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Trip Report yk's trip report to NYC/Boston, Sept 06

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DH & I spent a week in NYC and Boston in early September. We had loads of fun, ate a ton of food, and met up with a bunch of old friends. We both lived in the NE for years, and visited NYC a thousand times - so don't expect this trip report to be about Times Square or Duck Tours or Freedom Trail.

Also, we stayed with friends while in NYC, and with DH's sister in Boston, so I won't have any hotel reports. We did eat out a lot...

Our trip began with going to a wedding in New Jersey on Day 1, then spent 2.5 days in NYC, and the rest of the week in Boston.

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New Jersey, Day 1 - 9/3/06 (Wedding)

We took the first flight out of DFW to Newark. This was our first flight since the new carry-on restrictions took place. Everything went smoothly and we arrived in Newark on time.

We picked up our compact car (Kia Spectra) from Hertz ($50 all-in via Priceline) and checked in at the Newark Marriott Courtyard. I reserved the room the conventional way, after failing multiple attempts to bid for a 2.5* on Priceline.

Initially we were planning to get some lunch from nearby restaurants, but it turned out there was nothing nearby. We ended up getting a sandwich and a salad from the "Quik Mart" next to the hotel lobby.

We had time for a nap before heading out to West Orange for my friends' wedding. It was held at the Manor Restaurant. The weather held up, the place was gorgeous, and the food was fabulous! The celebration lasted all night and we finally left around midnight.

The Manor
http://www.themanorrestaurant.com/
111 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052

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Manhattan & Queens, Day 2 - 9/4/06 (Dim Sum & MoMA)

We returned the car to the airport, then decided to take the coach to Manhattan. It was $14pp 1-way. Even though (I think) it is more expensive than the AirTrain/NJ Transit, the coach is more convenient for us as it drops us off at Grand Central. Even though it was Monday, it was Labor Day, so traffic was very light.

We arrived at my friends' apartment around 11:30am, and they drove us out to Flushing, Queens for some authentic dim sum. We went to Ocean Jewels Seafood Restaurant. I was amazed by how prosperous the Chinatown is in Flushing, and the quality of food is excellent. Some of the items we had are not available in Dallas.

Ocean Jewels Seafood Restaurant
13330 39th Ave
Flushing, NY
Phone: 718-359-8600


In the afternoon, we went to MoMA, mainly to see the Dada show. We met up with fellow Fodorite 111op (very) briefly - he was kind enough to get us free admission tickets. The exhibition hall was packed! We didn't find the show that interesting, and were certainly glad that we didn't pay $20pp for admission.

We then toured the permanent exhibits, which haven't significantly changed since our last visit a year ago.

On the second floor, the Out of Time exhibit just opened a few days earlier. Of the memorable ones include a Rachel Whiteread installation, a room of 15 Gerhard Richter paintings, and Warhol's film, Empire.

We left MoMA at closing time (5:30p) and spent some time at the shop. We found a gift for DH's sister, whom we would visit later in the week. We had dinner plans with a friend in Chelsea at 7p, so we decided to walk there.

Our friend suggested dinner at Mare. As the weather was nice, we sat outside on the sidewalk. We shared a fried calamari to start, and I ordered diver scallops for my entree. The food was great.

Mare Seafood Restaurant
http://www.chelseadining.com/mare/index.php
198 Eighth Ave
New York, NY 10011
212 675-7522

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