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Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

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Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

I'm heading to NY late October with a group of 10 (3 couples, 4 singles all in our 40's). I'd like some ideas on a day covering Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho and the Highline. What is the best route? And also somewhere reasonable to stop for lunch and a few wines along the way. Would also like some recommendations on bars in NY for our age group keeping in mind we still like a good night out.

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1. Re: Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

Where are you staying? One way to decide a route is to start at the furthest point from where you're staying and work your way back. The other is the reverse. Or pick a place for lunch and ifgure out a route that gets you there midday.

Walkingoffthebigapple.com

is a site I like for self guided walking tours.

Some lunch ideas

Chelsea Market sits next to the High Line and has lots of options (an upscale food court)

Colichhio & Sons, also next to the High Line, has a great fixed price lunch for something a bit nicer (reservation a good idea)

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Bar info

http://nymag.com/nightlife/

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3. Re: Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

Most likely staying at Affinia Shelburne. I had looked at Colichhio & sons - look nice. Thanks for the bar info...so mNy choices!

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If you ßtay at the Shelburn, you can hop in the subway at Grand Cntral and either get out at Union. square and work your way south or get out at Spring st. and work your way north. Are you planning on shopping or do you just want o do sightseeing? Are you ino art? There are lots of galleries in those areas.

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5. Re: Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

Another approach would be to do the Highline first thing in the morning, when it will hopefully be less crowded, Start at the top, grab a bit of breakfast at Chelsea Market, near the end, then continue on to the end before making your way over towards West Village.

If Highline is crowded, have a plan for where the group will meet so you don't have to try to all stay together. There are times you'll be walking nearly single file, someone will want to stop and look at a sculpture or garden, etc and it gets tedious always looking back to make sure the group is still together.

A good meeting spot can be where the Highline splits slightly and a few vendors are set up in a wider area under an an overpass. That's also where there are public bathrooms and where you can go down into Chelsea Market. In fact, that area may be called the Chelsea Market Passage?

For meals on the fly, it will be easier if you are willing to split into two or even 3 tables. Lots of interesting restaurants can't do a table for 10.

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We have lived in NYC for 40+ years and we still LOVE to wander. It is among our favorite activities and we do so almost every day we are in the City as we walk the 2-mile distance through the Village, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, City Hall and Financial areas from our apartment in the Village.

For browsing in the area of Washington Square Park (WSP) we can recommend the many shops that line the nearby streets especially, east (Broadway), west (6th Avenue), south (Bleecker Street) and north (8th Street). As well, there are a number of streets that run from the south side of WSP through to SoHo and they also are lined with shops and galleries....we especially like walking south/north along LaGuardia Place that becomes West Broadway.

Two of our favorite stores for browsing are:

DiPalo's at 200 Grand Street in Little Italy: our favorite purveyor of Italian food products has been located on Grand Street (between Mulberry St & Mott) in Little Italy for over 85 years as a family run business. Many years ago, Lou DiPalo gave us our basic education in Balsamic vinegars and even these days will set-up a bar for us to taste test his best imports from the “old country”.

Pearl River at 477 Broadway between Grand & Broom Streets: though a few blocks above Chinatown, we recommend Pearl River as the quintessential “Chinatown” department store carrying everything from medicinal remedies to toys to kitchenware to clothes and everything in between.

Just north of Washington Square Park is Union Square that offers wonderful farmers markets (the best days are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and from there it is an easy walk up Fifth Avenue to midtown and the Library and the shops along the way. Also, the Union Square summer Sunday art shows are a treat.

For food and drinks here are our PERSONAL favorite places based on our frequent visits throughout these many years:

The North Square restaurant is attached to the Washington Square Hotel on Waverly Place (on the northwest side of Washing Square Park). The food is very good (try any of the fish, chicken or lamb dishes!!), the staff is very attentive and the place is crawling with “Village people”.

Gene's Restaurant on West 11th Street just east of 6th Avenue. Italian (mostly northern) and the place has been here for over 90 years (we have been eating here a few times per year since 1970) and it is a "Village" institution. Their is also a very friendly neighborhood bar.

