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First time to NYC

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by hapyhar0ld, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. hapyhar0ld

    hapyhar0ld Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys/gals. I know there are a lot of you from various parts of the country, however it seems like there are a lot of people on this forum from NY.

    So here's the deal. My wife and I are traveling there this September (to the city) and was wondering if you could recommend some good places to eat and shop while we're there. We're coming from the west coast so the fine shopping out here is basically Nordstrom, Neimen Marcus and Brook Brothers.

    Needless to say we're pretty excited to see what the fashion capitol of the US has to offer. We generally enjoy the nicer things, but HATE paying full price. Food is another story though. We LOVE to enjoy fine dining. So what does the best of NYC have to offer?

    EDIT: If you could include what we should expect to pay for a meal if you have a restaurant recommendation it would be appreciated.
     
  2. gomestar

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    Eleven Madison Park is currently my favorite - $125/person for the tasting menu, worth every penny. Review.
    Grammercy Tavern - a consistent favorite, much cheaper than EMP
    Babbo - Batali's big Italian restaurant, and a damn good meal at that. All entrees are under $30.
    Daniel - French, a consistent favorite, but a old and stodgy in my book. $100 per.
    Corton - French, complicated dishes that still seem to pull it off in today's "less is more" culture. $100 per.
    Aldea - chef Mendez will take care of you with fantastic and creative dishes. Prices are incredibly reasonable, maybe $60 per for a few courses
    Alto - for fancy Italian. Count on $100 per.
    Marea - for fancy Italian from the ocean. Also usually $100 per.
    15 East - for superb sushi. Sit at the chef's table and have him take care of you. We usually end up at $150 per. I can't say no to offers of more tuna belly.
     
  3. hapyhar0ld

    hapyhar0ld Well-Known Member

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    That's what I like to see! Thanks for the quick reply gome. Now how about some shopping? I'm a big fan of Nordstrom Rack out here on the west coast. Anything like that where I can pick up some nice stuff at deep discounts?

    Loving the restaurant recommendations too! Keep them coming! Looks like I might be shopping less and eating more.
     
  4. gomestar

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    Century 21 for the discounts. It can be a mob, but I don't know of a better place for discounts and such.

    IMO Bergdorf Goodman is the store to visit, though they probably won't have many sales going on. It's still worth the visit. From there you can walk down Fifth ave and take a quick turn into Ma Peche for lunch (or Robuchon or Ducasse if you're feeling more flush)
     
  5. whiteslashasian

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    +1 to Century 21. Best to go early to beat the crowds; it can get messy in there.

    Check The Choosy Beggar to see if there will be any sample sales worth going to during your stay. Will likely be announced a week or so beforehand.

    +1 to Bergdorf, even the window displays are simply beautiful.

    Another option is Gentleman's Resale on the Upper East Side. High end consignments galore, you can find anything from Polo RL to Kiton suits, all in mint condition and they frequently have sales on their rotating stock. Next door is Designer Resale for your wife.

    EMP is a fantastic restaurant and I highly recommend having a dinner there. You will not be disappointed.

    It's fairly difficult to secure a reservation at Babbo as they only start taking them a month in advance (weekends and evenings are likely to fill up fast). They do however have 5 or so tables open per evening for walk-ins, so checking it out early would be best.
     
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    The kind people on this forum recommended me the Convivio for 62 dollars each for a 4 course pre fix meal. It was incredible and the neighborhood-Tudor city is very nice.

    For shopping you may want to visit the Ralph Lauren Mansion - I do not think they have any heavy sales but the store is simply gorgeous. Wander down Madison if you want to see Manhattan's full overpriced glory. It is very glamorous.
     
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    Blue Hill restaurant; They have their own farm and their products are fresh and extremely delicious.
     
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    I have not done this, but a couple of people I know have enjoyed it:

    http://www.sail-nyc.com/

    Sunset cruise (booze included)
     
  10. scientific

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    -1 to century 21 and such. ok fine if you want to look for deals on a vacation but it's ok to do the tourist stuff when, uh, you're a tourist. i guess you're not from LA or SF based on your shopping comments so i'd suggest on the restaurant side that you go to more of a "trendy" style restaurant than the traditional ones mentioned so far, as this is something special to NYC. for shopping just wander around madison and soho.
     
