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New York Quickie

A September 2000 trip to New York by Hornerjerr

Quote: Is it possible to have fun and be hip north of 14th street?

New York Quickie

Overview

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It is a cliche, but downtown is more fun, and less expensive to boot.

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The New York Palace

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Hotel | "Palace Hotel"

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The Palace, on Madison between 51st and 52nd, is the kind of place for people who like gold (colored) bathroom fixtures and dining at le Cirque, which is in the hotel building. So if you loathe Donald Trump and dig a downtown vibe, this is definitely not the place for you. Dripping with Napoleonesque, The Palace is close to midtown shopping at places like Crate and Barrel, Bloomingdales, and Saks. The style of the hotel is what could be called maximalist: carpets are studded with imperial motifs, the furniture is heavy, dark and rich, and the marble lobby looks like the designer just couldn’t decide between about a dozen colors of marble. Minimalist chic is miles away, and the l...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 5, 2000

The New York Palace
455 MADISON AVENUE AT 50TH ST
New York, New York 10022
212 888 7000

Bar Pitti

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Restaurant

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For a completely different scene, I went downtown to eat at one of my favorite spots, Bar Pitti, on 6th avenue just south of Bleecker St. You are welcome to read this review further, but please don’t actually go to Bar Pitti, since it is far too crowded already. The restaurant is small, but the outside tables are one of New York’s best places to watch toothsome twenty and thirty-somethings, many of whom mill about the sidewalk waiting for a table, just as you will have to do. (While waiting, you can sneer at the haute bourgoisie paying eight bucks for a bottle of San Pelligrino at Da Silvano next door.) Unlike most of the 'Italian' restaurants in the West village area surrounding ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2000

Bar Pitti
268 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10014
(212) 982 3300

Hornerjerr

Story/Tip

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It is a little bit disappointing to have one’s suspicions confirmed. Although I have lived in New York for over five years, I rarely venture to midtown, as I assume it is still the best neighborhood for Eurotrash hangouts like Au Bar and Amaranth and wealthy aunts who shop for a living. Downtown is still more interesting and can be cheaper.