24 Hours in NYC: A Grand Hotel, a Hidden Gem and a Lot of Eating!

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013


24 Hours in NYC:

A Grand Hotel, a Hidden Gem and a Lot of Eating!


It’s become somewhat of a tradition to take an autumn road-trip to The Big Apple.

So we loaded up the car and made our way up the New Jersey Turnpike.


The roads were open, the sky was clear and Manhattan was in sight!


We headed into the tunnel…


And within minutes we were in the city…


And on our way to the Paramount Hotel!


Back in the 80s and 90s the Paramount was the stomping grounds for The Hooters, their crew

and lots of rock-n-rollers.


But, now it seems to have a more sophisticated vibe.


The hotel recently underwent some cosmetic surgery and looks as beautiful as ever!

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When we arrived, our room wasn’t quite ready. So, we took a walk through Times Square.


Then caught the R Train down to Soho.

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As we hit the streets of Soho, a lovely curly-haired young lady made my day by telling me that she loved my curly locks. She said, “Us curly girls have to stick together!”

photo 5 copy 2-3I also used the opportunity to find my lost sense of direction and ask her which way to Spring Street.

All that travel makes a girl (and her guy) very hungry!


David had never been to Balthazar. So, I thought that’d be a good place for brunch.

Every place in Soho was jam packed! And it was approaching 3pm on a Sunday!

After waiting an hour, we were finally seated.


It was worth the wait…and the price (it ain’t cheap, folks!).

David had an incredible Chickpea Soup and Beef Stroganoff with buttered noodles.

I had Chicken Paillard. The homemade bread was off-the-map (there goes the carb free diet).


After brunch we walked around the corner to All Saints, where the clothes are cool and the staff is hot, hot, hot!

I’m talking off-the-runway sales people.


The Moma store was just across the street. So, we popped in.

I cannot believe that the pot I grew up with, was on display and on sale for $100!

I still have two of my mother’s originals on my stove now!


The afternoon was slipping away and it was time to head back to the Paramount and Times Square.

Some good shows were just steps away from the hotel.


But, it was time to check into the hotel and take a little siesta before dinner.


We were pleasantly surprised to find (that because of the delay on our room)

we were upgraded to a Corner King!

And the folks at the Paramount even sent up some fruit and mineral water.

David was very excited by this 🙂


After a proper nap, we strolled back through Times Square to catch the train.


Our destination was I Trulli.


I know this sounds corny. But, I truly loved this place.

Totally under the radar and away from the madness of NYC.


We were seated in their garden courtyard.

George, the sommelier, greeted us and started the evening with a wonderful glass of Lambrusco,

and perfectly paired each of my courses…


For starters we had Mussels and Clams in white wine with garlic and parsley and

Grilled Baby Octopus with potatoes, celery and black olives.


We indulged in two amazing pasta courses:

Calamarata and Bucatini all’ Amatriciana

and shared the house special, Veal Milanese.

Dessert was the perfect end to this spectacular dinner! We will definitely return to I Trulli!


Officially stuffed, we hailed a taxi and headed back to the Paramount.



The lobby looks even more beautiful at night!


And check out the elevators!


The view from our room was beautiful! Nighty night New York City!


And good morning! A quick cup of coffee and then off to the Carnegie Deli,

where we stood in line for some of the best corned beef in the world!!!

I actually took mine home and made 4 (yes 4) more sandwiches.


As if we hadn’t consumed enough food. We took a short subway ride to Eataly.

It’s like Philly’s Reading Terminal Market on steroids. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!


Seafood, meat, cheese, fruit…

Aisles and aisles and aisles of pasta!!!


And gelato!!!


Okay, we need to sit down after that.


The park across the street had a great view of the famous Flatiron Building.


And another view of the very long line for the Shake Shack.

One just opened here in Philly. Another one opens soon in King of Prussia.

It must be good with a line that long…next time 😉


And if you are still with us, my friends, that brings our 24 hours in NYC to a close.


I don’t think that we could have consumed another morsel of food.

I am returning to Philadelphia fat, happy and even more in love with my guy.


See you next time, New York.


Dallyn & David