New York, New York (Part 1)

February 14th officially marks our first year together! While I was content with just a nice dinner or a nice present, Cris said my gift can be a weekend getaway in a hotel I have always wanted to stay at in the city, including dinner and fun attractions throughout our weekend there. I instantly said Marriott Marquis in Times Square. I have always wanted to stay in that hotel and be right in the center of all the touristy fun. So we booked the hotel which was extremely overpriced, and decided to plan out our weekend.

February 10-12th we were going to be tourists in our own city. I couldn’t be more excited. We took the subway in since parking at the hotel costs $90.00 and the train costs $2.75. No brainer there, except when we were going back home that Sunday, we were contemplating if taking the car would have been smarter because the subways were all kinds of messed up. Anyways, we got to the hotel around 2 pm and it felt so great to be checking in to this hotel.

Our room was ready, we had a lovely king bed room on the 14th floor. I was so excited to unpack, it’s one of my favorite parts of a trip. I thought the room was spacious for 2 people, cramped for 4 which it could fit if you used the pull out bed. For us though it felt like a little apartment with a good amount of space for our stuff.

The bed itself wasn’t super comfy but the sheets were so soft and cuddly it was like I was surrounded by clouds when I was sleeping. We unpacked and I wanted to take a walk to this camera store on 9th ave and 34th street. To our dismay, the store was closed but we managed to stop at a deli and get snacks for down time and a liquor store for champagne. It would not be a weekend adventure for us without champagne! Our first night we really spent time exploring the hotel and then had our lovely dinner at The View. We took advantage of Restaurant Week and had one of the greatest meals ever. If you would like to see our review of The View you can find that here. We walked around our hotel after and found all the ballrooms for weddings and then also found this walkway with a wonderful view of Times Square. I loved looking out on the overlook, it was actually peaceful.

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We changed into normal clothes and took a walk to the Hershey store and the M&M World store. We felt that M&M world was outrageously overpriced and overheated for a chocolate store where as Hershey was too small but a much better experience. It was an hour before it closed so the crowd level in both stores were slim to none. We were tired so we went to bed around 12:30 am and we knew that the next day was going to be very busy! Our first night was a complete success!

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Let’s Review The View!

This past weekend Cris and I decided to take part in NY Restaurant Week and made a reservation for The View. It’s on the 48th floor of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and the draw to this restaurant is in the name- the view. You are sitting on a revolving floor that moves very slowly, and by the time you finish your meal you have done a complete 360 degree tour of the midtown area (if you want to see a time lapse video of our meal, you can find that on our instagram, adventuresofb_and_c). This has been a place I have wanted to eat at for a while, and to be able to eat here was a dream come true for me. I was so thankful that Cris took me to eat here when we had our weekend in the city because I got to cross off something on my bucket list.

When you go into the Marriott Marquis you need to take the elevator to the 3rd floor and then go on a different elevator that brings you all the way up to the restaurant. This elevator goes extremely fast and atone point you feel like you’re in that scene of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when the elevator goes right through the ceiling. Getting off the elevator you are greeted by the city views and a wonderful host. We waited for maybe 5 minutes before being walked to our table, right by the window. We had an 8pm reservation and we noticed it wasn’t very crowded at this time. Maybe because there are a lot of shows that start around that time so instead of eating, most people are seeing a broadway show. In any case, we had a wonderful seat. It started off our night on a high note.

When we sat down we were given the menu and we already knew we were going to partake in the NY Restaurant Week pre-fixe menu. I added the whole menu so you can see what else they offer. There are 2 restaurant weeks a year, one in the winter and one in the summer. If you want more information on the restaurants that participate then go to nycgo.com .

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The right hand side, upper rectangular section was the menu we used

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We were brought bread and we looked over our options. Our waiter needed us to have our decisions made for all three courses at the same time so we put our entire order in at once, but you don’t feel rushed, the food doesn’t come out at once. You are very well paced here. For our starters, I ordered the Cream of Celery Root and Cris ordered the Crab Cake (this was an extra 12 dollars). They came out in 15 minutes with wonderful presentation.

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Bread Service

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My cream of Celery Root, and Cris’ Crab Cake

The cream of celery root is a celery based soup with duck confit. I have never had duck before so this was a very interesting choice to me. I also love soup, and any chance I get to try new soups, I take. This soup was superb. It was creamy, it wasn’t overbearing with the taste of celery, but if it was I wouldn’t of mind because I love celery. The duck was great, it added a whole new flavor to the soup and I gobbled this soup up very fast. Cris is not a fan of soup so he didn’t taste mine but he devoured his crab cake. For 12 dollars extra he was expecting an amazing crab cake and that is exactly what he got. He was surprised by the size but the flavors were amazing. He gave me a tiny taste and I thought it was excellent. Definitely worth 12 dollars in my opinion. On the side of the crab cake was this sauce that Cris said was very spicy so he opted to not touch that part of the place but he enjoyed his crab cake and we both agreed that the first course was continuing the night on a good note.

Our main dishes came about 15-20 minutes after we finished our appetizers. I ordered the Grilled Atlantic Salmon and Cris ordered the Grilled Flat Iron Steak. The portions looked small but by the time we finished these dishes we were barely ready for dessert.

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Grilled Atlantic Salmon

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Grilled Flatiron Steak

My dish was so insanely amazing, I wish I had more on my plate. It was a wonderfully cooked salmon over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes with a sweet sauce and topped with chunks of buttery lobster. I was in seafood heaven. I absolutely love lobster, it’s a food I just die for and this was amazing. The flavors were all so perfect together and even Cris who is not a huge fan of salmon said it was one of the best things he ever tasted. His food came with vegetables and the meat was so soft he said it was like butter. He really enjoyed his meal and I had a taste and it really was good steak. We cleaned our plates except I didn’t eat the heirloom tomato on my plate, I am just not a big tomato fan. We were told that dessert would be on the way and we had about 10 minutes from the time they took our plates to when they put our desserts in front of us.

I had ordered the NY cheesecake. I love cheesecake and this came with strawberries and raspberry coulis and english cucumber. Cris ordered the Caramel Passion Meringue. While both of these dishes looked wonderful, we felt dessert fell a bit short of the superb meal we had the entire night.

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Cheesecake

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Caramel Passion Meringue

My cheesecake was a bit too tart and not creamy enough for my liking. I ate a good amount but I couldn’t finish it because I was full and it wasn’t the best cheesecake. I have had better. Cris’ dish looked like a sugar high waiting to happen. He even said it was really sweet and he couldn’t finish it because of how sweet it was. He did eat the sorbet though. This didn’t hinder our experience, we just hope that if we return for restaurant week again, they have different desserts.

Once they took our plates from us they gave us the check and told us that an 18% gratuity was already added to the bill. Now, if you go here when it’s not restaurant week, be prepared to drop some serious dough. Each 3 course meal of ours cost $42.00 plus Cris’ extra 12.00 for the crab cake and add in the 18% tip and tax and we were at a grand total of $121.80. That’s not too bad, but it was by far one of the more expensive meals we’ve had together.

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This dinner was part of a big anniversary/valentines day gift from Cris to me so he knew it would be expensive. We left after making a full 360 degrees and leaving right where we started our meal. We told each other that we would definitely come back, and I know we will be. This was definitely a night to remember, it was a dream come true for me and the food lived up to my hopes and dreams. I would definitely recommend for a lovely night out with your significant other or with your friends for a fancy night out. No matter why you go, you are sure to have great food, and a great view.