NYC: Take a bite out of the Big Apple

Yellow Cabs by Flatiron in NYC.

TAKE A BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE

Whether it’s your first trip in or you’re a regular traveler…New York City offers something for everyone. With this guide—you’ll be enjoying city life in style.

Every major hotel chain has a location in the city—however, some of the rooms are smaller than a closet (I once stayed in a room so small I had to step over the bed to get to the bathroom). A recent trip and a stay at the Millennium Hilton across from the World Trade Center Memorial Site was a pleasant surprise—good-sized standard rooms and a great location for discovering lower Manhattan.

Also recommended: the Morgans (Madison Avenue, walking distance to many midtown attractions, but in a quiet iconic neighborhood).
Packing Tip: If you’ve forgotten to bring something…don’t fear, there’s a DXL on 6th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets.

So your bags are unpacked—now what? Looking to channel your inner Mad Man? Are you a serious Foodie, aspiring brew master, history buff or maybe you’re traveling with a Fashionista?

NYC is loaded with museums and two of the most popular attractions; The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are just a ferry ride away!

The Natural History Museum http://www.amnh.org
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) http://www.moma.org
The Metropolitan Museum of Art http://www.metmuseum.org/
World Trade Center Memorial Site: Visitor passes are free, but you must get them ahead of time. http://www.911memorial.org/


Dinner & Drinks

With a Starbucks on every corner and delis from the Battery to the Bronx, you’ll never go hungry, but here are a few great places to try:

Whether you are forced to 5th Avenue for some shopping or not, you’ll want to head there to visit Eataly (23rd & 5th), think of it as an over-the-top Italian deli, topped off with a brewery. The master brewers at La Birreria serve up seasonal brews year round under a retractable rooftop overlooking the Flatiron Building. Beer and a view, really…does it get any better than that?

Tip: make your reservations online and simply be escorted to the elevator and past those waiting in line.

Les Halles—I didn’t know about Anthony Bourdain when I “discovered” the best steak sandwich I’ve ever eaten. When I took my significant other here…I quickly learned my discovery wasn’t so unique.

Tip: the downtown location is more quiet—quarters are pretty tight in both locations, but there are comfy chairs and bench seats with a surprising amount of elbow room.

Katz Deli—If there’s a lady in your life, she’s probably seen the movie “When Harry Met Sally”. Take her to where Sally made a spectacle of herself…and enjoy some iconic deli food while you’re at it—Katz has been in this location since 1888 and are famous for their piled high pastrami.

Tip: Katz is a cash-only establishment, hit the ATM and don’t lose your ticket.

Ever wonder what the prohibition era was like? Head over to the original location of The Raines Law Room, a hidden speakeasy on W17th, ring the bell and be escorted down the stairs to a time when a drink wasn’t so easy to come by.

Patsy’s has served everyone from Pacino to Sinatra—located steps from Carnegie Hall, this was the chairman’s favorite eatery…so don your best fedora and eat like you’re at Nonna’s house.


Sports

NYC may lack their own football stadium, but Madison Square Garden is the home of the Knicks and the Rangers—recently renovated, MSG offers “Bridge Seating” that puts you right OVER the court/ice. There is comfortable bar stool seating on the bridge and ample space, giving you the feeling that you’re in the best sports bar ever.

Typically, the Mets are the butt of many jokes (however making it to the World Series last year may have earned them a reprieve); but their stadium is pretty sweet and a bargain, VIP seats can be had for around $50 and they give you exclusive access to the VIP lounges where you can root for the team in style. Regular seats can be found for around $20 (or less on game day.)

Yankee Stadium, on the other hand, not such a bargain—then again, I’m a Boston fan—so enough said.


Getting here

It’s a fairly easy drive up or down route 95 and once in the city, I recommend parking the car and do as New Yorkers do—use the subway or hail a taxi. NYC is also a perfect destination to explore by train. Amtrak service runs along the Northeast corridor and there are several commuter rails including Connecticut’s MetroNorth and NJ Transit that offer regular service into Manhattan.

No matter how you get here…you’re sure to enjoy the city that never sleeps.

 

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