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Reporting back from weekend in NYC 10/13 -10/15. I received help before leaving, especially regarding lodging, from the forum. I am always thinking ahead, saving posts from the site, for future trips and I thank you all.

Compared to the suffering that the area is enduring, this report is very minor. However, I didn't want to let down the people who have helped me plan this trip and many other trips.

Met my sister at Westin Grand Central (previously a Hemsley property) that has been completely redone. We were very pleased with the hotel - room was large for NYC (even had space for a lounge chair w/ottoman), nice amenities, and great location.

Theater night we saw Once - I loved the haunting music. Pre-fixe dinner before show at the Glass House Tavern in lounge area - food was OK, service was attentive, and we were not rushed (even on a Sat night with restaurant fully booked), and it was 2 blocks from the theater.

The next day was our busy day. Started in LES at Eldridge Street Synagogue for Nosh & Stroll tour of neighborhood. It was not an in depth food tour, but the info and guide were excellent, and we enjoyed it for that reason, rather than for the food. The synagogue is beautiful and has an interesting history.

The tour guide gave us a fabulous recommendation for brunch, Cafe Petisco, 180 East Broadway, "small fusion cafe with mixture of American, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern with a dash of Asian cuisines"

I must mention one big disappointment. In my research for the trip, I saw that there is a LES Visitor Center with pamphlets, maps, etc. So, I don't need to print out info ahead of time, just leave time to pick up everything at the Visitor Center, right? Well, the person there gave us completely incorrect directions to the Synagogue and we almost missed our tour. BTW, the Visitor Center is very close to the Synagogue. I have lodged complaints.

We walked the rest of the day - SOHO, Chelsea, High Line, ended up at The Breslin, in Ace Hotel, for lamb burgers, fries and beer, and a much needed rest. Loved the food and atmosphere.

Next day breakfast at Ess-a Bagel. It was a Monday, so we were able to sit and watch NYC on a work day. Walked through Bryant Park and then to Main Library to see Lunch exhibit which was well done.

Had lunch at Eataly at sit down counter. I've been there before but never to eat. I find the choices confusing - which section serves what, where to sit with such limited seating, what are the specials. Once seated at the counter, all becomes clear and waiters help explain the choices. Yes, it is expensive, but delicious food and fun, especially talking to others at the counter.

We loved walking through the various neigborhoods. It was a great weekend!

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