Can't believe I'm only on day 4 of my holiday diary - picking my favourite photos of 600+ is proving to be a difficult and time consuming task! Anyhoo, we started off our Wednesday morning with a good old fashioned touristy boat trip. There's a huge choice of boat trips around New York but we opted for this one as it was a reasonable price, didn't last a ridiculously long time and included everything we wanted. It took us from the west side of Manhattan, right round the bottom of the island, past the 3 bridges and back again via the Statue of Liberty. Our fantastic tour guide pointed out the different sights and buildings, telling us their stories along the way...
I wore... Primark tee, maxi skirt & skull earrings // H&M sandals // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses - I didn't get a full length photo of what I wore that day but it's basically this outfit if you're interested.
Check how well the new twin towers are progressing...
After the tour, we swapped our sea legs for the subway and made our way downtown to explore Little Italy and China Town...
We stopped for lunch at a Chinese restaurant on Mott Street which had some sort of lunch time deal on - I think it was called 456 Shanghai Cuisine? - where we had Tofu noodle soup, pork dumplings, spring rolls, chicken cashew and curried chicken, all served with rice & a pot of green tea. The food was good and very reasonably priced!
Wednesday afternoon was spent wondering around Soho, browsing the little boutiques and of course I had a quick look in Topshop too. We had made dinner reservations at the Boathouse for Wednesday night so headed back to the hotel to change.
I wore... Primark fish print dress & earrings // H&M sandals // LYDC clutch
(sorry for the poor quality photos - I mainly used a simple point and shoot camera on holiday but these were taken with Gordon's iPhone!)
I'll be honest, our dinner was a total disappointment. After visiting the Loeb Boathouse for cocktails a couple of times we had high hopes for dinner. Unfortunately the food was average and the customer service was poor. The waiters were a stark contrast to the friendly, chatty bar staff. Granted it was a busy night but there was more than enough waiters on duty and we spent most of our evening being ignored. Drinks we had ordered before our food even arrived, were given to us about 15 minutes after we'd finished eating. And we waited another half an hour just to be given a dessert menu - after requesting one! When it finally arrived, we politely declined and just asked for our bill. Funnily enough our waiter was suddenly very friendly when his tip was involved. If you're planning a visit to NYC I can't recommend the Boathouse bar enough, but avoid the restaurant at all costs. You can still enjoy the same stunning view of the lake without the bitter disappointment we experienced.
We actually ended up stopping for dessert at a bakery on the way home, and enjoyed our cheesecake in the grounds of the Rockerfeller centre before heading for bed!
Have you ever eaten at the boathouse? How was it? I'm still hoping we were just unlucky!