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Going to New York - shopping/restaurant recommendations?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Senior member

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    My wife and I will be making a trip to New York City for our 1 year wedding anniversary in October. We don't have any family or close friends there, so we'll likely be on our own. We are going to be there for 5 days. I haven't been there since I was 12 and she has never been, so we'll be very touristy. I'm looking for recommendations about must do/must see things, including shopping to keep it MC approved. [​IMG] Interested in restaurants, buildings, cool photo op places, best shows to see, etc. Also, do you recommend renting a car or should we cab/subway it the whole time? Also, what would be a good one day trip to take (i.e. leave early in the AM and come back in the evening)? Niagara Falls seems like it's too far for that (800 miles round trip). Any other ideas? Thanks guys!
     
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    while I love NYC I'm too poor to afford NYC [​IMG]


    PS: I always enjoy the Sabrett hot dog stands on the streets and the cheap but oh-so-sweet coffee from the street venders.
     
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    What do you like to do? I mean, if you don't like going to art museums, why should you go to the Met, MoMA, Guggenheim (good Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit right now), Whitney, etc. etc. etc. even if they are wonderful?
    Also, do you recommend renting a car or should we cab/subway it the whole time?
    [​IMG] This is really one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. With only 5 days, I can't say I'd recommend a day trip. The city has too much to offer. Maybe take a ride up to The Cloisters instead. Will feel like you're leaving the city even if you aren't.
     
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    For the city, it is really troublesome to have a car. Parking is difficult to find, so it's much better to walk around and take the subway. Be warned though, it gets incredibly humid and musty underground. Also smells terrible. I suggest going to the observation deck on top of the NBC building at least once, preferably for the sunset. It's at Rockefeller Center, so you can look around there too. I would definitely catch at least one Broadway show if you can. I haven't gone in forever so I don't know what shows are going on, but common favorites such as Wicked, Chicago, and The Lion King are still playing. To really enjoy NYC, you have to walk around and absorb the view while bumping into a few New Yorkers. For shopping, the usual locations in NYC are 5th Avenue, Madison, and SoHo. Just walk around and you'll find most fashion labels.
     
  5. Mr. Moo

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    What do you like to do? I mean, if you don't like going to art museums, why should you go to the Met, MoMA, Guggenheim (good Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit right now), Whitney, etc. etc. etc. even if they are wonderful?



    [​IMG] This is really one of the funniest things I've read in a long time.

    With only 5 days, I can't say I'd recommend a day trip. The city has too much to offer. Maybe take a ride up to The Cloisters instead. Will feel like you're leaving the city even if you aren't.


    OK, I'm guessing subway/cab it is. I'm from San Francisco and the suburbs, man - we drive everywhere! [​IMG]

    I like to do more or less touristy stuff when I'm in a new place - explore, take photos, eat good food. We like museums and definitely want to go to the Guggenheim. Is the NY Modern Art Museum good? I love the SF MOMA, so if the NYC is as good or better I'd love to check it out.

    What are the Cloisters?
     
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    For the city, it is really troublesome to have a car. Parking is difficult to find, so it's much better to walk around and take the subway. Be warned though, it gets incredibly humid and musty underground. Also smells terrible. I suggest going to the observation deck on top of the NBC building at least once, preferably for the sunset. It's at Rockefeller Center, so you can look around there too. I would definitely catch at least one Broadway show if you can. I haven't gone in forever so I don't know what shows are going on, but common favorites such as Wicked, Chicago, and The Lion King are still playing. To really enjoy NYC, you have to walk around and absorb the view while bumping into a few New Yorkers. For shopping, the usual locations in NYC are 5th Avenue, Madison, and SoHo. Just walk around and you'll find most fashion labels.

    Sweet, thanks. The observation deck at Sunset sounds nice.

    Any particularly nice restaurants in the $100-$200/person range for a nice anniversary dinner?
     
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    If you're into museums, the Guggenheim is right next to the Met. The Met is superior. The NYC MoMA >>>>>>>>>> SF MoMA. If you go across Central Park from the Met, you'll run into the Museum of Natural History.
     
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    Sweet, thanks. The observation deck at Sunset sounds nice.

    Any particularly nice restaurants in the $100-$200/person range for a nice anniversary dinner?


    What kind of food are you looking for?
     
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    Do not rent a car, you will regret it terribly. Get a 7-day subway pass, it's good for the busses too. Cabs can add up, I only use them for crosstown travel.


    For day trips, you might want to consider the Finger Lakes - relax on the lakes, take a boat tour, and visit some of many wineries in the region. I'd rent a car for this, however.

    For museums, MoMA is nice, but usually crowded. The Met is spectacular and massive. Almost too massive. The Guggenheim is right across from the Met, both are like 3 blocks away from where I live.

    For stores, Bergdorf Goodman is about as good as it gets for both men and women. I could shop there and there alone and be happy (though SFers will probably balk at the lofty price tags and lack of 98.9% off sales).
     
