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Easter for a seasoned visitor

My wife and I travel at least twice an year to NY, this year, the 1st one will be during easter (04/18 ~ 04/23), could someone provide us a good non obvious spots to visits?

We're thinking about something like:

  • Central Park 
  • Zoo
  • Try to visit some startups like Gilt, Etsy, AirBnB offices
  • Easter parade
  • Shopping during the walk


Adding more details about food and sights:

  • I'm to finicky about food, always anxious about how things were prepared and so forth, so I tend to get my wife to same places all over :/ 
  • Eataly, Balthazar etc been there, did that, looking for new places or exquisite ones like Boka on st.mark pl, where we got the best chicken wings ever!
  • Trying to pass all day long walking, feeling and living NY so your casual activity could be our interesting one
  • Not in the mood for nightclubs, but maybe some cocktails over terraces.


We're gonna stay at the W NY Times Sq.

Thanks in advance,


D.

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  • Douglas Mcclurg

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    I would say spend as much time checking out the Lower East Side and definitely Williamsburg , Fort Greene and even Bushwick depending on how interesting you want your experience.

    Here are some highlights from around town.

    BBQ in Brooklyn Fette Sau - http://www.fettesaubbq.com/

    Schiller's Liquor Bar - Awesome cocktail spot and casual dinner in the LES. http://www.schillersny.com/

    Brooklyn Museum <http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/> – The museum has been recently renovated which makes it a treasure to visit plus it has its own subway stop, so easy to get to.

    Milk Bar <http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/08/vanderbilt-milk-bar-brooklyn-prospect-heights.html> for decent coffee and breakfast before you go – it’s not too far from the Brooklyn Museum .

    MOMA <http://www.moma.org/> –We broke up our visit with lunch at the too cool food hall on the second level, there’s a great selection of local wine, food & beer (there’s another on the 4th level which was underwhelming – avoid that). Like the Brooklyn Museum , it’s closed on Tuesdays.

    The Frick Collection <http://www.frick.org/> –I found it really interesting as the collection is more than just art on a wall. This dude had some serious nous in the taste department so the collection is more about his actual digs which are off the hook.

    SPiN New York <http://spinyc.com/> is the first dedicated table tennis nightclub in Manhattan. It’s fully licensed and has a restaurant as well. Featured in the final episode of Entourage.

    Ippudo NY <http://www.ippudo.com/ny/> for ramen noodles in the East Village , though best to come before 7pm or after 10pm than endure an hour wait. The vibe is Zen.

    Spunto <http://www.spuntothincrust.com/> for pizza in Greenwich Village was relatively new, cheap & rated well by Zagat.

    Amy Ruth's Restaurant <http://www.amyruthsharlem.com/> for fried chicken, waffles and corn cakes in Harlem. You can combine this with a visit to the Apollo Theater as well.

    The most authentic slice I had in Brooklyn was at Roma Pizza <http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/roma-pizza-and-restaurant/>. The fresh mozzarella pie is by far the highlight.

    Best coffee I found was run by an aussie bloke, near 38th and 6th. Counter Culture Coffee <http://www.counterculturecoffee.com/>. They also do cold brew (yeooow).

    Joe the Art of Coffee <http://www.joetheartofcoffee.com/index.htm> for coffee near Washington Square Park was excellent though I found there was usually no seating whatsoever due to the wifi connection being used up by laptop zombies. Morandi <http://www.morandiny.com/>, in the same neighbourhood had a killer wine list and good, honest Italian food. Best to book ahead.

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      What a phenomenal answer!!! · (1 likelikes)

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      OMG! as Courtney stated, what a marvelous answer! luv it, now time to redo the schedulo to put those points on the map. Thank you so much for those tips. · (0 likelikes)

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    Try and get to Brooklyn! There is a lot of really good food and cocktail spots. There is also the Brooklyn Flea Market on Saturdays. All of which are just a couple of subway stops from where your are staying.


    Food:

    Five Leaves Restaurant A great breakfast/brunch spot.

    Tabaré

    Cocktails:

    Maison Premiere This Place has $1 oyster happy hour and amazing cocktails!

    There are a number of great shops and eateries all over Williamsburg, give it a shot!

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      Thanks, I'll check that out, I've never been so into Brooklyn/Queens and by the tips in here I see there's much more than I've realized. · (0 likelikes)

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    If you haven't been to the High Line Park , it's definitely worth a visit. Walk from Chelsea (New York) along the High Line down to the Meatpacking District and end up for cocktails at the The Standard New York , or lunch/dinner/brunch at Pastis , or walk up to the Chelsea Market Baskets to explore with other foodies.

