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An April 2004 trip to New York by Carmen

21 Club Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: I’d been to New York once before on a four-hour, do-nothing tour. I said if I ever went back, it would be to see a show on Broadway and to eat at "21". I got to do that and more, and found that this time, I really liked New York.

In a New York Minute -- ooh-ooh-ooh

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Overview

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The highlight of my trip, hands-down, was seeing The Lion King on Broadway. It was worth every penny of the ticket. It's beyond words -- one of those things you have to see for yourself. Another highlight, only slightly less exciting, was dinner at 21 Club. It was like living the life of a movie star for two hours. The food was great. The service was great. I was just treated like the queen of the universe! The other thing about New York that I loved was walking through Central Park. Seeing something new each time! Three days I went into the park, three days I saw a whole different piece of the park. The boat pond, the statues, the Great Lawn, etc.Q...Read More

Excelsior Hotel

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Hotel

Excelsior Hotel Photo, New York, New York
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I chose the four-star rated Excelsior hotel for its proximity to a conference I was attending, but once booked, I heard from everyone what a great place to stay it was. And they were absolutely correct! The rooms were what I’d call New York European style. They were small, like European rooms, but had the style and sophistication expected of a New York hotel. The hotel, however, called it a French country motif. While small, you certainly didn’t feel cramped. There was a closet behind the entry door to hang "wrinkleables," The bathroom was a sufficient size and there was even room for a tv armoire, a desk and chair, and sitting area in the room – all this AND a bed. ;) I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Excelsior Hotel
45 WEST 81ST STREET
New York, New York 10024
212-362-9200

Trump Tower Bar and Grill

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Restaurant

Trump Tower Bar and Grill Photo, New York, New York
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With "You’re Fired!" T-shirts hanging everywhere and, of course, the opportunity to buy one (and the Donald’s book) everywhere, I was constantly reminded that I was in the central location for the taping of The Apprentice. Heck, that was half the fun of stopping here for lunch – maybe some of the big money would fall into my lap. The Trump Bar and Grill was exactly what you’d expect from Mr. Trump. With a dimly-lit room and a view of the famous fountain, I felt as if Mr. Trump would walk by and wave any second. The wait staff might have been fired, if Mr. Trump had been there (they weren’t bad, they just weren’t right on top of things as he’d probably expect) but hey, I’m not Mr....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Trump Tower Bar and Grill
725 5th Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 715-7290

Blondies

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Restaurant | "Blondies Sports Bar"

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When it’s late and you’re hungry and tired, you look for what’s close to your hotel. That’s what motivated the decision to go to Blondie’s for a late evening dinner. That and I was craving something greasy and fried. While famous for its buffalo wings, I’m not really into the hot and spicy. (I’d like to keep my taste buds ON my tongue.) Though my collegue did go with the mild wings and found them much to her liking. We split a plate of chili cheese fries (which could’ve fed five easily) and I ordered the chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce. The chili cheese fries were very good – and fattening. The chicken tenders weren’t bad, I was just expecting something differen...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Blondies
212 West 79th Street
New York, New York 10024
(212) 362-4360

Lunella Ristorante Italiano

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Restaurant | "Lunella"

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A trip in a taxi to Little Italy is sure to delight your senses and taste buds should you pick the right location. Choosing by name only isn’t a smart way to pick a restaurant. Nor is listening to the guy on the street who tells you that you won’t find a better Italian meal. When I mentioned that I was going soon to Italy, and I’d know if he was lying, he tried to make me a deal. He said that if I went to Italy, and liked the food better, to come back and he would give me my money back. Well, if I ever make it back to NY, I’m going to find him and demand my money back. I’m sure the food in Italy has to be better than what I had. I ordered chicken Parmesan and it came wi...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Lunella Ristorante Italiano
173 Mulberry Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 966-6639

