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New York - March/April 2004

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An April 2004 trip to New York by Jehcekah

World Trade Center Site Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: We spent one week in New York where we stayed with some friends of ours who live in Chelsea. It was a treat to have our own tour guides to the city, which otherwise would have been a little intimidating.

Dallas BBQ

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Restaurant

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Dallas BBQ is a busy, loud, hip, wonderful place to get excellent barbecue in the middle of Manhattan. They have a few locations, but we went to the restaurant in Chelsea on 8th Avenue. We got there at about 9:00pm on Friday night and the place was packed. Thankfully, we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table because the restaurant is so big and the turn-over is fast. This was our farewell meal, so we went ALL out! I ordered their "famous" babyback ribs which came with cornbread and either fries or baked potato. And I just had to have their Texas-sized Pina Colada special which came with a tube of an extra shot of rum inside of the drink...delish! My friend ordered their Brisket of Bee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Dallas BBQ
261 8th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(212) 243-2080

Chevys Fresh Mex

Restaurant | "Chevy's Tex Mex"

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There are many Chevy's restaurants in the U.S.; however, this was our first time at one of them. This particular location was just west of Times Square on 42nd street. We went on a Sunday night at around 6pm and it wasn't too busy. We were seated immediately. This place is certainly not a quiet spot for a romantic meal because the music is blaring and people are trying to talk over all of the noise. However, it is a fun spot to eat some Tex-Mex food and drink some of their famous Margaritas. The Margarita special of the day was Cantelope, which was very delicious. It comes in two sizes, a small mug and a large margarita glass. We were not given the option, so we ended ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Chevys Fresh Mex
259 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 302-4010

French Roast

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Restaurant | "French Roast Cafe"

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It is really strange to be classifying this restaurant as being "French," but I guess when it comes right down to it, it is mostly French. The French Roast Cafe is a very laid-back cafe on the corner of 6th Avenue and 11th Street. We ate here for a late lunch/early dinner and because of our timing, the menu was quite limited. They serve some distinctly French items, but also American foods like burgers and wraps. This was really our only encounter with truly terrible service in NY. The waiters and waitresses are very young and very busy with chatting among themselves. They spend little time actually serving their guests. We were waiting for quite some time in order to get our check...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

French Roast
458 6th Ave
New York, New York 10011
+1 212 533 2233

Harry's Burrito

Restaurant

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A San Francisco-style Mexican restaurant, Harry's is a great place to sit among NYU students and eat a cheap lunch. Their lunch special is only $6.25 and includes either a burrito, quesadilla, enchilada, or Mexican pizza, and either chips/salsa or soup and a soft drink. They also have a full menu and serve Margaritas and beer.

The food was good and it fills you up for not a lot of money. The atmosphere was pretty basic for a college burrito joint, with colorful walls and bright Mexican art on the walls. The service was great and during lunch on a Friday, it wasn't very busy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Harry's Burrito
76 West 3rd Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 260-5588

Carnegie Deli

Restaurant

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What can I say? It's famous! And rightfully so.

The corned beef melts in your mouth. The cheesecake is the best in the land. And they give you free pickles!! The sandwiches are huge! We shared the corned beef (an extra $3 is charged when sharing) and a piece of cheesecake. We were very happily full when we left! The food was excellent!

The walls are decorated with photos of famous deli visitors and old pictures of the deli. It is a small restaurant, but there is usually no problem in getting a table. We were seated immediately and served very quickly.

Every trip to New York needs to include a Carnegie Deli sandwich!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Carnegie Deli
854 Seventh Ave.
New York, New York 10019
(212) 757-2245

Ess-a-Bagel

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We needed to get a New York bagel and so we came to Ess-a-Bagel. We were chatted up by the old man behind the counter when we ordered. He made fun of my scallions cream cheese and poppy seed bagel. I guess he was disappointed that I didn't get the lox spread, which my husband ordered. No matter what he said, my bagel was great! I tried the lox spread and it made my stomach turn! My husband enjoyed it though.

The prices were just right for bagels and they load tons of cream cheese for your money. There is not a lot of seating, but we were able to get a seat by the window which provided great views of the hustle and bustle of 3rd Avenue.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Ess-a-Bagel
831 3rd Avenue
New York, New York 10022
(212) 980-4315

Empire State Building

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Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
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You can purchase tickets to go up to the 86th floor observation desk of the Empire State Building. Prepare to wait in long lines. I can't imagine how busy it must be in the summer, but even in March it was busy. Our total wait was about 2 hours. First you must wait in line to buy your tickets. However, if you plan on riding the Skyride (flight simulator ride), you do not have to wait in line. Though your ticket price then includes the ride. For adults, the combined ticket is $22 and the observation deck alone costs $12. You can also purchase an audio tour, which is $5. You then wait in line down a long, enclosed corridor which is lined with fans to keep the air moving. Again, I can't even ima...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York 10118
(212) 736-3100

Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo, New York, New York
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Admission for adults is $12.00 and it is definitely worth the price because there is so much to see! You could spend days here and not see everything! We spent all day and saw a lot, but our feet were very sore. The museum provides free tours, one of which is a museum highlights tour. We took this hour-long tour with a guide who was so insightful on the museum and all of its art. Plus, it is a nice introduction to the layout of the buildings and what there is to see. We have learned our lesson about spending a whole day at a museum. This time we brought our own food instead of paying $3.00 for a bottle of soda alone. This proved to be a little tricky because some of the guards at th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

