yes. The trip was an award from work, which I was laid off from last week....so I am a laid off guy staying at the Plaza Athenee for a week.... Good luck on a new job ( which you will get ) and it will probably be a better job. I haven't talked to you in quite a while. My idea would be to have a wonderful time on your vacation and get charged up for going back to the MidWest for a new gig. As I recall, you are in a good field. As you might know, I've been gone from NYC for many years. As a child we lived in both the City and in Brooklyn. I have seen Katz's Deli and Spumoni Gardens mentioned as good places for cheap good eats. Some things seem timeless. I remember going to Katz's in the 1950s and Spumoni Gardens in the 1960s. They were great values then and probably still are. There was also good Knish place right near Katz's too. Being NYC, I would not be surprised if it is still there. I can't help you, but a good Knish place would seem to fill the bill for good cheap eats in NYC.