October 1, 2014

Grabbing Dinner, Supplies, and Settling Into the Hotel After Arriving in New York City

Time to grab some club soda and other beverages from a local grocer (the in-room dining bar charges $8 per can, I believe.  That will drive me nuts.)

51st Street and Park Avenue

We headed over to Park Avenue and then continued a few more blocks to explore our surroundings.

Then, of course, we came across another cupcake place and so my mom wanted to see it.

Buttercup Bake Shop NYC

The next cupcake bakery we came across was the Buttercup Bake Shop. The three of us ordered a few more cupcakes.

Buttercup Bake Shop NYC

Mom and Aaron in line to order at the Buttercup Bake Shop in New York City.

Buttercup Bake Shop Cupcakes NYC

I don’t even remember which types of cupcakes we ordered from the Buttercup Bake Shop but here they were. They were okay. I took one bite and threw the rest of mine away; again, not worth the calories.

NYC Grocery Store

We went into a grocery store to get a case of Diet Coke for my mom. It seemed a bit ridiculous to pay $8 for a 12 ounce can of soda so we just went to a grocery store.

Juice Display at NYC Grocery Store

I liked the juice display at the grocery store.

We left with our basic supplies and on the way home, passed another deli / grocery store and decided to pop in just to see since it was closer to the hotel.

Food at Deli 1

One of the great things about New York is the ability to get food at these little grocery store / deli shops, often run by the owner. There are very few things like it in Kansas City.

Food at Deli II

Just some more of the food offerings at the nearby New York deli.

Back to the Hotel for Room Service

Then, we decided to go back to the hotel and just order room service for dinner.  We wanted to try out the in-room offerings and recover from the journey before beginning the real work.

Cathedral View from Palace Hotel

We made it back to the hotel and I took another picture of the Cathedral view, which includes Rockefeller Center.

Palace Hotel Room Service

We ordered room service. I have to say that overall, our stay at the Palace was fantastic. Nearly everything was perfect, staff was friendly and promptly addressed everything, and I highly recommend it. The only thing that was off was room service. It was terrible. Our food was lukewarm (at best!), it tasted old … it was just pathetic. I would have felt better paying the same $150 or so to McDonald’s for each of us to get a BigMac and a Strawberry shake. That is not an exaggeration. I wasn’t expecting haute cuisine but it was just abysmal.  A frozen Tombstone pizza would have been several magnitudes better than what was served.

Goat Cheese Panini with Sweet Potato Fries

I ordered a goat cheese panini with sweet potato fries. It could have been great. The ingredients were right, the construction good … but it was just poorly prepared. And cold.  It was like something an intern put together and then put in a fridge for 12 hours  before reheating in a microwave for 30 seconds.

Going to Bed for the Night …

Coffee Rockefeller Center Palace Hotel

I’ve settled into bed for the evening with a cup of coffee and a book. This is the view from the nightstand to my right.  Rockefeller Center looks beautiful.