In case you missed the first recap, check it out here!
Day two began early, very early. A few months ago, a bakery called Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City decided to make an item called a Cronut. Yep, that’s right. It is a croissant/doughnut. Basically, it’s been the hit of the town, and being that Lenny is also being a tourist with us, he thought this would be a great experience. People laughed when I told them I knew about the Cronuts solely because I tape and watch Live with Kelly and Michael like it’s my job, haha.
Lucky for us, the weather wasn’t too terrible, with slight wind, but we had hats, gloves, and coats to keep us warm. We set our alarm for 6:00 am to hopefully get on the subway by 6:30. With a little delay (uhm, Lenny not waking up to his alarm, ha), we were on the subway by 7 and made it to the bakery at 7:15. I’m not kidding, there is a line, and it starts really early. We knew this going in, so we didn’t think much of it. The bakery opened at 8, so we kept ourselves occupied. I was busting out some cardio moves, and some squats and lunges, ha. Basically I do anything to keep myself warm, lol. People laughed, but oh well!
When the bakery was close to opening, we took bets on how long it would take to get inside, and if we would get any. There are strict rules for these, where you may only get 2, they only make a certain number, and they only let 20 people inside the bakery at a time (understandable, it was small). Aaron guessed we would get in at 8:10, Lenny guessed 8:15 and I said 8:20; we were about the 115th in line. Let’s just say this bakery is completely un-New York City like, and the slowest thing ever! Not to mention that I wasn’t getting any Cronuts (I don’t like croissants, or filling in the middle), the wait was ridiculous. There is a new Cronut every month, and this month’s was Passionfruit, though I did take a bite and it didn’t seem like that to me.
Anyway, we finally entered the bakery at 9:15ish with about 15 people in front of us thinking it’d be fast. I mean, they did know we were coming for the Cronuts so they were prepared. Wrong. We were in this store until well past 10 (I think 10:30) just waiting for the Cronuts. Yes, this was ridiculous. And yes, they really should have a better system.
Being that many people wanted a bunch of other pastries, they should have had two different lines with one being just Cronuts so we could get in and out (they were already packaged!), and one for other pastries. Oh well, we live and learn! The boys said they were good, but not worth the time it took.
I was still really hungry and the only thing I wanted was a New York City bagel, so we found that next! I bought two different (shared of course), with one being plain bagel with plain cream cheese, and another being a Sun dried tomato bagel with Sun dried tomato cream cheese. In retrospect, I should have mixed up the cream cheeses, but it was all still very good, and I was very happy.
Lenny vowed to not make us wait in any more lines that day (good thinking!) and the next stop we went to was The High Line, which is a gorgeous walkway that is one mile long, and located near the Hudson River. It begins at Gansevort Street and ends at 30th street. I had never heard of this before, but it’s a park built around old train tracks. How cool is that? I would highly suggest doing this if you can! We were able to look out at the Hudson River, or turn the other side and check out the city. Just having the option to walk and explore without dealing with the masses of people at every road was worth it to us!
There were plenty of places to just sit down and take it all in, too!
From there we continued our walk and went through the Chelsea Market. This was really neat and housed a bunch of different shops throughout it. There were beer stores, wine stores, bakeries, tiny shops, farmer’s markets, and more! Though we didn’t buy anything, it was still a very fun place to explore!
Our next stop was S’mac. This would be a restaurant that allows you to choose and make your own Macaroni and Cheese! This was the one restaurant that I said was a must, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I went with the All- American and added in hot dogs. Did anyone else used to combine them when you were kids (or still do because I pretend I’m a kid…)? Aaron made a buffalo chicken one, and Lenny added in different cheese, broccoli, and some other things. They were all really good!
And now I will stop because I still have a lot left, and don’t want to bore you all in one post!
And since this is getting very long, I will end it here. I told you we packed lots into our quick trip! Part two of day two includes Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, and more!
Who likes Mac and Cheese like I do?
Have you ever heard of the High Line in NYC?
How many of you would wait in a very long line for a Cronut?
(be honest.. calories don’t count in NYC ).