Sarabeth's

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Restaurant

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The breakfast at Sarabeth’s was worth every bite and every bit of sugar that turned into fat on my body. Well, I walked a lot, so maybe it didn’t. Still, it was bad for me, I knew it, and I loved it all! Sarabeth’s is a cute little eatery where your eyes are met with all sorts of deserts and muffins in the bakery counter as you walk in. The morning I was there it smelled of coffee and pancakes. There were plenty of tables available at 9am, but by 9:30, the tables had filled up and the place was filled with early morning chatter and the clinking of coffee cups on their saucers. I ordered the French toast – and what a splendid choice that turned out to be. I ordered skim m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Sarabeth's
423 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10024
(212) 496-6280

'21' Club

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Restaurant | "21 Club"

'21' Club Photo, New York, New York
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As mentioned in the overview of my New York journals, I said that if I ever came back to New York it was going to be for a Broadway show and dinner at 21. I’d read about 21 in several novels and heard it was one of "the" spots to be –- on par with Tavern on the Green or the Rainbow Room. I’m glad I was lucky enough to get a reservation -– pre-show at 5:30pm. Once the cab pulled up in front of the restaurant, I knew I’d arrived into New York society. Decorated on the outside with statues of miniature jockeys with a definite "speak-easy" flair in décor. (It used to be a speakeasy in the ‘20s. You can read more about its history at the 21 Club website....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

'21' Club
21 West 52nd St
New York, New York 10019
+1 212 582 7200

Artie's Delicatessen

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Restaurant | "Artie's New York Deli"

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I was on the hunt for a New York bagel with a schmear of cream cheese for breakfast. (Did I spell that right? Obviously I’m not Jewish. Sorry.) I was led to H&H Bagels, but they must only sell in bulk because they wouldn’t put cream cheese on the bagel and there was no place to sit and eat it. So I passed on that NY tradition and went down the street to Artie’s. Turns out, they served H&H bagles –- among other things -– and I quickly sat down and ordered one plain toasted bagel with cream cheese. In addition, I ordered a side plate of potato pancakes. While waiting for breakfast, the waiter entertained my colleague and I with stories of Artie’s famous deli meats (some fancy new ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Artie's Delicatessen
2290 Broadway
New York, New York 10024
+1 212 579 5959

Cafe Palermo

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Restaurant | "Palermo Cafe "

Cafe Palermo Photo, New York, New York
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After a horrid dinner at Lunella in Little Italy, I was desperate for something that would fill me up and taste good. A few doors down from the restaurant was Palmero Café. The bakery case was a smorgasbord of pasteries and treats. The sweet that caught my eye – and screamed my name – was the chocolate cannoli. It just looked so good that I even took a picture of it before eating it! And it tasted as good as it looked. It was a bit challenging to eat, however, but I made due with my fork and the good old fingers I have and made a big old mess! Accompanying my dessert was a big, cold glass of milk, which broke up the sweetness and made each bite new again. The dessert and milk came to a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Cafe Palermo
148 Mulberry Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 431-4205

Central Park

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Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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Of the four days that I was in NY, I visited Central Park three of those days – and each time found a new path to walk and discovered a new piece of the 250 acres of lawn or the 150 acres of water. br> I loved discovering the park, and found myself wishing we had something similar back home. Everything was blooming – crab apples, cherry blossoms, tulips, etc. Birds were singing (we saw the fattest robins ever – they must get fed well.) The park was alive with people – oh and we can’t forget the dogs. Apparently, if you don’t have a dog to walk in Central Park, well then you’re nobody! I found myself wondering how these big dogs could be happy in the small NY apartments I’ve heard so much a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

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

New Amsterdam Theater

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Attraction | "The Lion King"

New Amsterdam Theater Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
For me to even attempt to describe this play in words will do the Lion King an injustice, but I loved it so much that I’ll make an attempt. However, when you see it, don’t hold my lack of descriptive words against me, Maybe I should start by explaining that I have wanted to see the Lion King on Broadway since it opened seven years ago. I had seen a traveling cast for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and I knew that The Lion King would far surpass even that extravaganza. And it did. Tickets started at $100, which seems pricey, but I would have easily paid that and more just to see and hear the first 10 minutes. I started to get all teary-eyed as the character of Rafiki bega...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

