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Sep 19th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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help with my nyc itinerary

I am trying to make a logical itinerary - need suggestions for other things I should do and good restaurant suggestions.

I was hoping someone could give input to my itinerary - any help would be greatly appreciated.

DAY 1

arrive 2pm

get to hotel - hilton grand vacation club

looking for easy way to fill out afternoon and evening ( restaurant suggestion helpful )

DAY 2

circle cruise

ground zero ( 1pm - reserved)

st pauls

st patricks

top of the rock ( 5pm reserved)

grand central - campbell apt

DAY 3

murrays

shopping ( macys saks)

appt at 1

public library

bryant park - cocktails bryant park grill

book of mormon (7pm reserved)

carmines or joe allen?

DAY 4

magnolias

subway to brooklyn

grimaldis

brooklyn ice cream

brooklyn brewery

walk back over bridge

chinatown - shopping on canal

gotham bar and grill

greenwich village - cabanas rooftop?

DAY 5

MOMA

russian tea room

natural hx museum

highline walk

cocktails at living room

DAY 6

travel late afternoon - otherwise open

help filling in central park, little italy, katz deli and anything else I'm missing including must have food!

Thank you so much.
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Sep 19th, 2013, 12:51 PM
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"ground zero ( 1pm - reserved)"

Might you be referring to the 9/11 Memorial? It is not called "ground zero." You should make reservations if you haven't yet.

I would skip Little Italy unless you find you have a lot of time to spare.

I guess "hx" is History? Go to Central Park after that. MOMA and the Natural History Museum (NHM) might be a lot for one day.
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Sep 19th, 2013, 12:52 PM
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Sorry, I see you said reservation made. DUH. I really hope you DIDN'T make a reservation at anything called "ground zero."
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Sep 19th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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How many in your group? If 2, pass on Carmine's. It's family style for larger than two-person families.

Day 5 is a lot of hopping about to different areas, esp. because the better parts of the Highline are in Chelsea.

<> - I'd give this a pass.
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Sep 19th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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Which Hilton are you going to end up in? Is this on west 57th Street? If so, could you push Top of the Rock up to the first night? I don't know if these reservations are changeable, but you certainly don't have to book that so far in advance (or more than a day in advance), and you have far too much on Day 2.

On your first night, perhaps you could do something kind of fancy for dinner. You're fairly close to the Time-Warner Center, and a dinner a Jean-Georges Nougatine, A Voce, or even Landmarc (for a more modest price) might be a great way to ease yourself into an NYC vibe. Or a well-chosen dinner from The Modern Bar Room. Most of these can be reserved for a good time a week or so in advance.

On Day 2 you're all over the place, uptown and midtown, and then on Day 3 you're not doing much at all yet still going to a Broadway play at 7pm. I'd cut Day 2 down and shift around some of those visits.

On Day 3, are you looking to have dinner after Book of Mormon? Of those two options, I'd choose Joe Allen's, though I think you could do a LOT better. Carmine's is a zoo and can have a hour or more wait.

In truth, I'd probably have dinner before the show and then drinks after the show, perhaps at the Marriott Marquis for the view or at a trendy Hell's Kitchen cocktail bar if you want something more daring. Instead of a touristy dinner spot, consider ViceVersa, which has great food and is close to the theater (or you can still eat there after the show, too).
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Sep 19th, 2013, 01:33 PM
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I apologize for making an error - 911 memorial.
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Sep 19th, 2013, 03:36 PM
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Any particular reason for the Russian Tea Room? (It ain't what it used to be.... -
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Sep 19th, 2013, 04:54 PM
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It never was what it used to be - and for a long time has had a terrible reputation.
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Sep 19th, 2013, 08:52 PM
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Ahhh... NYtraveler.... you're obviously younger than I. I remember some lovely times
(and food.... and Katinkas...) at the Russian Tea Room.
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Sep 20th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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Perhaps 30 or more years ago.
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Sep 20th, 2013, 07:44 AM
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More than that..... -
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Sep 20th, 2013, 12:50 PM
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Day 5 is much too busy. Pick one museum or the other, especially if you also plan to walk the Highline.

I agree that you should chuck the Russian Tea Room, and I'd also skip Carmine's. Don't know anything about Joe Allen's.

If you want to see Little Italy, go when you're in Chinatown. It's basically now just one street - Mulberry St.- in the midst of Chinatown, and is just a couple of stores and restaurants. BTW, the Chinatown shopping is a lot of junk and knockoffs. If you're going to the Village that same day, you're much better off browsing/shopping in the stores there.
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Sep 22nd, 2013, 01:37 AM
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For the love God, stay out of the Russian Tea Room. Here's my review from 2 years ago: http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...m-not-good.cfm

Macy's is a nightmare, too. Go to Bloomingdale's instead. Or else know what you're looking for and go to the right smaller store.

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