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Make Mine Manhattan--East Coast Summer II

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A June 2006 trip to New York by rubylu

Building decoration Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: I keep coming back to Manhattan, and I like it more each trip.

Make Mine Manhattan--East Coast Summer II

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Overview

Building decoration Photo, New York, New York
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I love New York! It's like no place else in the world. Like its own country almost. People are uniquely, well, New York. My parents grew up in the Bronx, and though I never lived here, I feel like I fit in. During my East Coast summer, I made six, mostly short, visits to friends in Manhattan totalling over 2 weeks.People walk in New York. The streets are filled with people of all ages, all colors, from all over the world, wearing all kinds of outfits imaginable, walking their dogs, pushing strollers, going about their daily business. You see fewer overweight people here, and I think it's because of all the walking. You walk to the store, the restaurant, the museum, the theater. Whatever kind o...Read More

Beanocchio's

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Restaurant

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Beanocchio's is a neighborhood coffee house and hangout. The atmosphere is casual, and people seem to know each other. You can sit down with a cup of coffee (or any espresso drink) and read the newspaper, or you can get a full meal. You get your food at the counter; there's no table service. Prices are very reasonable.There's a good breakfast menu, and a lunch menu of mostly soups, salads, and sandwiches. (If you're getting food to take out, there's a cooler filled with packed-up portions.) Or you can always choose from a large selection of pastries and savory snacks like empanadas. Try the risotto balls, with cheese in the middle—they are great! I've tried several kinds of their baked goods...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Beanocchio's
1413 York Ave.
New York, New York 10021
(212) 861-8060

Gobo Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Gobo"

Gobo Photo, New York, New York
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Gobo serves fresh, healthy, and delicious vegetarian food. There is an emphasis on Oriental dishes, but the menu borrows from a variety of cuisines. Some of the combinations of flavors are unique. Two examples are the cappuccino french lentil truffle soup and spinach pistachio roll with jade mushrooms. All the ingredients come together well. The menu also includes a number of choices of smoothies and freshly made juices.I've been to Gobo three times, for lunch or an afternoon snack. The seitan skewer appetizer is a favorite--I can't imagine eating here without getting it. Besides that, we've mostly had soups, salads, and appetizers, including edamame and pine nut vegetable medley with lettuc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Gobo Restaurant
1426 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 288-4686

H&H Midtown Bagels East

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Restaurant | "H&H Midtown Bagels East"

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H&H bagels are my favorite bagels in NYC, which says a lot. When I visit, I always stop here on my way home to pick up a dozen bagels for those not so fortunate as to live in New York.If you come from somewhere other than the city, buying bagels at H&H is an experience in itself. The line may look long, but they keep it moving fast, and you have to be ready when they yell "Next!" You also should know what you want. The counter guys keep moving fast. One works the cash register and the others call out the amounts, which he punches in.I get plain bagels and one or two egg bagels, which are yellow and slightly sweeter. They also have good challah bread and rolls. One thing...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

H&H Midtown Bagels East
1551 Second Ave.
New York, New York 10028
(212) 717-7312

Lenge

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Restaurant

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Lenge serves above-average Japanese food, with a large and varied menu. We sat down for a late afternoon lunch. The food was excellent! I had a steamed veggie plate with miso sauce. I didn’t have any expectations (steamed veggies are usually bland) and was surprised when the veggies and sauce were both amazingly delicious. It was a filling dish, with a variety of veggies. My kappa maki (cucumber sushi roll) was good too. My friend was just as happy with her seafood bento box.Service was slow. It wasn't a problem for us, but was puzzling, as the place was almost empty. The waiter managed to seem snobby but also friendly. The decor was nice, typical Japanese restaurant. We sat at the window, s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Lenge
202 Columbus Ave.
New York, New York
(212) 799-9188

Midnite Express

Restaurant | "Midnight Express"

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Midnight Express is your average uptown Manhattan diner. We had breakfast there about three times. The menu is extensive, but we stuck to the breakfast choices. Average Manhattan diner breakfasts: omelets, blintzes, toast, and potatoes. Once, we just got oatmeal and coffee. Nothing special, but we got exactly what we wanted, and it always hit the spot.

Service is good and unobtrusive. On our first visit, the waitress was a bit surly at first, but had cheered up by the time we left. On our later visits, we got to like her pretty well.

