In between work related commitments, we took in three shows on Broadway, spent some time in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (nowhere close to being sufficient), visited the Guggenheim, took in a slow walk through Central Park and ate too much.
A few observations:
- Shoes made in China are cheaper in New York (even with the NY sales tax) than in Hong Kong.
- The city did not feel busy. Maybe my comparisons are off, but for the most part it does not feel as busy as Hong Kong.
- Food portions in restaurants are huge.
- Service standards are better than Europe (an admittedly low threshold) but not as good as most places in Asia.
- We noticed that some places added 15% to the bill as a mandatory tip while other left it to our discretion (with 15% or more being expected). The former nearly caught us out the first time - we came close to double tipping.
The only negative was the 19 hour delay on the return flight with Cathay. These things happen but turn a long tiring journey into a really exhausting experience. That said, the cabin crew really did everything that could be expected on the service front.
Hopefully we will go again next year.