Post # 1
First off, not a honeymoon, I just didn’t know where else to put it.
SO and I take one “big” (albeit with a strict budget) trip a year. This year we decided on somewhere I’ve never been before, New York!! I’m so ridiculously excited, but since I’ve never been and SO hasn’t been since he was little, we’re a little lost as to what to do. So any New York bees or bees who’ve been before, wanna help us out?
Here’s the criteria:
Budget 2000 total for gas, food, hotel and sightseeing, and that’s the maximum, we’d really like to keep it under that.
We’re driving not flying (we’re staying with SO’s family in DC for a night then driving the rest of the way in the morning) so don’t worry about plane tickets.
We need advice on where to stay and how to travel to the city. Since we’re on a budget we were thinking about staying in New Jersey and commuting into the city (we also have stuff we want to see in New Jersey, like the bakery on Cake Boss. Shut up, I love sweets and I’ve been dying to go since that show first came on!). We don’t know if that’s practical and we also don’t really know how we’d commute into the city from New Jersey (bus? subway?) Also any good hotels available?
SO’s big thing is he wants to eat at some classic New York eateries and at least one really amazing place and I want to see a really good play. Recomendations?
We’d like to stay at least 4 full days and 5 nights not including travel, but if that’s out of the budget we can stay less time there and more time in DC, we want to see both cities.
Post # 3
If you’re planning on staying in Hoboken there is a W thats not a far walk from the PATH (5 mins) and the PATH train to the city is like 15-20 minutes. If you’re taking the PATH back late at night bear in mind you could be waiting a while and cabs aren’t going to want to talk you back (or will charge something crazy). The line at Carlos is totally insane these days. If you’re in Hoboken you must must must go to Fiores, it is literally the best mozarella you will ever eat.
In NYC, if you’re looking for something classic you could check out Katz. For just dinner in general I like BLT Steak, Pipa, Maialino or Taboon. Did you mean you want to see a good place or play?
ETA: ok a really good play is probably going to bust you budget. Two tix to Book of Mormon, if you can even get them on the dates you want, are $300+
Post # 4
I live right across the st from Cake Boss, if you are going to go, I definitely suggest mid-day during the week, otherwise you will wait in a long line. I second staying at the W. Its a beautiful hotel and a very short walk to the path train. If you decide to stay in the city, keep in mind it will be significantly more expensive the rooms will definitely be smaller. For places to go in the city, I love the east and west village, there are literally 1000s of great restaurants. SoHo has amazing shopping. Since its your first trip to NYC, I’m sure you’ll want to visit Times Square – I suggest doing that during the week, it gets absolutely insane on the weekends (I try my best to avoid times square at all times!)
Downtown, near wall st. is Stone St, its a really cute street with a bunch of bars and restaurants and the tables are all outside on a cobblestone street. What time of year are you planning on going?
Post # 5
If you get the chance go see “Wicked”. It’s one of the best broadway shows I’ve seen! My FI loved it so much he bought the sound track.
Post # 6
@tcgstar: My SO and I are going to NY in April and I really want to see Wicked. I heard so many people say it’s such a good show.
Post # 7
@Dizbee: as others said there is the W in Hoboken. There is also the Hyatt on the water in Jersey City.
Spice isnt that expensive
Luke’s Lobster Roll (not a fancy place but delicious)
some other restaurants I love: Hurricane Club (great drinks), Dos Caminos brunch, Sofritos, Gyu Kaku….there are so many! I went to college in Queens and used to live in Brooklyn.
What types of cuisine do you like?
ETA: for “classic” NYC restaurants there are the steakhouses and Italian places and Le Bernardin and Katz (JUST a deli with good sandwiches so I dont understand the hype)
Play: Wicked is a must
Post # 8
I live in East Rutherford, NJ, and there are a zillion hotels along my bus route on Paterson Plank Road/Route 120. It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to look into them – I imagine they’d be even more cost effective than the Hoboken hotels since they’re a tad further from the city, although still super close. And the bus runs every 5-10 minutes in each direction throughout the day.
The best NYC-style pizza is at Sal & Carmines on Broadway between 101st and 102nd Streets. Teeny tiny place, so expect to feel cramped if you sit and eat there, but so worth it.
If you want more Italian-style, thin crust pizza, I can’t recommend John’s Pizzeria enough (44th Street between 8th and 7th, I believe.) All of their stuff looks amazing, but the pizza is so good that I’ve never actually tired anything else. 🙂
As a PP said, I’m sure you’ll want to visit Times Square. Macy’s Herald Square isn’t too far from there, if you want to check that out. You may also be interested in the shopping along 5th Avenue, mostly in the 50s. Rockefeller Center is approx. 50th St and 5th Ave.
Central Park, OBVIOUSLY! So pretty, and so fun.
Ahh, there’s so much! I don’t even know what else to suggest!
Post # 9
@LoveMikey: she has a total budget of 2000 and you recommended 5th ave shopping! What are you doing to the girl? Haha
Post # 10
@gelaine22: LOL, I should have clarified… WINDOW shopping at the pricey spots! 😛
But there are lots of reasonably priced stores (like H&M and Forever 21) popping up all over 5th Ave now, too.
Post # 12
@LoveMikey: true! But Forever 21 and H&m are all over the US so I still think 5th ave may be torture (window shopping is the next closest thing to TORTURE for me!). However, I do agree with your suggestion of staying somewhere different. I think the W may cost her more than $1000 just for a few nights and then parking costs extra there as well.
Post # 13
If you are staying in Jersey make sure you are walking distance (
For plays on a budget, you should check out the TKTS booth in times square early in the morning the day you want to go to a play.
A great planning resource is: http://www.nycgo.com
What time of year are you coming? For 5 nights, you probably will spend anywhere from $700 – $1000 on hotels. That means a $200 a day budget for food & sightseeing, which is pretty doable.
Here are some activities I would recommend doing:
– Hop On/Hop Off NY Water Taxi tour with 9/11 memorial visit ($26). Also check out hudson river park, brooklyn bridge park, and battery park. This could take up a whole day
– Walk around Central Park (free!)
– Window shopping in Soho (start at Broadway & Houston)
– Visit Rockefellar Center & window shop on 5th avenue. Check out Tiffany’s & FAO Schwartz
– Metropolitan Museum of Art ($20 donation). So worth it
– Visit Macy’s in Herald Square
– Times Square of course! (Skip the wax museum, totally overrated). Get Burgers at Shake Shack.
– Green market in Union Square. So fun to wander around. There is a cheap noodle place – Republic – which is really good
– Shop in Eataly. And eat too
– Try to get tickets to a TV show taping
Post # 14
@LoveMikey: +1 Johns Pizzeria!!!
Post # 15
I wouldn’t stay outside the city. Well, maybe Hoboken but the W might be $$$. It’s really nice to be ablentonstop back at your hotel or apartment during the day to be able to recharge and drop off shopping bags. Look into Airbnb…it’s awesome and a really great way to stay affordably in a cool neighborhood.
find the tckts booth in Times Square and pick up last minute discounted theater tickets. Save money by learning how to use subway and buy multday passes. Avoid tourist trap restaurants in midtown and Times Square. Katz’s is a great suggestion. Your partner might like one of the old school steakhouses – Keen’s, Peter Lugar’s, etc. Le Bernadine is very expensive – think $200 each if you get the cheapest bottle of wine. I would skip the chains for shopping – surely you have those at home? Go to century 21, boutique hop in alphabet city amd the west village.
Post # 16
@CityBearBride: where would you go about trying to get tix for a tv show recording?