We spentman hour on the viewing decks on the 66th - 70th floors at the iconic Rockerfeller Centre. I went crazy with my camera and took photos from all angles. Here are a few I took with my iPhone.
I liked this view the best. You can see Central Park and the way the East and West streets are divided.
And then I crossed sides and liked this view the best. Oh I couldn't decide. We are just so damn lucky to be able to experience this city. The view of the Empire State Building and the rebuilt World Trade Centre.
We saw the Times Square ball in the concrete jungle - displaying 2012, reminding me that 2012 is the best year ever!
Mum bought a new dress in Conneticut. Doesn't she look fabulous?
And I have been perfecting the art of the selfie.
There is a wall of Swarovski crystals one one of the viewing floors. I thought it is quite pretty.
Mum and I sat inside in the cool and took it all in (I Instagrammed the hell out of my photos thanks to the free wifi there).
After the Rockerfeller we had a quick shop - Mum bought a dress and I was amused by the pushy sales women. We sat and enjoyed fruit smoothies from a street van. This was the view from our bench.
We wandered to MoMA - which was founded by the Rockerfellers - and took in the sun and the sights, starting in the sculpture garden. It was filled with bronze sculptures, flowers and edible gardens and fountains. A very peaceful place.
I looked up and saw this view. I just love the architecture here.
MoMA is filled with contemporary art - paintings, sculptures and multimedia. I liked it better than the Tate Modern in London. This is my favourite - part of an exhibition called Game Plan by Boetti - a collection of carpets and flags. Boetti embroidered four wold maps with flags representing each country. Amazing huh?
Of course we went to the MoMA gift shop - so many things I would love to take home! I wanted a light shade, a bubble necklace and some kitchen gadgets. Instead I bought a card cutout map of the New York City skyline.
The final thing we did today was eat lunch at Momofuku's Ma Peche and the Milkbar. Ma Peche is located downstairs and the Milkbar is on the street level. Momofuku has been a restaurant I have wanted to visit during this trip. The food we have earen here has been pretty bad, so today I was so happy to be there after today. I had heard a lot about the chain on American food podcasts, so my expectations were high. And they were met. The service was great, the food was fancy yet the prices were affordable, and it was in a great location (W 56th St between 5 and 6 Avenue).
Our waitress suggested a ginger soda - it had been made fresh from ginger root. It was so zingy and refreshing.
The menu is made up of salads, steamed buns (pork and fish), sandwiches and noodles. We shared a salad - summer beans, strawberries, yoghurt and peanuts. It was so good to have vegetables! The salad was light and really flavoursome. I will definitely be making it through the summer. This photo does not do the colours justice - it really did pop.
For mains, I chose the pork buns and Mum had the roast beef, tongue and mushroom sandwich.
The pork buns were described by Mum as "to die for" - the pork was fatty and tender, the hoisin was not too salty, and the cucumber and shallots complimented the pork well. The buns were steamed just right. Perfection.
I had a bit of Mum's sandwich - I loved the tender meat (even the tongue!) and really enjoyed the yoghurt paprika dressing. So good!
And then, the moment I had waited for since I had heard about it on American Splendid Table - dessert from Momofuku Milkbar. We both chose crack pie - named crack pie because of its sugary, addictive nature. There is a recipe here. It tasted sugary, buttery, oaty - so delicious.
The Milkbar sells milkshakes (including cereal flavoured), cookies (including the legendary compost cookie) and pies. It also sells the Momofuku and Milkbar cookbooks and totebags.
I said to Mum, we are so lucky to experience this. So very lucky. What a beautiful day.