New York bees

posted 3 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I would go to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.  Awesome view of the city.  Not much of a wait.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Where to eat will depend on what kind of food you are looking for.  In general I would stay away from the Time Square area.  You will likely get a million answers for where to eat in the City.  There are just so many places!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Go to the Hell’s Kitchen area. There are quite a number of decent eateries and bars there that my FI and I enjoyed when we visited last month. And it’s not overrun with tourists like the Times Square area.

We took a bike tour of Central Park, and it was lovely. There are hills so it’s not the easiest bike tour, but it was so much fun! Plus my FI and I were the only ones on the tour, so it was nice to have it all personal. Our guide was Diego, and I highly recommend him! https://www.centralparktours.net/

I also recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge – but take the subway over to the Brooklyn side, then walk back into Manhattan. It provides great views and a nice stroll. At the end you can walk around and enjoy downtown Manhattan as well.

We also took a walking tour with this company – http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-tours/. Yes, it’s free. You pay whatever you wish at the end. We took the Chinatown-Little Italy-SoHo tour, and it was a great way to see those neighborhoods! It was much better than just exploring them by myself and not knowing what I was looking at or where I was going. Also, be sure to hang out at the little park in Chinatown at the end of the tour. We did and I ended up being roped into songs and dances with these little old Chinese men, and it was a riot.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a bazillion suggestions, so let me narrow it down by asking you a few questions. 

Are you interested in doing touristy things or more “local, see New York like a New Yorker” kind of things? (There’s no wrong answer – the touristy things can be cool, too.)

What kind of food do you like/are you interested in? Off the beaten path ethnic food? Classic New York things like pastrami sandwiches and bagels? Fancy/trendy restaurants that are more of a “scene”? Do you want to splurge on a really high end restaurant or would you prefer to stick to more budget friendly places?

And do you want to stay in Manhattan or explore the boroughs? 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Jack’s is my favorite restaurant in NYC.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@awakemysoul:  I’m an Islander and whenever we’re in the city and looking for a cheap bite we head to John’s Pizzeria. Yeah, it’s a bit touriesty but it’s beautiful. It’s a pizza place (no slices) in an old church. The food is great and the staff is quick. It’s down the block from various theaters so if I were a first time tourist, I’d head to TKTS (which is the offical ticket liquidator for NYC http://www.tdf.org/TKTSBoards.aspx) and grab some discounted theater tickets, then head to John’s for preshow grub. 

 

Enjoy!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@awakemysoul:  Patsy’s has my favorite pizza, Sprinkles has my favorite cupcakes.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@awakemysoul:  Okay, cool! I mostly have food suggestions, but I think that’s the best way to get to know a city, so… I hope you enjoy them!

Chinatown is one of my favorite parts of Manhattan. It can be a little grungy in places but the food is often really great. DH and I are really loyal to Nice Green Bo, which is a Cantonese restaurant with great pork dumplings, scallion pancakes and noodle dishes. You can get good dim sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, though my favorite dim sum requires a trip deep into Brooklyn. (If you feel like making the trek, it’s East Harbor Seafood Palace in Sunset Park. Aim to arrive around 10 am, otherwise the wait is forever because it’s so packed.) Stop into a Chinese bakery for dessert (just point at what looks good) or have some bubble tea, or an ice cream cone at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. (They have awesome flavors like lychee and almond cookie.)

You can also walk over to Little Italy from there. It’s a shadow of it’s former self, but you can get yummy red sauce Italian at Rubirosa, and good pastries at Ferrara. 

Shake Shack is a great New York fast food chain. They have a deep-fried cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom “burger” for non-red-meat-eaters, and their shakes are out of control. 

If you like oysters, go to the Grand Central Oyster Bar. It’s right in midtown near lots of tourist attractions and is a classic NYC experience. Sit at the counter and get raw oysters, a chowder or pan roast or one of their fried clam or fried oyster sandwiches. Don’t bother sitting in the restaurant portion – the food there is overpriced and not so great – but the counter is where it’s at. 

For pizza, I like John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker Street or Lombardi’s on Spring Street. The best pizza ever is at DiFara on Avenue J in Brooklyn, but it’s a full-day sort of thing. If you go, arrive close to opening time or endure a very long wait. If you head out that way, make a Brooklyn day of it and continue on to Coney Island for beach, boardwalk and (if you have any room left) a hot dog from the original Nathan’s. 

If the weather is good, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge! And if you’re into biking, you can rent a bicycle on Governor’s Island or at the Brooklyn Bridge Park and bike along protected paths. (Governor’s Island is closed to traffic, so it has incredible views of the city and is a perfect place to bike without worrying about cars.) The island is also a good place for a picnic! There are food vendors there, or you can pick something up before heading over there. The ferry leaves from the pier next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal. 

Speaking of the Staten Island Ferry, it’s a nice, free way to see the Statue of Liberty without having to pay for a boat tour. You can just take the ride to Staten Island, enjoy the views, then turn around and head back to Manhattan. If you do that, also check out Battery Park – it’s a nice place to lounge and enjoy a beautiful day. 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Bookmarking this so that I can reference when FI and I make it to NYC one of these years.  We’ve both been separately but want to go together asap!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’d change my tickets and go when it’s colder because omg the heat wave this summer! haha, jk…kinda. I definitely second PP on going to the TKTS line and getting cheaper tickets to a Broadway show (I’m a theatre person so I recommend going to several Broadway shows of different “genres” so you get a flavor for the real Broadway scene, not just whatever is the most popular touristy show up this season, but I know it’s expensive). I also second Hells Kitchen (two hops away from Times Square, after you’ve picked up your tickets at the TKTS line) I’ve never eaten at a restaurant in that area that I didn’t like. Ever. I don’t know how they do it! Walk through Central Park, but don’t get sucked in by the carriage rides. Eat a pastrami on rye at Katz’s (my personal preference) or Carnegie Deli. Buy a $1 slice somewhere, no need to eat at a nice sit down place for pizza…but feel free to do that too, no problem with that, it’s all good! Get a slice of cheesecake at Juniors because it’s touristy but it’s so freaking delicious. There are some nice walking tours and even culinary tours of the city that can be a little less touristy and more explorative than the big red double decker bus tours, check out things like Groupon, Living Social, Ruelala Local, etc for good deals on experiences like that…

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Oh. And do not, under any circumstances, get sucked into the national chains in Times Square. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Olive Garden or Applebees, but why the hell would you eat at Olive Garden when a few blocks away you can get authentic handmade fresh raviolis at a smaller, non-chain restaurant!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

commenting to follow for our NYC honeymoon in mid-September! (think the heat wave will have subsided by then??)

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Circle line offers a cruise around manhatten which are nice.  If you don’t want to spend the cash you get good views off Roosavelt Island.

If you want to do the statue of liberty, you’re in luck.  I doubt there are any more tickets for the crown but you should still be able to get to the pedestal.  But you should go buy tickets now. Like right now.

@KatieBklyn:  ugh I donno what NYkers see in shake shack.  I had that infamous portabella burger an it was hands down the worst fast food I’ve ever had.  Soggy bun, tasless yellow goo they have the audacity to call cheese which squirted everywhere.  ewe ewe ewe.  Their fried were also aweful anf Mikky D’s has better shakes any day.

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