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Upper West Side--New York City

A February 2006 trip to New York by ladyanne47

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Quote: For those of you who hate driving in the big metropolis of a city, visiting the Upper West Side of New York City is an easy trip. Just drive over the George Washington Bridge, turn directly right onto the Henry Hudson Parkway, and you are there.

Upper West Side--New York City

Overview

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Most people do not want to even dream of driving into New York City, but there is a painless way, and I have done it many times. I use to drive in Boston when I was a young girl but just the word New York City use to intimidate me in general much less attempting to drive in it. Well, like anything else, once you try it and the more you do it, it became quite easy. From New Jersey Palisades Parkway going south, take the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River and bear to the right. Take the first right onto Henry Hudson Highway NOT Riverside Drive; as you travel along the river, you can take any exit into first the Bronx, and then the Upper West Side of New York City, and further down the West s...Read More

Saigon Grill

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Restaurant

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The Saigon Grill, with its sushi bar, is always very busy, and usually you have to wait in line, but it moves along pretty quickly. Once you are seated, your waiter is very accommodating, and I recommend starting out with their great appetizers and some hot tea. The spring rolls are wonderful.All your favorites are on the menu, including Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Korean, but it is mainly Vietnamese with sushi, dim sum, and a bar. I can't even begin to suggest anything, as it has all been excellent, right down to their natural ice cream served for one of their desserts. If you have a movie to go to or even show (it's about a half-hour taxi ride to the Theater District), the Saigon Grill is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2006

Saigon Grill
620 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10024
(212) 875-9072

Shun Lee Cafe

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This is one of my favorites, especially before a performance at either the Metropolitan Opera or Lincoln Center Avery Hall to hear the New York Philharmonic Play. The restaurant is very classy, with a black-and-white-checked floor and decor. If you look closely at the busy tables, you might even see someone of so-called "importance." Giant prawns with black bean sauce makes a good starter, and a rack of lamb Szechuan style is a popular entree. The adjacent Shun Lee Cafe is less expensive, but I think just as good. Anyway, this is a very good experience for food, especially their dim sum. I think it is the best I have had outside of Chinatown. It's on the expensive side, but when you are doing the "...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2006

Shun Lee Cafe
43 West 65th Street
New York, New York
(212) 769-3888

Gam Mee OK Restaurant

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On the East Side, this is a pretty well-known Korean restaurant. I do remember that it was more on the high-end side. The restaurant is in the Asian mostly Korean area of the City and I always stop there when I visit a Chinese Doctor for treatment of my arthritis. It is full of Asian people and you hardly see a white person. This tells you that the food is authentic and purely Korean. I love their hot cabbage soup, it brings tears to my eyes and makes my nose run (a good thing). Sul Long Tang, their signature dish, is a white, unsalted soup that's made by cooking beef bones for many, many hours. It's creamy while simple and light. The soup contains rice, vermicelli, and thin slices of stewed beef on t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2006

Gam Mee OK Restaurant
43 West 32nd Street
New York, New York
(212) 695-4113

Park Avenue Cafe

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This is the finest dining I have experienced in New York City. From "soup to nuts", as they say, it is the tops. Wine is excellent, and I always leave room for the artistic desserts. My last one had a sculpture made out of pieces and shaves of dark and white chocolate that was actually a street lamp and park bench. Really! This the grandest of grand. The whole menu is excellent, and you will leave very content. The staff is very attentive and will make sure that you are happy. Do plan on going and having a wonderful time. Eat slowly and savor the night. It is very expensive, and you are paying for the whole "picture."

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2006

Park Avenue Cafe
100 East 63rd St
New York, New York 10021
(212) 644-1900

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One thing that I love to do in the city is to go and have a really nice "high end" manicure, pedicure, and massage. JADE is the perfect place for that. It is on Broadway on the Upper Westside, between the 96th and 97th St. Blocks. It is clean and very nice. Visual and decorated with authentic Asian articles. The women speak only Asian and are very professional. Dressed in nice Asian pants and buttoned up silk like tops. It is a little more expensive than others in the area, but in the city this kind of service is competitive so compared to what one is use to paying, it seems reasonable all around. Men as well as women frequent this salon for their care of feet and hands. So if you...Read More

Upper West Ave. NYC Great neighborhood.

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I love being in the area of Upper Westside New York City. It is an area of nice brownstones, apartment buildings, families who frequent the Riverside Park on the River, and many great restaurants and shops. Not too far from the beautiful Riverside Cathedral, Columbia University, and some theaters. It is always so pleasant to walk these streets and avenues, Broadway, Amsterdam, Riverside Drive, and Upper West Avenue. I love the antique and historically preserved English style cottages that are a small complex with a courtyard inside, they take up the center block of 95th and 94th between Broadway and West Avenue. I never tire of seeing how quaint they are even though they are towered over with tall b...Read More
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I love being in the area of Upper Westside New York City. It is an area of nice brownstones, apartment buildings, families who frequent the Riverside Park on the River, and many great restaurants and shops. Not too far from the beautiful Riverside Cathedral, Columbia University, and some theaters. It is always so pleasant to walk these streets and avenues, Broadway, Amsterdam, Riverside Drive, and Upper West End Avenue. I love the antique and historically preserved English style cottages that are a small complex with a courtyard inside, they take up the center block of 95th and 94th between Broadway and West Ave. I never tire of seeing how quaint they are even though they are towered over with tal...Read More