Finally, first time in New York City. Advice?

Aug 7th, 2009, 10:59 AM
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Have you thought of trying a concert at Carnegie Hall - one of the world's great concert halls, or at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, or an opera at New YOrk City Opera Company (Lincoln Center) -- or the Met at Lincoln Center. another great hall - recently beautifully renovated - Alice Tully Hall.
For Thai food - sorry to say you have to go to Bangkok for that with the exception of: Sripraphai- in Queens: 64-13 39th Ave. Most NY Thai places leave much to be desired.
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Aug 7th, 2009, 12:56 PM
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In NYC there is:
Chinese (many regions plus dim sum), Korean, Jewish Deli, Eastern European, German, French haute and bistro, all varieties of Italian, New York Pizza (I assure you it is different) Peruvian chicken, Jamiaican, Argentian steak, Chilean, Greek, Turkish, Vietnamese, Spanish Tapas, Russian, Scandanavian, we even have Aussie restaurants, many, many Irish pubs, and real bagels

I left off those who specifically did not want plus some I am sure I forgot.
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Aug 7th, 2009, 01:58 PM
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It's over 3 years since I've been to NYC, and I haven't been able to go back since, but my must sees are:

1 - Ellis Island
2 - Tenement Museum (go to this the day after Ellis Island so you can learn about firstly the immigrant experience, then how people actually lived after arriving)
3 - Central Park - at least half a day wandering.
4 - Top of the Rock for the view. Find out what time sunset is, go there beforehand so you can see the city skyline in daylight, then watch as the lights come on and the sun goes down.
5 - a walk through the downtown area. We had an interesting route in our guidebook (a British edition of AA spiral guides). It took us through the financial district and pointed out many things we might not have noticed otherwise.

Whatever you end up doing though, have a great time!
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Aug 7th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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PamEwing - thanks for the suggestion, but that's about twice the price, before tax, of the place I'm looking at...

missypie - thanks for the link. that looks interesting.

jroth - alas, I'm virtually tone deaf, classical music is wasted on me. Dance, on the other hand, especially ballet, I love. And I actually have a not-too-awful Thai restaurant just down the road from my house, so if the NY offerings aren't great I'll wait for my next trip to Asia.

Aduchamp1 - OK, any recs for Sichuan (with a Chinese menu in English), French bistro (I was thinking of Les Halles?), Peruvian chicken, Jamaican, Chilean, or Spanish tapas?
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Aug 7th, 2009, 02:21 PM
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Wu Liang Ye is an excellent Sichaun restaurant in Manhattan. It has several outposts in the city.
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Aug 7th, 2009, 02:36 PM
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I was so glad to read that you plan to visit the Cloisters! It was to be my recommendation for you. There are seven unicorn tapestries on display. The one most people know is the Unicorn in Captivity. The subway runs very close to the Cloisters.

I also liked picking up picnic provisions at Zabar's deli for a picnic in Central Park.
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Aug 7th, 2009, 03:13 PM
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I second the Neue Gallery and the Frick.. Frick is at 70th and 5th... Neue and 86th and Fifth.(But check Neue's different from other museums). On Broadway I'd try to see Gods of Carnage.... not sure that's the right title... with Jeff Daniels ,etc. (tho it may still be on vacation early Sept.) If you want a bird's eye view of the East "coast" of Manhattan... take a ride on the cable car to Roosevelt Island. (and cross your fingers it won't get stuck in mid air -
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Aug 7th, 2009, 03:30 PM
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You might want to catch the Ballet Russes exhibit at Lincoln Center in Sept

and in Nov when you are in the Columbia area go to St John the Divine and the very quirky Nicholas Roerich museum nearby
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Aug 7th, 2009, 04:31 PM
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I am omitting the more expensive places

Tapas-Xunta (pronounced SHUn-ta), Tia Pol, Bar Carerra.
Peruvian-Pio Pio
French Bistro-I like Les Halles, you will see that people like Balthazar which is more expensive, but for budget places-Flea Market, Lucien, and Casimir
Jamaican-Nrgril Village
Sichuan-Gran Sichian on Canal Street
Value Chinese (not sichuean) Fuleen Seafood (lunch specials), Jing Fong Dim Sum (during the week, weekends are zoos) New York Noodletown,
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Aug 7th, 2009, 04:36 PM
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Check if Governors Island is still open for you Sept. visit. It's open during the summer. The ferry is free. There's a special art installation by Creative Time this summer. Bikes on Friday are free.

Coffee places... Though I'm not a coffee drinker, I've been to these places: Cafe Grumpy (Chelsea), Ninth St. Espresso (E Village), Joe (I think) in West Village. The first two get very good reviews. I was at the last place a few weeks ago to meet a friend, and I liked the storefront windows. I think it's on Waverly Place?

There's also one called Doma (?) or something like that on Seventh Avenue that I used to go to once in a while.

