We had decided we would go to Harlem today to have a soul food lunch. We had plenty of time before lunch so we walked up to 5th Avenue. It wasn't so crowded at Saks Fith Avenue so we got a better look at their Christmas windows.
I wanted to see the Tiffany windows so we walked down 5th. We got to a corner that was all blocked off. Every person had to tell the policeman where they were going to see if they could continue or not. The issue was we had to pass Trump Tower to get to Tiffany. We were allowed to continue. It seemed so pointless because Donald Trump is in Florida for Christmas.
We went into Tiffany, looked at the sparkly things on the ground floor before going to Level 3 where things are a little more affordable. The lady operating the lift told us there was a ring on level 2 worth $40mil so we stopped there on the way back down. I asked someone behind the counter but she said she didn't thing they had one that expensive. The first time I went into Tiffany I saw a tennis bracelet I loved. It is still there and could be mine for $24 600.
We continued down to Central Park and had a ride in a horse & carriage. He took us around part of Central Park for about 20mins.
We got on train to Harlem about midday. It was quite a slow trip - we had to swap trains at Times Square & it stopped quite a few times because of traffic congestion.
I had googled a few restaurants and we decided on one called Amy Ruth's. The food had good reviews & it wasn't touristy like Sylvia's. All the meals were named after famous African-Americans. Robyn had the Rev Al Sharpton which was their famous chicken & waffles and I had the Al Roker which was boneless beef short ribs with candied yams and collard greens. Both meals were delicious!! Amy Ruth also had quite a selection of home made cakes but there was no way we could eat anything else.
After lunch we caught the train one more stop uptown which seemed to be the main part of Harlem. This was the home of the famous Apollo Theatre. We walked down towards it & got stopped 4 times by men trying to flog us their CDs. It is really hard to get away and not buy them. They tend to use the racism card to make people buy. At least we only had to give a few dollars. We now have 4 new CDs!
We had a quiet afternoon - apart from going out to get a new Furla bag (50% sale) before going to see The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
I have wanted to see The Rockettes since I was a teenager!! Radio City Music Hall holds a lot of people and there didn't seem to be any empty seats. The whole production was very slick - all the Rockettes had identical hairstyles, makeup, hair accessories etc. There was a story about Christmas in New York, the magic of Santa and the Christmas story. There were even real sheep, camels & a donkey at the manger. The whole show was fantastic. I am very glad I have seen it.
We came out of the show at the back of the theatre and saw some Christmas decorations/lights in the offices do we went & looked at them. We also came across all the people selling their fakes. There were heaps of designer bags, watches and sunglasses. It is always worth seeing what you can pick up & how low the sellers will go.