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My wife has a business conference in New York at the end of Oct.
we'll be there for 4 days- Staying in Manhattan.
I'm looking for a local's guide for good eats and things to do.
any info is appreciated. thanks
 

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Give us a few tips about what you're into dude. You also might want to post up in the NYMMC board. I'll move it there if you want?
 

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I like whiskey, cheap sex and fast motorcycles.
No, really I just want to have a cool experience.
She'll be in seminars all day and I just want to find the cool spots...and also places to avoid.
yea, I'll wander central park and gaze in awe at the tall buildings..But if there are any little favorite places/restaurants/museums/book stores/movie houses/live music/cool neighborhoods or only in new york type places..pls post.
I'm a big Anthony Bourdain fan, so I'll be checking out his restaurant and I'll probably try & find the ducati manhattan shop...
thanks
 

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Metropolitan museum is a MUST, if you appreciate fine art.


Following are few places that I go to enjoy better food when I get tired of McDonalds ;D

Breakfast/Brunch

Popover Cafe
551 Amsterdam Ave (Cross Street: 87th Street)
New York, NY 10024-2803

Sarabeth
http://www.sarabeth.com/restaurants

Dinner - Japanese (expensive)
Nobu
http://www.nobumatsuhisa.com

I love Italian, but don't have a favorite restaurant, yet.
 

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Ok, for Italian:

Pepe Rosso (It's "A" on the map). It's a very small restaurant but the food is excellent. The coffee is good too if you're into that.

Valdino West More of a dinner place but my wife and I love it. She's been to Italy and says this is one of the better places that we've tried.

For fun:

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Circle Line

Of Course:

Ducati NYC

There are some ideas right there. Good luck. [thumbsup]
 

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I'm pretty sure the Intrepid is closed now, it's leaving in a month for renovations. Reopens Fall 2008.

I'll miss seeing those planes on that ship as we roll down the highway.
 

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if you're in the financial district and hankering some cuban food...

Sophie's Restaurant
73 New St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 809-7755

good food, fast and cheap! pernil and maduros FTW!!! and don't forget the green sauce.
 

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migs76 said:
Sophie's Restaurant
73 New St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 809-7755
awww sweet, imma go there tonight if i can!!

also SAduc, you may want to rent a bike or bring rollerblades. with either you can cover a ton of nyc in one day. whenever i get out of towners, i give them a grand tour of nyc. starting in south manhattan and ending up somewhere way up north. map out the places you think you may want to check out and ride from place to place.
 

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Few more "popular" places that is on my "alternative eating places to Burger King"

Park Avenue Cafe
http://www.parkavenuecafe.com/home.asp

Cafe Greco
http://dinesite.com/info/rstrnt-64478/??&t=0

The Boat House
http://nymag.com/listings/bar/central_park_boathouse00/

Orsay
http://www.orsayrestaurant.com

Serendipity 3
http://www.serendipity3.com
I heard somewhere that Andy Warhol paid for his bill with his art work (and they used to hang it in the restaurant). Get there at least an hour before, and put your name on the list. Go shopping, then come back for your dessert (they make wonderful desserts).
 

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ducatizzy said:
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Staten Island ferry is free and a good time-waster. Nice views of the statue of liberty and the waterways.
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Don't take anyone seriously and make sure to wash your hands frequently. Also, people who come to NYC for the first time usually get a respiratory infection in the first 4-5 days of arriving from the air. It's kind of like drinking the water in Mexico.
Staten Island ferry is a really cool option, just don't get off and "have a look around", SINY is more boring than you could imagine. Just get off when you get there and go jump back on the return ferry.

As for the respiratory infection, I moved here a few years ago and never had a problem so don't know what you're talking about DT. It's not nice air for sure but we're not talking about LA bad here. ;)
 

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Mummra said:
awww sweet, imma go there tonight if i can!!
for what they charge, you won't be disappointed. like i said, the food is good, not great. they must be doing something right if that place is packed from 11a to 2p.
 

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As for the respiratory infection, I moved here a few years ago and never had a problem so don't know what you're talking about DT. It's not nice air for sure but we're not talking about LA bad here. ;)
I moved from S. Cali many years ago, and air is much fresher here ;D
 

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wow. great response.
Thanks to everybody.
Looks like Sophies is on the list for sure, the Met is another must do.
I'll do the bike rental just for kicks, sounds like a good way to cover ground and get a good look.
Don't stop there, if there are more suggestions, this Texas boy is listening.
thanks again.
 

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Following are few places that I go to enjoy better food when I get tired of McDonalds ;D

Breakfast/Brunch

Popover Cafe
551 Amsterdam Ave (Cross Street: 87th Street)
New York, NY 10024-2803
Popovers is the greatest restaurant (or fancy diner) in the world... I ate there like 3 times a week for a month when i moved in around the corner and then i realized that it wasn't quite diner cheap. :p
 

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For some good music:
http://www.knittingfactory.com/index.php

If you are going to do the museums, the MoMa is a must, the renovation is amazing:
http://www.moma.org/

A different type of museum, that features NYC history:
http://www.tenement.org/

More art type of events that don't normally appear on tour guides:
http://www.thekitchen.org/

In Queens:
http://ps1.org/

If in Brooklyn, and want to check out some performances (albeit music, dance or film) you might want to stop at BAM:
http://www.bam.org

Food In NYC, cheap and asian fusion:
http://www.riceny.com/

I don't eat meat, but when I did, one of the best steakhouse in the area (some say it holds up to the best of the best). Need to make reservation and it is not cheap:
http://www.peterluger.com/

Enjoy...

Ps. The air does not suck. I have never heard of anyone getting sick. Normally my out of town friends suffer from fatigue, of walking everywhere, their arms hurt from carrying shopping bags and pulling out their wallets. Watch out for cabs and please do not walk around with a camera dangling from your neck, it is not cool...
 

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Sounds like you like cuban food? Well within walking distance (about 10-15mins) from ducati soho is:

Cafe Habana
17 Prince St., New York, NY 10012
at Elizabeth St.
212-625-2002

The wait can be long, but the food is awesome and waitresses are pretty ;). If you should decide to go to the financial district, you can visit south street sea port (they have that bodies exhibit there and some shopping/scenery) Or take a walk on battery park...also pretty scenic, you'll find once you're here, that the best part is exploring while just walking around. Have fun!
 
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