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I'll Take Manhattan

A July 2000 trip to New York by Carter

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Quote: Where to Bite the Big Apple

I'll Take Manhattan

Overview

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This fantastic trip to NYC included:1. A stroll through the throngs of vendors and aromatic maze of restaurants in Little Italy. We found a spot in the sidewalk seating area of one and mused over Mulberry Street as we sipped sweet wine and ate dizzyingly delectable Italian dishes. 2. "And tell me what street, compares with Mott Street in July...", just around the corner from Mulberry, there it is and with it, the sights and sounds of China-Town. You'll think you've walked off the continent. Rice Paper umbrellas, ducks hanging in shop windows, exotic looking fish swimming in tanks and great restaurants stretch as far as the eye can see. Broadway bound, I wove roses in my hair to...Read More

Empire Korea Restaurant

Restaurant | "Empire Korean and Blue - 2 Great Restaurants "

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Midtown is full of great Korean restaurants. We found Empire along these streets. It was great to sink into a large 1/2 circle booth there and gaze at the marble and ornate decor as I recovered from my train trip and arrival at Penn Station. In addition to Korean offerings, Empire offers sushi and other Japanese foods.

Right next door to Empire is Blue, where we had another delicious experience a few nights later. Blue is an upbeat, busy restaurant, with a younger crowd than Empire. Karaoke and dance music upstairs seems to draw hundreds. After munching Blue's yummy Japanese fried chicken, we went up to join the fun.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Empire Korea Restaurant
6 East 32nd Street
New York, New York 10016
(212) 725-1333

Patsy's Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Patsy's"

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As legendary as New York is for pizza, the traditional hand-tossed, stone baked kind is difficult to locate. After several failed attempts at finding the city's highly praised pie, our eyes rolled back in our heads after one bite at Patsy's.

The air was abuzz with lively, contemporary music, gearing us up for the hum of lights in Times Square. I had fantastic pasta with vodka sauce accompanied by hot, crusty bread served with unbelievable olive oil.

We came back a few days later for huge take-out calzones that dripped with ricotta and were stuffed best, freshest ingredients around.

Warning - no credit cards are accepted.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Patsy's Italian Restaurant
236 West 56th Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 247-3491

Empire Szechuan

Restaurant

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As soon as our chopsticks reached our lips, we understood why Empire was voted the best Chinese restaurant in the Village. The food here was phenomenal. Won-ton soup floating with vegetables and meats, beef that tasted smoky and sublime and other unbelievable entrees and sides were served to us as we watched fabulously dressed people pass by a large window.

Empire had a comfortable, romantic setting and a diverse crowd. This is a great place.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Empire Szechuan
15 Greenwich Avenue
New York, New York 10014
(212) 691-1153

Victor's Cafe 52

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Restaurant | "Victory Cafe 52"

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This tranquil, romantic spot is elegantly decorated in muted tones. Soft music fills the air. The dishes were interestingly and dramatically presented.

This was some of the best food I've ever had. Oxtail with mashed plantains and rice with a dizzying selection of wines to choose from.

This is a perfect place for after-theater dining. Not too far off Broadway.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Victor's Cafe 52
236 West 52nd St
New York, New York 10019
(212) 586-7714

Cafe Spice

Restaurant

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Colorful neon cubes and other geometric shapes tinged everything in this contemporary restaurant a purpely blue. Our helpful server explained the dishes we asked about in a way that really let us imagine how they might taste as I sipped the hands-down best chai I've had. The food was amazing. I gobbled up chunks of chicken and beef that swam in a creamy curry sauce. It was accompanied by fresh, hot bread with cheese.

I caught an entertaining glimpse of the chefs baking through an opening into the kitchen down a narrow little hallway. As I observed, the friendly owner stopped by to ask how I was enjoying my dinner. A fun and friendly place.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Cafe Spice
72 University Place (between 10th and 11th streets)
New York, New York 10003
(212) 253-6999

Mars 2112

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Think outer-space amusement park. We were greeted by a man in Star-Trekesque costume who led us to the 'ship', (a futuristic elevator thingy), that took us to Mars, (the restaurant). Our five-minute ride was fun. Our 'shuttle' bumped and turned as we watched a film that displayed the 'universe' outside. Stepping out of the ship and onto the red planet, we dined surrounded by simulated caverns of red. Way-out 'aliens' frequently stopped by the table to express their delight at meeting earth creatures. The menu, a Martian newspaper, was fun to read while we waited for our food.Although we were reluctant to leave the red planet, we were entertained during our return trip. We stepp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Mars 2112
1633 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
(212) 582-2112

Morgan Library and Museum

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Attraction | "Pierpoint Morgan Library"

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"Urrrr..." My friend growled when I told him that the first place I wanted to visit was the exhibit from the Royal Tombs of Ur at the Morgan Library. In the end, however, he was forced to admit that both museum and exhibit were fascinating. Morgan's library, (famously copied for the movie, 'Ragtime'), is full of intriguing books and artifacts. Here we saw Mozart and Shubert's original sheet music, Keats and Whitman's notes in the margins of handwritten editions of their poetry and a seemingly endless array of other one-of-a-kind bits of history.The Ur exhibit featured artifacts from the oldest known civilization in the world, the Sumerians. Among these were golden gowns of priestesse...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Morgan Library and Museum
29 East 36th Street (at Madison)
New York, New York 10016
(212) 685-0008

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Attraction | "The Metropolitan Museum of Art"

Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo, New York, New York
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It would take days to see everything in the Metropolitan, (which spans 4 city blocks). With the help of a map picked up in the lobby, we chose which exhibits we most wanted to see, sad in the knowledge that we wouldn't be able to take the whole museum in.The Egyptian exhibit was our first stop. In addition to a full tomb, the collection includes gallery after gallery of sarcophagi, jewelry, household items and sections of walls from all periods of Egypt's history. Every time I said, "Ok, I think I'm Egypted out, lets move on to another exhibit", something around the corner caught my eye. The artifacts just become more and more fascinating as you walk through. Conveniently, bathrooms are in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 535-7710

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Attraction | "Museum of Modern Art"

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So many famous paintings are here it can be overwhelming. The Persistence of Memory and Starry Night are just two examples.

