New York Journals

New York City: Beyond the Tourist Traps

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A travel journal to New York by fallschirmhosen

Comedy Cellar Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Everyone knows about the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and all the other tourist destinations in this great city. But what about those little places that really make New York City unique? This journal is an attempt to uncover the hidden treasures for those seeking something a little different.

Bar 89

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Restaurant

Bar 89 Photo, New York, New York
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If you find this place without walking right past it a few times, then you're a better man than I. Bar 89 is quietly nestled on Mercer Street in the heart of SoHo. With no sign out front, and no address, it's pretty hard to find your first time there. But, just look for the large, sleek, metal and glass doors on this otherwise "ancient" street, and you'll know you've found Bar 89. There are two options for seating when entering the bar. . . sitting at the bar or at a table. Table seating is available on two levels. But no matter where you sit, you MUST take a trip upstairs before you leave (more info below). You can wear anything you'd like at this place, but keep in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

Bar 89
89 Mercer Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 274-0989

Tubby Hook Cafe

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Restaurant

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Located right on the bank of the Hudson River at the very end of Dyckman Street, Tubby Hook Cafe (named after the small section of Inwood it's located in) is definitely the last thing you'd expect to find here. If you're looking for a romantic place to eat or just a place to get a good view, then you can't go wrong here. The tables are literally right next to the river, OUTSIDE, providing excellent views of the George Washington Bridge, the Palisades, and points north. While you eat, you can watch large ships pass by on the Hudson or see local boaters bring their boats in to the neighboring marina. I was there a few years back when the menu consisted of burgers, salads,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

Tubby Hook Cafe
348 Dyckman Street
New York, New York
(212) 567-8086

Stage Delicatessen

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Restaurant

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If you don't mind spending more than usual for a sandwich, then check out the Stage Deli. Located between 53rd and 54th Streets on Seventh Ave., the deli has been a local favorite for years. Inside, the walls are adorned with photos and autographs of famous celebrities, and some not-so-famous celebrities, who have eaten there in the past. So, you sort of feel "special" knowing you're eating at the same place Corey Feldman once ate. The menu is basically all sandwiches with some salads. If you do come here, I suggest getting a sandwich. Meat is piled high and too thick to eat at once (unless you gave a gargantuan mouth). There is even a full page of sandwiches with sp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

Stage Delicatessen
834 Seventh Ave
New York, New York 10019-5811
+1 212 245 7850

Jeollado

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Restaurant

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If you like sushi, but don't like paying a lot of money for it, then Jeollado's is probably the place to eat. The restaurant is not anything special. It feels more like a cafeteria than anything else. But the sushi is fresh and the prices are cheap. The menu is kind of large, with many options to choose from. Some dishes come with two options, regular and special. Regular is two rolls (12 pieces), whereas a special is just one roll (six pieces). Each meal is laid out on a wooden plate, sometimes made to look like smiley faces or just artistically arranged. Like I mentioned at the beginning, the prices are pretty cheap. Most rolls and sushi are under $10, but they don't sa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2004

Jeollado
116 East 4th St
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 260 7696

Tanti Baci

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Restaurant | "Tanti Baci Caffe"

Tanti Baci Photo, New York, New York
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If you're from out of town and want some real Italian food, avoid the Olive Garden at all costs. Check out a real Italian restaurant instead, like the West Village's Tanti Baci Caffe. I finally went to Tanti Baci Caffe after several friends had raved about it. Located on West 10th Street, Tanti Baci is located in the basement of an average building. I walked right past the restaurant at first. Look carefully for the address and the menu sticking out at the top of the stairs, and don't be afraid to walk down the narrow, steep steps to the basement--it's the only way to get there. Upon entering, I was surprised to see the restaurant nearly empty because it was a Sunday ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Tanti Baci
163 West 10th St
New York, New York 10014
(212) 647-9651

Comedy Cellar

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Attraction

Comedy Cellar Photo, New York, New York
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Looking at the list of performers, you'll probably see a few names you recognize and a few you don't. But no matter who is performing, you'll be sure to laugh your butt off. The Comedy Cellar is literally in a cellar, underneath a restaurant. The ceilings are low, and the place is old and dark, but it is THE PLACE to see comedians that have made it (such as Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn, etc.) or are on their way up. I think the best time to visit "The Cellar" is on a weekday (except Friday). The list of comedians is usually longer, and you never know who might pop their head in. On one occasion I saw Colin Quinn, Nick DiPaolo, Bill Burr, and Keith Robinson all on stage, while sittin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

Comedy Cellar
117 MacDougal St
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 254 3480

Bathroom Finder

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Story/Tip

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For all those who have ever been in a situation where they needed to use a bathroom but had no idea where to find one, then this journal is for you. I will attempt to update and add to this list as often as possible. Rockefeller Center: Go inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza and find your way downstairs. On the far end near the subway entrance, before the several steps leading to the subway station doors, is a men's bathroom. On the main level, directly above, is the women's. 208 West 13th Street near 7th Ave.: This is a center for the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. Walk in and walk towards the back left near the elevator. Just pretend you belong there....Read More