Monday, November 20, 2006

Start Spreadin' the News

OH yeah. One other thing. Crown and I are heading to NYC after Christmas for four days. I'm a Big Apple virgin. Crown's only been once, as a kid. I want to go everywhere and do everything that the fab foursome ever did on any given episode of Sex and the City.

Being the rational and logical Virgo that I am, I realize that achieving this lofty goal is as likely as running into Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte in the hotel lobby. So, I'm putting it out there to you all. What should we do? What are the must-sees? Restaurants? Museums? SHOPPING? Help.

Thank you.

4 comments:

Zesty said...

Ah yes. At last my nine month stay in Manhattan has a use beyond fond reminiscence.

MUST SEES

The Metropolitan Museum. It was pay what you could Sundays when I lived there and it saved my poor ass sanity. In particular check out the room featuring Tiffany windows, the Greek sculptures and basically their whole European Art collection.

A Broadway show of any kind - you'll be guaranteed a certain level of quality and the whole experience of being in Times Square at night in the buzz of the theatre district is thrilling.

The Bus Tour - DO THIS TOUR the first day! It's fun and fab, you can get on and off anywhere you like, you get well acquainted with Manhattan very quickly and easily and have a good idea of what you'd like to go back and check out in more detail.

Ellis Island - one of the most amazing experiences of my life was taking the self-guided audio tour of Ellis Island. It's been completely restored and walks you through the whole immigrant experience with wonderful displays of artifacts and a history of how they restored the place. I still think about that tour, and was sorely disappointed I couldn't do it the last time I was in NYC.

Ferry round Manhattan - it will take you by the Statue of Liberty. I admit it. I got choked up. Amazing.

FOOD

I loved Harry's Burritos on Columbus Avenue. I'm almost sure it's Columbus, might be Broadway. But it's west side around the 70's/80's. Really cheap and really good. Anything in Times Square is WAY overpriced unless you're doing an old stand by like McDonald's or a more upscale dinner place. Don't really have any other recs. Like I said, my ass was poh!

SHOPPING

Again, not much experience with that but I loved Bloomingdale's and Macy's just for the whole old school experience of the big department store. SOHO is amazing. Lots of great shops both big time and small fry. Greenwich Village much the same.

Have a great time!

TransientTales said...

DUDE! Have I got some fab info for you!! But can't fit all here so will email to you! My sources tell me that you must:

A)You have to Eat in SOHO at BALHAZAR at corner of Spring & Crosby it's fabulous – recommend going for lunch or brunch.

B)You have to buy your show tickets at Ticket Discounts: http://www.tdf.org/tkts/ - TKTS ® The booths sell Broadway, Off-Broadway, Dance and Music events. Tickets are available at 25%, 35%, and 50% off full-price (plus a $3.00 per ticket service charge) and are available on the day of performance. Apparently: Mary Poppins has just opened – it is BRILLIANT!!

Oh and I hear CHORUS LINE IS BACK! Damn I wish I was coming with!

xodings

Yahtzee said...

Hey girl. It's Yahtzee here. Was on the Yellow Fever site to see if she has gotten her act together and updated it (she has not) and linked to you. NYC is one of my faves. Because I'm lucky enough to go there often, I have collected a long list of my favorite places to eat and drink - which are my two favorite hobbies.

Sorry for taking up so much room.
Let me specifically suggest Koi if you are looking for a 4+ star sushi place and La Esquina for a casual and very New York experience.

BAR/LOUNGE

Gansevoort Hotel – summer only - Meatpacking District – go up in elevator to top floor bar – amazing city views
Little Branch - 212 9294360 (20 7th Ave and Leroy St)
Milk and Honey - 12129258130 / 212 6253397 / (212) 625-3397 (Lower East Side / 134 Eldridge St corner Delancey) [212 625 3897]
East Side Company Bar - 212 614 7408 (49 Essex Street at Grand Street)
Reserva Dominicana Cigar Lounge - 646 5943180 (80 East 7th Street bet 1st & 2nd Ave)
The Pegu Club - 212 4737348 (77 W. Houston St., nr. W. Broadway)
The Yard at the Soho Grand - 212 9653000 (Soho Grand)
Aspen - 22nd bt 5 & 6
The Ginger Man - 36 bt Mad & 5th
Kana - Spring & Greenwich

ITALIAN

Osteria Del Sole - 212 6206840 (W 4th St and Perry)
Peasant - 212 965-9511 (194 Elizabeth St. bet. Prince & Spring Sts.)
Il Buco - 212 5331932 (47 Bond St bet Bowery & Lafayette St)
Bar Pitti - 212 9823300 (268 6th Ave)
Da Silvano - 212 9822343 (260 6th Ave)
Cafe/Bar 'ino - (21 Bedford Street & 6th Ave, ext of Houston St)
Bread - 212 3341015 (20 Spring St bet Elizabeth & Mott St)
Bottino - 212 2066766 (246 10th Ave, bet 24th and 25th)
Il Cantinori - 212 673-6044 (32 E 10th St)
Freeman's - alley place...great food
Babbo - 110 Waverly Pl. bet (Sixth Ave. and MacDougal St.)
212-777-0303
Lupa - 212-982-5089 (170 Thompson St - bet Bleecker & W Houston st)
Del Posto - 85 Tenth Ave. (bet 15th and 16th St)
212-497-8090
Gusto
Vento – Meatpacking
One Little West 12 - Meatpacking