Lex in the 20s has many Indian restaurants, including Saravanaas that someone mentioned. Quite a few are vegetarian. (I think quite a few in that neighborhood are vegetarian, including Saravanaas, Chennai Garden, Vatan, etc.)

I've been eating the buffet lunch at Dhaba, which is cheap. Dinners are pricier.

I just tried Aamchi Pao recently. It got a write up in the Time Out Cheap Eats issue. I recommend it:

Re Sichuan -- there's Wu Liang Ye someone mentioned (on Lex and near Rockefeller Center), Szechuan Gourmet (on 42nd near Bryant Park) and Grand Sichuan (the one near Chelsea seems to be best).

There's Pio Pio for Peruvian chicken (one restaurant on 34th).

Regarding French bistro, apart from the Les Halles you mentioned, some names that come to mind (which may or may not be French bistros): Marseille(s?), Le Pere Pinard, Ouest, Triomphe, db bistro moderne. I've only been to the first two.

You'd have to check the reviews to see what's good.

Regarding Thai, if you are adventurous, you can head out to Queens to Sripraphai:
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Aug 7th, 2009, 06:40 PM
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Wow, thanks so much to everyone for all the great input.

I had no idea there was a cable car to anywhere!

I'm definitely thinking about guided walks, and I love the idea of the picnic from Zabar's! Looks like I'll be just in time to catch the Ballet Russes exhibition.

I like the look of the menu at Sripraphai (papaya salad with dry shrimp - yum) - does the adventure relate to the restaurant or to getting to Queens? Is the Pio Pio sauce related to Portuguese piri-piri? Hmmm, so many places, so few meals...
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Aug 7th, 2009, 08:13 PM
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Is the Pio Pio sauce related to Portuguese piri-piri?

I do not think so, since the preparations of the chicken are different. And I may be wildly off base, but I think pio pio is a traditional song.

That reminds me I omitted one of the best food values in NYC, Elvie's Turo, Turo which means point, point in Tagalog. The pancit is especially good although we have never had a bad dish there.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 03:10 AM
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You can preview the cable car by watching the final scenes of Spiderman 1
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Aug 8th, 2009, 03:22 AM
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If you go to Journal Square for Indian Food, check and see if Loews Jersey is having a film showing when you are there. Their fall schedule isn't up yet but the website is
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Aug 8th, 2009, 04:03 AM
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The cable car is interesting. I haven't taken it since I took it for Deboarah Warner's "Angel Project" in 2003. The idea was to visit various places in the city (some of which were not usually open) to look for "Angels."

The F train also goes to Roosevelt Island.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 04:04 AM
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You said you're not interested in "fine art," but if you do make it to the Met, be sure to head to the roof garden, which still be open during your September visit.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 04:08 AM
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Oh, sorry -- the "adventure" about Sripraphai relates to going to Queens, which I guess is not really on most tourists' itineraries. I recently ate there again and it was really nice. As a bonus, my table was right next to the mayor's. He was eating with two others.

Great experience.

It's not that hard to get to at all. You take the 7 train and the restaurant is within a 5-minute walk. Coming from WV, you can catch the 7 from Times Square, so there's one switch of trains.
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The 7 Train is an experience in itself. It serves the most ethnically diverse area in the world. Surrounding you on the train you might find passengers reading newspapers in: Korean, Chinese, Hindi, Russian, Greek, Japanese, Arab, Hebrew etc. etc. The faces are the faces of the world. BTW - one of the critiques of the Julia/Julie movie was the implication that Queens was a desert land as far as cuisine goes (compared to the hip Manhattan culture) when in reality you will find the world's greatest ethnic eating in that boro.
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Aug 8th, 2009, 06:37 AM
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Oh yes, I've read about the 7 train. It sounded like a really interesting trip. I may just have to make that pilgrimage to the Thai place! jroth - have you seen Julie & Julia? I don't watch many movies, but 'm looking forward to that one.

And a roof garden - is it an old one (there's one on top of a London dept. store that's been there forever) or part of a green campaign?
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Aug 8th, 2009, 08:20 AM
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The 7 train is elevated for part of the ride, so it's interesting for that reason also. You can also take a train across the Manhattan Bridge.

The Met's roof garden has been at least open for a few years at least. Every year it hosts an art installation. I haven't made it there this year yet (I think it's Roxy Paine this year, and I don't know his work).

In the past we've had Cai Quoqiang, Frank Stella, Jeff Koons (last year), Andy Goldsworthy (at least what I can remember).

Like everything else, popular spaces in NYC can get crowded. The roof garden can be very crowded Friday evenings, say.

Speaking of public art, there's usually an art installation at the SE corner of Central Park. This year we have Frank West's "Igo and the Id."

Which reminds me of a coffee shop in the Plaza Hotel: Cafe Demel, if that's the sort of thing you're looking for. It's a branch of the one of the one in Vienna. It's obviously completely different from the ones I suggested earlier.
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