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Mother-Daughter Trip to NYC

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Mother-Daughter Trip to NYC

Hey there,

My mum and I are planning to go to NYC from May 21 (land in the afternoon at LGA) and depart on May 23 in the evening.

It will be our last trip together before I get married so I wanted to plan something memorable! I am planning on booking at the Sofitel, we have stayed here before and enjoyed it...plus with the trip being next weekend, prices are just ridiculous!!

We will be mostly shopping during the day: I still need wedding shoes and some outfits for the wedding week. Where is the best place to get designer shoes? I had seen a few on the Neiman Marcus website but little did I know, there is no Neiman Marcus in NYC.

Any suggestions for some wonderful restaurants? Price isn't too much of an issue, but would prefer something that has amazing food and atmosphere.

Also, we will probably want to go to a Broadway musical one of the nights. What are the newest shows out?

Any suggestions would be wonderful :)

Thanks everyone for your help!

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1. Re: Mother-Daughter Trip to NYC

SHoes: Bloomingdales/Saks/Macys.

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2. Re: Mother-Daughter Trip to NYC

Before I make suggestions, what musicals have you seen already, and what did you like/dislike? (I know many shows play in Toronto.)

You can read reviews and synopsis here:

www.playbill.com

www.broadwaybox.com

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We haven't seen Addams Family, Anything Goes, Catch me if you Can, Mary Poppins (These are the ones that would interest my mum)....any of these good??

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Besides Saks and Bloomingdale's, there is Berdorf Goodman that is more like Neiman Marcus.

For restaurants, what type of ambiance? Type of food? There are hundreds of restaurants that fit. We need more info to narrow things down.

Some options off the top of my head (make reservations):

Jean Georges

del Posto

Buddakan

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5. Re: Mother-Daughter Trip to NYC

Broadwaybox.com

on the left column should have discount codes for all of those shows.

For shoes, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Barney's.

What kind of amazing food and ambiance? Elegant? Trendy?

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6. Re: Mother-Daughter Trip to NYC

I can't recommend the Addams family - I was bored and just didn't find it funny. Anything Goes was very good and has gotten the best reviews out of the shows you list. It is more of a classic so if you want a traditional show/revival then this would be a good choice.

I loved Catch me if you Can but the reviews were mediocre. It is also a more traditional type show but it is an original musical with a talented cast. I plan to revisit it at the end of the month.

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7. Re: Mother-Daughter Trip to NYC

If you and mum are willing to share a queen bed and pay a non-refundable rate, a similar, but less expensive Sofitel option is The Premier Hotel, also on W. 44th St. This hotel is the smaller, sister boutique property of the adjacent Millenium Broadway Hotel. The non-refundable rate on your nights is $303. Total with taxes for the 2 nights would be $702 and include breakfast and daily cocktail reception. These are surprising large rooms (much bigger than the Sofitel standard rooms) with a wall of floor to ceiling windows and great bathrooms with separate shower and tub as at The Sofitel. Look at reviews and pictures of this hotel at oyster.com. Reserve at The Millenium Broadway Hotel website. I do not recommend The Millenium Broadway as those rooms are in serious need of refurbishing.

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your responses!!

Ok, for restaurants, probably the restaurants that are "most talked about". I know that reservations will probably book up far in advance...I lived in London for 2 years and remember the hassle to get reservations at the top restaurants!

Anyway, any "must do" restaurants would be wonderful....

Thank you for the recommendations regarding shows, I will check out broadwaybox.com

I just want my mum to have a wonderful time as she thinks she is losing me once I get married ;) lol

Thanks again :)

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Well, the most talked about restaurants right now are all very casual. Is that what you want? If so, then look at

The Dutch: http://www.thedutchnyc.com/

Red Rooster: http://redroosterharlem.com/

M. Wells: http://mwellsdiner.com/

Kin Shop: http://www.kinshopnyc.com/

Fedora: http://fedoranyc.com/

Torrisi: http://piginahat.com/

What Happens When: http://www.whathappenswhennyc.com/

I will warn you, however, not to underestimate the trendiness of these places -- Red Rooster is getting about 3X the number of reservation requests that they can accommodate in a day, and Torrisi, which doesn't take reservations, is known for waits of up to two hours.

If it were me with my mom, I would be a little less concerned about the places that everyone is talking about right now and instead would shoot for some slightly older but still very popular restaurants, like

Gramery Tavern: http://www.gramercytavern.com/

Eleven Madison Park: http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/

Locanda Verde: http://locandaverdenyc.com/

Aldea: http://aldearestaurant.com/

Balthazar: http://www.balthazarny.com/

ABC Kitchen: http://www.abckitchennyc.com/

If you have an unlimited budget, I'd go to Per Se:

http://www.perseny.com/

But we could give more targeted recommendations if you indicated what sorts of food you two are interested in and what your budget/person is.

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What a wonderful time you are going to have with your Mom. For shoes go to Bloomingdales enter on 3rd ave, and head straight to the escalators and go to 3rd Fl. great selection of shoes and they also have good sales. For a fun lunch go to Serendipity on 60th (between 3rd and 2nd-middle of the street on the north side) cute place- get the frozen hot chocolate (big enough to share) also delicious- the hot fudge sundae---for a candy fix: hit Dylans''s Candy Store on the corner. Bergdorf's, as mentioned in earlier replies is also great for shoes. If you want a wonderful meal with your Mom, Jubilee is a secret "local' restaurant-- you can google it, I think it is on 54th and 2nd or 1st. best mussels provencal and steak frites. charming atmosphere. you can also search www.nysd.com and click on their 'dining' list--they have great ideas and reviews of nyc restaurants. as for plays, I have seen "War Horse" at Lincoln Center and that was amazing plus "Arcadia" which was different, I liked it but it isn't a musical more thought provoking. My favorite is "Wicked" didn't want to see it originally thinking it would be dull but it is truly unique and dazzling plus the music is fantastic as is "Mama Mia" loads of fun there, very good time. Enjoy the time with your Mom!! Have fun!