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New York City for the Weekend

A May 2006 trip to New York by VA_traveler

Corned beef sandwich at the Carnegie Deli Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Two adults, two teenagers, three days, two Broadway musicals, and about a million miles of walking!

New York City for the Weekend

Overview

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We had been hearing good things about Wicked, the musical, for quite a while, and never could end up getting tickets when it came through town. One evening, after attending a cousin's choral performance that included some Phantom of the Opera bits, we decided that if the mountain wouldn't come to us, we were going to have to go to the mountain. So we made some plans, bought some tickets online, grabbed two of my cousins, and headed to the big city. Quick Tips: We sat down and made a list of all the things we could see while we were there. We broke it apart into things we HAD to see, things we wanted to see, and things we would see if they would fit in. Then we started looking at the loc...Read More
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Times Square...pretty nice spot to stay! We checked in late in the day, and were able to get switched into a room overlooking the square. Surprisingly, it did add to the trip. At least, it added to our photograph collection - I think each one of us took about 10 pictures out of the window! The location was really convenient, too - close to Broadway shows, good subway access, and within walking distance of some big sights.The hotel was quite nice. We stayed on the 30-somethingth floor, and got a kick out of using the hotel's supe high-tech elevators. Simple up or down buttons? Please - how 20th century. To call an elevator from the lobby, you enter your destination floor in one of the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2008

Marriott Marquis New York City
1535 Broadway
New York, New York 10036
(212) 398-1900

Times Square Hot Bagels

Restaurant | "Times Square Bagels"

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I seem to remember the foods of my travels even better than the sights sometimes. I mean, I think back to seeing the Statue of Liberty and think, "Yeah, that was great". But this morning, I was thinking about the bagel I had at Times' Square Bagels, and I thought, "I should drive up to NYC and get a bagel". Food is a huge motivator for my travels. Located (not surprisingly), just off of Times' Square, this little hole-in-the-wall spot seemed popular with people on their way to work. So don't dawdle choosing. Their bagels taste the way I think a bagel should taste. And, almost more importantly, they feel the way a bagel should feel. Crispy outside, chewy inside, toasty warm, and melting the cre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2007

Times Square Hot Bagels
200 W. 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 997-7300

Grimaldi's

Restaurant

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I have dreams about this pizza.....Coal fired oven, grouchy pizza makers, and a packed dining room. We lined up outside for about a half hour to get in... a two o'clock on a Friday! And was it worth it? Oh yeah. We ended up getting two pizzas for four people (which might have been excessive if one of us hadn't been a very hungry teenager). Each pizza was about 20", and was very thin. Our first was a simple pizza margherita, with a thin layer of sauce covered in fresh mozzerella, and topped with basil leaves. The second had sausage as well, but my favorite was the plain one. Grimaldi's claims that their coal-fired oven is the secret to the incredible flavor. Whatever does it, it works,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2008

Grimaldi's
19 Old Fulton St.
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 858-4300