Since we had a 3:30 flight out of LaGuardia, we had a bit of time to see more of New York on Monday morning. We checked out, left our bags at the hotel, and met Wendy and Amelia at the Millennium. Wendy talked to the concierge to arrange a shared ride to the airport in an SUV, rather than having to deal with the two-taxi thing again.
Down the street at the Belasco, the Neil Patrick Harris signs had all been replaced already.
We walked down to Bryant Park for the Subway. For the first time, I realized you could see the Empire State Building from there. You know, we’d only walked around there about 8 times already.
We rode up to the stop just south of Central Park and walked the couple blocks over to one of the outposts of the Momofuku Milk Bar. Momofuku has played a big part in our lives, since we ordered a Crack Pie and had it shipped to our wedding. Plus David Chang is awesome.
The staff there acted like it was their first day, forgetting to do things like give us the coffee we ordered, but at least they were really nice about it. We finally left with everything we’d purchased, and walked a couple more blocks to a fountain next to Central Park. We sat down and ate our delicious breakfast. (Blueberry bagel bomb, you’re the best.)
Jumi headed off to do more nerdy things (sorry, Jumi, but it’s true!) and the rest of us walked back over to the subway to take Bally on an important adventure. Conveniently, the West 4th Street Courts (aka The Cage) were located directly above the subway platform in Greenwich Village. We didn’t have to go far to find them!
There were a bunch of teenage girls playing, and they were way better than any of us could ever hope to be.
We headed back downstairs to the train, and rode to Grand Central station. Because Shake Shack was there, and we were hungry again. I have a deep love for train stations, and I liked Grand Central even more knowing that their Shake Shack’s lines weren’t very long, and they had very nice bathrooms in the basement.
Plus Shake Shack sold beer. That’s just plain civilized. (My mushroom burger was great, too.)
We still had a bit of time to kill after lunch, but wanted to be near the hotel, so we went back to the Algonquin for a cocktail. I was really hoping Matilda would be awake so that Amelia could see her! She seemed to be missing, however.
We heard from Jumi that she was on her way back, so we walked back over to our respective hotels and got our bags from the front desk. Our SUV was waiting for us out front, and we quickly realized that was the way to go as far as LaGuardia. If it had been JFK or Newark we’d have taken the train, but this was pretty easy too.
I was briefly annoyed that LGA didn’t seem to have a PreCheck line, but then the agent checking boarding passes handed me and Matt crumpled sheets of paper. They stated that we didn’t have to take our shoes off, so I guess that’s their version of PreCheck (unsurprisingly). There was nobody at security anyway, so we were through quickly. Matt and I went to hang out at a bar while the others went to the gate, and got to witness a lady so drunk or stoned she couldn’t get on the plane. We showed up for the lineup process, and the plane boarded very quickly. I think I’m a fan of Southwest Airlines!
We stopped long enough for dinner at Midway again, then flew back to Minneapolis and were landed by 9pm. We hopped the train, walked the long block to Matt’s car, and then it was a quick drive home from there.