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Sunday, May 30, 2010

The View from The View

One of the most relaxing spots to view the beautiful buildings in New York City is the revolving restaurant at the top of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square called The View. Elizabeth and I had put that at the top of our 'must do' list for our recent four day visit and it did not disappoint.

We started out with some refreshing drinks of the non-alcoholic variety in pretty hurricane glasses which we got to take home. You can see here that we were using our time wisely and planning what we wanted to see and how we were going to fit it all in. Also check out the cocktail napkins under the drinks. They have a sketch of the circular view with all the major buildings labeled so you know what you're looking at. That was very helpful.

The dinner buffet was quite extensive, but there were a lot of people around it, so this is all you get to see! Everything was so delicious ~ the beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender, the salad was wonderful, the carrot was almost as good as the carrots we picked out of our own garden last year, the dinner roll was full of herbs and tasted so good, and that mixture up there by the fork...that was a turkey/cranberry/butternut squash salad and I wish I had asked for the recipe, it was that good! Yum! There was much more, but I was saving room for this...

The dessert buffet was unbelievable...

...yep, that's a chocolate fountain and they had the most beautiful long stemmed strawberries to go with it...

...every kind of dessert you can imagine, along with a variety of cheeses and fruits...

...this is what I chose ~ a little warm bread pudding with vanilla sauce, a chocolate covered marshmallow, a bite size piece of cheese cake and chocolate cake, and a chocolate cup filled with the most scrumptious custard pudding. Just delicious!

Oh yes, and let's not forget...

...the view! This is the top of the spectacular Chrysler Building which I happen to think is the most beautiful sky scraper in New York City. We were on the 48th floor of the Marriott, so that's why the Chrysler doesn't look very tall from here! In fact, it is 1045 feet tall, and was the tallest building in the world for one year, until the Empire State Building was completed and took over that distinction for a while.

So that was our fancy dinner on the first night of our visit to New York City. After leaving the Marriott but before heading back to our hotel, we decided to see if we could find Rockefeller Center where the Christmas tree is lit and the ice skating is enjoyed every Christmas. Elizabeth had never seen it and it was a nice night for a walk, so off we went. You'll never believe what we stumbled upon...

That's Billy Joel (the bald guy in the middle) and his band giving their final bows to the crowd in Rockefeller Center! We got there just as he started his famous Piano Man which happens to be one of my favorite songs of his. Then he did his own version of Hey Jude and that was the end of the concert! Can you believe that? Only in New York City!

More to come!

Happy Stitching!

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