    Hopefully the weather will be great and you can enjoy the great views of the city and Hudson. Cheers!

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    Hi, Diego,

    Not entirely sure what you're looking for--maybe if you list a few things you like to do ordinarily (museums, music, etc.) I can be more help. That said, here are a few things to get you started:

    You might like Harlem It's had a lot of re-growth in the past few years and is a very exciting place. Check out Ginny's Supper Club for great music and Sylvia's for incredible soul food.

    It's the perfect time to check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden which is one of my most favorite places on earth. While you're in the area, check out the Brooklyn Museum which always has something interesting going on.

    One of the best and often totally overlooked museums in NYC is the Rubin Museum of Art which features mostly Asian art. It's one of my favorite places in the city and I love their cafe.

    I haven't been to the American Folk Art Museum yet (I don't know how I haven't been) but everyone I know says it's amazing.

    Have a great time!!!

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      Hey Courtney, thank you so much for your tips, did all the museums mentioned on it. Luv the tips about Ginny's and Silvia's and gonna pay a visit for both. Thanks again for your time! · (0 likelikes)

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      Great! You'll love both places!! · (1 likelikes)

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    Go to New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn it is a fascinating display and story of how the subway was built back in late 1800's thru modern times.

    There are a number of Free Walking tours to take advantage of. If you like food, there are walking food tours of different parts of city. You can find these by googling them.

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      Hey Barbara, I saw a Discovery show about it and other trip tool advised me to go to, so it's on our todo list day 3. Thanks again for your time! · (0 likelikes)

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    If you're mostly in midtown west, I'd strongly suggest Hell's Kitchen as a place for great, off-the-beaten path eats.

    Here're some great restaurants in that neighborhood:


    Cocktail bars:

    Other activities:

    • Bryant Park /the New York Public Library
    • MoMA
    • Central Park Zoo/Central Park (cherry blossoms are out at that time which is very pretty)
    • High Line Park (as previously mentioned)
    • Frozen yogurt (ridiculously trendy right now, there's one on every corner: 16 Handles is an especially popular one. It's silly but definitely a NY "experience")
    • Tribeca Film Festival will be April 16-27. Easy to catch cheap screenings all over the city of new films and often the cast/director comes for a question/answer session (
    • Broadway shows ("If/Then" just came out, with Idina Menzel ["Rent"/"Wicked"])

    Hope this helps!

    Have a great trip!

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      Awesome answer, Jennifer!!! · (1 likelikes)

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    Try Angel's Share and Booker and Dax at Ssäm in the East Village for good cocktails, and The Standard - East Village Rooftop Bar is good for a drink and a view.

    Baohaus may look dirty but it has amazing reviews and the best Chinese sandwiches around.

    Warby Parker has a showroom in their office.

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    Peking Duck House - Midtown Location

    This beautiful, reasonable and fresh Chinese restaurant is unique and remarkable. It's as authentic as you get . . . no salt, no MSG. Everything is marvelous but if you like Peking Duck, this ranks among the best in the U.S.

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    The Cloisters in Upper Manhattan are beautiful. You can then have a Gospel Brunch in Harlem.

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      Tina, luv the Cloisters tip, I'm finicky about food :/ so I'll stick to Courtney tip for soul food. Thanks again for your time! · (0 likelikes)

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    hi there, venture out to East Village ! great area or perhaps even Williamsburg / Bushwick if you want to get out of the touristy places. do Lafayette , ACME , Cafe Mogador or Cafe Orlin for food. all delish and reasonable. get a citibike and ride around town. see some art exhibits in chelsea! plenty of artworks to visit. get some " Big Gay Ice Cream Shop ", Crif Dogs or eat at Caracas Arepa Bar . hop into The Immigrant for drinks or Experimental Cocktail Club . Apothéke is a cool place to visit for dancing in chinatown.

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    If you're a fan of poetry/spoken word, check out Nuyorican Poets Cafe. One of my favorite places in the city!

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    You should definitely check out the Murray Hill area (east 33rd ish street and 3rd Avenue) they've got some amazing/quirky bar restaurants for the night time. St. Marks Place (2nd Ave and 10th-5th street) cheap food and interesting melange of people. While you're there, get some delicious fries at Pommes Frites . Midtown Manhattan gets very fun during the weekend (just stay near 3rd ave and 50th-59th street) for food and bars.

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    Try walking the High Line Park . Or visit Coney Island if weather is nice- before the crowds get there in summer. maybe some galleries too.

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    Go to High Line Park and take a long walk if the weather is good.

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      Hey Brian, as I've stated on the question I've already visited those points. Thanks for your answer tho. · (0 likelikes)

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