  11. vinouspleasure

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    You can't go wrong with the restaurants mentioned for a splash out meal but nyc is home to great, inexpensive ethnic restaurants. This might not be meaningful if you live in LA but if you happen to live in the midwest, it would be a shame to miss this stuff. Restaurants like Morgon (cuban), Indian Buffets (utsav, Darbar, etc), Chinese (Szechuan gourmet, amazing 66), Japanese (Menchanko-Tei), korean...the list just goes on ad on. Let us know if there's something in particular of interest.

    Also, over the last five years there's been a renaissance of street food in nyc, from great lamb/chicken over rice to kati rolls to bahn mi. Here's a link to get you started:
    http://streetvendor.org/vendys/past#2009

    and here's a good place to try:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/53rd_and_6th
     
  12. hapyhar0ld

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    You can't go wrong with the restaurants mentioned for a splash out meal but nyc is home to great, inexpensive ethnic restaurants. This might not be meaningful if you live in LA but if you happen to live in the midwest, it would be a shame to miss this stuff. Restaurants like Morgon (cuban), Indian Buffets (utsav, Darbar, etc), Chinese (Szechuan gourmet, amazing 66), Japanese (Menchanko-Tei), korean...the list just goes on ad on. Let us know if there's something in particular of interest.

    Also, over the last five years there's been a renaissance of street food in nyc, from great lamb/chicken over rice to kati rolls to bahn mi. Here's a link to get you started:
    http://streetvendor.org/vendys/past#2009

    and here's a good place to try:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/53rd_and_6th


    We're not from LA, but from Seattle. We do have some ethnic restaurants here, however would love to see what NYC has to offer. All and any recommendations are appreciated.
     
  13. MrDaniels

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    You can't go wrong with the restaurants mentioned for a splash out meal but nyc is home to great, inexpensive ethnic restaurants. This might not be meaningful if you live in LA but if you happen to live in the midwest, it would be a shame to miss this stuff. Restaurants like Morgon (cuban), Indian Buffets (utsav, Darbar, etc), Chinese (Szechuan gourmet, amazing 66), Japanese (Menchanko-Tei), korean...the list just goes on ad on. Let us know if there's something in particular of interest. Also, over the last five years there's been a renaissance of street food in nyc, from great lamb/chicken over rice to kati rolls to bahn mi. Here's a link to get you started: http://streetvendor.org/vendys/past#2009 and here's a good place to try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/53rd_and_6th
    Also great for "noshing" (that's NYC for walking around eating a bit of this and that) is a visit to the Union Square Greenmarket on a Saturday to get a taste of stuff from farmer's from ten states. The Chelsea Market is great for a meander and snacking as well. My fav ethnic dive in NYC is Nyonya Malaysian, oddly enough right smack dab in the middle of Little Italy. Sometimes it can seem relentlessly hip and touristy at the same time, but Soho on a Saturday or Sunday should not be missed.
     
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    here's a nice one-two:
    vanessa's dumpling house: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/...atown-nyc.html . make sure you try the sesame sandwich with duck


    That place is pretty amazing. You can stuff your face with quite good dumplings, pancakes, etc for practically nothing. A friend and I split 2 pancakces, 2 buns, 8 or 9 dumplings, each had a water, and the total was something absurd like $9. I was completely stuffed afterward too.
     
  16. gomestar

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    I will have to check some of these out. My Chinatown dining experience turned to sadness when Doyer's Vietnamese closed.

    Also, for city folk, Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry sells big bags (50 count) of frozen dumplings for $8. Perfect to do a quick pan fry for a cheap yet satisfying dinner (I usually cook up a dozen for me and teh GF. That equates to less than $1 per person).
     
