Posted by eemilla on July 16, 2013
We purchased the City Pass thinking that we’d be able to get our money’s worth out of it so it meant we had passes to Top of the Rock and The Empire State Building. Of the two I prefer Top of the Rock, and maybe only because we saw The Empire State Building on our last day after a manhunt shut down the four closest subway lines forcing us to walk several blocks while trying to figure out if the whole system was down or just every train near us. The subway shutdown and our late start ate so much of our time we had to decide between seeing the MoMA and The Empire State Building, and as I had never seen the latter it is were we went.
Both skyscrapers had unbelievable amounts of velvet ropes, and I cannot imagine waiting in all of those lines. It took over two hours to visit each building as it was, and at the top of each it was really crowded making it difficult to enjoy the views. Again I cannot imagine going during peak times. We went on a sunny day to Top of the Rock so our views were better, but the pictures didn’t work that well being behind plexiglass. The Empire State Building also had a lengthy exit line for both the elevators and the stairs to catch the larger elevator on a lower floor, and it just seemed to add insult to injury considering the observation decks were smaller than at Top of the Rock. With the City Pass I don’t know how admission compares, but Top of the Rock seemed to be managed more professionally and to be more tourist friendly.
Pho 32 saved my crappy mood after we left The Empire State Building. The food was tasty and plentiful with fast and friendly service, and as an added bonus it was a good deal (less than $35 before tip for at least two beers and two entrees).