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  1. #21
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    Wow thanks for all the replies everyone!! I have lots to do and plan
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    Interesting how we all have such differing opinions! I think Times Square is one of the coolest places on Earth. I could just stand there and people watch for hours. Even better, grab a window seat and watch the world go by while sipping on a good drink and eating cheese cake!



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    Go see Wicked and visit the 9/11 Memorial.



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    I don't think Ellis Island is opening this year.

    People watching in NYC is great fun, but I wouldn't do it in Times Square because you will not see any NYers or get a sense of what the city is like. Might as well go to Mall of America. Far more "real" spot to sit for a spell would be Central Park. Or Bryant Park, which reminds me a lot of Paris (it's at 42nd & 6th).

    If the weather is nice and you have enough time, the Circle Line boat tours are pretty good-- it's touristy of course, but very interesting, you'll learn a lot of the history.

    With such limited time to spend, I'd pick one key "activity", whether that's a show or museum or lunch at a hot new place, and then just get to know the neighborhood around it. Otherwise you'll lose most of your time just getting from A to B.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedsAdvil View Post
    Head to the East Village and have breakfast at Tompkins Square Bagels. They have amazing bagels/breakfast sandwiches, etc. And bacon cream cheese. BACON. CREAM. CHEESE. If you want more of a "foodie" experience, Prune is great, in the Lower East Side, as is Stanton Social Club (I know Prune does brunch on the weekends, but I don't think they do early service during the week, so you could go for dinner) From there, depends on what you like. I'm most familiar with the EV, so most of my suggestions will reflect that.
    Shopping? Being a tourist? Other?
    Shopping- you can walk to Soho from the EV and there's some great shopping, and if you like chocolate, get yourself to Kees Chocolates!
    Being a tourist- if the weather is good, from the subway in the EV, it's only 2 stops to the Brooklyn Bridge, you can walk across and then hit Grimaldi's for pizza. Otherwise, as others suggested, Top of the Rock is great, as is MoMA.
    Other- Try the Turkish Baths or anything else that strikes your fancy. Highly recommend the cheap massage places for a 30 minute foot massage after a day of walking around the city. If you do happen to end up in the EV, the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is a must.

    I would avoid Times Square at all costs, but it is "the" touristy place, so if that's what you are looking for, then go for it. I'd rather rub lemon juice in my paper cuts.
    Are you a fellow East Village COTHer?!?!?! I cannot function on the weekends until I've had a Tompkins Square bagel!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by RW06 View Post
    Are you a fellow East Village COTHer?!?!?! I cannot function on the weekends until I've had a Tompkins Square bagel!!
    LOL! I don't live there, but my best friend does, so I average about a weekend a month there. Love the EV, and those bagels are like crack!



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    Quote Originally Posted by dani0303 View Post
    Wow thanks for all the replies everyone!! I have lots to do and plan
    It definitely depends on what kind of things you like to do. Some people can't miss the museums (art or history or even the sex museum), others can't stand to be cooped up inside looking at things. Some people want to do the truly iconic NY things - go to Times Square, ride the subway, go up to the top of the Empire State Building; others thing those things are too touristy. Some people can't wait to shop; others can't be bothered.

    I think the coolest things are all the different neighborhoods. The Village is totally different than say, the upper West Side. Wherever you are, keep your eyes peeled for interesting shops or restaurants or places for a snack (bagel, pizza, Chinese). If you like to eat, plan on having several good meals or snacks as part of your day.

    Grand Central Station is indeed beautiful, and iconic. The ceiling was restored; it used to be dirty and dingy and you couldn't really see what was up there. If you go to Times Square, remember that where Disney and the M&M's stores now stand used to be an area that you would have been told to avoid - it was populated by sex shops, porn movie theatres, hookers, and drug addicts. The transformation of NYC in the last twenty years has been amazing. Some native NYers miss the grit of the city. It is a much cleaner, safer place with lots of the areas that were formerly unsafe now popular areas.

    The subway is the best way to get around if you're going somewhere that's too far to walk. You won't see anything underground but it will be fast. The bus is slow and gets frustrating if you're going very far. Cabs can get very expensive and they are hard to grab if the weather is bad or it's rush hour.

