Hemant and Michelle came to Montreal for an Easter break. The big plan was to head down to New York City for 4 days and spend the rest of the time in Montreal shopping and eating. I think eating was the theme of the vacation.
Their time in Montreal consisted of hitting up a Cabane a Sucre since Hemant had never been to one. This event didn’t start off very well as when we arrived I locked the keys into the rental car. Thankfully with Communauto (the place we get our car rentals from) we get free CAA so all we had to do was call them up and wait 20 minutes to get the car unlocked. I was totally expecting it to take a few hours since we were about 100km outside of Montreal but we were lucky.
In Montreal we went to Chu Chai (our favorite Thai place), l’Avenue twice (our favorite breakfast place), Shodun (for awesome sushi), and a couple random places for noodle bowls. Hemant and I hit some movies (State of Play and Fast and Furious) while the girls shopped. We also had some time to squeeze in some boardgames (Set and Battlestar Gallactica)
The main part of their visit was spent in NYC. It’s only a 6 hour drive away so not that bad. We all bought some New York Passes which allowed us entry into unlimited sights for 2 days so we wanted to hit as many as we could on Monday and Tuesday. We rented a car and drove down on Sunday morning. We checked into our hotel (Barclay) in the middle of the afternoon:
We walked around Times Square:
And by the Empire State Building:
And eventually went for supper at “Kum Gang San” for some Korean BBQ. We met up with one of Michelle’s friends from Japan and one of my friends that I’ve known online for over 10 years but had never met. The Korean BBQ was alright, the sauce on the beef they made was fantastic. After supper we went out to a Korean pub with Michelle’s friend for a few drinks:
The 2nd day was going to be a lot busier. We started off and went for breakfast at the first place we could find which sadly was a Starbucks. After that we went to do a NBC studio tour but once we arrived they were all booked up until the afternoon. Quick change of plans and we ended up at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Hemant and Michelle liked it a lot more than Rachel and I did. We all cruised through the museum in about an hour and a half.
For lunch I wanted to go to the Brooklyn Finer Diner where I had an awesome hamburger last time. Rachel decided to try their giant hotdog and got this:
It was called the “15 bite” hotdog but I don’t think that’s humanly possible.
After lunch we went on the NBC studio tour into the SNL studio and the today show. We weren’t allowed to take any photos. The tour was acceptable. After the NBC tour we had the rockefeller center tour which was my favorite one. A guide just walked us around rockefeller center and told us the history and stuff of all the buildings. After watching a new episode of “30 rock” I can now recognize some of the buildings/statues they show in the intro.
For supper we went to the Ninja Restaurant (which we heard about from the Totally Rad Show podcast). We read some bad reviews on the food but the ninja experience was suppose to be awesome. It turned out both the food and the experience was awesome. When you enter the restaurant you have the choice of going to your table the sissy way (pretty sure they didn’t call it this) or the ninja way which we chose. The ninja way consisted of walking through a pitch black tunnel with some ninja walking around proving that he could kill you by sneaking up on you. Our table was in a little private booth:
At some point during the supper our ninja waiter snuck up behind Rachel and put his sword on her neck proving that he could kill her at any time. I decided to let the waiter live. The food we ordered came out with little gimmicks. Hemant had a dish called the “bombshell” that came out and the waiter lit on fire. It had a little explosion and that was it. I had one where there was a knife in it which I pulled out and then it started to smoke while I ate it.
Michelle and Rachel split their meal which was called the katana:
The ninja restaurant was one of my favorite parts of the NYC trip. I recommend you check it out if you have time in NYC.
After the ninja restaurant we went to the “Top of the Rock” (aka the top of the rockefeller building).
So that was our long 2nd day, surprisingly our 3rd day had even more stuff. Rachel and I started the day heading to the Brooklyn Bridge while Hemant and Michelle went to Ground Zero. Rach and I just walked across the bridge and took a few pictures:
This was my favorite Brooklyn Bridge picture simply because the graffiti says “WTF Kevin Pastashios.” That’s gold.
We met back up with Hemant and Michelle for the Bodies exhibit. “The Exhibition unveils the many complex systems of organs and tissues that drive every aspect of our daily lives and unite us all as humans.” This was pretty awesome too. All the bodies in the exhibit were real bodies that the guy had setup. No pictures were allowed here either.
For the afternoon the girls went shopping and Hemant and I went on the Madison Square Garden tour. This tour was pretty weak. The first half of the tour was watching a DVD of someone giving a tour. After that a Knicks cheerleader came out and gave some brutal speech about what she does. It would have been awesome if the tour stopped there cause it would definitely be the worst tour of all time. The 2nd half of the tour we went through the Knicks and the Rangers locker rooms and then saw the 2 stadiums:
After that tour we met up with the girls again and went to the Museum of Sex. I’m glad that we didn’t have to directly pay for this one since it was my least favorite museum we went to. The best part was the female urinal though:
For the evening Rachel and Michelle went to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Madison Square Garden (I think Rachel has been to more Dave Matthew Band concerts then Dave Matthews now). Hemant and I went to the “West Side Story” musical since Hemant loved the movie. I can’t say I enjoyed this musical very much. I think it’s my least favorite one I’ve seen. It probably didn’t help that I didn’t know anything about it or any of the songs. After the show we had some more time so Hemant and I ran over to the Empire State Building for the quickest viewing of all time. I think we stayed at the top for maybe 2 minutes.
Our last day we went to a place called “Dishes” for breakfast which I enjoyed quite a bit. It was sort of a breakfast buffet but with quality food instead of crap. After that we walked around central park:
Our last item on the agenda was one more musical called “Guys and Dolls” which all 4 of us went to. I liked this one more than West Side Story. After the musical we jumped in the car and drove back to Montreal arriving at around 1am.
The last few days in Montreal we took it pretty easy and recovered from the NYC trip. Rachel and I will be spending the next week resting up for our next set of visitors.
Our New York City pictures on Flickr.