One thing I noticed in New York City is that the city smells. It has some good smells and some not so good smells. Walking around New York City was the way I got around, except for my taxi cab rides to and from H & M. Standing at one street corner, I would notice an awful stench of sewer and garbage. Then, at the next corner, I would smell the great scents of food.
New York City has some great places to eat. I loved trying some different places. One night, we went to a pizza place, Ray’s Pizza Place, and I was in heaven. There’s nothing like New York pizza. For lunch one day, I skipped the conference food and had a gyro meal from a street vendor. It was great. First, there’s the smell. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, the sight of them putting together all of the fresh ingredients into a tin container will. My meal had the two chopped meats, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and rice. This was topped with the white sauce and hot sauce. I wanted to eat it all, but I could only eat half of it. My husband finished the other half. The cost of the gyro meals, for 3, and two drinks was only $18.00. The really large pizza, with 3 drinks, was around $30.00.
For my last night there, I insisted that we go out to a nice restaurant, then walk to a delicatessen that I had noticed the other day, for cheesecake. We could have gotten cheesecake at the restaurant, but we needed to work off our meal to make room for the cheesecake.
The restaurant we ate at was the Heartland Brewery. I had the Lobster and Crab Ravioli, my mother-in-law had chicken wings, and my husband had a burger. We all loved our food, but I thought mine was the best. The meals, with three drinks, was about $50.
The walk from the restaurant to the delicatessen was nice. The evening was cool, with a gentle breeze. We ended up at the Ben Ash Delicatessen. The first things you notice when you walk in are the cheesecakes on display. You can not get cheesecakes like these where I live, unless you order them. (I did notice a sign on the wall that says they ship anywhere.) I took pictures of the cheesecake slices we had. Each has a bite taken from the slice. Sorry about that, but we had to. They were beyond words. Absolutely awesome. Each slice was $9.95 and we also had some drinks from the bar. All together, about $48.00. Ouch! Did I really spend that much the last night? I must have been a little tipsy.