JAPANESE

Koi – in the Bryant Park Hotel
Bond St - 212 7772500 (6 Bond St bet B'way & Lafayette St)
Matsuri - 212 2436400 (88 9th Ave in the Maritime Hotel)
Tomoe Sushi - 212 7779346 (172 Thompson St)
Nobu - 212 2190500 (105 Hudson St and Franklin)
Blue Ribbon Sushi - 212 3430404 (119 Sullivan St bet Prince & Spring St)
Jewel Bako Makimono - 212 2537848 (101 2nd Ave & Sixth St)
Jewel Bako - 212 9791012 (239 E 5th St)
Mizu Sushi
29 E. 20th St., between Broadway and Park Ave.

ASIAN / CHINESE

Mr Chow - 212 7519030 (324 E 57TH St)
The Elephant - 212 505 7739
Woo Lae Oak (Korean) - 212 925-8200 (148 Mercer St. bet. Houston & Prince Sts.)
66 - 212 925 0202 (Leonard St & Church St)
Indochine - 212 5055111 (430 Lafayette Street & Astor)
Sapa
43 W. 24th St. (French Vietnamese)
between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
212-929-1800
Nam
110 Reade St. (TriBeCa)
between W. Broadway and Church St.
212-267-3777

SEAFOOD

Mary's Fish Camp - 646 4862185 (246 W 4th St)
Pearl Oyster Bar - 212 6918211 (18 Cornelia St)

DIVERSE

Thor - 212-796-8040 (107 Rivington Street - Rivington Hotel - GREAT FOOD - light)
Landmarc Restaurant - 212 3433883 (179 West Broadway and Worth)
Moustache - 212 2282022 (265 E 10th Stbet First Ave and Avenue A)
Diablo Royale - 212-620-0223 (189 West 10th Street)
Moustache West Village - 212 2292220 (90 Bedford St and Barrow St)
La Esquina / Diana & Max (James McDuffee) - 646 613 7100 (106 Kenmare St)
Anyway Cafe - 212 5333412 (34 E 2ND St)
Secretes (tapas) - 212 2282775 (513 E. 6th & Ave. A)
Perry Street (Jean-Georges) - 212 3521900 (176 Perry, Richard Meier towers)
Industria Argentina - 212-965-8560 (329 Greenwich Street) Tribeca
Bette - 212 3660404 (461 W. 23rd & 10th Avenue)
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten - 212 2537077 (7 Rivington Street)
Sapa - 212 9291800 (43 West 24th St)
Pylos (Greek) - 212 4730220 (128 E Seventh St bet Ave A and First Ave)
The Spotted Pig - 212 6200393 (314 W 11th St & Greenwich St)
Aquavit (Swedish) - 212 3077311 (65 East 55th St, bet Madison & Park Ave)
5 Ninth - 212 9299460 (5 Ninth Avenue, bet Gansevoort and Little West 12th St)
Esperanto - 212 5056559 (145 Avenue C & 9th St)
Schiller's Liquor Bar - 212 2604555 (131 Rivington St)
Blue Ribbon Restaurant - 212 2740404 (97 Sullivan St)
Wallse - 212 3522300 (344 W 11th St)
Freeman's - (212) 420-0012 (8 Rivington St)
Ditch Plains - 29 Bedford Street (next to Blue Ribbon Bakery) - 212-633-0202 - Great comfort food
Bar Americain - 152 West 52nd Street - 212-265-9700
Çasa Mono - 52 Irving Pl., New York (bet 17th and 18th Sts.) 212-253-2773
Little Giant
Hearth

BRUNCH

Petite Abeille - 212 6049350 (107 W 18th St and Sixth Ave)
Sant Ambroeus - 212-604-9254 (259 West 4th Street, at Perry Street)
Extra Virgin - (212) 691-9359 (259 W 4th St bet Perry St and Charles St)
Tartine - 212 2292611 (253 W 11TH St & W 4th Street)
Prune - (212) 677-6221 (54 E. 1st St bet 1st & 2nd Aves)
Bubby's - 212 2190666 (120 Hudson St & N Moore St)
Blue Ribbon Bakery - 3370404 (33 Downing St at Bedford St)
Pastis & Balthazar – Meatpacking

Beaches said...

Wowsers. Thanks ya'll. I'm going to have to go to New York MANY times in order to do all that you've recommended! Hopefully I'll make the right choices this time... these are going to help tremendously!