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First night in NY, what to do?

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First night in NY, what to do?

Hi

My partner and I are visiting New York in December. We arrived on the 3rd of December, and by the time we arrive at our hotel and settle in it's going to be around 4.30-5 o'clock .

I am just wondering what things people would suggest we do on the first evening we are there from 5 ish onwards? As it's a big city which neither of us have ever been to before, we don't want to throw ourselves in at the deep end . I am aware that the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting is that night (3rd Dec) so i imagine it will be extremely busy in and around that area, which we would probably rather avoid and we'll go visit the tree the following evening perhaps.

We are staying at The Roosevelt Hotel, so i thought Grand Central Terminal would be a safe bet for something to do on the first night as it's really close.

Can anyone recommend anywhere else on the first night that isn't too far from the hotel? I was hoping to go to Central Park and do a carriage ride too on the first night as i thought Central Park might be fairly quiet with the tree lighting being on but am unsure if the journey between our hotel and Central Park will be affected by Rockefeller?

Many thanks in advance,

Julia

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1. Re: First night in NY, what to do?

I would go out to dinner somewhere in the meatpacking district than hit up Timesquare afterwards for a night stroll.

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2. Re: First night in NY, what to do?

How long will you be here?

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Hi. Thanks for the replies. Times Square is on our 'to do' list so that would be a good idea to do it on the night as i imagine that's the best time to see Times Square if you're a tourist. I will look up meatpacking district for ideas for dinner.

We will be there from Wednesday 3rd December to the Saturday 6th December. So we have 3 nights there, but have to be back at JFK on the Saturday for our flight at 5.50pm (not sure what time we would be best leaving the city sights to get back to hotel) .

Thanks,

Julia

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4. Re: First night in NY, what to do?

This is the general forum for all of New York State. You'll have more readers and responses on the New York City forum. You may want to post additional questions there.

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5. Re: First night in NY, what to do?

I don't know if you are a big 'Sex in The City' fan as I am, but there is a great restaurant called "Buddakan" where they filmed Carrie's engagement dinner. The food is amazing and decor is stunning.

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6. Re: First night in NY, what to do?

Both the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock are open late.

Nothing says "OMG we're in New York" like one of those views.

http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/

http://www.esbnyc.com/

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7. Re: First night in NY, what to do?

**I don't know if you are a big 'Sex in The City' fan as I am,**

I always laugh when I see this. It's Sex And The City.

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