We couldn’t go all the way to New York without walking the Brooklyn Bridge! With our flight scheduled for 7pm in the evening, we made the most of our final morning in the city. Starting off on the Manhattan side and making our way across the bridge towards Brooklyn. Due to the cold weather, it wasn’t too busy so we got to fully enjoy it.
With numerous New York soundtracks in our heads (that we proceeded to sing out loud) we strutted across the bridge enjoying the views. The contrast between the tightly packed skyscrapers of Manhattan and the lower buildings in Brooklyn are more obvious when you’re right between them. Having not had time on this trip to see the Statue of Liberty, I enjoyed catching a glimpse of her from the bridge.
We paused for a few of the classic tourist snaps, before helping a lady take some photos of her on the bridge. She of course returned the favour. Not getting very many photos of Ben and I together, it’s always a treat to get them where we can.
When we neared the end of the bridge, our stomachs were starting to rumble. Having skipped breakfast, we must have been more eagle-eyed than usual as we spotted a colourful little spot from the bridge. Ben immediately googled it and it turned out, it was a restaurant, so we made a beeline.
Plum’s is a little bit of a walk from the bridge, but so worth it. The staff were absolutely lovely and having just opened, there was just one other busy table when we arrived. We were seated immediately and handed menus. Plum’s Restaurant and Bar is owned by Frank Defalco and Michael O’Keeffe who also opened neighbouring River Cafe in 1977. It sits in a spot that used to be an old working gas station. Pop Group Bananarama even shot their music video for ‘Cruel Summer’ outside the location in the 1980’s. In fact, many features of the old garage are still in tact, including the doors. Painted in a retro turquoise, with vintage cars parked outside, it’s such a cute spot. I’m sure we’ll be seeing it pop up across the ‘gram very soon.
I decided on a Winter Citrus Salad with orange segments, toasted pecans, goat’s cheese and vinaigrette. Ben had the Plum’s Burger with Wagyu beef, jalapeño jam, caramelised onion, chedder and herby french fries. We shared a portion of breakfast potatoes which were chopped up boiled potatoes (until almost falling apart) mixed with a bit of veg. So simple, but so delicious.
We decided to just stick to main each and walked it off with a stroll around DUMBO.
We walked along the river for a while. Before it was time to head back to the hotel, collect our bags and set off for the airport.
What a fabulous first ever trip to the big apple.