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  • hello you sophisticated, well traveled men (and women) of the world.
     
    I'm surprising the wife with a trip to NY for her birthday in a couple of weeks. As neither of us have ever been there, I'm trying to grab as much intel as possible before I get there. 
     
    We're only there for 5 days, and we're staying in the Meatpacking district.
     
    Looking for must-dos, things to avoid/are over-rated, places to eat, places to drink etc. 
     
    Cheers for the help



  • hello you sophisticated, well traveled men (and women) of the world.
     
    I'm surprising the wife with a trip to NY for her birthday in a couple of weeks. As neither of us have ever been there, I'm trying to grab as much intel as possible before I get there. 
     
    We're only there for 5 days, and we're staying in the Meatpacking district.
     
    Looking for must-dos, things to avoid/are over-rated, places to eat, places to drink etc. 
     
    Cheers for the help

    One of my fav cities in the world. People might have some good tips for places to go, I dont. I just know that you have to be a special kind of retard (or desperately unlucky) to not have a great time regardless of what attractions or sites you go to.
     
    However....
     
    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/?c_id=nyy#y=2016&m=5&calendar=DEFAULT



  • Good shit, I suppose drinking cheap nasty beer means you can save money faster for trips :fishing:
     
    Never been, only been to California which was without a doubt the most fun holiday I've ever had but definitely want to see the East Coast too. I know heaps of people who have been, my old man lived there in the 60s and loved it. Will be hot as fuck at that time but you'll be used to that. Everyone I've spoken to raves about the Pizzas, Central Park, Coney Island etc. I think the key thing is not to wear the tourist outfit of bright t shirts and shorts with a bum bag or else you'll get beaten and mugged so maybe leave those pink shorts of yours at home ?  
     
    I think it's one of those places ( not unlike California ) that we antipodeans almost feel we know well before we get there because of all the times we've seen it in the movies. After Saturday Night Fever, Godzilla, Friends ( ahem, only watched it with the ex ), Shaft, Live and Let Die ( Bond goes there at the start ), Summer of Sam and various other movies I feel I could pretty much drive a tour bus and show people around.



  • Get a taxi to drop you off at Battery park one morning around 10am.  Grab a quick bagel or something from a vendor and have some comfy shoes on.
     
    Then simply walk.  All the way up the middle. Through downtown/wall street, tribeca, canal street, little italy, chelsa, mid town until you hit central park.  up through the park, check out the met, then onto harlam.  Depending on how many times you stop, this will take you 3-4 hours and is about 10k.
     
    You'll see, shop, smell, eat through mutliple different places, and you'll get an essence of New York, and just how cosmpolitan it it.  I cannot recommend doing this enough.
     
    And the museum on the aircraft carrier is an absolute must.  Concorde, Blackbird etc.  Epic.



  • One of my fav cities in the world. People might have some good tips for places to go, I dont. I just know that you have to be a special kind of retard (or desperately unlucky) to not have a great time regardless of what attractions or sites you go to.
     
    However....
     
    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/?c_id=nyy#y=2016&m=5&calendar=DEFAULT

    I'm pretty sure it will be unreal even with nothing planned, but nothing like a little bit of forethought.
     
    And yes, Yankees on the Monday night we are there is locked in. 
     
    Cheers MR, that sounds like a great way to soak it up



  • He's a total piston wristed gibbon, but recently I watched an Anthony Bourdain show based around Brooklyn.
     
    He hit up a couple of cheap Taco joints that looked amazing, plus a really sweet speak easy bar.



  • Yankees game was awesome, even Mrs CF enjoyed the experience. It's a cliche but katz's deli on the lower east side does great pastrami sandwiches. If you plan on visiting attractions like the empire state building and sightseeing on a Hudson River ferry it pays to preorder online. There is a separate much shorter queue for ticketholders at empire state and the ferry rides sell out fast in the summer. Bourdain's old joint Les halles is good for a solid French meal heavily meat oriented. We bought show tickets online before leaving but you can get these in times square if the show is not new.



  • He's a total Willis, but recently I watched an Anthony Bourdain show based around Brooklyn.
     
    He hit up a couple of cheap Taco joints that looked amazing, plus a really sweet speak easy bar.

    Never watched his show but always meant to give it a shot, is he really a tool?



  • Never watched his show but always meant to give it a shot, is he really a tool?

    I enjoy the show but he try's very hard to portray a certain "bad boy" image.



