New York Help Pleeease

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  1. ruperty

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    I'm going to New York next Saturday for the first time - I can't wait. The airport strikes have been called off so everything should, fingers crossed, go to plan.

    I wanted some short and sweet answers to some questions if anyone could help. (some guys helped a lot in another thread, but I wanted some more help which was more 'to the point'.)

    I'm staying on East 48th just off Fifth Ave (do you say it like "East 48th and 5th??) So the nearer the better I guess. Please answer the following:

    1. What's the best steakhouse with a main course for under $40-$50
    2. What's the best way for three adults with 3 cases to get from JFK to e48th?
    3. What is the best sports event in New York City between 12th - 17th Jan?
    4. What the best tasting American or New York food available in the Manhattan area?
    5. What, in your opinion, is THE thing to do in New York (not taking into account money, time, travel - just preference).
    6. What is the number one place to visit which is famous for its appearance in films?
    7. Where is there a good sports bar where I can watch English football (soccer) and drink English beers
    8. What's the best American beer/lager or drink of any kind?
    9. What's the best shop in Manhattan (again, in your opinion, it can be anything; food, clothing, electrical etc)
    10. Is there anything else I need to know????


    Cheers me dears ;)
     
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    Don't forget to tip.

    Good luck on your trip and have fun.
     
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    PM me and i will give you as much info about the restaurants etc. as you can handle.
     
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    The Rangers play at home...

    Sat Jan 12, 2008 Canadiens vs Rangers

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    Wed Jan 16, 2008 Sabres vs
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    KnicKs are at home on Sunday the 13 and Tuesday the 15th...but as i said, they completely suck...the fans are chanting at every game for thecoach to be fired and the team is a mess, plus the tickets are ridiculously overpriced.

    go to a hockey game.
     
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    1. What's the best steakhouse with a main course for under $40-$50 Smith & WollenskyI've never eaten there but I know peole who have and they love it!

    I'll second Smith and Wollensky (it's conveniently located at 49th and 3rd, btw) It is a bit pricey though. Also don't order anything well done they will give you the dirtiest look and cook your steak medium anyway. *which is the way it should be

    2. What's the best way for three adults with 3 cases to get from JFK to E 48th?

    I'd take a cab. If you don't want to spring for a cab you can take the Airtran from JFK to Jamaica station and then take the E train downtown and get off a the 5th avenue stop. (On a side note, I would visit HopStop.com - Subway Directions and Bus Directions for New York City (NYC) before you travel anywhere in the city. New York is famous for it's great public transportation system, but there isn't really anyone around who will tell you how to use it and what trains to take from point A to point B. I used hopstop constantly when I first moved to New York - and still do if I make excursions to far off places like Queens.)

    3. What is the best sports event in New York City between 12th - 17th Jan?

    Madison Square Garden is pretty historic and is a great venue for basketball - but unfortunately the Knicks are a bunch of overpaid crybabies and the team is terrible. :mad:

    4. What the best tasting American or New York food available in the Manhattan area? Thin Crust Pizza and Italian Food!

    Again, I have to agree here. I would recommend Nick's on the upper East Side. It was voted a "keeper of the flame" - an award given for best pizza. Is easy to get to (94th and 2nd), affordable (don't be fooled by the menu it is family style so an entre is for at least two people), has a great atmosphere and is quintesentially upper east side New York (or should I say Nuu Yoowk)

    5. What, in your opinion, is THE thing to do in New York (not taking into account money, time, travel - just preference). See a Broadway play, ride the Staten Island Ferry Round Trip,

    Definitely squeeze in a broadway show if you can. I'd recommend Wicked or Young Frankenstein. Good seats will be expensive but most theaters in New York (Broadway theaters not off or off off Broadway) don't have any bad seats. I'd also get a hotdog from the original Nathan's on Coney Island, but it is a bit of a hike to get out there, so Papaya King is a good substitute if you are sticking to the isle of Manhattan.

    6. What is the number one place to visit which is famous for its appearance in films? The Empire State Building - can't argue with that. You could also check out Central park, the Statue of Liberty, and Columbus Circle.



    7. Where is there a good sports bar where I can watch English football (soccer) and drink English beers
    8. What's the best American beer/lager or drink of any kind?

    The best American lager from a larger brewery (national) is Yuengling imo. It's actually America's oldest brewery (from Philadelphia my home town) and is similar to Bass. You'll find Yuengling on tap in a lot of bars in the Northeastern United States, but since you're in New York you should try a Brooklyn lager. It comes from a moderate/small brewery in - you guessed it- Brookly, NY. It's a great light (not lite) beer with a very clean finish.


    9. What's the best shop in Manhattan (again, in your opinion, it can be anything; food, clothing, electrical etc)
    I'm partial to FAO Schwartz in midtwon. It is a huge toy store (made internationally famous by the movie "Big" starring Tom Hanks. It's a toy store aimed at younger kids, but I can't help but feel happy when I'm in there. In terms of high end high fashion type stuff I would got to any of the ultra trendy boutiques in SoHo or the meat packing district.

    10. Is there anything else I need to know????
    Look like you are going somewhere at all times. For the most part New York's reputation at being a city full of angry people is undesrved, but you will feel much more at ease and get less shit from people, if you just look like you know what you are doing and you know where you are going, even if you don't. Have fun, it's a great city!
     
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    Main thing to remember is to just have a good time.
     
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    I forgot you have to go to Macy's. Once billed as the world's biggest department store, I don't know if it still is.
     
