My college roommate is studying at Columbia University, so I decided to spend two days in NYC.
We headed into the city Saturday noon to meet up with my friend for lunch. We met in Koreantown and dined at BCD Tofu. It was my go-to place for Korean tofu soup in NYC, and it was perfect for chilly weather like this. We caught up about her study, my new baby news. It was also the first time she met my husband!
After lunch, we walked to our hotel to drop off luggage. The Crown Plaza HY36 is awesome. The location is super convenient - a few mins walk to to Penn Station. The hotel must have been newly renovated so the room is beautifully decorated. Everything is clean. Staff at front desk is very friendly. I used my IHG points for the night which is of course icing on the cake!
In the afternoon, we went to American Museum of Natural History. It was a quick 2-hour tour but we were able to see most of the fourth floor dinosaur exhibition.
After the museum, we were exhausted from walking over 12,000 steps so we headed back to the hotel. Needless to say, we slept so well at night since we were both exhausted.
Sunday was more a leisure day. We checked out at 11am and headed towards Bryant Park. The winter market is going on so we checked that out. There are so many people ice skating in the rink. I couldn't help laughing watching little kids holding onto the little Penguin post to steady themselves and learn to skate. So adorable.
Our lunch was Mala Project, an authentic Chinese dry pot place. You pick meat, veggies from the menu and they sauteed them into a big pot using special spices and seasoning. It's like a dry version of hotpot, except you don't cook the food yourself. This was delicious. I haven't yet found a good dry pot place in Philly so happy to experience it in NYC.
Walking back to the hotel, we stopped briefly at the New York Library. It was closed during lunch time. We didn't want to wait so I just took a quick photo in front of it. Next time I would love to go in and visit.
That concluded our quick babymoon in New York. I was quite tired after walking 12,000 steps a day but feel very satisfied. Meeting with friends and spending time with loved ones is just the perfect vacation!