48 hours in New York.
Being a New Yorker for once.
We are awestruck as we stand at the end of the Brooklyn Bridge and look at Manhattan and its skyscrapers. It is eight in the morning. Throngs of people rush through the avenues. Women wear sneakers – the high heels don’t come out until they get to their destinations. That’s how it’s done in New York. As a tourist in New York City, you also visit the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. But we don’t want to be tourists. We want to be New Yorkers. For 48 hours – and with two exciting companions: the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC. Our route through the city is supposed to take us to more than just the tourist attractions. Instead, we want to focus on two things loved by the locals: good food and exciting art. Let’s go.
Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC:
Fuel consumptions combined: 7.4 l/100 km;
CO₂ emissions combined: 172 g/km.*
Mercedes-AMG G 63:
Fuel consumptions combined: 13.8 l/100 km;
CO₂ emissions combined: 322 g/km.*
Stay alert: art is everywhere.
We start our first day with a breakfast of original lox (brined salmon) and cream cheese bagels at “Russ & Daughters”. People expecting a cosy restaurant will be disappointed. The deli puts appetizers straight in your hands. Perfect for on the go – and therefore for us, because we want to flee the hustle and bustle and head towards Central Park. It is still quiet here, as if made for a first walk. We leisurely head on to the “Metropolitan Museum of Art”, where we enjoy art, art and more art. Very diverse. Very different.
Visitors cannot only examine paintings, but sculptures and architecture as well. Stay alert, everything around you may be part of the exhibition.
World-famous and delicious.
After the art, the hunger returns. Off to “Katz’s Delicatessen”, where we order the world-famous pastrami sandwich. It really isn’t meant for vegetarians. The pile of seasoned sliced beef on the plate is almost seven centimetres tall. We can smell the garlic, taste clove and pepper, and the whole thing is just simply delicious. But there is also a problem: a slice of apple pie just won’t do for dessert after this culinary pleasure. The spicy flavour of the sandwich demands a worthy dessert.
Bella Italia in New York.
We find it at “Otto Enoteca Pizzeria”: olive oil ice cream. Admittedly, it sounds a bit tricky for strawberry and chocolate eaters at first, but the strange flavour turns out to be a real winner. The man responsible for it is Mario Batali, the chef at “Otto”. Not only his ice cream, all other Italian classic dishes transport you mentally to Bella Italia on the spot.
By the way, the restaurant takes its name from its address on 5th Avenue: at the corner of 8th Street.
Everything out of the ordinary.
On the next day, we take the Mercedes-AMG G 63, which is at least as impressive in the big city as it is off-road, and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC and head to the “New Museum of Contemporary Art”, a kind of Tate Modern of New York City. We step into the entrance hall and catch sight of mannequins hanging directly over our heads. We know right away that this place definitely offers anything but the ordinary. And that’s a good thing. The artists themselves feel right at home here and enjoy visiting the New Museum to promote their exhibitions during free events.
A real treat from the master himself.
We toy with the idea of getting the best pizza in the city. It can be found at “Paulie Gee’s” in Brooklyn. The fact that this place is very busy shouldn’t come as a major surprise. That says a lot for the restaurant. Except, our hunger does not tolerate any waiting today. That is why we decide on the “Baohaus” instead. However, house is definitely a misnomer in this context. It is more of a small store-front restaurant. A must here: Chinese baos prepared by Eddie Huang, the master himself.
Our tour demands a sweet ending. Consequently, we aim our vehicles towards the “Momofuku”. Super chef David Chang enchants his guests with first-class baos and ramen noodles. Even the sweet tooth is provided for – at the “Momofuku Milk Bar”. Ice cream, cookies or just American Pie, this place makes everyone happy at the end of their trip. We decide on a slice of crack pie and say good-bye.
Forty-eight hours in New York City – a magnificent time with the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC.