Day 6 - Our last full day... Trying not to think about that, we headed along to Bryant Park with a view to seeing the library this time (although it wasn't to be, we clearly should learn to check opening hours....) and then Grand Central Station - what a building. We were both hugely impressed, the architecture itself is obviously lovely but it was more the combination of the building, the ceiling, the atmosphere and the fact that it's such a hub that made it fascinating. Spurred on by Gryff Rhys Jones we talked to each other across the whispering galleries - very cool.
We continued down to the UN (stopping to gaze at the Chrysler Building which I absolutely love) and took the public tour there: this was something we hadn't really intended to do but thought we may as well as we had time for it and it turned out to be really interesting. I'd been to the UN in Geneva previously and it was good to be able to compare the two. There was a session going on in the main chamber so we got to see some of that as well.
We grabbed some lunch at a pub on the way back to 5th Avenue and then up to MOMA, stopping first in the design store across the street. There was great excitement as we discovered they sold the brand of watches the boy was looking for although typically it proved to be too big a decision for that moment in time and we left 'thinking about it'... (Clearly just so we could go back there - his favourite shop - the next day...) MOMA was good although much of the photography section (the main attraction for us) was taken up with an exhibition on printing techniques. Not that it wasn't interesting but just not what we'd expected. Overall though it was very good.
Up to Central Park where we (finally!) managed to get our skates on and dazzle the crowds with our ice-dance routines. Or, in reality, spend half an hour trying not to fall flat on our faces in the presence of the eight year old figure skaters and ice hockey players whizzing past us... Such a beautiful location to do it though, we had to stop for a warm apple cider halfway through and the lights in the buildings were all starting to come on - just gorgeous. Really glad we persevered and managed to skate eventually as it was a total laugh if nothing else!
We headed back to the hotel to change for dinner (via the Hudson for a drink) as we had reservations at Gordon Ramsay at the London. This was, again, based on a friend's recommendation and was the only table we booked in advance. It was our last night and we wanted to make the most of it so got a taxi to the Plaza first of all for drinks. The main reason we wanted to go there (other than the fact that it's the Plaza!) was that a friend had got married there some years ago and we'd heard many tales of that trip. We had drinks in the Oak Bar which was really lovely, there was a pianist and the place was pretty much full so the atmosphere was great. Drinks were expensive (as expected) but it was a lovely place to go when we were all dressed up and a great start to the evening.
We walked from there to the London (passing the LOVE statue by chance) and were taken straight to our table. We loved it, from start to finish. We had the tasting menu which is 7 courses (plus amuse bouches and a choice from the bon bon trolley with coffee) and a nice bottle of red so suffice to say we practically rolled home a few hours later... highlights were the scallops with braised veal cheeks, the sablefish, the main courses in general (I had the duck and my boyfriend had the beef) and also the pumpkin panna cotta - but it was all excellent. Service was impeccable and while it's obviously an expensive night out, it was worth it and a lovely way to end our trip.