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Venkatraman Kandaswamy
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Hi people,

Me and my better half are visiting new york this Friday and Saturday. If you travellers can give some tips it will be great.

How are the city passes - New York City Pass, new york pass? Is it wise to invest in these?

Then importantly any restaurant choices ? Any cuisine is fine with us - so feel free to throw around your suggestions.

Thanks folks

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Angela Poynton
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My favourite things to do when I make it over to the Big Apple.

Radio City Music Hall Tour
Open Top Bus Tour
Top of the Empire State Building (try to do it when it's dark as well as daytime)
See a Broadway show
Shop on 5th Ave (or just window shop)

I've never used a City Pass so can't comment on the value.

Pounding at a thick stone wall won't move it, sometimes, you need to step back to see the way around.
Rick Beaver
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I couldn't resist - sorry - my favourite Big Apple sight

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Venkatraman Kandaswamy
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Originally posted by Rick Beaver:
[QB]I couldn't resist - sorry - my favourite Big Apple sight


Angela, thanks for the list. I didnt think of radio city music hall tour. Will add it to my list. We thought of going to a broadway show but its expensive. Porbably will check them out in Chicago itself - dont know if its as good as broadway.

Then any restaurants?? Where is the cafe where Seinfield and his friends used to eat ??
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Too late now for Friday ... I took my family to the top of the Empire State Building first, gave them a sense of where things were that we were going to see for the next few days. My wife thought it really helped her have a sense of direction for the rest of the trip.

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Ganpi Srinivasan
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hey...In downtown NYC (nearby South Street Seaport mall) there is a TKTS counter. They open everyday at 10 AM or so..there u can get that day's Broadway show tickets at discounted price...some go upto 40% off...but the catch is u do not get advance tickets...v have done that a couple of times...u can give that a shot if seeing downtown is the first thing on ur list...

apart from that u can also include
* Museum of Modern Art (if u guys r interested)
* American Museum of Natural History

The pass is not worth it since u might not be interested in all that r in the package...without the pass, u have the flexibility to change plans at the last moment..

my usual route used to be this (for every friend / relative who visited me when i was in NY metro area):

* start off with Statue of Liberty
* take the downtown battery park from the statue
* walk around downtown (south street seaport - wall street - stock exchange and city hall, ground zero)
* take the subway to midtown - there r very good restaurants in midtown rather than downtown (if u r interested in indian food, u shud check out lexington avenue and 23rd street onwards)
* try to see empire state building (get and print tickets online - saves u the time 4 standing in Q)
* from there u can go to 38th street pier - there is a circle line cruise (semi-circle cruise shud b fine) that shows u Manhattan from the river. By the time this ends it wud b pretty dark)
* from 38th street u can go to 42nd and Times square

the next day u guys can go to Central Park ( we normally take the subway to 92nd street and walk all the way to midtown), then covering NBC studios, Rockefeller Center, St. Patricks Cathedral (do not miss out on this) and probably u can head to the village to a pub / bar if u wanna party!!??

have a whale of time man!!
Ganpi Srinivasan
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jus realized that they wud alrdy b out in the Big Apple by now!!

i feel silly!!!
Venkatraman Kandaswamy
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Hi all, Thanks for the tips. Ganpi wish you had posted a little earlier !! We did not take the city pass. We got the hop on hop off bus sight seeing bus. It was really worth it. We went to the statue of liberty - it was really good. My wife had once read the poem and was spell bound for sometime after reading it again there right in front of the statue of liberty. It was a great experience !! We went to the saravana bhavan restaurant in the intersection of 23rd street and lexington avenue. Was worth it - had a madras onion rava - was really good !! Other stuff was pretty ordinary. They cheated us saying it was madras coffee - they had made it with some american brand coffee...which too they messed it up. Later a friend of us told that it was not the real one but the saravanas just opposite it is the real deal.

The best part was times square. We wandered on to it not knowing it was times square and then discovered where we were - center of the universe as a bill board proclaimed. It was great in the night time especially with all the color and contrast. I hope my photos captured it. We got ourselves a caricature done there. The grand central was good just walk in and the whole vastness of the interiror just puts you in awe.

This is one place I will like to visit again and again. I will try the broadway deal next time if we go. And the cathedral too. We wasted lot of time in times square - no complaints though !!

Thanks for the posts folks.
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