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Going to New York - shopping/restaurant recommendations?

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

  1. ohm

    ohm Senior member

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    This would be my approach. Where is the hotel?

    One of our favorite restaurants in the city is a little hole in the wall called Hagi Sake Bar. It's a Japanese small-dish restaurant on 49th between 6th and 7th, basement level. It's casual and relatively inexpensive. Simple but excellent.


    Seconding this place - you can buy a bottle of something strong and they'll put your name on it so you can stop by every day after work to work on it. Note that Hagi is downstairs, it's not the same as the restaurant above ground. Sakagura is the big version of underground japanese food if you happen to love eating japanese in basements.

    I'd recommend taking a boat tour around the city, it'll give you an interesting perspective on NY that you don't get from the air or walking/driving, they're full of trivia and you'll appreciate sitting down for a few hours.
     
  2. lagsun

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    Forgot to mention if you go full touristy and want to visit the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island then you need to reserve/purchase tickets ahead of time via their website.
     
  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Forgot to mention if you go full touristy and want to visit the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island then you need to reserve/purchase tickets ahead of time via their website.

    And spring for the express tickets at the Empire State building. You don't want the missus to be stuck in line for three hours.
     
  4. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    And spring for the express tickets at the Empire State building. You don't want the missus to be stuck in line for three hours.

    If you go to the Top of the Rock, no need to go to the top of the Empire State building.
     
  5. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you go to the Top of the Rock, no need to go to the top of the Empire State building.

    Well, if you want to be touristy and have never been to NYC, how can you not go to the Empire State building?
     
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    Well, if you want to be touristy and have never been to NYC, how can you not go to the Empire State building?

    I've lived here all my life and have never been...

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    I'm no expert on fine cuisine, but I liked Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at The London hotel quite a bit.

    For pizza, Patsy's on 118th on the East Side is amazing- but getting there might prove too much hassle.
     
  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've lived here all my life and have never been...

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    Well, that's okay because you're not a tourist.

    Incidentally, I see nothing wrong with being touristy now and then.
     
  8. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Well, if you want to be touristy and have never been to NYC, how can you not go to the Empire State building?

    Well, if the goal of the tourist is merely to say he/she was at the top of the Empire State building, then fine. But if the tourist wants to go to a tourist destination, not waste hours in line and simply wants to see breath-taking view of the city, then Top of the Rock more than suffices. I took it that Moo is looking for advice on how to properly spend his time. I hate crowds and lines, thus I would recommend Top of the Rock.
     
  9. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, if the goal of the tourist is merely to say he/she was at the top of the Empire State building, then fine. But if the tourist wants to go to a tourist destination, not waste hours in line and simply wants to see breath-taking view of the city, then Top of the Rock more than suffices. I took it that Moo is looking for advice on how to properly spend his time. I hate crowds and lines, thus I would recommend Top of the Rock.

    Oh, I generally agree. I just think that the Empire State building is enough of a historic and cultural landmark, aside from the views it offers, to demand a visit from most tourists. The express tickets let you skip all the lines. I took my wife there on her first visit to the city. We got to the top in less than 15 minutes; everyone in line looked upset at us.
     
  10. von Rothbart

    von Rothbart Senior member

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    Take a walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn via Brooklyn Bridge, have pizza at Grimaldi's, take a stroll in DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, have pastry at Almondine and/or ice cream at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and/or chocolate at Jacque Torres, then walk back. Check Soiffer Haskin's site for sample sale schedules.
     
  11. zalb916

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    By authentic, you probably mean Northern Italian...I'd swallow arsenic before I eat their food.
    I didn't mean that at all. Most Italian-Americans, myself included, are from southern Italy. And most Italian-Americans, who ancestors came from southern Italy, have no concept of authentic southern Italian cuisine, my family included. Not to pick on you, as I have no reason to doubt your authenticity, but this post came to mind. http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...ostcount=45792
     
  12. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I didn't mean that at all. Most Italian-Americans, myself included,

    I'm so confused, I thought you were a sniveling Ew.
     
  13. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I didn't mean that at all. Most Italian-Americans, myself included, are from southern Italy. And most Italian-Americans, who ancestors came from southern Italy, have no concept of authentic southern Italian cuisine, my family included. Not to pick on you, as I have no reason to doubt your authenticity, but this post came to mind.

    http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...ostcount=45792


    I wonder why this is. Something to do with the available ingredients?
     
  14. zalb916

    zalb916 Senior member

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    I'm so confused, I thought you were a sniveling Ew.
    My father's side is made up of sniveling Jews. My mother's side is made up of inauthentic Italians. I'll either claim or deny a particular half when it's appropriate.
    I wonder why this is. Something to do with the available ingredients?
    I'd imagine the availability and price of certain ingredients, the availability of other cuisines which lead to bastardizations of classic recipes, evolving cultural differences (for example, the lack of long lunches here vs. there), etc.
     
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    vox you missed an excellent opportunity to offer that helicopter tour, but apparently you didn't take it and went with a ship. too soon?
     
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    NYC is a walking city. If the weather's up to it I'd recommend the Time Out book of New York walks.
     
  18. zalb916

    zalb916 Senior member

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    All you can drink beer and wine for $24 is a pretty solid deal. Maybe Moo can arrange an NYC SF meet-up on the boat? Maybe Foo can splurge for the $2,900 charter for the group, because he's wealthy.
     
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    Smahatma Senior member

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    This would be my approach. Where is the hotel?

    One of our favorite restaurants in the city is a little hole in the wall called Hagi Sake Bar. It's a Japanese small-dish restaurant on 49th between 6th and 7th, basement level. It's casual and relatively inexpensive. Simple but excellent.

    I make it a point to visit Hagi each and every time I am in NYC. Although since appearing on No Reservations, the crowd has become, how shall I say....diluted.

    And be sure to drink your sake out of the box cup (called a Masu)
     
  20. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    All you can drink beer and wine for $24 is a pretty solid deal. Maybe Moo can arrange an NYC SF meet-up on the boat? Maybe Foo can splurge for the $2,900 charter for the group, because he's wealthy.

    I am poor, as no one has paid for their Foofings.

    I make it a point to visit Hagi each and every time I am in NYC. Although since appearing on No Reservations, the crowd has become, how shall I say....diluted.

    And be sure to drink your sake out of the box cup (called a Masu)


    My friend and I 'discovered' the place back in 2005 when we drove up from Maryland to find him an apartment. Maybe the best restaurant I've ever stumbled upon without knowing anything about it in advance.
     

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