Sitting at the window, we did some people-watching, one of my favorite New York pastimes. It's a good Upper East Side location for this.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Midnite Express
1715 2nd Ave.
New York, New York
(212) 860-2320

Odessa

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Restaurant

Odessa Photo, New York, New York
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Odessa includes a restaurant and cafe/diner right next to each other. The menu and kitchen are the same for both. We went into the cafe because my friend had been there and liked the ambience. It was quiet, with a limited number of booths along one wall and the bar along the other. The decor is dark red and wood, pleasantly old-fashioned. The restaurant is much larger and, I hear, noisier. The menu is giant. It includes burgers, omelettes, sandwiches, pastas, and all kinds of American and various ethnic foods. But Odessa (as indicated by its name) specializes in Ukrainian food. We indulged in a variety of Eastern European dishes, including a combo plate. We had pierogies, stuffed cabbage, po...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Odessa
117 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 253-1470

Pommes Frites

Restaurant

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Imagine, a restaurant devoted solely to french fries, er, pommes frites. Actually, they call them Belgian fries. The fries come in a paper cone, in three sizes, from $4 to $7.50. They have about 25 different sauces, for $0.75 each. We tried a garlic mayo and a peanut satay sauce. Both were good.You order and pick up your food at the counter. There are several wooden tables in the back, with holes to hold the paper cones. We had kids with us, and it was a good place to take them. The atmosphere is bohemian, in keeping with the East Village location, and not at all like a fast-food place. We sat there and slowly enjoyed our fries. The servings were generous, but we made a valiant effort to fin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Pommes Frites
123 2nd Avenue
New York, New York 10003
(212) 674-1234

Soup Man

Restaurant

Soup Man Photo, New York, New York
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This is one of the new franchise locations for the original Soup Man portrayed on Seinfeld.There was no line when we walked in, so we didn't have to stand over to the side. The proprietor (franchisee?), who looked a bit like a younger Al Yegenah (the original Soup Man), was very friendly and let us sample a couple of the soups before we made our choices. My friend had a vichysoisse, which she liked a lot. I liked the borscht I sampled, which had a hint of ginger, but opted instead for the Cremilicious low-calorie soft-serve ice cream that this store also has. Chocolate and good.The place is small, without only a couple of tables. We sat at a counter looking out the windo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Soup Man
1369 3rd Ave., at 78th St.
New York, New York
(212) 879-9707

Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery

Restaurant | "Yonah Schimmel's"

Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery Photo, New York, New York
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This is THE place to get knishes. They are head and shoulders above any knishes I've gotten elsewhere. Especially the kasha ones—I don't think I've ever, in recent decades, found a kasha knish that was at all good. But Yonah Schimmel's kasha knishes are delectable.The counter holds a selection of types: potato, kasha, vegetable, etc. They also have a few other items: rugeleh, herring...that kind of thing. When you order your knishes, they ask if you want them heated up. There are some tables in the back where you can eat, but I've never sat down. I just buy my knishes and take them away.I was surprised but happy when I found that the place is open on Saturday (the Sabbath)....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery
137 East Houston Street
New York, New York
(212) 477-2858

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks

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Attraction | "Coney Island"

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Coney Island is a great place to bring the kids, which is what we did. It was a hour-long subway ride from uptown Manhattan. It was fun being on the subway and seeing the different parts of the city.Unfortunately, it started raining as soon as we got there. We had to duck inside Nathan's, which is open to the street. As long as we were in there, we got hot dogs and french fries and sodas. There aren't any tables, so we had to eat standing up and holding the food. By the time we finished, the rain had stopped, so we headed to the boardwalk. Of course the kids wanted to go on the rides. After only one ride, though, it started raining again. We ducked into an arcade and played Skeebal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks
Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224
(718) 372-0275

Central Park

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Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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Central Park has provided an oasis of greenery in the big city for 150 years. It has trees, meadows, lakes, sculpture, and all kinds of attractions. My walk covered just a few acres, and I found the park enchanting. I plan to go back for more whenever I have a chance.We walked into the park at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is an impressive sight, with a large glass wall. We walked around it and saw the obelisk, also called Cleopatra's Needle, which was made in Egypt in the 1500s and transported to the United States in 1879. Just south of that, we stopped to admire some unusual mushrooms that were growing under some trees. We meandered along, enjoying the warm summer day. We stopped brie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

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