    I used to like the Circle Line boat tour but haven't been on it in years. It is indeed touristy but you get to see a lot and get a feeling for the different areas of the city. I find Ellis Island fascinating since my grandparents came through there but there's a long wait to get the ferry over there because of security and I think it and the Statue of Liberty are still closed.

    If you like theatre do see a show. If you want to wait on line you can buy discounted tickets. Don't waste daylight seeing a matinee when you can be out and about - see an evening performance.

    Bring lots of money - everything is expensive - and watch your purse or wallet. Crime is way down but tourists are still prime targets!

    Have fun.


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    This has been great! I'm heading to NYC for the first time ever in May!

    May I hijack and ask for restaurant recommendations? My friend and I are major foodies, and want to splurge on one of the top restaurants. Any thoughts? We're staying in midtown, so any recs for great coffee/bagel would be awesome too!



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    Janeway, I've had many good meals at Victor's Cafe on West 52nd in the theater district. Cuban cuisine, excellent food, great service.

    www.Victorscafe.com

    Joe Allen on West 46th is also fun, for the people-watching as much as the food. Many theater types go there. One time I saw a Broadway matinee, then went to Joe Allen for a bite, and ended up eating two tables over from the star of the show I had just seen.
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    if you want a great Italian foodie experience, try Del Posto. There's also Craft, which is simple, but amazing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Janeway View Post
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    May I hijack and ask for restaurant recommendations? My friend and I are major foodies, and want to splurge on one of the top restaurants. Any thoughts? We're staying in midtown, so any recs for great coffee/bagel would be awesome too!
    When you say splurge, what do you mean? I've listed a few "top" recs below, but that means $200+ per person after tax and tip, without drinks (almost double that for Per Se). If your looking for less than that, let me know and I can give you more ideas.

    Top restaurants—
    Eleven Madison Park
    Per Se
    Daniel
    Corton

    Other "top" but less traditional:
    Jungsik
    Momofuku Ko
    Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
    Blanca

    Bear in mind that getting a table at most of these is bloodsport unto itself. A lot don't accept reservations until 28 days out and open their phone lines at 9 a.m.



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    I just came back from a weekend in NYC. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island were closed and I was told 4th of July, around there, as someone else said.
    Ground Zero is definitely a cool place, and Wall Street with some of the fancy stores is a short walk away.
    Empire State Building is nice but Top of the Rock has more or less the same views with way less lines.

    Central Park is really cool, though. I was there last weekend and everything is just about to come to full force spring mode!



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    Those are great! Thanks very much! And we are going to go to a show, so knowing of a place like Joe Allen's to go to after is perfect.

    I looked at the menus of all of the above named, and while I knew I was picky, I didn't realize how picky until I saw some of the items! I mean sweetbreads with beets, purple potato ice cream and burratta cheese just doesn't grab my appetite!!



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    If you like museums, the Cloisters.

    And I like the Circle line ride around the whole island if the weather is good.
    See those flying monkeys? They work for me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Janeway View Post
    I looked at the menus of all of the above named, and while I knew I was picky, I didn't realize how picky until I saw some of the items! I mean sweetbreads with beets, purple potato ice cream and burratta cheese just doesn't grab my appetite!!
    Also, even "foodies" must try some New York staples on their first visit—go down the West Village (my nabe!) and share a real coal oven pizza at John's of Bleecker Street (my absolute favorite pie in the world), then spend a morning on the Lower East Side with a real bagel and lox from Russ & Daughters!



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    True foodie? Lower Manhattan ... Little Italy & Chinatown. Canal street station by subway get you both.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hosspuller View Post
    True foodie? Lower Manhattan ... Little Italy & Chinatown
    Skip Little Italy. No really good Italian food there anymore—gotta go to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hoopoe View Post
    If I had to pick one thing it would be Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
    Ditto!
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    I am going to be the rare person who says, why would you go to the most exciting city in the world to go to a park. go to the City to see the city, not fake country. One of the high rises, i happen to prefer Empire State Building, because you get an overview of the architecture and enormity of the city. I prefer to do that last, at night.

    One of the city bus tours, because as said before, you can get on, and get off.

    a circle line tour is also my fave, you get a lovely view of the statue of liberty and ellis island.

    YOu can manage to get all three of these in in one day, with planning.



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