  11. Mr. Moo

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    What kind of food are you looking for?

    French, likely. In that range here in SF and the Bay Area are some fantastic restaurants. I'm not sure that NYC operates on the same price scale. Some restaurants in that range here are Fleur de Lys, Gary Danko, etc.
     
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    What are the Cloisters?
    The medieval collections of the Met, at a separate site way uptown in a pretty park. It's a nice place, not necessarily one I'd recommend to a first time visitor because there's so much else, but you would feel a little like you were getting away/taking a day trip. http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/the_cloisters Unrelated, but go to lunch at Jean Georges.
     
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    I wouldn't get a car...subways are good for the most part.

    As far as eating...try out Bemonte's in Williamsburgh. Authentic Italian cuisine (not the crap that people call "Italian" that pisses Italian Americans off. Nice place, very old fashioned. Can dress up or not.

    Also, I think you mentioned you're Russian...hit Brighton Beach for some great Russian grub (N train or Q train).

    As far as shopping you can do lots of damage. Good stuff all over. Major dept stores, boutiques, etc...

    Some museums like the Met and Natural History are good also, but lesser known ones are even better. The LES Tenement Museum is fantastic and then you can eat lunch at Katz's Deli afterward.

    Uptown is the Museum of the City of NY and a great Mexican place called El Paso Taqueria on 103 and Lex...but go for lunch, dinner can be loud and crowded in the small space...if its nice, the outdoor garden in the back is beautiful.

    Also, the Brooklyn Museum has tons of Rodin last time I was there and a great Egyptian exhibit. There you're right off of Prospect Park and close to Park Slope which has some decent grub as well.
     
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    a decent day trip is the Dia: Beacon museum. Metronorth train ride from Grand Central to Beacon, which has a decent main street, and a modern art museum. The entire train ride is along the Hudson, which is beautiful.

    You'd want to confirm Dia is open whenever you take this trip.
     
  16. Mr. Moo

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    If you're into museums, the Guggenheim is right next to the Met. The Met is superior. The NYC MoMA >>>>>>>>>> SF MoMA. If you go across Central Park from the Met, you'll run into the Museum of Natural History.

    Excellent, thank you.

    Do not rent a car, you will regret it terribly. Get a 7-day subway pass, it's good for the busses too. Cabs can add up, I only use them for crosstown travel.

    For day trips, you might want to consider the Finger Lakes - relax on the lakes, take a boat tour, and visit some of many wineries in the region. I'd rent a car for this, however.

    For museums, MoMA is nice, but usually crowded. The Met is spectacular and massive. Almost too massive. The Guggenheim is right across from the Met, both are like 3 blocks away from where I live.

    For stores, Bergdorf Goodman is about as good as it gets for both men and women. I could shop there and there alone and be happy (though SFers will probably balk at the lofty price tags and lack of 98.9% off sales).


    Met sounds like a winner. MOMA as well. The 7 day pass sounds like a great idea as well.
     
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    Sweet, thanks. The observation deck at Sunset sounds nice.

    Any particularly nice restaurants in the $100-$200/person range for a nice anniversary dinner?


    I had a spectacular meal at Eleven Madison. It was $125 a person w/o wine, worth every penny. Very under the radar compared to the big boys, but I don't think it'll be this way for long. The setting is very romantic too, massive cathedral ceilings to the side of Madison Park. The usual suspects like Daniel, Le Bernardin, Chanterelle, Per Se, and Jean Georges are also safe bets, but they can be very hard to book.
     
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    For a day trip - take the Hampton Jitney (bus) out to the Hamptons for a tour of how the uber rich live. Or you can rent a car and drive out there.

    There are lots of things to do / see in Brooklyn as well.

    It's been covered, but do not rent a car for city use. Get a week's pass and ride with the rest of the city.

    I've said it before on this forum, but Babbo is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. It is a Batali restaurant and boasts the finest Italian dining there is (in my opinion). I spent about $240 when I went there with my wife. we had the sampler menu and a bottle of wine.

    If you're looking for sushi - i really enjoy Tomoe in the west village. Not the nicest decor, but fresh as they come.

    Katz deli, Bleecker St pizza (get the Nona slice), John st pizza, shake shack, 53rd & 6th halal, ippudo ramn, setagaya ramen...all are nice cheap spots to eat as well.
     
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    Congrats, Moo.

    For a day away from the urban rush, I'd consider a trip to the Dia Museum or the Cloisters.

    Re restaurants: If you like fish, I'd recommend Estia, which is in the theatre district. I second the recommendation for Babbo. But of the array of excellent restaurants is vast.
     
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    If you're a fan of good beer, you should consider checking out the Blind Tiger in Greenwich Village.

    The 21 Club is mid-town is also a very cool, unique experience. Unfortunately, as of January this year, ties are no longer mandatory at dinner. Thankfully, jackets stll are. I should note that it will not be cheap.
     

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