Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thirteen Things to do in New York City

Help! Mr. Geek and I are planning a trip to New York City for our anniversary. I have wanted to go to New York all of my life so this will be a dream come true. I want to make sure I get in as many "don't miss" things as possible.

Details: We will be there in January after the New Year's celebration.
We are big fans of the Food Network and Bravo TV (Top Chef, Project Runway).

So far I am thinking:

1. Eat at Perilla . This is Harold's restaurant, winner of Top Chef.

2. Eat at Crave . This is Dave Martin's restaurant, also from Top Chef.

3. Eat a hot dog from a cart. This might be a cliche touristy thing to do, what can I say, I am a tourist. Any tips on how to spot a good hot dog cart? Please?

4. Eat some real New York style Pizza.

I am sure there is some more food I don't want to miss.

5. See a Broadway Show

6. See an off-Broadway Show

7. See an off-off Broadway show


8. See Times Square

9. See Central Park. Mr. Geek wants to jog thru Central Park.

10. See some "only in New York" museum ??????

And because I am really a dork.....

11. Go to some local markets to look for cheese etc.


Okay I am leaving these open for suggestions. I know there are some really good ones out there.


chris said...

Wow, I just told Denny Mon eve that I wanted to go back to New York for our 40th anniversary, cause it's one of my favorite places to go. Just wear comfortable walking shoes & clothes & eat your way around the city while sight seeing. I just loved it. What date are you going & if you need help with the boys let me know.

Carmen and Jim said...

Best Broadway shows I've seen, The Lion King (get your tix now) and Wicked. Awesome, awesome, awesome. you'll have fun!

Heather said...

We went in April, so it was warmer, but we took a cab to the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge and then walked back over. It was beautiful. We also spent a day just walking and exploring different neighborhoods, wandering in and out of shops and restaurants. We went to the Conan O'Brien show and that was a blast. Have a great time.

enthalpymama said...

Enjoy! Pick an area of the city and have lunch at a restaurant that you just "walked by" on a side street . . . and take a picture of it for the rest of us to enjoy too!

Nicholas said...

Enjoy your trip!

Elizabeth said...

I've always wanted to eat at Carnegie Deli. I think it's on my Bucket List, isn't it?

Also you should visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They are great reminders of our commonality.

How about visiting the NY Stock Exchange? And you gotta go to Tiffany's, just to window shop.

Do you have any favorite movies set in NY that you want to go recreate? (Like Sleepless in Seattle and the ending?)

What about Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes?

I want you to bring me back a I <3 NY shirt. Remind me to tell you what I'm looking for. I'll pay you, I promise. :)

Oh, and leave lots of time to wander and look at all the street performers. When I visited, there was this guy who did paintings with spray paint. It was cool.

Any factories or world headquarters of companies you'd like to see there? (I know you're a geek like me and like to learn stuff on your trips.)

What about the United Nations? And, of course, Ground Zero.

I'll keep pondering and brainstorming other ideas.

Oooo! What about the Today show? Rockefeller Center?

Okay, I'll stop now.

Kash said...

OMG, so jealous! Here are my suggestions.

1. Go to Union Square Saturday morning for the farmers market and eat at Union Square Cafe

2. Walk around the Columbia campus (116th stop on the red 1 line)

3. EAT A REUBEN!!!! Pretty much at any deli.

4. Bagels and cream cheese!

5. Iceskating in Central Park (rather than Bryant Park).

6. Walk around in Greenwich village around Christopher/Hudson streets. Lots of celebrity spottings, FABULOUS cozy villagey restaurants. Highly recommend "One if by Land, Two if by Sea" SOO romantic!

7. Take a walk beginning in Chinatown and end up in Little Italy (they are next to each other). Get off at any subway stop at CANAL Street and walk up to Mulberry Street (which is Littel Italy). (In Chinatown, you can get great knockoffs, there will be Chinese people on corners whispering "Chanel, Gucci" just follow them up to their secret rooms.

8. Fifth Avenue stroll. You can start by iceskating in CP which is on the SE corenr, then pass the Plaza hotel, and walk down 5th Avenue passing all the famous stores.

9. Do a UN tour! Everyday until 4 pm.

10. Go to a Sotherby/Christies auction

11. The Met/Moma

12. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Heights

13. Take a boat out to Statue of Liberty and back.

14. Macys on 34th street. Not like your neighborhood Macys. The original wooden escalator is there. 9 floors of goodies. If you have an out of state license you can get 11% off anything (go to customer service counter on 1.5 floor to get the card)

15. Drink a cosmo!

Gosh, there must be so much more, if I think of more, will let you know. Can you tell I miss NY?

Kash said...

Oh, go to the online sites of either Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, David Letterman and Early Show.....request tix for the week you are there. They are RATHER easy to get. The Letterman show will ask you a question that is most likely, "Who is the redhead guy," which you must reply "the narrator."

If you cant see Letterman, you can still go to "Hello Deli" anytime and eat a Reuben there. It is just around the corner in Times Square for the Ed Sullivan theater and the owner is always there! He lets you take pictures with him!

Kash said...

Take a horse drawn carriage ride through CP.

Robin said...

This is so exciting! Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Keep them coming.

I have requested Letterman tickets and even sent a sappy email following it (It's our anniversary, etc). I also put in for Rachel Ray tickets (but no sapppy email.)

Mean Mom said...

I'm at a bit of a disadvantage, here, of course, as I'm not going to be as well-informed as an American citizen, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art would be at the top of my list.

My lads recently enjoyed a visit to the Empire State Building, Central Park and a trip out to the Statue of Liberty. It's alright for some, isn't it?

Have a great trip!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

All writers need to go sit in the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel and have a coffee, drink, etc.

karen said...

If you do the metropolitin museum (or any other one), the audio tour is worth the price if you don't know the subject matter intimately.

STOMP is a great off broadway if you haven't seen it elsewhere.

Top of the ROCK is every bit as interesting as the top of the Empire State Building.