Being the subway pros that we now are, we hop on the 6 train south and get off at the Bleeker St stop to begin our Lower Manhattan exploration. We head east on Houston St and arrive at our first destination, Russ and Daughters Appetizers. Like many other NYC fixtures, Russ and Daughers has been around "appetizing" for over a hundred years (since 1914). They specialize in smoked fish, caviar, and other delicacies.
|smoked salmon case|
|Gravlax and potato latkes|
|Herring and cream sauce|
|Smoked salmon and onions|
We left room for a second breakfast at our next stop, and only one block east on Houston, Katz's!
|view from our table. this place is huge!|
|Two very full people|
|Di Palo's Italian fine food shop|
We still saw something worth noting.....a professional wrestler seems to get more prominence in this particular display than the Pope....
We don't really see much of Soho or Tribeca, no time, except to walk from Little Italy down Walker Street (parallel to Canal), past the Tribeca Grand Hotel on our way to the E train, Canal Street station. On our way, just past the Tribeca Grand on 6th Avenue, across from Tribeca Park, we see a film crew! Curious, we walk right up to the film crew to see if we can figure out what is going on. Someone quickly directs us to stand up against a building and out of the middle of the sidewalk. I have just enough time to figure out they are filming someone walking down the street, and I get this photo. I recognize him immediately as someone I'd seen recently on TV. Zac, not so much, but after Zac does some googling, he figures out this is Rami Malek, likely filming for Mr. Robot, a show on USA. (Earlier this year I watched HBO's The Pacific, and Rami was a young soldier, likely why i recognized him). So, that was cool.
Next up - Chelsea! We take the E train from Tribeca up to the 14th Street station, where we emerge just a block or so away from Chelsea Market. Chelsea Market exceeds all our expectations as a foodie's wonderland of fine foods to buy and eat! We opted to tour on our own (they have official food tours), which worked out well. I was especially fascinated with all the fresh seafood, including sea urchin!
|Inside Chelsea Market|
|spices and teas as far as the eye can see!|
Very near Chelsea Market is Artichoke Pizza, a perfect mid afternoon pit stop and late lunch spot. We get a sampler of pizza's to energize us for the rest of our day.
Next up - the High Line! After pizza, we hop on the High Line around 18th street and walk up to 23rd. There is more to see on the High Line, but we got a glimpse with some great views of the city.
|Hudson River and New Jersey in the background|
Catch up on the first parts of our trip here:
Day 1 - Dinner at Per Se, a Thomas Keller Restaurant
Day 2 - Momofuku Noodle Bar and Babbo
Day 3 - Flushing, Sushi Yasuda, and Spot Dessert Bar