A week in New York
Replies: 34 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2011 7:14 PM Last Post By: rxw67
Mar 21, 2011 2:27 PM
Mar 21, 2011 3:23 PM
1Wow. This is NYC - there is years of stuff to do. You need to read a guidebook first and list all the things that interest you from there here. Then, you should list your interests (we don't know you or what you like) and we can provide other suggestions that you might have missed based on those interests.
If you want food recommendations, run a search on the Chowhound forum. We can provide other specific one, but we need criteria. There are thousands of restaurants.
One thing you should consider are activities around cherry blossoms.
Mar 21, 2011 3:51 PM
Mar 21, 2011 5:24 PM
3from the sounds of it, you're into the food thing, and everyone knows one could eat themselves into oblivion here.....
the area around 8th street itself has enough places to keep you entertained all week....
after you consult the guidebooks,
list what sort of things you enjoy doing/ places you enjoy going,
and give a list of what cuisine you like,
we can then get more specific for you....
(and if you respond with "i like everything", then there's no need for us to list anything... )
Mar 22, 2011 4:36 AM
A bit more detail. I've got Lonely Planet, but there's too much in it. Aaargh!
Art and architecture are good. I went to the Met and MOMA last time, so the Guggenheim is on my list. Any more hidden gems? We did The Frank lloyd Wright tour in Chicago - anything similar? What about the High Line? (Walking is great - we'll walk all day).
I like old music, baroque and earlier. Any concerts (especially free!). Trinity Church?
You're right about food, so current favourites are South Indian and Vietnamese or Thai. How about good micro-breweries? Italian delis? Great New York breakfasts with real hash browns? We're straight, but is Lips worth a visit?
Which ferry/boat trip should I take to get the best views? Is it worth going to the Statue of Liberty? Governor's Island?
If cherry blossom is happening where's best to see it? Central Park? Again, any hidden gems? Does NY have botanical gardens?
Last time I was in NY (20 years ago) I had only four days, and never got below 30th Street. Hope to see a lot more of it this time.
That should give you something to get your teeth into.
Excited or what?
Mar 22, 2011 6:31 AM
5The two best botanical gardens in NY are the Brooklyn Botanic Garden next to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park and the New York Botanical Garden next to the Bronx Zoo. They're quite different. The Bronx BG is huge, you really need to buy a tram ticket if you want to see the whole thing. The Brooklyn BG is a gem. Both will be worth seeing at that time of year if that sort of thing interests you. I would probably choose between them on the basis of what else I was interested in: the zoo and Arthur Avenue (Italian-Albanian neighborhood) or the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn neighborhoods.
The Brooklyn BG has good cherry trees. I imagine Bronx does too but I haven't been there at the right time of year as far as I can recall.
Mar 22, 2011 6:32 AM
Mar 22, 2011 6:35 AM
Mar 22, 2011 7:10 AM
- Brooklyn Botanical Gardens host a Cherry Blossom Festival, but you're probably coming too early for it. However, last year, the blossoms fell already by the time the festival came around, so same thing may happen this year and you may see the best of it.
- While you're there, also check out the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park, and walk around Park Slope (cafes, restaurants, shops etc)
- Highline is definitely worth it on a nice day
- You can see the Statue of Liberty from the free Staten Island Ferry if you don't want to do the Ellis Island trip.
- There are lots of Indian restaurants in East Village between 1st and 2nd Avenues on East 6th St. My favorite is Haveli. I would recommend it.
- Lower Manhattan below 30th St has all the hustle and bustle that Manhattan is known for. Definitely spend a day just walking around Union Square, East and West Villages, Lower East Side, and Soho as well as Little Italy and Chinatown. These are also good areas for dinner and going out at night.
- Thai restaurants in Manhattan aren't amazing. The best ones are in Queens. There are some ok Vietnamese places. You can look up restaurants by neighborhood, price, and reviews at http://www.Yelp.com to plan around your walking excursions
- Have you been to Harlem? You can check out the Apollo Theater, 125th St, eat at Sylvia's Restaurant etc
- Also, spend an evening out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn around Bedford Ave. It's a hipster area with lots of restaurants, shops, bars, etc. There are good views of Manhattan from the waterfront.
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. You can also eat famous Grimaldi's pizza on the Brooklyn side afterwards
- Governor's Island is not worth a trip really unless you're going to a concert. If you like outdoor events, look up things going on in various parks. Also, pick up a Time Out Magazine once you get in which will list all various things going on in the city that week as well as restaurant picks etc. http://www.timeoutny.com
- NYC is known for speakeasies and gastropubs. You may want to check out places like PDT, Death & Co, Spotted Pig, The Highlands, etc.
Mar 22, 2011 7:19 AM
9Interestingly enough, I am a born and bred NYer, lived there a lot of my young and young adult life... I now work as an NGO worker in Afghanistan and am getting ready to come back for a week (now mind you, I've been back as recently as 3 months ago)... but I am still always looking for things I might have missed... so here are some little gems:
Ruben Museum (I think 17th and 7th ave), Himalayan Art, gorgeous little museum.
Skyline is awesome, combine it with a walk around the old meat packing district (it's got some new fancy name now, but basically 14th street and below). Wont take a day, even walking slowly and sitting, just a few hours.
8th street and...? Great location west or east... on the east make sure to get a cake and black truffle Bumble bee cake) and sit at the park across the street with the church turned art theater (10th street and 2nd), there's a great cheap sushi place with amazing sushi on 1st avenue between 10t and 11th (west side of the street) half off all the time, there's that famous bar Mcsorleys around there, and don't miss Washington Square Park...
