New York, I Love You
With a profession that allows me to travel every other week, I thought I should start a blog to write about my traveling experiences whether I am in the city on a business trip or leisure.
I spent the New Year’s Eve having the best time of my life in Big Apple and thus, I shall dedicate my first post to New York.
It has been my dream to visit NYC for the longest time, especially after being on the road for 1.5 years with U.S cities like Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles under my belt. I knew it was about time I get to take a big bite of the apple. And what better time to be in New York!
With only 48 hours on hand, I already had a list of places and restaurants to visit. With my recent huge craving for ramen, I visited Totto Ramen which seems to be the #1 Ramen in New York.
464 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
tottoramen.com (Hours, location & menu listed on site)
Ordered the Chicken Paitan with extra serving of Charsiu. My dining companion had the Spicy Paitan and we shared the Avo Tuna (Torched Tuna Sashimi with Avocado marinated in Yuzu Garlic sauce).
While I was unimpressed by the ramen, it feels good to be having a bowl of hot piping ramen in the 3 degree New York weather. The Charsiu on the other hand, was divine. If you expect the seasoned boiled egg to be like the Japanese’s Ajitsuke Tamago, please do not order.
Spent the rest of the evening at my hotel’s lounge with my colleagues because the streets around Times Square were all blocked by the NYPD. We only headed out around 2100hrs and tried our luck to get into Times Square with our key cards. Turns out, it worked! However, the policemen sent us on our way back to our hotel. The highlight of the evening was definitely being led by the policemen from 50th through 47th St, getting a glimpse of the crazy atmosphere amongst fellow revelers.
TIP/ If you would like to spend your New Year’s Eve getting a good view of the ball drop. Please make sure to have a reservation at a restaurant in Times Square or a key card to any hotels around Times Square. That is the only way to get past the NYPD barricades.
All of us decide to head back to the hotel because everyone was dead-beat. We ended up watching the ball drop from a corner of 46 St, 200m away from the foot of our hotel.
Headed to Russ & Daughters cafe for brunch.