It began during a reunion… Two graduating cousins (one from high school and one from college) realized they shared the same spring break. “Let’s all go to New York!” We did…sisters, cousins and graduates! It was an experience to remember!    Dial 7 (212-777-7777) provided transportation to and from The Club Quarters at Grand Central Station. Pre-arranged rides are a treat and worth the price.

A quick walk lead to Ellen’s StarDust Diner where our group of four skipped the long line. Tip: Groups of four are easier to seat. The waitstaff at the diner are all aspiring actors.  They sing throughout the meal and it is very entertaining! Other favorite dining spots included Rosa Mexicano (order the guacamole, but split the double between four), The Grey Dog (don’t let the line fool you), Becco (go on your “show-less” night!) and John’s Pizza. I have to admit that I enjoy the eating experience. We truly shopped until we dropped and stopped only to eat and see a few shows. Tip: Make sure your credit card company knows where you are.

Shows included Wicked and Mamma Mia. Wow. Wicked is such a production and I could see it over and over again. The girls happened to see Justin Guarini, the male lead and runner up from the first American Idol, outside of the theater after production. He was a great sport! They took selfies with him and skipped the whole way back to the hotel. It was a happy night! Mamma Mia was next and although not the production like the night before, it was quite the show. Judy McLane, the lead, was amazing. Since this trip, Mamma Mia’s run on Broadway has ended.  If you ever get a chance to see it.  Do. It makes for a happy night.

Although we set out to eat, shop and see a few shows, we did experience more sites. Grand Central Station and the attached market are amazing. We were there on a Sunday morning so it wasn’t AS busy as on weekdays. Both are works of art! The 911 Memorial is reverent and a must do. Tip: Keep your eyes open and take it all in. New York can be a treat for all senses. Sally

About Sally Shore

I joined the Aladdin Team in 2009 and I write and edit Aladdin’s Travel Diary and the Aladdin Compass. I also manage our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn accounts. Ricky and I have three adult children and two daughters in-law and traveling with them makes for wonderful memories! We have visited Great Britain, Spain, Holland, Italy, Austria, the Loire Valley in France and Hong Kong. A 188 mile rafting trip in the Grand Canyon is our most recent family memory and I recommend it to all! 2016 was an exciting year for us… a grandchild joined our family… It’s a girl!

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