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We're coming to New York next month for 6 nights. We fly in on Monday 20th and leave the following Sunday evening.

It's a while since I've been (5 years maybe), and the missus has never been, so we're both really excited about it.

I'm wondering what you locals can recommend we must see or do, places we must eat or drink, areas that are great to hang out in these days, not just in Manhattan, anywhere we can get to easily on the Subway, anywhere to get a real taste of New York and take some great photos.

I'm building a list of bars and restaurants I want to see/drink/eat in as that's what I design for a living over here and there's a lot of NY influence here right now, but you can't beat some hot off the press local knowledge. :D

For an idea of us to help your recommendations... We're mid-late 30's, we're designers not corporate high fliers, we're not 'fancy', we're up for getting dressed up to go out, but happy hanging out and relaxing in jeans and sneakers.

Any L4P cars & drinks meets happening while we're in town?

What do we need to know guys? :D
 

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I'm going to suggest my all-time favorite restaurant. Nobu 57! It is the best Japanese (sushi) you will ever have. I think the design of the restaurant is cool, the service is great, and the food is outstanding! It is a bit pricey, but what isn't in NYC? Lol.

Where are you two going to be staying?

Obviously show her Times Square, 5th Ave (for shopping), Central Park area (including Columbus Circle), Battery Park (can include visit to Statue of Liberty), Soho (more shopping and cool sights). Are you going to see any Broadway shows? If you guys like museums, there are some very cool and interesting ones throughout the city (Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art). Maybe take a trip to the Empire State Building (there is an observation deck which could be an awesome photo opportunity). Honestly, taking one of the red tour-buses around might not be a bad idea. They will show you everything and you can just hop on and off whenever. I'm sure I will think of some more things for you two to see while in the city. You are going to have so much fun! Enjoy!
 

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Thanks guys.

Nobu's not really my bag as far the food goes, I'm not a big japanese fan

Minetta Tavern looks great though.. Schillers, Pastis and Balthazar are on my list already. I like Keith McNally's restaurants looks. That style's getting popular here.
Kesté too, gotta have some NY Pizza!

Want to check out La Esquina too.

What about bars?
I know the guy behind Milk & Honey, White Star & Dutch Kills, so we'll hopefully hook up with him while we're there and get the lowdown.

Going to pay a visit to the High Line park and stop by The Standard. What else is good in the Meat Packing District?

Hopefully staying down Greenwich Village way.
 

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I was up there over the summer. If you are looking for a fun show to see without it being a huge Broadway production, but still very well known, STOMP was a blast and I would recommend it to anybody!
 

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I was up there over the summer. If you are looking for a fun show to see without it being a huge Broadway production, but still very well known, STOMP was a blast and I would recommend it to anybody!
Great recommendation, and I'll add that it's very much worth it to see Blue Man Group and any Cirque du Soleil event.
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not sure what the NE crew will be doing....maybe when it gets closer to the date, you can post up in the NE section see whats goin on.
 

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Go to Brooklyn on D train, and make your way to L&B Spumoni Gardens. Best pizza in the world (seriously) Its always on the travel channel, and I live a few blocks from there.
 

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Thanks, we'll definitely be heading over to Brooklyn.

Just booked the hotel.. staying in Chelsea :)
 

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Check out Hotel Gansevoort's rooftop bar. It's cool and in the meatpacking district. Should be a good time! Enjoy your trip!
 

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What about more bars?

Nightclubs? Gotta go clubbing one night while we're there!

edit, oops, that was meant to be an edit of the previous post
 

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Go to Felidias (sp?) great Italian food, try to go on Sunday and get the Italian Family style specail. You can also try Daniels(If you're lucky enough to get a reso, but its a expensive, but one, if not the, best restaurant in NYC. Not sure what your budget is as there are a TON of absolutely incredible restaurants, unfortunately they are expensive and you might not be able to get in on short notice.
 

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Good recomendations so far guys...... L&B Spumoni Gardens, Balthazar & Minetta Tavern are all in Eater NY's Essential 38 NY Restaurants

Any opinions on any of the others in that list?
Any Momofuku location is worth the trip - I know you said you don't particularly care for Asian food but there are certain things on the menu that are worth the trip. American artisan ham platter is one, steamed pork buns another, cereal milk ice cream and of course the original ramen noodle bowls.

A trip to Joe's Shanghai should also be in oder, because regardless of your specific tastes, the sublime deliciousness of soup dumplings know no boundaries in my opinion.

Joe's Shanghai Restaurant - Home of the Soup Dumpling!

Another delicious treat is Pommes Frites on 2nd Avenue - truly amazing Belgian-style chips with 40+ dipping sauces...

Pommes Frites Inc./Menu

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What about more bars?

Nightclubs? Gotta go clubbing one night while we're there!

edit, oops, that was meant to be an edit of the previous post
I'm generally not too big on the club scene, but a couple popular ones...

PINK ELEPHANT

Fat Black Pussycat

And for music...

Pianos NYC

The Living Room

The Back Fence: World Famous New York City Corner Bar!

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Thanks PJ!

I love Asian food in general, just not Japanese, or more specifically Sushi, which over here at least is what Nobu is famous for.
 

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Good recomendations so far guys...... L&B Spumoni Gardens, Balthazar & Minetta Tavern are all in Eater NY's Essential 38 NY Restaurants

Any opinions on any of the others in that list?
the strip house is one of my favorite steak houses, along with dylan prime. good food without the old man feel of some of the traditional places.

yakitori totto is japanese meat on a stick, so you might not like it. the place is good though.

bbq is something american and dinosaur is really tasty. if i had to choose just one restaurant on the list i'd go here.

not a fan of chin chin, but i think i'm pretty picky about chinese food and not their target audience.
 

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If you feel like jumping over to brooklyn, go to grimaldi's for brick oven pizza, then go down the block for ice cream on the dock with views next to the brooklyn bridge, manhattan bridge and the whole city in general. The statue of liberty can also be seen here. Nice romantic evening with the new misses, in my opinion.
 
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