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Trip List by 2much2do

3 busy days in NYC

11 Apr 2007  Took my in-laws on a sightseeing tour for Easter
4.5 of 5 stars based on 41 votes

We had just 2 nights and 3-ish days to see as much as we could (bear in mind I had 60-year old in-laws with me)

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New York City, Brooklyn
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Residence Inn Manhattan/Times Square
    Residence Inn by Marriott Times Square New York, New York City, New York
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    Avg price: $509

    This turned out to be a great hotel to use. Location was awesome (just off 5th Ave, Times Sq, Empire State Building, Rockerfeller Centre etc). Nice rooms, good facilities in-room, good breakfast, all day tea and coffee, nice bar etc.

  • 2. Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York City, New York

    I chose to do this on our first evening there for 2 reasons. I went to NY a while back and did Empire State and queuing and decor/general upkeep put me off for this trip. I heard much better things about the Top of the Rock, so took a risk to do this instead. It was well worth it. We got $3 discount vouchers right outside, had no queuing, and the general ambience of the place was much more modern and fun. Even the lifts were cool, and I think the views might even be better (if anything, the ESB looks better from the outside viewed from Top of the Rock, than the views from the top of the ESB). How high do you really need to go to get such an amazing panorama of the Tri-State area and Manhattan? Also, views of Central Park seemed better. Sermon over!

  • 3. Osteria al Doge
    Osteria al Doge, New York City, New York

    Booked in here on Good Friday via Open Table web site. Food was good, service was good and we had a nice table on mezzanine level, overlooking downstairs dining area. I chose Branzino (sea bass) as an entree given it was Good Friday and it was excellent. Starters were also good, and wine list was reasonable. This was close to hotel and near to Times Square (which was the intention). After a long day travelling from UK and bit of sightseeing, we did not want to venture too far.

  • 4. Times Square
    Times Square, New York City, New York

    Just a great place to take it all in and watch the madness ensue around you, so we did this whilst walking off dinner. It's iconic really (in a weird, neon way), especially for travelling Brits, so has to be done - especially at night obviously.

  • 5. Red Flame
    Red Flame, New York City, New York

    Despite the free breakfast at the hotel, my father-in-law wanted a NY diner breakfast experience. This place was near to the hotel and had people queuing to get in (always a good sign). We got seated pretty quickly and did the whole pancakes, eggs, bacon etc thing. Bottomless coffee, and huge portions so we were 'stuffed' when we left. Great way to set us up for a busy day sightseeing.

  • 6. Central Park
    Central Park, New York City, New York

    A nice walk up 5th Avenue and we arrived at Central Park. We had to do the horse-drawn carriage ride and therefore got to see the main attractions in the South West corner (ice-rink, dairy, zoo etc). Had a really nice, chatty guide, and 30 mins later another boix was ticked for the whirlwind tour. I think the park is amazing and such a luxury in a city like New York - on any other ooccasion (and maybe different season) I would advocate spending a bit more time hanging out and walking aroud here a bit more.

  • 7. FAO Schwarz
    FAO Schwarz, New York City, New York

    Right on Central Park, so quick stop here. We were with two 60-year olds and still had to try the giant floor-keyboard here (left poor kids waiting!). Damn you Tom Hanks! Next!

  • 8. Bloomingdale's
    Bloomingdale's, New York City, New York

    Another institution a couple of blocks east of central park south. Make sure you go to visitor centre to check what deals and discount vouchers are on, then play "dodge the spritz" through the perfume counters. We lost, and bought a couple of things. Staff are really nice and well informed, and we all left happy with our Bloomingdales bags. You could spend ages in here looking at the cool clothes and stuff, but no time...got to keep moving

  • 9. Staten Island Ferry
    Staten Island Ferry, New York City, New York

    We jumped on the subway outside Bloomingdales and for $2 each went all the way down to Ferry terminal (get the yellow line R-W train to Whitehall St on weekends as this is right outside terminal). Ferry is free and basically we did it for the views of the Statue of Liberty and the views of Manhattan from the water. We just jumped off and back on at Staten Island - about an hour round trip (they leave Manhattan about every 30 mins)

  • 10. Wall Street
    Wall Street, New York City, New York

    As the ferry terminal is down near financial district we walked over the wall street area (via the bull statue) and to the NY Stock Exchange Building. We grabbed a deli sandwich and a coffee in this area to keep us going. South St Seaport area is just nearby, but no-one fancied it. I've been and would recommend checking it out if you have time, plus some good shops and some restaurants.

  • 11. World Trade Center
    9/11 Memorial, New York City, New York

    Still hard to take it all in - just spending 5 mins to read the messages of hope and sympathy is quite moving. The new development in this area is really a testament to the courage and spirit of the people and I can't wait until it is complete. It should be a worthy memorial.

  • 12. Michael Jordan's Steakhouse
    Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C., New York City, New York

    After a bit of rest at the hotel and some drinks in the bar, we walked to Grand Central Station (a good thing to see in it's own right) where we had booked for dinner at MJ steakhouse (via Open Table again). Food was good (not cheap), but compared to UK portions the prawns were like a baby's arm, and the steaks were thick and juicy. Couldn't moan at that - and the venue is unusual and quite cool. All in all, worth the money (we totally over-ordered on the sides too, so could have saved money - eyes bigger than our belly as usual)

  • 13. Brooklyn Bridge
    Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York

    Easter Sunday was our last day, and we spent the mornign checking out the Easter parades near the hotel, then jumped on the subway again (blue line A-C train to High St) to get to Brooklyn bridge. We had a walk down to riverfront to take pictures, but didn't fancy walking over the bridge. We had a lunch booked in the area and it had started snowing, so did not want to get too blown around. Again, I would say, if you have the time - do walk it back as the views are amazing.

  • 14. The River Cafe
    The River Cafe, Brooklyn, New York

    Wow. What an amazing restaurant. I don't know whether it was the views across the river to Manhattan and under the bridge, the ambience, the fact that it was the end of a great break, or the actual food - but it goes down as one of the best meals I've had. I'm glad we dressed up for it (given it was Easter Sunday - and we were lucky to get booked in beforehand on such a popular day), but having said that it was not snooty or uncomfortable as some places can be. In fact it was the opposite. The staff were great, the food was well presented, well paced (I hate being rushed, or waiting overly long for that matter), and delicious. We reluctantly left 3 hours later to get back to our hotel, to collect cases and get to the airport. A great way to end a great break.