A travel journal
to New York by travel2000
Quote: New York City offers something for everyone. Whether you are here for 24 hours or plan to live here forever, here are some thoughts from someone who's been here for five-plus years.
The food here is Malaysian. Start off with the roti canai for $1.95. These are hot crepes/thin pancakes, with curry chicken in a small bowl for dipping. Have the leaf-wrapped chicken wings (around $7), you could make a meal out of it.
I usually opt for the Hainanese Chicken Rice (for $3.95), a bargain by any standards. You get steamed flavoured chicken with rice cooked in the chicken sauce...delicious. I also like the salted-fish fried rice, the curry mee with young tau foo, noodle soup with lemongrass, curried coconut-milk broth and fish-stuffed tofu and vegetables. The curry chicken rice is also delicious, but oh so spicy. Of course, if you go with a large group of friends, you could order a wider selection of dishes...steamed whole fish with lemongrass, grilled prawns, mango shrimp, pineapple fried rice, and a whole selection of vegetable choices.
For dessert, I love to enjoy shaved-ice desserts in the summer. Try the ABC, with beans, corn, palm seeds and sweet syrup over shaved ice. Or try the black rice with coconut milk for something warm in the winter time. Don't forget the drinks-Malaysian ice coffee or tea (with sweetened milk), or one of the Longnan or Lychee ice drinks.
After eating like kings and queens, you will be shocked by how reasonable your bill will be. This is one of the best bargains in town and I found myself taking the subway down to treat myself to a good meal.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2001
194 Grand St
New York, New York 10013
Another "suggested donation" museum is PS 1 Contemporary Art Center. It is now a part of MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and is located in Long Island City in Queens, NY. Please check out my journal titled "Astoria, NY" for information.
The Guggenheim Museum has "pay as you wish" night on Fridays, from 6pm to 8pm, so does the Museum of Modern Art on Fridays, from 4:30 to 8:15pm and the Whitney Museum of American Art on Fridays, from 6 to 9pm. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is free on Tuesdays, from 5 to 9pm.
For more information on each individual museum, please check out their listings in my journal.
Another option is by taking the Circle Line. I’ve been watching these tour boats ride through the East River for years from my apartment, and have always thought they were too touristy. Well, let me tell you- they are loads of fun as well as affirm in your mind that Manhattan is indeed an island. Go for the full circle tour, which would take you from midtown pier on the West side, down to the Statue of Liberty for a Kodak moment, then whirl back to the Financial District and go up the coast of the East side. When you reach the tip of Manhattan, you will be surprised by the greenery and relative calm that greets you. There is even a quaint little bridge with a little red lighthouse. It’s like a completely different world, but it’s all in Manhattan. After breaking out onto the beautiful Hudson River, the boat will take you down to the pier for the end of the tour. There is an entertaining commentator to point out the highlights to you. When you get on the boat, sit on the left side, as that’s the side of the coast line affording you the best view.
You embark at Pier 83, at West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue. Check their website Cicle Line for boat schedules and ticket prices.
New York, New York