New Amsterdam Theater
214 West 42nd St.
New York, New York 10036
(212) 282-2900

The Boy From Oz (The Show)

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Attraction | "The Boy From Oz"

The Boy From Oz (The Show) Photo, New York, New York
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Boy, that Hugh Jackman can do it all! He stars in this musical about the life of Australian Peter Allen – flamboyant performer who married Liza Minelli, wrote staying-power songs like Olivia Newton John’s “I Honestly Love You” and “Arthur’s Theme,” for which he won an Oscar, and who died of AIDS at age 46. Let me start by saying that Hugh Jackman was amazing, and so was the rest of the cast – especially the women who portrayed Judy Garland and Liza Minelli. Perhaps it was because I had seen The Lion King the night before, and it’s just hard to follow that lead, but I wasn’t terribly taken by the story or the music. As I said, the performances themselves were great, I just didn’t “get into i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

The Boy From Oz (The Show)
Imperial Theater / 249 W 45th Street
New York, New York
800-432-7250

Times Square

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Attraction

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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Wow! What more can you say about Times Square. First, it’s huge! Second, on a nice night it’s PACKED with people. There’s more neon than Vegas. And it’s a New York experience you’ve got to see for yourself. If it looks familiar – of course it does! There’s the NASDAQ board that tickers the stock prices, there’s the CBS studio board with its marquis that ticks the news stories (which you often see on 20/20 as they go to commercial), there’s the Virgin Records Megastore and more! You could stand for an hour and not see all the advertising – not catch all the blinking lights, nor realize that there’s a board for every single Broadway play you could imagine, etc. I was trying to get...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Times Square

New York, New York 10036

Statue of Liberty

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Attraction | "The Statue of Liberty"

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York
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On my previous trip to New York, I had "seen" Lady Liberty from the top of the Empire State building, but it was so foggy that I’m not sure I really saw it. So this trip, the goal was to get up close and personal with the statue. Before going, I watched a Travel Channel show on the Statue to learn some background. I highly recommend catching that show if you can -- arm your TiVo! I learned that she’s green because she’s made of copper and it’s a natural reaction to the air. I also found out that she wasn’t intended to be hollow – original plans filled the center with concrete. Eiffel – of the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, New York 10004
(212) 363-3200

Empire State Building

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Attraction

Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I had been to the top of the Empire State building about 10 years before and don't remember it being the complete disappointment that it was this time. If you like to stand in line, this is the place for you. Plus, you can't even go to the tippy top, they stopped that five years ago. You're going to the 86th floor observatory deck. First, waiting in line to get the ticket takes a while. For me, it was a half hour, but it's often longer. Buy tickets beforehand at a nearby shop or I understand you can buy them online. They'll pitch you this "combo" package. It's a ticket to the top and also a ride/movie experience that takes you on a "helicopter ride" of the city. They say if you buy that, yo...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 11, 2004

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

Hershey's Times Square Store

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Attraction | "Hershey's Times Square"

Hershey's Times Square Store Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I didn't even know that the Hershey's store existed in Times Square, until I met the creative director of Hershey's advertising agency at my conference who used it as a case study for branding a product. Once I found out about it, it was on my list of things to see! It's truly in Times Square fashion. There's a representation on the outside of all the products that Hershey's sells - the big Hershey bar, the cup of Hershey's cocoa that's steaming hot (literally, there's steam rising from the cup), the Twizzlers, the Swoops, and more! To let you know you're in Times Square, there's even a Hershy's marquis. A neat momento of your visit could be a $4.95 purchase of some time on tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2004

Hershey's Times Square Store
1593 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
(212) 581-9100