  17. samblau

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    NYC offers a whole lot of ways to spend $$$ but there are some free/inexpensive things to do. If you can handle the walk/heat I would recommend going to Ground Zero/Wall Street in the AM and then walking the Brooklyn Bridge (or taking the water taxi) into Brooklyn. (You can eat lunch in China Town, but quite frankly, I normally don't point tourists in that direction, I go for lunch because it is cheap, but find it kind of dirty and depressing + most of the food is so greasy I can't do much after eating it. . .save for the vegan dumpling house). Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and Jacques Torres are, despite being "touristy," both great as is Almondine bakery for a simple sandwich. From there you can check out DUMBO/Brooklyn Hts (my 'hood, happy to give advice if needed about the area) including the Promenade, a few galleries, etc., and if you can handle the walk, a trip down Atlantic Ave takes you through the Arabic markets and then there is the more trendy Park Slope/Cobble Hill along with the Brooklyn Museum and the Park itself. Seeing it all would prob be a full day.

    A few other suggestions. . .on Fri evening the Rubin Museum opens a bar and you can see Himalayan art while sipping a martini. . .a manageable museum centrally located that permits you to go out in the W. Village/Union Sq. after.

    If you spend $$$ on cocktails, soak them up w a $2.50 falafel at Mamoun's down by NYU (and/or a lamb and rice on 53 and 6). Chances are you will be at/near one of those locations late-night.

    See the Met, its in midtown. . .if its your first trip to NYC you might as well go, it is one of the worlds best museums.

    Walk the Highline. . .I actually prefer Meatpacking in the day (esp midweek) good shopping as well (if you have $$$) and get a burger at Corner Bistro. . .go off hours to save time.

    Skip McSorely's go further east on 7th street to Burp Castle for good Belgian beer in a monastery-like setting where it is kept quiet and you can actually hear one another. . .bonus point, go during happy hour on tues (I think) in order to get comp. pommes frites from. . .Pommes Frites. . .around the corner or just go and get your own and bring them back.

    Cent Park is a great place, and free, and perfect to go to after the 5th ave stores shut down.

    NYC pizza is an art form. . .skip the big name places and go to L'Asso on Mulberry and sit at the small bar in the early evening for the 2 slices and a beer special for $6. . .a STEAL.

    If you want to try the pricey spots I recommend going for lunch. . .while it has its detractors, I think the $36 Bouley lunch is amongst the best and its a beautiful place. Go midweek and check out some of the other stuff in FiDi/TriBeCa.

    Happy Hours are a good deal. . .if its M-TH go to City Crab early for 1/2 Price appetizers and select drinks and $1 oysters. My friend and I went last weekend, a dozen oysters, calamari, fried clams, 2 (big) martinis each was about $50 pre-tip. The drinks alone would cost that at most places. Check out restaurant.com for other deals.

    Just a few of my suggestions. . .if you are looking for something more specific, PM me.
     
  18. gomestar

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    the Met is UES, not Midtown. MoMA is midtown.

    And if you're at Ground Zero, Century 21 is right around the corner (since you mentioned wanting discount shopping).

    And never buy pizza from a shop that has any combination of the words "The", "original", "pizza", "famous", "famous Ray's", "Rays" or "authentic"
     
  19. samblau

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    the Met is UES, not Midtown. MoMA is midtown.

    And if you're at Ground Zero, Century 21 is right around the corner (since you mentioned wanting discount shopping).

    And never buy pizza from a shop that has any combination of the words "The", "original", "pizza", "Rays" or "authentic"


    +1 on Cent 21. . .they are having their summer sale now. . .last year I got three pairs of Zanella slacks, Super 130's, for $39.99 a pair. . .they were marked $425 at Neiman-Marcus!

    Add "famous" to that list!

    What about a "recession special" at Papaya King?
     
  20. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    Add "famous" to that list!

    What about a "recession special" at Papaya King?


    edited to include famous (not sure how/why I forgot that one).

    I dislike anything Papaya myself, but I don't find them to be boiling over like the 200 different Ray's around town (all held together by a common believe in terrible pizza and 3 lb slices)
     

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