First Timer going to NYC--need help PLEASE

Nov 23rd, 2009, 07:05 PM
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Actually not being able to enter the Woolworth started before 9/11.

Someone disappeared from the building during lunch one day years before 9/11 and they tightened security then. The case was never solved.
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Nov 24th, 2009, 04:27 AM
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I have to put in my two cents about chain restaurants. I don't get it! Why would someone go to a Fridays for bland food that isn't cheap when you can find a unique restaurant with good food that will cost about the same. I always suggest knowing a few places, but also discovering your own. I found an Afghani (not sure if that's correct) place with a friend one time. The food was amazing and dinner for the two of us came out to around $40. They don't serve liquor so we ran out to a liquor store for our own bottle. It was a nice discovery. I'd rather do that than an Olive Garden or Fridays any day, especially when visiting another city!
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Nov 24th, 2009, 05:28 AM
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New York has an incredible selection of ethnic restaurants but many visitors stick to the familar Chinese and Italian.

People are not adventurous eaters and are comfortable with what they know.

Like our restaurant arguments, mention it once and let it die. It leaves more open tables at the more ibteresting palces.
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Nov 24th, 2009, 07:18 PM
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Wow, thanks for such great responses. I am still reviewing the menupages site for places to eat.

I have prepared a possible itinerary for Saturday. I need to know if is doable, if there is enough time in the morning/afternoon to see it all.

Saturday, leaving hotel at 7:15 and taking subway to Wall Street. From Wall Street we will walk around that area and see the NYSE, I know its closed but just want to see the buildings. From there we will go to Trinity Church, then Saint Paul's Chapel, then to world trade center, then to woolworth building. Then I thought we would take the subway from City Hall over to Brooklyn and walk the brooklyn bridge back over to Manhattan.

Now, question, do I have any time after all that to continue on to any of the following? Chinatown, Soho, Greenwich and/or Washington Square?
Thanks again!

BTW, Monday we are booked on the 9:00 Monument SOL ferry and Monday night going to see the Radio City Music Christmas show. That is all I have planned so far. Still working on itinerary.

P.S. Lunch will be in there somewhere, depends on how long it takes us as to where we will eat.
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Nov 25th, 2009, 05:00 AM
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I posted a question on here in Oct. asking for good inexpensive restaurants from Midtown through Tribeca. I got GREAT reponses and ate at many of the places mentioned, and I ate for less than $25 each time at dinner, for over a week of meals, and for about $15 at lunch! I particularly liked Cafe Cubana in Soho, great meal with a mojito for $20. I went there twice that wk.

Check for my posts and you will see the thread. I suggest you check out some of the restaurants that were suggested on that thread. It is a classic thread for people looking for good inexpensive food in NYC from midtown to downtown. The title is "Good cheap eats in Soho, Village, Tribeca, etc."

My next deal is research on restaurants were you can bring your own bottle of wine without a corkage fee. There are several good ones in NYC that I am going to check out on our next trip in Dec...
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Nov 25th, 2009, 05:12 AM
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emd3 Thank you I will go check your post out.
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Nov 25th, 2009, 09:05 AM
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Considering that the Saturday morning itinerary is, at most, about 2 to 2-1/2 hours (since this is basically just a walk and nothing more), I'd say you have plenty of time to see other things before lunch. I'd take a stroll up to Chinatown and have an early lunch. You'll have loads of time if you want to continue over to SoHo and do a little shopping in the afternoon.
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Nov 25th, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Thanks Doug. That is what I was hoping. I will do the 2 1/2 hour, then into Chinatown for lunch then over the Brooklyn Bridge and go to Soho in the afternoon for some shopping. That was very helpful, I was thinking right around 2 1/2 hours for the walk through so now I can plan accordingly.
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