|Leaving LAX for New York (via Newark’s EWR)|
We arrived at Newark International Airport by 6 am, picked up our rental, and drove to Secaucus (about 15 mins drive). Our hotel check-in was at 3pm, but the hotel allowed us to check in earlier (thank you, Courtyard Marriott). Knowing that we were tired from the night before, we went to bed and slept, right???? NOPE. We dropped off our stuff upstairs, freshened up a bit, and caught the 8:30am bus to NY. As expected, for that Saturday, there was no traffic going in to the Lincoln Tunnel. We were in the city sometime after 9am. We were starved so we ate at Au Bon Pain inside Port Authority – it’s like a hub for buses, trains, subways that connects you to NYC.
Wearing our tourist uniform
|Ommar and Jonathan – Times Square|
someone tapped Nancy, it was her college friend Ommar, and her husband Jonathan. They live in NY. Nancy and Ommar have not seen each other since they graduated in college back in 1992. They communicated via text and Facebook, and planned to meet up during the week….but seriously, what were the chances of accidentally meeting up in NYC, in the heart of Times Square! Small world, indeed!!!
Foodie item #1
It was around 11am already and I knew that The Halal Guys was just around the corner on West 53rd St. We ordered Chicken over Rice, and the kids ate their 1st halal street food. Whenever I visit the city, I try and make it a point to stop by The Halal Guys. For $6, you you get this round deep dish filled with rice, veggies, pita, and your choice of meat and the most amazing yogurt sauce, and fiery hot sauce. Typing that just made my mouth water. Instead of eating next to the halal cart, we walked over to Starbucks, and we ordered iced tea. Our goal at this time was to eat, recharge our bodies, and phones. We headed to a Starbucks somewhere on 8th Ave, I think.
- RUSH TICKETS – typically sold on the day of the show, heavily discounted, and they’ll sell whatever is available. People tend to line up outside the theatre’s box office before it opens, sometimes in the wee hours of the morning
- LOTTERY on the other hand
- s a raffle drawing, a game of pure luck. There’s a designated time when names will be drawn, typically 20 seats are given out, so if there’s a lot of people, then your chances are slim, but you just never know. Tickets are even more discounted for the lottery, and there’s an added thrill when your name gets picked.
|Front row orchestra – Wicked!!!|
Prior to the Matinee shows
|People watching – Bryant Park|
Newsies and father/son bonding
For the evening show, it was Nancy and Madison at Newsies, again
we paid around $30 each (this time they were give Mezzanine seats), I still think it’s a great deal instead of paying full price. Ethan and I on the other hand walked away from Times Square, went to Bryant Park, and people watched. He had ice cream from Mr. Softee, and then we walked towards the nearest Barnes and Noble to read books and magazines.
|Falafel with rice, pita, veggies – The Halal Guys|
Lo and behold, we found ourselves near the Rockefeller Ctr, and not far away was The Halal Guys, and guess what? We ordered Halal food again 🙂 We ordered extra for our girls. We all met up at the Nederlander (where they were inside watching Newsies).
When we got to the theatre, the theatre manager came out towards the lobby, and asked if we needed assistance, and we told him we were waiting for my wife and daughter. Ethan told the manager that he watched the matinee show earlier and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Not long after, the manager asked us to go in the theatre, just stand in the back, and he allowed us to watch the last few scenes….very cool!!!!