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

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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Attraction | "Tenement Museum"

Lower East Side Tenement Museum Photo, New York, New York
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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum can only be accessed by guided tour. The gift shop is where tickets are purchased and where you can view a 1/2 hour long video about the history of the Lower East Side, which was very interesting. There are a few different tours available and we took the "Getting By: Weathering the Great Depressions of 1873 and 1929" tour. The guide was very informative and easy to listen to. The tour takes you through two of the apartments. One is modelled to look like the family apartment in the 1870's and the other in the 1930's. You also get a glimpse of what the building looked like in the 1980's when it was discovered empty and was subsequently made into the museum. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
90 Orchard St
New York, New York 10002
+1 212 431 0233

Gershwin Theater

Attraction | "Wicked, the Musical"

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"The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz" is marvelous! The stars are superb in their roles, the music is beautiful and the story is so creative. The minute you walk into the theatre, you are surrounded by the atmosphere of Oz.

We were able to get tickets for $55 each, which was for partial view orchestra seats in row J (10th row). We didn't miss any of the show in our seats. They were great!

Website:
http://www.wickedthemusical.com/

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Gershwin Theater
222 West 52nd Street
Manhattan, New York 10019

World Trade Center Site

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World Trade Center Site Photo, New York, New York
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My friend, whom we stayed with, was living in New York on September 11th. She witnessed the first plane hitting the tower as she was walking to a class for her master's degree. During our visit she took us on a little walking tour of Lower Manhattan which included the World Trade Center site. She hadn't been there since a couple of months after the attack and she was very surprised at the memorials and information supplied now around the site. You can read about the history of the building and the surrounding areas, an account of what happened on 9/11, and lists of the "Heros of September 11." They have selected the winning design for what is going to be built in the spot where the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

World Trade Center Site
Vesey Street, West Side Highway, Liberty And Church Streets
New York

Central Park

Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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In the middle of winter, Central Park doesn't come off as such an exciting place. Sure, it is a huge park in the middle of a big city, but really it isn't all that different from millions of parks around the world. I can imagine that it isn't until a beautiful sunny day that it's magic comes through. We weren't lucky enough to experience it this way. Strawberry Fields, the Resevoir, Tavern on the Green, Alice in Wonderland, the fountain and the Conservatory Garden are some of the park's highlights. Horse-drawn carriage rides are a popular way to see the park. Watch out for joggers, as there are MANY running on the paths and trails. Website: http://www.centralpark.org/...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

St. Patrick's Cathedral Photo, New York, New York
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The doors to the cathedral were opened in 1879. The architect was James Renwick, an American. The Lady Chapel was designed by another American, Charles Mathews.

I think that the most unique thing about the cathedral is that it is located on 5th Avenue among the swanky shops, posh hotels, and tall modern buildings. It looks totally out of place, though it compliments its area. It creates a beautiful contrast of new and old New York.

Entrance is free and photographs are allowed as long as mass is not in progress. There is a small gift store on site.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

St. Patrick's Cathedral
460 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10022
(212) 753-2261

NBC Studio Tour

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Attraction | "NBC Studio Tours"

NBC Studio Tour Photo, New York, New York
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Admission is $17.50 for adults. The most expensive tourist activity that I have ever paid for. When we bought tickets and paid that amount, we expected to get quite a tour. We were wrong. This is a 70-minute tour. You begin by going through security, which I must admit, was stricter than even the Statue of Liberty ferry! This takes approximately 15 minutes. Then you are loaded onto an elevator and whisked up to a room that houses three flat-screen TV's. It is here that you view a 10-minute video, which is hosted by Katie Couric and Matt Lauer on the studio's history. This is your first opportunity to watch clips of shows you have seen 100 times before! Next they take you to the Dateline studio. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

NBC Studio Tour
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York
(212) 664-7174

Celebrity Sightings

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Celebrity Sightings Photo, New York, New York
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My husband came to New York without having ever seen a celebrity in person, so it was our goal to change that! We plopped ourselves at a window seat in the Starbucks on Fashion Avenue (7th) in hopes of seeing someone. After an hour and a half, we left empty handed and headed down to the MTV TRL studios. On our way, we saw a bunch of film cameras at a crosswalk. We crossed over, hoping to see what was being filmed, but we couldn't figure it out. Then we decided to walk back again. As we were walking across the crosswalk (toward the cameras), I looked over at my husband and there walking between us was Tony Shalhoub. They were filming his TV show "Monk" and we were on camera with him while he was in cha...Read More
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Getting TO/AROUND: We went with the cheap option for getting to/from the airport and in the end we paid for our choice. Granted, the subway is a great tool for getting around the city, but not necessarily for getting into or out of the city. When we left JFK airport, we had to take the new AirTrain from our terminal to the Howard Beach station where the subway supposedly runs from. However, on the day we were travelling, there was a bus that went from Howard Beach to the Rockaway Blvd stop where you could catch the A-train which we took to Penn Station/34th Street. Because we had no time limitations (we were staying with friends), the trip into the city was very unevent...Read More