Guidebook for New York

Jeff
Guidebook for New York

Food Scene

This is an amazing pizza parlor with decent prices and the timeshare coupons work here (last we checked). It's got an amazing atmosphere, but can get quite crowded. We eat here often!
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John's of Times Square
260 West 44th Street
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This is an amazing pizza parlor with decent prices and the timeshare coupons work here (last we checked). It's got an amazing atmosphere, but can get quite crowded. We eat here often!
Our boys love street vendor food, but if we had a little girl, we'd take her here. Very fancy, suitable for a princess! We hear lunch is a good value.
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The Russian Tea Room
150 W 57th St
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Our boys love street vendor food, but if we had a little girl, we'd take her here. Very fancy, suitable for a princess! We hear lunch is a good value.
If you have the late-night munchies, but don't want to go wandering the streets at 1am, we recommend this place. Take the parking garage exit on 53rd and (jay)walk directly across the street. You can't miss it. Much better than the cafe in the Hilton.
Cafe 53
126 W 53rd St
If you have the late-night munchies, but don't want to go wandering the streets at 1am, we recommend this place. Take the parking garage exit on 53rd and (jay)walk directly across the street. You can't miss it. Much better than the cafe in the Hilton.

Sightseeing

First time in NYC? We took one and it was well worth the cost. Expect to spend an entire day jumping on and off, to explore the city. There's a slight up-charge for the Statue of Liberty boat ride--Go for it!
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Gray Line New York
49 W 45th St
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First time in NYC? We took one and it was well worth the cost. Expect to spend an entire day jumping on and off, to explore the city. There's a slight up-charge for the Statue of Liberty boat ride--Go for it!
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: You have two options... You either want to be in the very front or the very back. If you have small children, we recommend getting there early, around 6:30am and marking out a spot on the curb with a blanket. Kids can stay inside for a few hours while a parent holds down the fort. Or, if you're all adults or grown children, just hang back under the heated awning. There's a slight upward slope to the entrance of the hotel so people in the back get a pretty decent view and stay toasty warm. I worry the awning may cut off your view of the tops of the balloons, but you should be able to see them coming and going with no problem.
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New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: You have two options... You either want to be in the very front or the very back. If you have small children, we recommend getting there early, around 6:30am and marking out a spot on the curb with a blanket. Kids can stay inside for a few hours while a parent holds down the fort. Or, if you're all adults or grown children, just hang back under the heated awning. There's a slight upward slope to the entrance of the hotel so people in the back get a pretty decent view and stay toasty warm. I worry the awning may cut off your view of the tops of the balloons, but you should be able to see them coming and going with no problem.

Parks & Nature

Only a few blocks away! Do not be fooled by the map of famous locations street vendors sell. We stood in front of a fountain, perplexed, until we realized "Friends" was shot in Los Angeles. This is not that fountain! Still, there are many famous movie locations to be found here... Do your own research first. Rent a bike!
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Central Park
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Only a few blocks away! Do not be fooled by the map of famous locations street vendors sell. We stood in front of a fountain, perplexed, until we realized "Friends" was shot in Los Angeles. This is not that fountain! Still, there are many famous movie locations to be found here... Do your own research first. Rent a bike!
Familiar with the movie Madagascar? This is the zoo! It's a bit funny to realize the real zoo has a sea-lion exhibit where the cartoon lion exhibit should be. Still... It's a very nice zoo, especially for the little kids.
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Central Park Zoo
East 64th Street
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Familiar with the movie Madagascar? This is the zoo! It's a bit funny to realize the real zoo has a sea-lion exhibit where the cartoon lion exhibit should be. Still... It's a very nice zoo, especially for the little kids.

Arts & Culture

We walked to it (one hour)... Next time we'll take a cab. Free admission. Do not let let them guilt-trip you into paying the $70/person suggested donation. Pay what you feel is appropriate.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
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We walked to it (one hour)... Next time we'll take a cab. Free admission. Do not let let them guilt-trip you into paying the $70/person suggested donation. Pay what you feel is appropriate.
If you're kids are familiar with "Night of the Museum", check it out... It's close, but a bit too far to walk to. Free admission. Do not let them talk you into the $70/person suggested donation. Also, bring snacks... Cafeteria is a madhouse!
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Amerykańskie Muzeum Historii Naturalnej
200 Central Park West
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If you're kids are familiar with "Night of the Museum", check it out... It's close, but a bit too far to walk to. Free admission. Do not let them talk you into the $70/person suggested donation. Also, bring snacks... Cafeteria is a madhouse!
If you're here for Thanksgiving, definitely see the Rockettes' Christmas show. Buy tickets online, not at the door. We also saw a Cirque Du Soleil performance here. The building is amazing and they also offer tours.
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Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Ave
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If you're here for Thanksgiving, definitely see the Rockettes' Christmas show. Buy tickets online, not at the door. We also saw a Cirque Du Soleil performance here. The building is amazing and they also offer tours.
Want to see a Broadway show, but don't care what it is? There's a ticket booth in the center of Times Square that sells all the remaining, unsold theater tickets for a discount. You have to purchase them that morning. You're not going to find Hamilton here, but you will find Phantom of the Opera or The Lion King.
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TKTS Times Square
West 47th Street
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Want to see a Broadway show, but don't care what it is? There's a ticket booth in the center of Times Square that sells all the remaining, unsold theater tickets for a discount. You have to purchase them that morning. You're not going to find Hamilton here, but you will find Phantom of the Opera or The Lion King.

Entertainment & Activities

After dragging our kids to museums, theaters, fancy restaurants, etc... We took the subway to Coney Island, and they loved it! It's cheesy, a bit weird & creepy, but they loved it every bit as much as Disney World. Bring cash and be prepared to pay for each individual ride. Ultimately, it was an inexpensive day trip.
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plaża Coney Island
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After dragging our kids to museums, theaters, fancy restaurants, etc... We took the subway to Coney Island, and they loved it! It's cheesy, a bit weird & creepy, but they loved it every bit as much as Disney World. Bring cash and be prepared to pay for each individual ride. Ultimately, it was an inexpensive day trip.

Shopping

You've seen the show "30 Rock"... Fans of the show will recognize many locations. It's only a block away! It's essentially a shopping mall... Visit the NBC gift shop, take a tour, or visit "the top of the rock" for a good view of the city. Go ice skating, marvel at the Christmas tree or visit the Lego store to keep the kids entertained.
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Rockefeller Plaza
Rockefeller Plaza
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You've seen the show "30 Rock"... Fans of the show will recognize many locations. It's only a block away! It's essentially a shopping mall... Visit the NBC gift shop, take a tour, or visit "the top of the rock" for a good view of the city. Go ice skating, marvel at the Christmas tree or visit the Lego store to keep the kids entertained.

Drinks & Nightlife

As soon as we can ditch the kids, we've been meaning to try this place. It's iconic and only a couple of blocks away.
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21 Club
21 W 52nd St
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As soon as we can ditch the kids, we've been meaning to try this place. It's iconic and only a couple of blocks away.