We took the Metro Rail North Train down to NYC. It's about $13 each way per person. The ride takes about 1 hr and 40 mins.
We ate at Brasserie 8 1/2 on 57th street. In front of the building is a huge red #9. You can see them in the photos. The restaurant was excellent. I had the rib-eye steak. Valerie had her usual filet mignon. They gave us complementary champagne since it was our anniversary. For desert we went with ice cream. They made miniature ice cream cones and popsicle sticks. We would have love to take longer than the hour and a half but had to rush to get to the Tony award winning musical "Spring Awakening."