Post # 1
I’m going to NY with a friend the first 5 days of March. I’ve been reading weddingbee since the beginning and I know theres always posts on NY and things I wanted to check out but I’m too lazy to look back :X Please suggest things that I MUST CHECK OUT!! The insider tips rather than everyday tourist things… things I must eat since I love food and can’t get anywhere else… that sorta thing… THANKS FOR UR HELP!!
Post # 3
oh man how much time do you got? =)
i guess i would first suggest seeing a broadway show. you can also visit museum of natural history, empire state building, central park, and definetely visit Times Square. You can shop in the Soho area and have a meal at Balthazar. Its kind of touristy but you can also take a Circle Line cruise around manhattan and you’ll get to see statue of liberty and other things.
some restaurants to possibly check out include Stanton Social (great tapas, really fun place)…Pastis (I saw katie holmes here) or Schillors Liquor Bar….Tao….Morimotos (iron chef – though philly location is original)…Bobby Flays Mesa Grill….Da Silvano – and can take a walk to grab some cupcakes from magnolia bakery.
oh, you can also sign up for a sex and the city tour – its a bus tour and it’ll take you to all the locations from sex and the city including carrie’s stoop.
also, you can visit chinatown – great food, check out joe shanghai for some dumplings. you can email me if you need more suggestions
Post # 4
Hi, Definitely let us know your budget, because there’s tons of stuff, but it depends. Not sure what you’re into, but there’s a lot of cool stuff in terms of food. The food is really good in MOMA if you decide to stop at the cafeteria there.
Tea at Alice’s Tea Cup, there’s several locations. http://alicesteacup.com/
Swing 46 – is a dinner/swing dance club. The food is good.
Living room – live music venue, there’s a really good tiny creperie shop on the same street. If you’re going for savory, get the one with brie, pears, and walnuts.
Perilla – Top chef season 1 restaurant. the food is really good. Arium – a really nice restauarnt in a mini art gallery.
Ninja – expensive ninja themed restaurant from japan
Gyukaku – another restaurant from Japan, I think it’s in CA too.
Beard Papa – known for their cream puffs – japanese.
Spa treatments – I’ve heard good things about the massages at Essential Therapy, they also full co-ed spa facilities. There’s a couple more good spas if you’re going with a female. http://www.essentialtherapyny.com
Post # 5
Dim Sum brunch in Chinatown, Balthazaar (SoHo) or Jane (West Village).
I would recommend Bar Pitti over Da Silvano ( the two are next to each other). The food is delicious ( and we saw Juliane Moore there 🙂
You can catch indie movie at Angelika Film Center in SoHo esp if the weather is crappy. Walk around Central Park, rent one of the row boats or eat at Central Park Boathouse and watch them. You can also have picnic at Central Park if the weather is nice.
Definitely check out Time Square but don’t linger, it’s a true tourist trap. Walk around West Village instead, grab a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery as jw mentioned.
Have Korean BBQ in K-town (32nd street b/w B-way and 5th Ave), have pizza at Lombardi’s in Soho, walk across Brooklyn Bridge.
NYC is such a wonderful place with so much to do. You will have a great time.
Post # 6
thanks for the wonderful suggestions!
Post # 7
Personally (and I think this has been covered before on WeddingBee) Magnolia’s is not worth waiting in block-long lines. Try Billy’s (my favorite) on 9th Ave. and 21st St. Or Buttercup Bakeshop (2 locations) or Sugar Sweet Sunshine, both as good if not better than Magnolia minus the huge line.
I love going to Central Park and just walking around – my FH’s brother was in town and what we did was grab cupcakes at Buttercup on the west side (72nd St), walked across the park and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art – check out the Egyption Tomb – awesome.
I also second the Brooklyn Bridge suggestion – if you start in Manhattan and walk across, you’ll end up right on the water – beautiful sights of the city! Plus, there’s a great ice cream shop (Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory), Grimaldi’s pizza (get there early), and Jacques Torres’ chocolate shop right under the bridge on the Brooklyn side.
I have also heard great things about the Tenament Museum on the Lower East Side. I’ve been meaning to go for awhile but just haven’t yet. The MOMA is also really great, but expensive, although there’s free admission on Friday nights.
Post # 8
fyi I noticed you’re fromt eh bay area. I think the average asian food in SF is comparable or better than in NY. So if you going for unique, for asian I woud just target the trendy or fusion restaurants vs the regular chinatown type places.
Fyi more specific culinary interests:
Rice to riches – Rice pudding shop in Soho
Peanut Butter and Co. – obviously peanutbutter offerings
WD-50: this is the restaurant that uses new techniques, pretty unconventional, and you a bit of a wild card.