. After we walked around, Christian and his friend sat and talked about their trip to NYC. I heard them say over and over how they couldn’t believe how many things they were able to see and experience in 4 days. Our tour guide Green Light Tour is to thank for this! Thank you for creating a trip that my son will always talk about and will treasure! You instilled in him a love of Broadway musical, and NYC! I cant wait to return and bring my whole family. My youngest Daniel wants to be an architect and he will fall in love with NYC just like we did!- Dot