Da Andrea at 35 West 13th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue (AKA Avenue of the Americas) is also one of our neighborhood favorites; it is Italian and has entrees under $20 and has a very casual dress code (if at all) and you can make reservations for larger groups….it also has a great wine selection. This place is well known in the Village and has recently moved to its current location because it outgrew its space on Hudson Street where it had been for many years.

We are fans of Mario Batali and we are partial to Otto which is in the Village at One Fifth Avenue (a block north of Washington Square Park). The food is heavenly; we love the the pizza as an appetizer because the crust is paper thin. Though the place is called a “pizzeria” the menu is MUCH MUCH more than that.

We also recommend Mario Batali’s Babbo located on Waverly Place just west of Washington Square Park. Babbo is upscale and with food and wines to match the prices, though it will require a reservation that may need to be made 30 days in advance. HOWEVER, if you simply want to bend-an-elbow at the bar, just walk in as you will not need a reservation.

Our favorite restaurant in the East Village is a vegetarian choice: Angelica Kitchen at 300 East 12th Street (near 2nd Avenue). This place has had a continuous neighborhood following for many, many years and the food is great. Note: cash only.

Though not exactly in the Village or Chelsea, the Rosa Mexicano restaurant is nearby (there are various locations in the City); we prefer the one in the Union Square area (9 E.18th St between Fifth Ave & Broadway). We also live in Mexico and much appreciate the authenticity of the various moles (sauces), drinks and atmosphere at the “Rosa” near Union Square. The grilled or roasted meats are exquisite.

Again, not exactly in the Village or Chelsea, but close by is the Gramercy Tavern and it is one of our neighborhood favorites; it is a community “institution” with a tremendous LOCAL following at 42 East 20th Street and has excellent food and great wines, and even better beers.

Also close by is the Friend of The Farmer restaurant on Irving Place a few blocks south of Gramercy Park (the largest private park in the City). We think it has one of the best brunch menus in the City!

Another great place for brunch that we highly recommend is the Elephant & Castle at 68 Greenwich Avenue (just east of 7th Avenue). It is a "Village” institution at which we have enjoyed eating for more than 30 years. They have a full menu for breakfast and brunch.

For a GREAT local diner try “Good Stuff” at 109 West 14th Street just west of 6th Avenue (AKA Avenue of the Americas). This place is becoming a neighbor favorite and always has a great mixed crowd of NYC denizens. We always get the daily specials. They have a license to serve beer, wine and cocktails.

All that said, we think that the BEST bacon cheeseburger in NYC is The Corner Bistro which is located in the Village at the corner of West 4th and Jane Streets. And the inexpensive beers are an extra treat.

Lastly, for dessert, especially cheese cake, you MUST try “Veniero’s Bakery” at 342 East 11th Street (corner of 1st Avenue).

CH

Edited: 09 July 2014, 15:00
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7. Re: Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

Wow! You people are fantastic! So many great suggestions and this is only 1 of 10 days!

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8. Re: Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

Hi Sharon.....yep they are great suggestions......my first thought when I saw your post last night was 'i'd do each of those areas in separate days'...there's a lot to see in each...and it'll be slower going with 10 people.

+1 for di Palo's ...CH's list is mightily impressive.

We used the walking cards plan our walks through these areas... amazon.com/City-Walks-York-Adventures-Foot/d… ...but that's extra expense. If we hadn't already bought them, I would have used the resources from the organisation Whiz mentions.

Looking forward to hearing about your other 9 days.

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9. Re: Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

The Red Lion is a good bar with live music. It's in Greeneich but I can't remember the street name . We enjoyed Bills for burgers it's near the Apple Store in Chelsea. Loved the area and won't stay anywhere else now. It just has a real local feel to it.

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10. Re: Itinerary suggestions - Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho

10 days is a nice amount of time, you can take your time and enjoy these areas at a leisurely pace. You have time to go back and explore more if needed.