We couldn't believe the actual size of Dali's 'Persistence of Memory.' It's tiny! The also aforementioned 'Starry Night' seemed to move in shifting swirls. The lion in Rousseau's 'Sleeping Gypsy' appeared to follow us with dubious eyes around the room. (Is he real and planning to eat the Gypsy or is the Gypsy only dreaming him?). A tranquil time in the sculpture garden allowed us to regain our senses before stepping back inside for Matisse and more. A must see for art lovers.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 708-9400

Times Square

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Night Moves Photo, New York, New York
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Times Square isn't quite what it was. That's good and bad, I suppose. When I recall visiting it as a child in the late 70s, (XXX as far as the eye could see), I'm glad its been cleaned up. Although, as a child, I didn't know what XXX meant, I cared only about how much fun I had seeing "Annie", "Peter Pan" and "Barnum". When I recall visiting it in the early 90s, I feel like it was great the way it was. The XXX places were no longer around, trash no longer littered the streets but the character of the place was still there. People played chess at break-neck speed, vendors peddled their wares, the very air seemed alive and hundreds upon hundreds crowded the area at all hours of the day and night...Read More

Central Park

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Central Park  Photo, New York, New York
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We walked through Central Park on the way to the Metropolitan Museum. This lush, green retreat from the hurry & scurry of the city was relaxing and beautiful. Paths lined with lamplights and benches seemed to wind endlessly and it was hard not to change our plans and spend the day following them.

Even though we felt like we'd somehow left the city and landed on a country estate, we were reminded of where we really were when we ran into 'Seventeen' magazine staff and models mid-photo shoot.

Seeing President Clinton Twice

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It seems wherever you are in New York, something is happening. On our way to dinner we stepped off one subway to find police barricades on either side of the street. Thinking we'd walked onto a murder scene, I asked a policeman what was up and we were told the President was in town. He was getting ready to leave his hotel. We moved to the front of one of the barricades to watch and entertained ourselves with speculations on the duties of the Secret Service. "Don't they have to step in the way of the bullet if something happens?" I asked a friend. "Something happens and you see who ducks." The policewoman in front of us remarked. Good to know NYC police keep their sense of humor.On the ...Read More
Hyde & Seek Photo, New York, New York
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"Life is a Cabaret old chum, come to the Cabaret..." Seeing Studio 54 was as much fun as seeing the show. The place had leopard carpeting and an intimate stage, (the actors were, at times, in the audience, performing right beside me). Funky tables with numbers that flipped around atop each created a matchless atmosphere. The cast were impressively talented, with each member playing an instrument in addition to singing, dancing & acting. The show was sexy and fun yet deeply moving. The only distraction was the lead's insistence on reading the lines like Liza Minnelli. Former Skid Row front man, Sebastian Bach, had just joined the cast of 'Jekyl and Hyde', so we went to the Pilgram T...Read More

Lost In Penn Station

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Lost & Found Photo, New York, New York
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I left Virginia in haste and failed to set a concrete spot in Penn Station to meet my friend. Stepping off the train with bags heavier than I am, I quickly realized this was a really bad move. I waited where the train had dropped me off, not knowing that visitors weren't allowed in the area. After 45 min of not being met by my friend, I spent a few frustrating hours dragging my luggage around and trying lucklessly to find the booth where you can have people paged. I gave up at the Long Island railroad and went into a bar to smoke, calm down, and make a few calls. The absence of phone books at telephone booths in the city I can understand but not having one behind the bar was a bit much...Read More
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I offered to make my NYC friends a big, Southern dinner, (they amused me by finding this idea terribly exotic, as though the South were a foreign country). They told me, to my delight, that I might find some of the things I needed at a farmer's market in nearby Union Square. I found fresh vegetables and herbs here for almost nothing! I spent less than $10 and returned with bags full of cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, dill and sage. Here I also found the toe rings that had eluded me in Times Square. In spite of the absence of dark molasses anywhere in Manhattan, we enjoyed black eyed peas boiled and fried, cornbread, gingerbread men, twice-baked potatoes, baked hen and tomatoes, cucumbers ...Read More

Greenwich Village

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For part of my visit, I was delighted by a stay at a friends' Greenwich Village brownstone. The enchanting walled garden, stained glass windows that opened into the street and intricately carved woodwork of the building were breathtaking. From time to time I'd hear the Julliard graduate next door practicing the piano, (she played with her elbows and had painted all of her walls black, my friend told me).Staying in the Village, its quiet streets lined with cozy homes, was almost like staying in another city. We spent a day discovering block after block of beautiful architecture and browsing the trendy shops that fill the area. Our favorites were a Mystery bookstore that had comfortable couches ...Read More