NYC – Le Bernardin

Charles and I picked La Bernardin as the restaurant to splurge on while we were in NYC last April. The restaurant is famous for being one of the best destination for seafood lovers in New York and I couldn’t say no to that! La Bernardin is awarded three-star michelin and is number 24 on the World’s Top 50 Restaurant.

We decided to go for their 3 course lunch set and arrived around noon. Service was impeccable and delicious has to be an understatement for this coveted restaurant. To give you an idea on what a set lunch at La Bernardin looks like…

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So that was the complimentary appetizer (lobster), the first course (umi sashimi), second course (cod fish) and third course (mango sorbet). The damage is US$89++ per pax. We loved every aspect of the meal and agreed that this had to be the best meal we have ever had in our lives! Worth every penny we spent. After the amazing lunch, we walked over to the Museum of Modern Art which was pretty nearby and suffered from food coma while we were there. Hahaha.

Remember to book your table early if you like to go. We emailed them instead of going through their booking system (opentable) around 3 weeks before the actual weekday. Highly recommend!

DINING HOURS
Lunch:    Monday – Friday, 12 pm – 2:30 pm
Dinner:    Monday – Thursday, 5:15 pm – 10:30 pm
Friday – Saturday, 5:15 pm – 11 pm

Le Bernardin is closed on Sundays.

Address: 155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, USA

Phone: +1 212-554-1515

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NYC – The Essential Food List

Charles and I went to NYC in April 2016 and spend most of our time looking for good food and shopping! We were told by a good friend to download Yelp (the app) and it sure did come in very handy during our trip. Here’s some of our tried and tested recommendations:

This burger joint needs no introduction. We had it during our (shopping) day trip to Woodbury. It was literally a whole day of shopping, and Charles had a good loot at the end of the day.

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Various locations in NYC – please check out their website for details.

No trip to NYC is complete without having a bagel for breakfast. We were glad we went to H&H which has been serving one of NYC’s best bagels for the last 40 years!

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Address: 1551 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
Open daily: 5:30am to 9pm

Great place for lobster lovers – Luke’s Lobster pride itself on serving seafood “straight from the source, prepared pure and simple, without the filler”. I had the seasonal salad as I had too many lobster rolls during the first few days of the trip. This set came with clam chowder, lobster (duh), baby kale, quinoa, chickpeas, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

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Various locations in NYC – please check out their website for details.

Guess what happens when two Asians had too much burgers and lobster rolls? We start to crave for Asian food, of course. This place came recommended by a fellow foodie and we found the familiar taste of Korean food so comforting! Excuse the half eaten fish and broccoli, we were starving and couldn’t wait!

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Address: 5W. 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001
Open daily: 24 hours (good for late night supper cravings!)

NYC – airbnb

Charles and I stayed for a week in this airbnb and were sad to be leave when the time came! The location is great for traveling into Manhattan – as described in the listing, you will be in the heart of Manhattan in 20mins by subway.

 

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Picture courtesy of airbnb listing

The area is really safe, we had no problem returning home at 9 to 10pm every night. The studio itself is self-contained; we had everything we needed and it felt very cosy. We love how Shawn and Christine add their personal touch to the place like having a map of the subway as a shower curtain and great photos of New York landmarks around the studio! We had a late flight on our last day and we were told we could check-out at 6pm which allow us to shower before heading for a 20 hours flight.

Miami – Proposal at Miami Flight Seeing

So this is how the story goes…

Prior to leaving Singapore, Charles wrote to the kind folks at Miami Flight Seeing to orchestrate his surprise proposal after the flight tour. I got to admit he did plan it pretty well. Charles liaised with Angelo (from Miami Flight Seeing) who was very responsive and helpful. So guys, if you are planning something similar, look for Angelo!

It was our first free day in US after taking 30 hours to get to Florida from Singapore. Ugh if only there’s a direct flight from Singapore!!! We were supposed to head to Miami beach to catch the sunset but Charles drove us to ATA Flight School instead. It raised my suspicion a little, but I didn’t think much as it was his 30th birthday and he is entitled to do pretty much whatever he wanted.  We arrived around 5pm, and UP we went for the sunset tour!

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The flight itself was great. We took the C172 and was given a tour of the Miami coastline, Key biscayne, Biscayne Lighthouse, downtown Miami, the Venetian Islands and caught sight of some celebrities’ houses. The whole tour took around 45 minutes although it felt like only 15 – guess time really flies when you are enjoying yourself!

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By the time we start descending, the sun was setting. Charles requested for Angelo to hold up a banner which read “Doranne, Will you marry me?” when we landed. That was when I knew he was proposing!!! We got out of the C172 and he went down on one knees with the Damiani Bocciolo. Needless to say, I said yes! The generous owner came up with a small bottle of champagne to celebrate our engagement and had a short chat with us. I was in a bit of a daze after the whole thing and Charles didn’t get anyone to take a picture or video of the whole thing, so these two lousy pictures are all that we got! 

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Here’s one from our first day as an engaged couple, as we made our way down to Key West. And another one of the Damiani Bocciolo, taken professionally by a photographer.

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Address: 1610 SW 75th Ave, North Perry Airport, Miami, FL 33023-2586
Phone: +1 305-767-1903
Website: http://www.miamiflightseeing.com/