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NYC

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A travel journal to New York by offtrack

Quote: Beyond the guidebook

NYC

Overview

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There are voids in the chaos that is Manhattan. They aren't always easy to find but the ones I've found are the key to my favorite city.

Quick Tips:

People are more helpful than you think. Ask directions.

Best Way To Get Around:

The subways aren't anywhere near as confusing/dangerous as rumored and are by far the fastest way through town. If you're in a hurry a cab is probably your worst option.

Paramount Hotel

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Hotel

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The Paramount Hotel is easy to miss. Located just west of Times Square and nestled amongst Broadway theatre marquis - there’s a lot going on and you’ll be advised to keep your eyes out for the archways that mark the entrance (and the entrance to the attached Dean & Deluca coffee shop!). Through the glass doors the Paramount presents the junior version of its west side Ian Schraeger counterpart, the Hudson. Dim lighting, soaring ceilings, modern décor, trendy/loungy furniture… all combine to create an ambiance that’s unmistakably "hip NY" but it’s clearly on a budget (at least Ian Schraeger’s version of a budget). The staff was friendly and actually very helpful but you won’t be...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2002

Paramount Hotel
235 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 764-5500

Le Jardin Bistro

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Restaurant

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If you are looking for a respite this is it. Grab a seat in the garden and enjoy wonderfully simple food. Enjoy an enormous bowl of tender mussels underneath the ivy covered trellaces that sheild you from the city's sounds and leave not even a hint of the surrounding buildings. This restaurant is truly one of the city's best kept secrets.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Le Jardin Bistro
25 Cleveland Place
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 343 9599

Penang

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Restaurant

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Editor's Note: This restaurant has since closed.Penang has several locations from the Upper West Side, to the East Village but the Malaysian food served at all of them is consistently fabulous (Warning - I've heard that upper east side Penang is independently owned so this might not apply to that outlet). If you find yourself in the neighborhood, Penang is a great bet for a quality lunch or dinner at a reasonable price. Be forewarned though, Penang isn't a place that you can always just walk into. It's generally pretty popular with individuals living and working nearby. Weekday lunchtime in Soho can be a bear.If you can do some pre-planning, I'd recommend visiting the upper west s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Penang
109 Spring St
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 274 8883

Quilty's

Restaurant

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Some of the most phenomenal food NY has to offer. Chef Katy Sparks is a wonder! The menu changes frequently but never disappoints. The muted decor and dim lighting is reminiscent of a country hideaway in bustling Soho. Never noisy, phenomenal cuisine and soothing atmosphere make Quilty's a fantastic experience that is only enhanced by the complete lack of NY attitude.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Quilty's
177 Prince St
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 254 1260

Girasol Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Girasole"

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A tiny space in a quaint east side brownstone, people often walk right by. Don't. A charming little Italian bistro with fine dining prices Girasole provides an excellent meal in a relaxed if somewhat cramped atmosphere. Wonderful seafood dishes and fresh pastas stand out among the countless Italian restaurants that pave the city but the unique setting and outdoor seating are a find locals generally keep to themselves.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Girasol Restaurant
151 East 82nd Street
New York, New York 10028
(212) 772-6690

Savoy

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Restaurant

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The Savoy is tucked away on a quiet corner in Soho. You could spend a lot of time in Soho and not discover this gem, as Crosby St. is a cobblestone service road for deliveries to the rear of Dean & Deluca along with other shops and offices. Getting there is very easy; you can take the NR to the Prince street station and walk one block east. Or the 6 train to Spring street walk one block west to Crosby and then a block or so north to Prince. The restaurant is housed in a charming two story building on the southeast corner of Prince and Crosby st. Seating in general is limited but more so now that the upstairs is completely prix fixe. I recommend eating downstairs for the more extensive m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2001

Savoy
70 Prince St
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 219 8570

Bowlmor Lanes

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Attraction

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Real estate is at a premium in NY which is one reason that Bowlmor is such a find. Tucked away in an upper floor loft downtown Bowlmor is a great place to pass an afternoon and an even better place to spend an evening. Drinks flow and theme nights abound but no matter when you find yourself there you can't help but recapture a bit of childhood and similarly uninhibited joy.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Bowlmor Lanes
110 University Place
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 255 8188