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    Go to Macy's only for the look- the prices are absurd. The New York flagship store rips people off left and right. However it is nicely designed store- at least on the main floor.
     
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    thanks guys. on the subway, do you pay by cash on a turnstile, or are there cards that you use? i use an oyster card in london which you just scan on entry and exit at each station - is there anything like that?
     
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    You get a Metrocard. They also work for the bus. Purchase them at the 'token' booth and in vending machines in the subway station They come in varying amounts anything from single fare to monthly,. There is also a weekly-7 day- for a flat $24.00 you can ride as often as you please throughout the week. Due to computerization there are some time lapses necessary between uses- in other words, you and a travel partner should each have a seperate card. You swipe it through the slot on the turnstyle and it beeps clear or signals you need to do it again.
     
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    thanks. i guess this will be the best thing to do then huh. is the subway frequent and are there lots of stations? it seems that it's going to be cheaper and better than taxis all the time.
     
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    Depending on the time of day and route they can be every few minutes to several minutes between. Faster than cabs quite often since they aren't caught up in street traffic.

    There's the A, B, C, D, E, F, L, N, Qand the R to name a few of the lettered routes- The L is a crosstown route along 14th Street. THe numbered routes are 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 which is essentially a crosstown deal in Manhattan going towards Queen moving along 42nd Street. There is also a 42nd Street shuttle which involves a fair amount of walking on one end and gets you from Times Square (west side) to Grand Central (East side) The #7 is often a better bet If you go to the MTA website at MTA Home Page you can get more information including the subway map at MTA NYC Transit - Subway Service Information If possible try to enlarge and printout a few copies before you head over here. Subway maps are also found in each station and on trains- booth clerks are also often well informed. If you know where you are headed, contact the location and ask what subway station is near them if you are unsure (this is mainly true on north/south routes since east and west are fairly easy- numbers begin at Fifth Avenue and are either East or West.) Print out a copy of this street locator as an added assist- Street Locator for New York City
     
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    Yes! You buy a metrocard, available in just about every subway station and many newsstands and even usually at your hotel which should also have a great mini-map of the subway. Make sure everyone gets one. We only scan on entry. It is essential to have a good subway map with you to negotiate. Various trains run on the same tracks and you need to know which go where though most trains on the same line stop at the same places in Manhattan. The subway map the MTA (the transit authority) publishes doesn't show most of the street names so it can be difficult to tell what trains go where. The subway is the best way to get around short of walking. This is the MTA's website and it has information all over.

    Bring scarves and warm hats. The wind can frequently be bitter and intense this time of year. You'll be an area very close to Times Square and the major shopping areas. The best department store is, imho, Bergdorf's but the prices are eye-popping. Yesterday I went in and saw their line of beautiful vicuna coats. They were $17,000. each. Yes, seventeen thousand dollars for a coat. Still, it's a fun store if only to window shop. Tiffany is right next door and while the famed Tiffany Diamond is on tour, you can always browse the baubles. FAO Schwartz is just up the street right behind Apple's glass box store and across the street from The Plaza and Central Park. There's a subway station in the basement of The Plaza. You walk along Central Park South and you'll see it. It's not easy to spot but the entrance is on the side of the building. That's the E and V trains and they'll take you to Times Square very easily or to other stations where you can transfer to other trains. The 6 train is the one closest to you, but the E and V are just a block further and take you to other parts of midtown so you should be OK to go.

    Take a cab from JFK and to JFK. The set fare to anywhere in Manhattan is $45 from JFK. There should be no surcharges and the meter doesn't have to run. Don't let the cab driver convince you otherwise. Take a yellow cab and only a yellow cab. Tip the driver afterwards 15-20%. We tip here and tip frequently. Tip doormen a dollar or two for getting you a cab, tip the bellhop a few dollars for bringing up your bags, tip the concierge, tip waitstaff 20% of the pretax meal bill. We do not include sales tax in pricing. It is always added on unless stated otherwise.

    Ordinarily I'd advise taking the JFK airtrain to the subway but if you've got three people and heavy luggage you better be in great shape. Lots of subway stations don't have escalators or elevators and I don't think you want your first exposure to the subway system to be a nightmare.

    Bookmark Google Maps map of NYC. It has an excellent map of Manhattan that shows the exact locations of the subway stations, even those downtown that the other maps don't show, and which trains service those stations.
     
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    Too bad that you are going at such a cold time in the year.

    Walking in NY is great. When I was younger I would walk from the Village to Midtown near Penn Station and it was nothing the side blocks, say from 33th st. to 34th st. are relatively short. The Avenues that run parallel are much longer.

    NYC is also the safest big city in the U.S.
     
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    The MTA site is pretty helpful. I've just bought a new york guide which seems to have good maps for everything, including subway maps with street names and places of interest.

    i'm alright with the cold and i can walk for hours so i'll be alright. I have, however, bought a hat, some scalves and gloves, a wooly sweater and an overcoat, so hopefully i'll be warm enough. I haven't got any shoes that a good for slush though. just lots of trainers/sneakers. perhaps i'll invest in some hiking boots then. what's the weather like in new york at the moment?

    i've been told by everyone who's ever been to new york to go there! thanks for the suggestion, seems a rather nice place for a spot of afternoon tea and snack.
     
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    i've been checking bbc weather and it only goes 5 days ahead - whether it's accurate or not, i don't know, but i'll keep checking ;)

    are twinkies as nice as they appear? i've never had one before!
     
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    They don't have twinkies in the UK?

    I guess they are okay, if you find a shop that has fried battered twinkies, those would be better.
     
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