New York Journals

A First-timer and an Old-timer Visit the Big Apple

A September 2006 trip to New York by Asia Traveler

Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: My husband and I took a day while visiting family to explore New York - he's a first-timer, I grew up out there.

Quickly Shabu Shabu

Restaurant | "Quickly "

Quickly is a combination drink stand (featuring Chinese-style tapioca drinks) and hot pot (also known as Shabu Shabu) restaurant. It is a world-wide chain, so there probably are more "authentic" restaurants in the Chinatown area. However, I had lived in Taiwan for several years, so visiting Quickly was actually like coming home for me. Hot pot is an Asian style of dining that was originally described to me as being "stone soup". Basically, two platters containing all sorts of veggies and meat are brought out and you then have the opportunity to cook them yourself in a pot of boiling water (at Quickly, each person has his/her own pot). When they are cooked, you pull them out and enjoy, with you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2006

Quickly Shabu Shabu
237B Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 431-0998

Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
My husband had never been to New York before, so we had to do a few of the "touristy" things while we were there. We went up the Empire State Building to catch some views of the city. We had decided to spend the money ($30) to go all the way to the 102nd floor (there is also the main observatory on the 86th floor), but when we asked for tickets to the 102nd floor at the ticket window on the 2nd floor, we were sold regular tickets ($14) for the 86th floor observatory. We couldn't figure out what was going on - the clerk told us nothing, although there were signs all over the place saying "the 102nd floor observatory is now open!" We thought perhaps you bought a supplement when you got to the 86...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2006

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