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Old 01-29-2007, 01:11 AM   #11
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It's so easy to get around in NYC. There's always the subway and the yellow cabs, so nothing is really hard to get to.

For quintessential NY fare, don't miss Katz Deli, the place where Meg Ryan became famous in When Harry Met Sally. It's got the best pastrami in the world (3-inch thick pastrami wedged between bread slices)! It's on East Houston St.

Also I find hotdogs from any NY hotdog stand delicious! But if you want a famous one, go to Gray's Papaya on Broadway.

Mario Batali's Babbo's is great Italian fine dining.

I don't know where you can get great pizza in NYC, but I'm sure Buckytom does!
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:06 AM   #12
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It's so easy to get around in NYC. There's always the subway and the yellow cabs, so nothing is really hard to get to.

For quintessential NY fare, don't miss Katz Deli, the place where Meg Ryan became famous in When Harry Met Sally. It's got the best pastrami in the world (3-inch thick pastrami wedged between bread slices)! It's on East Houston St.

Also I find hotdogs from any NY hotdog stand delicious! But if you want a famous one, go to Gray's Papaya on Broadway.

Mario Batali's Babbo's is great Italian fine dining.

I don't know where you can get great pizza in NYC, but I'm sure Buckytom does!
I believe the best pizza in NYC is at Lombardi's, down in Little Italy. It's the first pizzaria in the country.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:02 PM   #13
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Wow..........thanks everyone! Now off to do some research and start my plans. Mish....you really provided a lot of information I can't thank you enough I know that took some time to compile. Oh and I'll be sure to wake your doorman if I'm in the area and tell him you said hello

Chef June.......we're pretty sure we've decided to come in April. We were going to in May for our anniversary but decided April is better.

Thanks again everyone!
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:43 PM   #14
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NYC is a very walkable city if you are into that.

Times Sq. is very touristy and loud and has lost a lot of it's "charm" now that the big chain stores and the humongous Red Lobster has invaded .... It's full of stuff you can find anywhere but is near the theatres. You can walk to Lincon Center and Macy's and Koreatown and the Empire St. buliding from there pretty easily.

There are sooooo many cool places to explore in NYC away from midtown.

Things I would recommend seeing in Manhattan: the Village, TriBeCa, SoHo, Battery Park City, the Flatiron Building, the Brooklyn Bridge (go to the Bridge Cafe for drinks -- ok, that's not in Manhattan), the Staten Island ferry (free tour of the harbor), upper west side and Zabars, Chinatown, Little India, Central Park ..... there are too many to list.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:51 PM   #15
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Most hotels have toll free numbers-----you can always ask them how far they are from certain sites--------have fun!!!
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:02 PM   #16
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Well now I'm beginning to think maybe staying in a hotel in the Times Square area isn't the best thing?

Here are some things we for sure want to do:
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
Brooklyn Bridge
Macy's
Broadway
Radio City Music Hall
Central Park
Ellis Island
Staten Island Ferry
Little Italy
Katz's Deli
Chinatown

Now if that means we stay somewhere else in New York we are more than happy to hop in a cab to go see these things.

So if you have suggestions of where else to stay then please share and tell me what they have to offer around that area as far as things to do and see.

I just want it to be a fun trip as we haven't done anything remotely like this ever
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:27 PM   #17
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Hey, we are also planing trip to NY, but in August. I think my wife already made reservations for the hotel, we stayed there last year. I think we were about 72, or 73 -rd, street. It's a bit away, but lot more cheapper too. And the subway is an atraction in it self, so it was fun to go places.
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Old 01-29-2007, 03:57 PM   #18
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Chef June.......we're pretty sure we've decided to come in April. We were going to in May for our anniversary but decided April is better.
April is usually a lovely time to be in Manhattan!

I noticed "Little Italy" on your list of "Must See's" and I have to say you are almost certain to be disappointed. Chinatown has all but taken over what once was Little Italy! Arthur Avenue in the Bronx or Bensonhurst in Brooklyn will have what you're hoping to find in Little Italy. and sadly, other than DiPalo's store (not an eat-in) I never go there anymore. The restaurants in that area are all 2nd-rate at best, and mostly far worse. Not saying don't go, just be forewarned!

I think the best pizza in New York (Manhattan) is Original Ray's, and it's nothing more than a stand where you buy slices! John's Pizzaria in the village (I think Bleecker Street) has very authentic New York Style pizza, and Patsy's in Brooklyn, also.

Patsy's Restaurant on West 56th is a great place to experience the old-timey New York Italian dining experience, imo.
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:42 PM   #19
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I totally agree about "Little Italy" being disappointing, but if you are going to Chinatown, you might as well hop over Canal Street -- although I would suggest traveling south and walking past the courthouses over to Battery Park City or Battery Park or east to the bridge or the South Street Seaport. I probably wouldn't make a special trip there.

I was up to Arthur Avenue a few weeks ago and IMO it's not all that enchanting either. I did score some excellent Pecorino Romano for about $4.

A fun foodie thing might be to take the subway to Brighton Beach and see all the Russian stores and restaurants and then walk down the boardwalk to Coney Island. It's a fun and scenic little journey.
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You guys are awesome. You should see my list of pros and cons and places and so on...... this is going to be such a fun trip for us. Not psyched on the whole flying thing but it'll be well worth it.
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