  • Never watched his show but always meant to give it a shot, is he really a tool?

    Apparently he always said he hated Billy Joel and would never have any ( music of his ) in his restaurant, the piano man then apparently took a photo and emailed it to him saying "Look, you've got some Billy Joel in your restaurant" ( those blokes are clearly too old for Twitter )
     
    So anyone who doesn't love BJ is a tool, yes.



  • Never watched his show but always meant to give it a shot, is he really a tool?I like him, he takes the piss out of himself and others but doesn't seem like a blowhard. The places he goes and the food he eats is amazing, it is clear he knows he's a lucky bastard living his dream



  • I'm going to Tokyo for the first time soon, his Tokyo episodes have me salivating like mad. M4L watch Bourdain's episode on Brooklyn if you are into foodie jaunts



  • will do
     
    have to do it at work, as the wife isn't finding out until just before we go



  • I like him, he takes the piss out of himself and others but doesn't seem like a blowhard. The places he goes and the food he eats is amazing, it is clear he knows he's a lucky bastard living his dream

    Cheers will make an effort to watch it, has he ever made it down our way?



  • Apparently he always said he hated Billy Joel and would never have any ( music of his ) in his restaurant, the piano man then apparently took a photo and emailed it to him saying "Look, you've got some Billy Joel in your restaurant" ( those blokes are clearly too old for Twitter )
     
    So anyone who doesn't love BJ is a tool, yes.

    Billy Joel? Ffs, a restaurant can only have so much cheese in it.



  • Cheers will make an effort to watch it, has he ever made it down our way?

    Nope, his episode in Sydney is the closest he's been



  • Cheers will make an effort to watch it, has he ever made it down our way?look up no reservations New Zealand on you tube to see his near death experience and his kiwi Bach bbq with Al Brown. The Sydney episode with Matt Moran is also excellent



  • Nope, his episode in Sydney is the closest he's been

    My ex and I used to enjoy the cooking channel and in terms of "celebrity" chefs good old Ramsey always had it over all the others. I haven't seen much of Bourdain but that Billy Joel stuff did irk me and made him seem like a bit of a cock but I certainly wouldn't tell him to fuck off if he turned up at my doorstep with heaps of ingredients and some nice bottles of red.



  • Man I fucking hate Billy Joel's music.



  • look up no reservations New Zealand on you tube to see his near death experience and his kiwi Bach bbq with Al Brown. The Sydney episode with Matt Moran is also excellent

    I stand corrected 🙂



  • My ex and I used to enjoy the cooking channel and in terms of "celebrity" chefs good old Ramsey always had it over all the others. I haven't seen much of Bourdain but that Billy Joel stuff did irk me and made him seem like a bit of a cock but I certainly wouldn't tell him to fuck off if he turned up at my doorstep with heaps of ingredients and some nice bottles of red.

    Yeah the Mrs. is a huge foodie, so we often have the food channel on by default.
    Bourdain isn't the most versitile chef around. I'd say his shows are more travel shows than cooking shows.



  • Also look up bourdain French laundry. He goes out to napa for a 50 course extravaganza including an individualised dessert featuring coffee and cigarettes. But the El Bulli one with Ferran Adria might be my all time favourite



  • Yeah the Mrs. is a huge foodie, so we often have the food channel on by default.
    Bourdain isn't the most versitile chef around. I'd say his shows are more travel shows than cooking shows.You are right. He admits he was a line cook who wrote a book that turned out to be his lucky ticket out. It's more about eating than cooking and his later shows are definitely more sophisticated and more about travel than food



  • Man I fucking hate Billy Joel's music.

    Is that even possible ?
     
    Actually, I hate Elton John.
     
    As you were, each to their own.



  • Awesome place, loved every minute we were there.
     
    Things you MUST do.
     
    Head up the Empire State Building (obvious to do)
     
    Take a carriage ride around Central Park (do they still do that?) We had your typical Italian/New Yorker telling us who lived where. Fucken loved it.
     
    Visit Macy's.
     
    Jump into a NY Cab and tell him your in hurry to where ever you need to go, ours was fucken nuts. Im not sure how he didnt run over a dozen people.
     
    Take a Helicopter ride over Manhattan.
     
    Catch a show on Broadway on a Saturday night, then walk out via Times Square, close your eyes and you will think you have walked into CSI NY or any other Cop show set in NY.
     
