I'm coming to NYC with my grandson for the weekend as he is starting to catch the travel bug. We are staying in a suite at the Affinia Manhattan @ 31st & 7th. My plan is to leave the Boston area no later than 8am Saturday morning, so we hope to valet park and drop our bags by noon or 1pm the latest.
We have tickets to Pippin on Saturday night. He wants to see the Statue of Liberty, the M&M store (!), Central Park and the Empire State Bldg. I'm hoping to persuade him to go to the Top of the Rock instead, but as this is his Christmas gift from me, he can call the shots.
For food, he likes burgers, pizza, and bacon. Preferably all at once, and lots of it :-)
We'll be leaving Sunday evening. We can leave our bags and sightsee until about 7pm before having to leave.
Anyway, I'm trying to get a feel for how much we can fit into a short weekend, and what the schedule should look like. I've read that Saturday may be a bit rainy, but it's really too early to call yet, I think.
Any ideas of what we should do Saturday when we get there, and where we should eat? I have a love affair with Carnegie Deli, but I'm thinking he would really like Shake Shack. Maybe go there on Sunday on our way downtown to Battery Park, or maybe on the way back? Would like to go to the World Trade Center memorial, but he said he didn't want to go (not sure why, maybe too traumatic?).
Here's my tentative itinerary, hoping the weather cooperates:
Saturday, by 1pm: Arrive, drop off bags (or check in if we're lucky)
2pm: wander Central Park
3:30pm: wander Rockerfeller Center area
5:00: maybe Carnegie Deli for dinner? Other ideals for "cool" place to take a ravenous kid for dinner, perhaps closer to the hotel?
6:30: back at hotel, clean up for show
8pm - Pippin at the Music Box Theater
wander Times Square a bit afterwards, maybe grab a late-night snack... where?
9am: breakfast somewhere close to hotel (reco's please?)
10:30 or 10:50: Staten Island ferry
Statue of Liberty - I was an idiot and didn't realize we needed to book tickets to the crown or pedestal that far in advance. No tickets seem to be available. Any ideas? If not, we're ok just going to the island. Ellis Island - I know there's lots of areas that are still closed due to Hurricane Sandy. We'll be OK just looking for Papa's family's name, I think.
Given our probably limited touring on the islands, and idea how long that would take? 2-3 hours?
1:30ish - lunch at Shake Shack at Madison Sq. Park?
3pm - maybe a few hours at the Intrepid?
5:00pm - Quick dinner somewhere near the Intrepid, or near the Empire State Bldg. Any ideas of where? Don't want our last meal in NYC to be Mickey D's. Great pizza somewhere?
6:45pm - Empire State Building for sunset at 7:40
Then grab bags and car from our hotel, and get outta town.
Do the times seem reasonable? We'll probably do a combo of walking/cabbing it, depending on timing and distance.
Reco's for food of the pizza/deli/burger variety much appreciated.