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Manhattan: High Style on Low Bucks

A November 2001 trip to New York by susanf

Quote: In the wake of September 11, Manhattan has gripped the hearts and minds of nearly everyone in America. Going to New York seemed like the right thing to do. Taking advantage of low airfares and IgoUgo's premium member travel deals, we spent an affordable weekend in America's greatest city.

Manhattan: High Style on Low Bucks

Overview

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Walk around Manhattan's diverse neighborhoods and savor the sights and sounds. Eat oysters at Grand Central Station's Oyster Bar Restaurant. For a completely different perspective on Manhattan, take the A train way, way uptown to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters Museum. Work your way back down the island and take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry.Quick Tips: Walk as much as you can to experience the sights, sounds, and even the smells of Manhattan. Talk to people--they are much friendlier than non-New Yorkers might think!Best Way To Get Around: Many popular Manhattan sights are within easy walking distance of one another. If it's too far to walk, pub...Read More

Royalton - Morgans Hotel Group

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Hotel | "Royalton Hotel"

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We really enjoyed the Royalton. An acknowledged masterpiece of French designer Philippe Starck, it manages to be cutting-edge modern, stylish, whimsical, and very comfortable. We had a "suite", which consisted of a large room with a working fireplace and a huge bathroom with a large circular tub/shower. The room decor is elegant, featuring grey slate and stark white upholstery and linens. The candles and fresh orchids in the bathroom were a nice touch. The in-house restaurant is called "The 44". We had breakfast there one morning, and although the menu seemed quite pricey ($12 for poached eggs on spinach and toast, $4 for a cup of coffee) the food was well prepared and the service profes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2001

Royalton - Morgans Hotel Group
44 WEST 44TH STREET
New York, New York 10036
1 212 8694400

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Oyster Bar"

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The Oyster Bar has the look of an institution. Tucked underneath Grand Central Station, it has a full-service restaurant area, plus a section of counter seating and a Raw Bar. We stopped in for a late afternoon snack of raw oysters. The selections are hand-written on a large menu board and are priced per piece. Oysters and clams from all over North America are available--we elected to go with a dozen local Bluepoints from Long Island. The oysters came with three different dipping sauces plus lemon wedges and oyster crackers. They seemed exquisitely fresh. Washed down with a glass of locally-brewed Brooklyn Lager, they made a perfect snack. For those who prefer their food cooked, Oys...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2001

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Grand Central Station, Lower Level
New York City, New York 10017
+1 212 490 6650

Lin's Dumpling House

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Restaurant

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Manhattan's Chinatown is just a mile north of the World Trade Center site, and is suffering a serious business slowdown as a result. On a Saturday night, most restaurants appeared to have empty tables. It's hard to see why. Chinatown restaurants offer a great dining experience for an unbelievable price. Lin's Dumpling House specializes in little dumplings filled with ground meat and/or seafood, then steamed or fried. Although we tried the "house special" dumplings (a mixture of pork and scallops in a steamed dumpling), I thought their other dishes were superior. As a main course, we split a whole sea bass, which was fried until crisp, then covered with a ginger/scallion/mushroom sauc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2001

Lin's Dumpling House
25 Pell Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 577-2777

Benash Delicatessen

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Restaurant | "Ben Ash Deli"

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The line at the more famous Carnegie Deli stretched out the door, so we went looking for an alternative. We peered in the windows and checked out menus for several, until we were finally roped in by the description of the Giant Smoked Fish Platter at the Ben Ash Deli. The Deli itself was crowded but comfortable. The mosaic tiled floors and decorative tin ceiling appear to be original; the soundtrack was 70's soft rock. As in any deli worth the name, the portions were enormous. The Giant Smoked Fish Platter ($33.00 for two--probably actually feeds 6) was a huge pile of lettuce, sliced tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, and 5 kinds of smoked fish served with two enormous bagels each spread...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2001

Benash Delicatessen
857 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10019
(212) 265-1818

Guggenheim Museum

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Attraction

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If you visit the Guggenheim between now and March 3, 2002, you'll have a great opportunity to compare and contrast the work of two American masters. The Guggenheim building itself, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is an icon of 20th century architecture. The Norman Rockwell exhibit is full of icons of a different nature. This is a rare opportunity to see Rockwell's original paintings for the hundreds of magazine covers and calendar illustrations that are so familiar. While Wright is revered as the single most important American architect, Rockwell is often reviled as an mere illustrator; not a serious artist. His work has been so often reproduced that much of it seems cliched. During our ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2001

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10128
(212) 423-3500

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

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Attraction | "The Cloisters"

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The Cloisters Musuem houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval collection. It has a wonderful location in Fort Tryon Park at the upper tip of Manhattan. If you're weary of the crowds and commotion of downtown, this is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. The park is full of old trees, wonderful gardens, and walking paths. There is a great view of the Hudson River cliffs. On a sunny day in early November, the fall colors were still stunning. The Cloisters Museum itself is built to look like an ancient monastery. Portions of true medieval structures are incorporated into the building, and exhibits are organized by timeline. You start in the very early middle ages and work you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2001

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Fort Tyron Park
New York, New York 10040
(212) 923-3700

Staten Island Ferry

Attraction | "The Staten Island Ferry"

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The Staten Island ferry ranks as one of the best free tourist experiences in America. We'd ridden it before to marvel at the Statue of Liberty, the fantastic skyline view, and the diversity of the shipping traffic in New York harbor. On November 4th, 2001, the ferry trip was an uneasy reminder of how much America has changed since September 11. As the ferry left the dock, the usual tourists jockeyed for position with their cameras. This day, the cameras were all competing to document the skyline that is no longer there. I saw very few cameras trained on the Statue of Liberty, instead, everyone seemed to be pointing and gesturing at the empty space where the World Trade Center used to be....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2001

Staten Island Ferry
Whitehall Ferry Terminal
New York, New York 10004
(718) 390-5253

World Trade Center Site

Attraction | "Ground Zero"

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Inevitably, the World Trade Center disaster site has become an attraction in itself--a pilgrimage site, a mecca for the curious and the grieving. As of early November 2001, pedestrians can get no closer than about a block away from the wreckage. The best views are from Broadway, where streets leading to the site are blocked with chain link barriers that have become informal memorials. Every square inch of the barriers are stuffed with flowers, cards, banners, pictures, and flags from all over the world. Viewers can glimpse the twisted and blackened wreckage beyond the barriers, and hear the heavy equipment that was working even early on Sunday morning. Massive dump trucks are lined up t...Read More

World Trade Center Site
Vesey Street, West Side Highway, Liberty And Church Streets
New York

Metropolitan Opera

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A first-class opera production is an amazing spectacle. Anything less than a first class opera is hardly worth seeing at all. America's premier opera company takes criticism for being somewhat stodgy and tradition-bound, but it does know how to produce a quality performance. We booked the cheapest tickets possible ($30/ticket) through the Met's website (www.metopera.org), assuming that we'd have partial view seats. Although we were in the nosebleed section at the very top of Lincoln Center, our seats were front and center and we had a great view. The production was La Boheme, with art direction by Franco Zefferelli. While the music was undeniably wonderful, the best thing about this productio...Read More