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Going to NYC for the weekend

horseman85horseman85 Registered User regular
edited February 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So I'm unexpectedly going to NY this weekend and I have no idea what to do in my free time. Most of my time will be at Piano Row, which is next to Carnegie Hall but I will be able to explore after trying out some pianos. What should I do and where should I eat? Is there anything happening this weekend? Should I visit Chinatown for food purposes? And what's the cost of transit in NYC?

Museums are good. Galleries are good. Nerdy stuff is good as I love comics, video games and anime. Just plain walking around is fine by me. Aside from that, my budget is a bit on the cheap side so I can't really splurge.

I'll update later with where I'm staying but I expect to be in the Piano Row area.

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  • DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    horseman85 wrote: »
    I expect to be in the Piano Row area.

    #1 "Piano Row"...wtf? That isn't an area. No one in NY recognizes this as a thing.

    #2 Stock things to check out:
    -The Met
    -MoMA
    -huge comic book shop just south of Union Square, next to the Regal Theatre
    -Apple Store at Colombus Circle
    -MTA fare is $2.50
    -download a subway map app on your phone.

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Go to a Shake Shack.

    You're welcome.

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  • DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Go to a Shake Shack.


    Indeed.

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  • NumerosNumeros Goodness GraciousRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Deebaser wrote: »
    horseman85 wrote: »
    I expect to be in the Piano Row area.

    #1 "Piano Row"...wtf? That isn't an area. No one in NY recognizes this as a thing.

    #2 Stock things to check out:
    -The Met
    -MoMA
    -huge comic book shop just south of Union Square, next to the Regal Theatre
    -Apple Store at Colombus Circle
    -MTA fare is $2.50
    -download a subway map app on your phone.

    The comic shop you're referring to is Forbidden Planet. And I believe the subway fare is $2.50 only if you buy a single ride each and every time. It drops to $2.25 if you buy an actual Metrocard, so purchase 4 or 5 at once.

    The area of town near Carnegie Hall is Midtown West, which will be helpful if you get lost.

    However, I do not suggest hanging out in Midtown at all ever. It's still a bit nippy, so Chinatown won't be jam-packed with tourists, and is filled with cheap eats. Make sure to visit Tasty Dumpling.

    And if you want one of the city's best burgers, check out Acme on Lafayette and Great Jones. Shake Shack is good too, but the lines can be excessive.

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  • SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Blue 9 burger on 13th and 3rd (or thereabouts) is one of my favorites. It's very reminiscent of In-N-Out.

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  • Chases Street DemonsChases Street Demons Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If you're in Chinatown and you're in the mood for knockoff shopping, you can basically go into any of the little kitchy gift shops and ask if they sell watches (or purses, whatever you're looking for). They will often wave you into the back and someone else will approach you and offer to take you to another spot - if you're feeling adventurous you can go for it.

    I have lived in the NYC area all my life, and I swear this is true. Most of these little shops in chinatown have honest-to-goodness hidden/secret doors to corridors and basements. These rooms are usually set up like normal shops, but clearly they're not. They expect you to haggle. They expect you to threaten to walk out. Most of the stuff either fell off the back of the truck or is a knock-off.

    You'll feel like you're two minutes away from being on a milk carton, but I swear it's the best shopping in the city...if you have the stomach for it.

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  • RikushixRikushix VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Six wrote: »
    Blue 9 burger on 13th and 3rd (or thereabouts) is one of my favorites. It's very reminiscent of In-N-Out.

    I went there like three times when I was in New York in May. Oh my god are their burgers good or what.

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  • horseman85horseman85 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Thanks for the advice everyone. And yeah, Piano Row isn't really an area to ppl in NY. Only to people who want pianos.

    Shake Shack or Blue 9 Burger? Is either better than Burger Joint? Cuz Burger Joint is closer to the piano places but if it's that much better, I'll walk to whichever of the two and devour their burgers instead.

    Edit: Oh my god, the custard calendar!

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  • Casual EddyCasual Eddy The Astral PlaneRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I think there's some touristy stuff worth doing. Times Square takes all of 5 minutes and is definitely worth a quick look at night. The view from the empire state building is pretty fantastic, although it's a hassle if you don't go on like a tuesday because it will be pretty packed.

    if you like comedy, check out a friday saturday or sunday show at the UCB theater. The sunday show (Asssssscat) is free at 10 but you'll need to get there early.

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  • DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Burger joint is a tourist trap. Oh look at the "secret burger joint".
    ShakeShack4lyfe!

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  • AlyceInWonderlandAlyceInWonderland Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Deebaser wrote: »
    ShakeShack4lyfe!

    Represent!

    I actually currently work literally right across the street from the empire state building, and I've never actually been inside. I should probably fix that sometime.

    If you like awesome fresh seafood, or delicious baked goods (whether it be breads, cookies, cakes, or brownies), or milk (I'm not kidding.) go to Chelsea Market. ( http://www.chelseamarket.com/ )
    Chelsea Market is an indoor market, and it's a very fun place to be, not only for the atmosphere, but for the good food as well. When I said that I wasn't joking about the milk, I mean that there is a little place in CM called "Ronnybrook Dairy" and they have the most delicious milkshakes I've ever tasted. Everything is fresh, and yummy. Not only that, but you can totally go across the way and get a brownie at Fat Witch to go with your shake/milk/whatever. It's awesome.


