We decided to take it easy the last day in the city, sleeping in until almost 9. We checked out around 10, leaving our bags at the hotel for the day while we did our last bit of exploring. Jeremy suggested we visit the Intrepid, which seemed both fun and appropriate since it is Memorial Day and Fleet Week, which, once we got there we realized also meant crazy long lines. So rather than standing around we decided to ride the 1 train to the Staten Island Ferry terminal. We took some pictures if the (far away) Statue of Liberty and then walked to the Brooklyn Bridge. We sat on a bench under the bridge for a while, just relaxing, then decided to try and find a pizza place to get some “real New York pizza”. You would think this would be an easy task, but like the bagel search before it, it proved rather elusive. This time however we stumbled onto an even better place to eat, Les Halle, as made famous by Anthony Bourdain’s book “Kitchen Confidential”. So without much further thought we grabbed a table inside where I enjoyed pommes frites with a small salad and a homemade pork and beef sausage sandwich, Jeremy had their famous burger. Both were excellent, the fries in particular were exceptionally good, that perfect combo of crunchy, piping hot, and salty, yum.
After satisfying my caffine craving with some French press coffee we headed out and sat in Battery Park for about 45 minutes then headed back to the hotel to pick up our bags and head to the airport. Two train rides and a bus ride later we’re now sitting at the airport pub waiting for our flight.
This has been a great trip, great sights, great food, got to meet up with great friends, and got to share it with a great guy, couldn’t ask for more.