Fly from Lansing to O'Hare, O'Hare to Newark. From Newark took the AirTran to train platform. Took train to Penn Station then took the 1 Uptown to 79th. Ahh...sounds fast, doesn't it? Try 7:30 am-2:30 pm. New York is not a fast destination-until you get here.
My fellow travelers and I checked into our hotel and headed uptown to Columbia to make sure we knew where we were going for tomorrow. We walked around Riverside Church and a bit of the Teachers College before heading back downtown. Ended up at Niko's for dinner; which was very surprising. The menu was certainly overwhelming and the odor of freshly cooked fish loomed heavily in the air (one of their specialties--even overheard the man next to us comment, "This is the place to come for this," as he gestured to their whole fish). Considering I can't stomach fish (it's too fishy, of course) I got worried. We quickly became unsure of our decision but were very pleasantly surprised. Penny got the best dish of the night--pasta with plum tomatoes, basil, ricotta, and an unidentified sauce--that was wonderful.
Kathy had a very healthy salad stocked with fresh strawberries and apples among other things. I had a yummy white pizza--goat cheese, ricotta, and mozzarella.
We headed to the West Side Market after dinner to grab a few breakfast items:
Organic yogurt (Stonyfield Farms Vanilla), organic granola, non-organic (boo hoo) green grapes, and then some snacks- naan and a goat cheese dip.
Now, comfy clothes, MacBook, and a turned down bed.