    Also, check out the Chelsea Galleries if you're at all into art.

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  • RikushixRikushix VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Damn, I heard Fat Witch was amazing. I never got to try their stuff.

    I tried a cupcake from whatever that Cupcake place is in Greenwich Village though. Delicious.

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  • AlyceInWonderlandAlyceInWonderland Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Magnolia's Bakery! (OP, go there if you love cupcakes. They are the best.)

    But yeah, Fat Witch is pretty much brownie crack.

    Uuhhhh, what else. If the restaurant is packed, it's a damn good restaurant. If it's empty, it's nothing special.
    If you're in NY, you're pretty much obligated to get a "dirty water dog" from the hotdog carts on the sidewalks. They're totally yummy. They're called dirty water dogs because they don't change the water the hotdogs are in at all during the day to keep the flavor of the sabretts (it's not actually bad for you or anything). Go to the guy on 33rd and park. I guarantee you that he'll be whistling :P

    I'll think of some more later.

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  • BEAST!BEAST! Adventurer Adventure!!!!!Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    horseman85 wrote: »
    Thanks for the advice everyone. And yeah, Piano Row isn't really an area to ppl in NY. Only to people who want pianos.

    Shake Shack or Blue 9 Burger? Is either better than Burger Joint? Cuz Burger Joint is closer to the piano places but if it's that much better, I'll walk to whichever of the two and devour their burgers instead.

    Edit: Oh my god, the custard calendar!
    there is a Blue 9 fairly close to carnegie at 53rd and 9th, although i prefer lucky burger which is i think at like 51st and 9th...or something

    also, while here give me a hug please? k thx

    oh and screw the cupcakes at magnolia, get the banana pudding...i usually dislike banana pudding but this is AMAZING stuff

    oh and don't forget about that hug i requested

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  • RikushixRikushix VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Magnolia's Bakery! (OP, go there if you love cupcakes. They are the best.)

    But yeah, Fat Witch is pretty much brownie crack.

    Uuhhhh, what else. If the restaurant is packed, it's a damn good restaurant. If it's empty, it's nothing special.
    If you're in NY, you're pretty much obligated to get a "dirty water dog" from the hotdog carts on the sidewalks. They're totally yummy. They're called dirty water dogs because they don't change the water the hotdogs are in at all during the day to keep the flavor of the sabretts (it's not actually bad for you or anything). Go to the guy on 33rd and park. I guarantee you that he'll be whistling :P

    I'll think of some more later.

    Oops! I got mixed up. The girlfriend and I went to Butterlane, which isn't quite Greenwich Village. A little to the right :) But I've heard great things about Magnolia's!

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  • Aurora BorealisAurora Borealis runs and runs and runs away BrooklynRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Butterlane FTW, says I.

    Yes go to Chinatown for food. Find a tiny hole in the wall place, do not be put off by the scary decor. If there are lots of chinese people eating there, the food will be delicious.

    If you want an entertaining neighborhood to walk around, I recommend the East Village.

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  • rizriz Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Crumbs has rarely done me wrong for cupcakes.

    Except that time they changed the recipe of my favorite flavor for no apparent reason and didn't warn me either so I got home and was so very sad.

    Bastards.


    OP, if you do happen to head for Forbidden Planet, on Saturdays there's also the Greenmarket in Union Square nearby, which is pretty great for foodstuffs and people watching.

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    i think billys cupcakes are best for some reason but i dont eat lots of cupcakes

    in chinatown i like shanghai cafe and then i get soup dumplings and scallion pancakes and some tea and im stuffed for hours and it costs me 10 bucks and is really good

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  • RikushixRikushix VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    What Riz said. I stayed for three weeks at the Seafarer's Hotel just a block away from Union Square and the Greenmarket is amazing. Fresh fruit, nice flowers. Lots of good artwork and crazy little paintings you can buy if you're so inclined.

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  • horseman85horseman85 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    And I'm in NYC right now. Got in at 7:45 and walked around Central Park till 9. Played pianos from 9 to 3:30PM. Never doing that again but least I found my dream piano.

    Tried the Shack Burger at Shake Shack. I think it's the last one on the burger menu. Oh my god, what a wonderful burger. Aside from that, just walked around a lot. Oh and the Empire State Building. Gonna walk to Chinatown tomorrow for breakfast. When does Shanghai Cafe open? Will grab some soup dumplings for lunch.

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  • Project MayhemProject Mayhem Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If you can, try Artichoke Pizza. They have a crab-meat pizza that's delicious. Luke's Lobster is great also. If you're an Apple nerd check out the fifth avenue store so you can say you've seen it, then visit the Upper West Side store so you can actually look at things. Check out a few record shops or thrift stores if you're into that kinda thing, there are a TON of thrift stores by where I live in the UES.

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  • Aurora BorealisAurora Borealis runs and runs and runs away BrooklynRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If Joe's Shanghai is too crowded to get into, walk a half block up the street to Joe's Ginger. It is also very good, but smaller and not as packed.

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