On the west side around 8th (well, closer to 4th) you have Roccos (amazing pastries and coffee) and just across the street, shoot, the great roast beeg sandwich place.. the name is...
Speaking of which, there's Katz on Houston, and you have a million Indian food restaurants in the 20s on the east side...
definitely walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (start on the Brooklyn side, eat brick oven pizza at Grimaldis, walk along the park by the river, then walk into Manhattan at sunset)
Ummm... Central Park is gorgeous everywhere, i love the uptown bit (around 103rd and up) but that's just me cause I used to live up there...
That's a start... funny enough I was actually looking myself for suggestions for things I may not have seen...
Mar 22, 2011 7:48 AM
10Art and architecture are good
the Frick Museum
US Customs House (now Smithsonian Museum for the American Indian): whether you go inside or not is up to you, but is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in all NYC...
not far away, going up on broadway towards City Hall, is the original Woolworth Tower, also widely regarded as one of the best buildings to see in NYC
I like old music, baroque and earlier
for lunchtime concerts:
check out the church on 10th street and broadway (i believe it's Grace Church, but i could be wrong in the name... either way, i see their signs for concerts whenever i walk by....
current favourites are South Indian and Vietnamese or Thai
on 6th street, which smartcookie told you about, there are quite a few Indian places, along with a few others that may interest you...
my personal favorires for Indian on that block are:
the vegetarian vietnamese restauarant on that block ( Lan ) is also very good
for Thai, we food snobs prefer Thai food in Queens.
however, the Thai Cafe on 2nd ave @5th street is fine.....
there are plenty other Thai places in the East Village/ Lower East Side area, most are about the same in quality-- which is mediocre...
Heartland on Union Square
(next door is Republic Noodle Shop , another good vietnamese-style restaurant (not authentic, more fusion, but good enough)
Balducci's (not sure of its present address)
now for a couple quick shots:
ANY sushi place in NYC which advertises 50% off is widely considered to be a joke. the quality is ridiculous and pathetic, and the thrill of going there is more about a 50% off meal than actual quality food..... do yourself a favor and stay away from those, pick out a quality place if that's your thing (9th street between 2nd and 3rd ave has 3 or 4 good sushi places, all worth checking out.....
there aren't a million Indian restaurants in the 20's on the east side.
there are a few, and the quality is only slightly better than 6th street.
for South Indian, try Chennai Garden or Dosa Hut -- both are excellent.
Mar 22, 2011 8:16 AM
11Sorry buddy, I have been to a good many of the sushi places half price and not, and I have taken some of those with the highest standards here, this place is a winner, don't sleep on it because it's not expensive...
Also, while the very best Thai restaurant is in fact in Queens, the second best Thai restaurant is Zabb City on 13th between 2nd and 3rd... closer to 2nd... easy to miss, it's right next to "Milk" (which is Mama Fuko's desert and pork bun place, also worth a go) on the south side of the street.
If you like Ethiopian, I am a personal fan of Awash (also on the 6th street near the Indian restaurants)...
To the above poster, try the Thai place and the sushi place, they wont disappoint... I lived in Thailand for over a year, this place is Isaan Style (NE), and excellent.
Mar 22, 2011 8:45 AM
12Some other things I've thought of:
- Brooklyn Brewery
- Brooklyn Bowl
- The discounted sushi places are fine for rolls usually. They're NOT good for actual sushi. I'm a sushi snob and I expect high quality fish. Cube Sushi on Clinton has good quality fish. So does Fu Sushi. Good quality fresh fish is actually relatively hard to find at a good price.
- The new place One More Thai is probably the best best in Alphabet City, but it's still just ok. It doesn't compare to Thailand in my opinion or places in Queens. I've had a lot of Thai food in my life, including in Thailand.
- Try Prosperity Dumplings in Chinatown for $1. Also, lots of pulled noodle soup shops around there.
Mar 22, 2011 10:59 AM
Mar 22, 2011 12:27 PM
14South Indian is prevalent in the cluster of Indian restaurants around Lexington Ave in the upper east 20s. There are more than a few and far less than a million Indian places in that area. Maybe half focus on S. Indian, I don't believe the restaurants on 6th street generally do. Saravanna's is a good S. Indian place. Tiffin Wallah run by the same people as Chennai Garden has a nice cheap lunch buffet (other than the breads).
For Thai in Queens, Ayada, Chao, Sripraphai and the original Zabb are good options. Sripraphai is the most famous and hyped, so even though the largest can also be the longest wait for a table. Zabb in Queens now focuses strictly on the Isaan style so don't expect any pad thai, drunken noodles or curries. Ayada and I believe Chao are both BYOB, Zabb no longer allows it, Sripraphai serves alcohol. In Manhattan you could give Wondee Siam a try. Pure Thai Shophouse in that area is supposed to be good too.
Note those Thai places serve some rather spicy food although often you'll be asked your preferred spiciness level.
Some good microbreweries from the NY area include Six Point, Southern Tier, Captain Lawrence, Blue Point and Brooklyn. If you're from outside of the US there's a very large number of good breweries you might never have tried as our good stuff doesn't seem to be exported. It's more common to get microbrews in a beer bar with rotating taps from a variety of breweries rather than in a brewery's own brewpub.
If you do go to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden you could check out Washington Commons not far away on Washington Ave, which is one such beer bar. But there is an ever increasing number of such bars throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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