    Just soak it in, realize your in the Greatest city on Earth.



  • if its a surprise trip to NY with your wife, will she let you out of the bedroom 😉 
     
    Get your nerd on
     
    http://www.popspotsnyc.com/iconic_new_york_city_film_locations/



  • Awesome place, loved every minute we were there.
     
    Things you MUST do.
     
    Head up the Empire State Building (obvious to do)
     
    Take a carriage ride around Central Park (do they still do that?) We had your typical Italian/New Yorker telling us who lived where. Fucken loved it.
     
    Visit Macy's.
     
    Jump into a NY Cab and tell him your in hurry to where ever you need to go, ours was fucken nuts. Im not sure how he didnt run over a dozen people.
     
    Take a Helicopter ride over Manhattan.
     
    Catch a show on Broadway on a Saturday night, then walk out via Times Square, close your eyes and you will think you have walked into CSI NY or any other Cop show set in NY.
     
    Just soak it in, realize your in the Greatest city on Earth.

    Only thing I would change is to skip The Empire State Building. Hit up the Top of the Rock instead. If you go up the ESB obviously you don't get a view of the ESB which is impressive to see from that height.



  • The ferry to the Statue of Liberty is also considered overrated. Seeing the statue close up apparently isn't any more impressive than seeing it from the water.



  • Only thing I would change is to skip The Empire State Building. Hit up the Top of the Rock instead. If you go up the ESB obviously you don't get a view of the ESB which is impressive to see from that height.

    For sure, plenty of other great views to be had of the ESB tho



  • The ferry to the Statue of Liberty is also considered overrated. Seeing the statue close up apparently isn't any more impressive than seeing it from the water.We heard that and took a circle cruise that went down the river around the statue and back. The Staten Island ferry is even cheaper



  • Whatever you do, don't do the staten island ferry (free).  A guy I worked with told me it was a great free way to get a close up view of the statue.  Which is true, but it's also a long time wasted spent on a really shitty ferry with a bunch of trashy people and absolute trash.
     
    I hit him up when I returned, and he laughed, saying he couldn't believe I did that.



  • If you want a day trip, Dia:Beacon is a nice, short journey alongside the Hudson river.
     
    http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/beacon



  • Don't get sucked into doing the shitty virtual sky tour thing, think it's in the empire state building.



  • As others have said, deffo do Top of the Rock vs Empire State for view/crowd purposes.
    Good shoes are a must as you'll walk miles, which is part of the fun. Avoid the subway, terrible compared to other cities.
     
    Hit up Corner Bistro, best burger I have ever tasted.
     
    Do the absurdly overpriced horse and carriage around Central Park. So cliche but so awesome.
    Do a big loop boatride down the hudson, up the east river to central park, then back down and out to the state of liberty.
    There is a cool place you can rent kayaks on the Hudson basically across from where you're staying, where you can paddle out into the river and get greats views back to Manhatten. Also a cool driving range on a dock with a huge netting cage which is fun.



  • I disagree about the Metro, do it. If only so that you can think about all the movies an stuff that relate to it.



  • Yeah, it was pretty cool seeing locations from The Warriors and other action movies.



  • The subway is fine, except late at night perhaps. And just like on TV or the movies cabs are hard to come by late



  • The subway is fine, except late at night perhaps. And just like on TV or the movies cabs are hard to come by late

    Not anymore because Uber is a thing.



  • I would also check to see what other live concerts are on while you are there.  Being one of the centres of the world there are always great bands in town



  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge then have lunch/dinner at Gramaldi's just off the bridge on the Brooklyn side. Legitimately the best non-Chicago style pizza I've had in my life.
     
    As others have said Top of The Rock is far superior Empire State (best photo opportunities are at very top of the lookout too, so don't worry too much when you first get there snapping pictures through the perspex).
     
    If you are going to go to Shake Shake just don't go to the flagship one near Times Square - lines are 1/4 elsewhere.
     
    Took a boat trip once with a mob called Circle Line - they basically did a horseshoe around lower manhattan. Very cool, killed multiple birds with one stone - got very close to statue of liberty, got a good history lesson, got some of the best pics etc. Brought a few beers from the drug store across the street and brought them on and we just enjoyed the 2 hours or so.
     
    If you are going to try and see any TV shows if you look the few days before (especially day before) and you likely still can get tickets online. Check around 9-10am EST and you will have a good shot.


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