On our final day in New York City, we started with a morning stroll around a nearby farmers market followed with lunch at Candle Café West. We’d been to Candle Café West on a previous NYC trip and knew it would be terrific.
On that earlier visit, David had ordered the Cajun seitan sandwich, and I had a salad. I spent the entire meal munching away on greens and wishing I’d had a big stack of wheat meat instead.
I didn’t make the same mistake twice.
I ordered this hefty sandwich on grilled foccacia with a thick layering of Cajun crusted seitan, onion, avocado, and ancho-chili aioli. Instead of putting raw kale inside of the sandwich, they steam it first, which makes it less chewy and dry.
David ordered a special of the day – breaded tofu on a bed of lentils with grilled vegetables. It’s topped with mixed greens and crisp apple. I snagged a bite, and it was delectable.
Afterwards, we went on a mile and a half walk through Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We stopped along the way to admire the model sailboats on Conservatory Water.
Parents and their children were taking turns driving the remote controlled boats. In fact, people have been racing model sailboats there for over 135 years. At every turn in Central Park, there’s something fun to do and see.
Finally, we arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Met is enormous. A person could spend day after day just going to the museum.
In fact, that could be a good way to do it. Take a couple of hours every day of vacation when you’re fresh and check out a new wing.
Tickets to the museum are a suggested price of $25 per person. However, guests are allowed to pay whatever they desire.
When you get up to the ticket counter, they simply ask you what you’d like to pay. Many people told me that they regularly pay as little as $5.
It makes the museum an achievable experience for a family, students, or struggling artists who dream of having their own work there someday.
The area of the museum I was most eager to see was the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. This Egyptian temple was built around 15 B.C.
Museum-goers are able to walk right up to the pharaonic temple to admire it and marvel at how it was built.
That night, we went to dinner at Peacefood Café on the Upper West Side.
I had visited the downtown location on a previous trip. I was surprised at how different the locations are in tone. The downtown location is modern and trendy. The Upper West Side motif is casual with an eclectic collection of odds and ends on the walls.
We ordered the chickpea fries to start, one of Peacefood Café’s most popular appetizers.
The fries are made with chickpea flour, hardened into cakes, sliced into sticks, and fried. They are filled with Indian spices and served with a dipping sauce.
I am always tempted by vegan crab cakes, and theirs were toothsome and inviting. They were served on top of a massaged kale salad with corn and shredded carrots.
After the chickpea fry appetizer, I was only able to finish half, but that meant I had lunch for the airplane the next day. Even at room temperature, they still stood up.
David had the mushroom duxelle pizza, which comes cheeseless by default. It was topped with roasted sweet peppers, zucchini, and onions.
The mushrooms on the pizza were made into a paste and spread across it. It made for a squishy texture that wasn’t entirely appealing, even for two mushroom lovers.
With that, we headed back to the room to get some sleep before leaving the Big Apple the next morning.
New York City never disappoints, and the only regrets I had upon leaving were that there were still things on my to-do list left unchecked. All the more reason that I’ll need to go back. Until next time, New York!
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