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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 wanker, 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 🙂