New York City Day 2: Food, Ferry, Downtown

NYC Day 2

Our second day in New York City was such a memorable one. We had delicious food from pastrami sandwiches to falafel and so much more. Despite the rain in the evening that left us stranded in the New York City Public Library and at Grand Central Terminal, we still decided to push through and enjoy the rest of the night. Here are some highlights:

Lower East Side and Katz’s Delicatessen

Many people love NYC themed movies and if you remember Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s performance at that deli in “When Harry Met Sally,” you might also recall this place in lower Manhattan. Katz’s Deli is a pretty good place for some hand-carved and juicy pastrami sandwiches. I must say, it was pretty good despite being somewhat “tourist cliché.”

New York City Lower East Side photo

Photo of Katz's Delicatessen Deli

Photo of Katz Delicatessen Deli Exterior

Photo of Katz's Delicatessen Interior in New York City

Photo of Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen Katz's Deli New York City

Photo of Katz's Delicatessen from across the street in New York City

Katz’s Delicatessen205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Got stuck in Midtown during spontaneous thunderstorm and rain

We agreed with our friends to meet at Bryant Park or at the New York Public Library. When we arrived in the area we already felt the mist that quickly turned into a shower; once we found ourselves inside the library, we heard and saw the pouring rain.

Photo of NYC Public Libary Rain

Now we’re stuck!

Ron and Jess NYC Public Library

Photo of New York City Public Library

New York Public Library Main Branch476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave) New York City, NY 10018

So we explored the library for a while. We didn’t get a picture of it but there was a Alexander Hamilton mini exhibit in the library. Unfortunately, the library was about to close and everyone in the building were getting kicked out!

After getting kicked out, we ran to Grand Central Terminal to meet with our friends. We ended up soaking wet. And as you know, we weren’t going to take photos when it is pouring rain outside! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go and explore Grand Central and take a few “travel” photos but here’s a few from Grand Central Terminal:

Photo of Grand Central Terminal Interior

Photo of Grand Central Terminal Interior New York City

Had to take a selfie while drying off

Grand Central Selfie

Falafel and Drinks

When the rain finally stopped we made our way to 14th street on the east side and had some Halal Guys. Jessica and I shared a plate of falafel with rice and vegetables. We absolutely loved that tahini sauce! Then, we got some drinks after.

Photo of Halal Guys Falafel

Our friend ordered this one (below) but I just don’t remember what it’s called.

Photo of Halal Guys food plate New York City

Halal Guys – 307 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Then some drinks with friends

Ron and Jess NYC 14th

NYC East Side

Ordered wine, a Manhattan, and an Old Fashioned. Why not order a Manhattan in Manhattan, right?

NYC Drinks East Side Friends

Late Night Fun at Downtown, Staten Island Ferry, and the Brooklyn Bridge

This (below) is probably one of my favorite views/shots of our New York City trip. I just can’t help but get emotional when I see this building, The One World Trade Center or “Freedom Tower.”

Photo of One World Trade Center NYC Downtown

Then we hopped on the free Staten Island Ferry

I highly recommend that you hop on the Staten Island Ferry if you find yourself in New York City. It is free and it gives you great views of Downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and so much more.

Downtown Buildings NYC

Photo of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Staten Island Ferry

Ron and Jess Staten Island Ferry

We were exhausted but we got some energy to smile 🙂 Here we are lounging in the Staten Island Ferry:

Staten Island Ferry with Friends

And look, the Statue of Liberty! This photo just doesn’t do it justice.

Photo of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry New York City

Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal (Manhattan) – 4 Whitehall St, New York, NY 10004

Ending the night in Downtown and at The Brooklyn Bridge

Downtown Bull Statue

Photo of the New York City City Hall

The City Hall of New York (above)

Ron and Jessica Brooklyn Bridge Night Day 2

… and good night!

This was such an exhausting but fun day. Sure the weather did not cooperate that much but we didn’t let that spoil the fun. Exploring New York City spontaneously on a hot, humid, and rainy night was such a joy. It’s always great to just go with the unknown energy and just let the night take you wherever it wants to take you. I am not a big fan of planning a day but this unplanned day was awesome! I hope you liked the pictures.

In case you missed it, check out our Day 1 Photos.

Have you been to New York City? Do you live there? What are your favorite spots there?

  • Frank Priegue


    Great post! I loved the images! As a born and bred New Yorker, I’ve always loved seeing NYC through the eyes and lens of others. Have you recovered from your Katz Deli meal? They don’t cheat you on portions. Good thing you did a lot of walking.

    • Ron

      Thanks, Frank. I’m sure New Yorkers still enjoy their city. The Pastrami sandwich from Katz was really good and yes a lot of walking helped!

  • Maikel


    Love seeing all these places!

    • Ron

      New York is great Maikel!

  • Jasmin N


    Your post made me miss New York so badly! Woah, that should be our next destination.

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

    • Ron

      I hope you get to make a trip back to New York soon, Jasmin!

  • Laveena Sengar


    New York has always been on my wishlist. These pictures are just lovely to look at .

    • Ron

      I think it would be pretty much safe to say that NYC is always on anyone’s wishlist. You are not alone, Laveena! I hope you get to make a trip to NYC soon!

  • kittylimon


    Stunning photographs everything looked incredible, seemed you had a really good time. I hope to one day visit NYC 🙂

    • Ron

      Thanks Kitty! I hope you get to visit NYC soon!

  • Breharne


    Your photographs are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing New York is on mine and my husbands bucket list!

    • Ron

      Thank you Breharne! I hope you and your husband get to visit New York soon. It’s just wonderful!

  • Karoliina Kazi


    Great post and excellent evening pics! I love New York, glad you guys are having fun!

    • Ron

      Thanks so much, Karoliina! New York is such an awesome place!

  • Verushka


    so much fun in one day and not forgetting amazing pics ! The food looks delish.

    • Ron

      Thanks Verushka!

  • Chloe of beyond blessed


    Absolutely stunning photos! It looks like you accomplished a TON in one day! And you are right, that one photo is overwhelmingly gorgeous! Nice shot!

    You must come back to NYC in the fall or around Christmas season- the city is absolutely stunning!!

    • Ron

      Thanks, Chloe! We will try to make a trip back to NYC sometime during Christmas season to visit family and enjoy the city of course. Yes, we did get a lot done despite the hot weather and heavy rain!

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