Day 3 - Central Park, The Highline and..
The legendary Katz's Deli!
I had my usual morning cigarette on the veranda and Bibi suddenly appeared informing us that we had left a window open in our room and this was why we had been cold the previous night. The window was open when we arrived and we closed it shortly after arriving, oh well she seemed a bit happier now having blamed us for being cold. Time for breakfast! This morning there was no space at the breakfast table when we arrived, Bibi told us to come back later and this was the first time we saw her smile. We returned later just in time for a group telling off about some hair that had been left in the shower and everyone was reminded how grateful we should be for staying at her B&B considering the cheap price compared to staying in Manhattan. We did mention to Bibi that the glowing reviews about the friendly service and lovely house was our reason for choosing her B&B and she did eventually join us at the table. She was telling us a bit about the local area and asking us what we did back in England, things were looking up and this was more like the Bibi were expecting to find! Anyway, breakfast this morning started off with fresh filter coffee and a small fruit salad which after yesterdays day of unhealthy eating felt good and tasted nice too. 6/10
Next a warm bagel arrived with jam and cream cheese, it seemed like an odd mix but tasted ok 5/10
We headed into Manhattan on the subway, the sun was shining today and we were heading to Central Park.
The contrast of Central Park's greenery and surrounding skyscrapers is stunning.
205 East Houston Street
New York City
Katz's Deli is found on the lower east side of Manhattan and has just celebrated its 125 year anniversary. As part of the celebrations they held a pastrami sandwich eating competition, the winner ate 25 in 10 minutes!
Katz's Deli featured in the film "When Harry met Sally" and the sign hanging from the ceiling marks the table where the scene was shot.
As you enter you are given a ticket which is marked when you order your food, simply hand the ticket to the cashier and pay as you leave.
We queued at the counter and as the customer in front collected his food we knew we were going to be eating a sandwich like no other!
The meat cutter gave us a generous sample of pastrami and turkey before making our sandwiches, both were really delicious!
This guy was a real pro sandwich maker assembling 2 giant sandwiches in about 2 minutes.
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Words can't describe the taste sensation when I took my first bite, the juices from the hot pastrami blended perfectly with the sauerkraut and melted swiss cheese, the russian dressing compliments it so well. It was difficult to bite into and you will get messy doing so but you will also be witnessing the best sandwich you have ever had the pleasure of eating!! 10/10
The huge serving of full and half sour pickles come with the giant sandwiches and compliment them nicely.
The sun was going down over Manhattan as we crossed the bridge into Brooklyn, we were knackered from walking so far and made our way back to Bibis.
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Day 4 - Staten Island and a trip to Coney Island.