Day one in New York with my wife started with breakfast at the Brooklyn Diner on West 57th Street. This was entirely my choice, and while adequate, not worth a trip out of the way. The Diner is pleasant enough, but a typical tourist trap. I wouldn’t imagine any self respecting New Yorker would dine there.
A quick look around the West 57th Street and also near 5th Avenue predictably led us past the Tiffany & Co jewelers.
The route to the Natural History Museum took us through Central Park. At the beginning of April, this was somewhat cold, but the Cherry Blossom had already started to bloom.
New York has the luxury of being full of iconic buildings, and no visit to New York would be complete without a visit to the Empire State Building. There are two observation floors, the ‘Main Deck’ being on the 86th floor, and the ‘Top Deck’ on the 102nd floor.
After you have been through the labyrinth of queueing systems, and security, the view of NYC is fabulous.
Evening on our first full day was taken up with a visit to Dizzy’s Club – Jazz at Lincoln Center. A small intimate venue, recommended by out hotel concierge. While not a lover of Jazz music, this was not disappointing, with the Tierney Sutton Band being the main act. After she had finished, The Gabe Schnider and band came on for an hour. Quite frankly, this group was the main event out performing the Tierney Sutton Band despite their much younger years. A photo of Gabe Schnider and the band who performed on 7th April 2016 can be seen here. The venue is popular, needing your name on the list to gain entry. Not only would we have not known about “Dizzy’s” had the concierge recommended it, but we would not have been able to attend had a reservation for the table not been made. Dizzy’s also offers a good food menu, and the cover of $35 was reduced to $10 if you dined. The food was good, and so was the service.
There was a strict no photography policy in the venue, which I honoured for a change, only to see persons taking photos later on. While I might not have got snaps of anything worthwhile inside, I did get a couple of snaps from the outside.