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katzen Apr 20th, 2009 12:53 PM

New York City Shopping - for 1 day and 1 night
My sister and I are planning a very short trip to NYC in May - by train - staying over saturday night - returning sunday. Our main focus is shopping with a decent place to eat.

The last time we were in NYC (also for 1 day/1 night) - summer '07 - we stayed at the Doubletree Metropolitan at Lexington and 51st. It seemed to be a good location (we aren't very familiar with the city) but unfortunately it is sold out for our date in May.

Thought I would post on Fodors and see if there is a moderately priced hotel (under $250) that one would recommend as well as maybe a good location other then where we stayed last time. Our shopping last time basically consisted of a list of stores that we wanted to visit - so I can't 100% say where we want to shop - other than 5th avenue, etc - the main shopping districts -

Also, any good recommendations for a mom and pop's type Italian place - that serves the good old Italian dishes - little italy maybe?

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help!

GoTravel Apr 20th, 2009 01:15 PM

I think Century 21 is fantastic but you must be prepared to spend hours there and DIG! Zero customer service.

If money isn't an issue, definitely Bergdorf Goodman is my favorite upscale department store.

For middle of the road Bloomingdales.

I think the Park South is an excellent boutique hotel in an outstanding location. Lots of great restaurants short walk away (Artisanal, Craft, Blue Smoke just to name a few). It is on top of the Lex line subway so it is very easy to get around.

It is also close to lots of downtown stuff.

vjpblovesitaly Apr 20th, 2009 03:18 PM

Forget Little Italy

williamscb13 Apr 20th, 2009 03:59 PM

If you go to Century 21 Go First thing in the morning when the doors open and they open early. Don't miss the shoes which I think are the best part of Century 21. the store starts to fill up around 10-11ish and then it just gets overwhelming.

But I see you are doing htis on a weekend, I do not know what Century 21 is like on the weekend, but hte hours are different.

mclaurie Apr 21st, 2009 04:33 AM

Prices fluctuate by date so unless you tell us when you're coming, there's no way to say whether a place will be $250 on your date. There are some sales listed on including the Affinia hotels. The Affinia Dumont is a great hotel in a convenient location for shopping Lord & Taylor & Macy's. It's a bit south of where you stayed last time.

If you'd rather try something near Century 21 in the financial district, the Embassy Suites, Marriott Financial and Millenium Hilton are near there and usually very cheap on a weekend.

GoTravel Apr 21st, 2009 05:51 AM

The Hotel On Rivington (THOR) may be dirt cheap for your stay and if you can get it for $250 or a little more, it is totally worth the price.

SueNYC Apr 21st, 2009 01:41 PM

Are you all related to Mollie or Ezra Katzen? Just curious

katzen Apr 22nd, 2009 05:00 PM

Thank you for all your responses!! We are traveling May 23rd and returning May 24th. I will take a look at as well as the hotel on rivington. SueNYC, I am not related to Mollie or Ezra - I've always loved the name Katzen so try to use it whenever I can. :) Thank you again for your help! Any great mom and pop type Italian restaurants? VJPBlovesitaly mentioned above to stay away from LittleItaly ....

mclaurie Apr 23rd, 2009 02:49 PM

1) I doubt the Doubletree Met. is sold out. More likely they don't want to take a 1 night Sat. night stay on a holiday weekend. It's convenient to Bloomingdales and the shopping around it but not a great hotel. If you want to stay in that area, the Affinia 50, Courtyard Midtown East and the San Carlos are near it. There are plenty of options on right now for that date for well under $250. What you pick will depends on whether you have to have 2 beds and where you want to stay.

What "good old" food do you want? Are you talking about veal parmigiana etc.?

GoTravel Apr 23rd, 2009 02:56 PM

The business hotels downtown will probably offer the best rates since it is a holiday weekend.

Check the Ritz-Carlton downtown, Club Quarters downtown, THOR, Wall Street Inn, and Embassy Suites. Also, whatever The Exchange Hotel has been renamed. I think it is Eurostars Wall Street.

katzen Apr 24th, 2009 06:09 AM

Thank you mclaurie and GoTravel. I ordered a few maps from Red Maps and am waiting until I get those in the mail before I book a room - should be getting them this weekend hopefully. This way will be easier to look at the hotels everyone suggested and see exactly where they are located. I guess for 1 night it doesn't make that big of difference but would be nice to stay in an area that is closer to everything than not.

mclaurie, the good old food - more the mom and pops places that are very casual - not formal dining - the dishes are like what your grandmother would serve you as opposed to a high end italian place where it's somewhat fancy - I live in DC (so get enough of the more formal Italian restaurants) and am from Pittsburgh so looking for that hometown feel, if one exists in NYC. :)

Thank you again for your help!

cej18 Apr 25th, 2009 07:20 AM

Try Daffy's for shopping.

cej18 Apr 25th, 2009 07:21 AM

Also, Carlisle. 439 W. 55th St. Bigger discounts on the 5th floor.

mclaurie Apr 25th, 2009 11:36 AM is a great mapping website online. In most cases you just have to type the name of the hotel and add NYC to it and the map shows you where it is. Malatesta might be to your liking for Italian.

katzen May 26th, 2009 09:07 AM

Thank you to all who responded to my NYC post. My sister and I returned from our trip on Sunday night. We didn't realize it was Memorial Day weekend when we booked our train tickets so unfortunately did not make use of our Monday off.

We took Amtrak up from DC to NYC - no complaints. Trains were nice and arrived with no issues. We decided to book a room at the Tribeca Grande Hotel. Found a good rate on Expedia. The hotel was a very modern and nice. Our room was small but we didn't care since we were basically just sleeping there. The hotel is located 2 blocks from Soho - great location in our opinion.

Spent most of Saturday in Soho walking the streets, Saturday evening we headed to a few shops on Madison - then on Sunday we spent the day in Midtown. All our time was spent shopping - no sightseeing this trip!

Thank you again for your help!!

mclaurie May 26th, 2009 10:37 AM

I'm glad you had a good time but wonder how you could not have realized it was a holiday weekend when I said back on April 23, "...I doubt the Doubletree Met. is sold out. More likely they don't want to take a 1 night Sat. night stay on a holiday weekend...."

Where did you shop and where did you eat? Any info you can pass on to others is always helpful. Did you like the hotel apart from the room being small?

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