And the views were spectacular!! Statue of Liberty on one side with the harbor, and the city skyline on the other.
Next, we rode a train to the East Village. It was a totally different vibe than the more touristy areas we've been in so far. Lots of college students, homeless folks, and general hipster-types. Restaurants and bars at nearly every doorway, only interrupted by a few tattoo parlors, piercing shops, and general provision stores. We had read about a little place called Crif Dog and as soon as I told the boys, "they serve deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dogs with chili cheese tater tots", they both immediately asked how soon we could go. The hotdogs were delicious, the place was full and generally a dive bar type place. I ordered BLT dog off the menu, and the boys ordered pretty plain dogs (if you call call something wrapped in bacon "plain"). They regretted their boring choices, so we ordered one more for the road. This is called the Lil' Mama: bacon-wrapped hot dog, topped with peanut butter, pickles and crushed potato chips. All three kids LOVED it. You can form your own opinion on that taste combo, but I figure, at least their trying new things, right?