In NYC for my birthday/honeymoon – ideas please

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lauren267:  what kind of budget do you have, what kind of food do you like, and what kind of music? NYC is full of Michelin starred places and if that’s your thing, book way way way in advance. I love Jazz at Lincoln Center for amazing music. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Lauren267:  Definitely check out a broadway show!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lauren267:  

Bars: (if not too cold) rooftop bars such as Empire Hotel Rooftop, Hudson Terrace, The Press Lounge, Top of the Strand, offer great views

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/bars/rooftop-bars-in-nyc?pageNumber=2

Music scene: I don’t know it very well, but I love jazz at Lincoln Center http://www.jazz.org/ Since DH and I are local we do the standby tickets which are super cheap at $10 released the Wednesday prior to a performance

Shows: Any Broadway show really! The hottest shows in town right now include The Book of Mormon, If/Then, Kinky Boots, and there are classics like Les Miz, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Lion King

Places for dinner (I’ll try to do these by prices):

Essentially you cannot go wrong with any of the 2- and 3-Michelin stars http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/09/new-york-city-michelin-stars-2015.html but they are pricy. My friends tend to prefer Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges, Per Se, Daniel, and Momofuku Ko. Book wayyy in advance (call or use OpenTable.com or their online reservations), but if you mention to anyone in NYC that you dine there, it would be considered a 5-star, completely NYC experience.

Of the 1 Michelin stars, I’ve had great experiences so far at Ai Fiori, Bouley (their lunch tasting menu is awesome), Cafe China, Casa Enrique, and my friends are fans of Spotted Pig, Sushi of Gari, NoMad, Del Posto, Dovetail, Gramercy Tavern. 

Otherwise, here are some other more NYC-type places that will not break the bank for you:

NYC pizza: John’s of Bleecker Street http://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/johns-pizzeria-1

Dessert: Dominique Ansel for the Cronut (which I think is overrated), Lady M for their mille crepe cake, or Laduree for an overpriced French macaron

Chinese food: I looove the steamed soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai (multiple locations)

Burger: Shake Shack is kind of the burger place for NYC. Multiple locations. 

Seafood: The Mermaid Inn (multiple locations) is great for oysters and seafood

Steakhouse: I personally don’t go to steakhouses just because they’re really really expensive and not as much variety of food, but, they are very NYC. Peter Luger Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Steakhouse rank up there

 

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Lauren267:  omg so exciting!! That sounds amazing.

i can give you suggestions for NYC, as I live here.

Def do a broadway show! 

Also, check out Chamber of Magic by Steve Cohen. His show takes place in the Waldorf Astoria. What I love about it is that the magician is really old school, so you have to get dressed up, (you would have to wear a cocktail dress and heels and your FH would have to wear a suit). Its just a fun way to spend one night in NYC and feel glamourous.

Do you like seafood? I would suggest you check out Blue Water Grill and Eds Lobster Bar.

I would also suggest Lavo and Monkey Bar – these are my favorite restaurants. I appreciate them bc hey have an old NYC appeal. You will see what I mean if you go.

Also check out The View – its a restaurant at the Marriot in Times Square and the floor rotates and gives you a 360 view of Manhattan while you eat. You don’t even fee/noticel that you are moving.

Some cool bars to go to would be Mad46 its a rooftop bar at the Roosevelt hotel.

Stay away from bars on West 4th street – yes drinks are cheap-er, but its not somewhere I would suggest for a couple on thwir honeymoon.

you can check out some bars on Stonestreet which is lower Manhattan.

would you be interested in any bars in the outer borough likes Williamsburg and Brooklyn?

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

My favorite thing to do in NYC (and I live here haha) is eat at Blue Ribbon Brasserie in the west village at like 230am. Gourmet amazing classic NY establishment and there’s something so fun and romantic and NYC about wee – hour fine dining.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would also check out the village voice website the week before you’re there to see what interesting local events/shows/parties/concerts are happening. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lauren267:  i love walking around Brooklyn Bridge Park. Fantastic views of NYC any time of the day 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

And whatever you do: GET OUT OF MIDTOWN. The village is great for aimless meandering.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Lauren267:  what time of the year are you coming to NYC? 

I would suggest visiting Brooklyn for the bars and restaurants. I live in Brooklyn, work in Manhattan and I would much prefer to hang out in Park Slope (an area of Brooklyn) over Manhattan anyday. I love that its laid back and there are a lot of quirky places, and of course less expensive!

If you are interested let me know and I can suggest a list of places to go

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do a broadway show for sure! Especially if you can do one that’s staring a celebrity. I’ve been to NYC like twice a year for the past five years but this summer was the first time we saw a show. We got tickets to Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowed. It was amazing ans so surreal. 

I love Central Park, especially if you go more around the strawberry fields/Lincoln centre areas. It’s not as busy as it is around the 5th ave shopping district. The highline park is also amazing and a must see. It’s so different than any  other park. 

SoHo is fun for shopping but seems really busy on the weekends. 

The rockefeller building has a great view of the city if you do “the top of the rock” and sometimes you might see a celebrity going into the studios. 

Its such a big city with so much to see and do so I really suggest planning out anything that you really want to do. But it’s also fun to just wander around. If you take the subway over to Brooklyn and walk back into manhattan across the Brooklyn bridge you get an amazing view. From there you can just wander around the city some of my favourite times in the city were just walking around the less tourist areas with my friends in the west village. 

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