Romantic weekend. A splurge for a pair of college students
Ok. Many questions?
1. It's my boyfriends first time in NYC. What are the must sees? We come in Sat. Doing a 8:00 show. But Sunday after brunch we have no idea what to do except bar hop. Please help.
2. What are some romantic restaurants that are some what reasonable? Meaning I like an entree to be around $26. Probably no more.
3. What are some great bars around the flatiron district?
4. We are really into Irish Pubs and just any place where we can chill and listen to music. Not really in the club scene. Anyone have any suggestions?
5. Going along with #4 what are some great places to get a drink? We want cool NYC. Not stuffy NYC.
Thanks so much I think that is all I have for now.
Nevermind. Last question
6. If you're coming from JFK what's the best way to get to Manhattan?
Here are some great places to go have a drink, along with a snack or meal:
Drinks at the Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. 35th floor, great views of Central Park. Go at just before dusk and watch the lights come on.
The Library Bar at the Hudson Hotel, plus it has a Pool Table!
The famous Monkey Bar at the Hotel Elysee
And my favorite, Bar 89
1. Must-sees should be dictated by where you are. Personally I think a trip to NYC requires a visit to the Cloisters, Central Park Boathouse, the West Village, the Met, inter alia.
2. I used to love walking through the nooks and crannies of the West Village finding a small, intimate space for dinner. Whether or not it was mind-blowing cuisine didn't matter as much as the company, but among the better places: Alta, Home, Alfama, August.
3. 230 Fifth (fantastic views), Bread Bar, Flatiron Lounge, I've been meaning to go to Slate since I hear they have air hockey
4. Paddy Reilly's gets a very Irish, mixed-age crowd especially at seisiun, at times the sheer numbers can be somewhat obnoxious. Finnerty's, Hairy Monk and the other Irish pubs around 3rd and 2nd Aves. attract a primarily college crowd. Corner Bistro is great for cheap beers and burgers. It's easier to narrow down music venues by type of music as there are literally hundreds of places to chill here. Smalls or Pianos is usually a good choice as is most of the LES.
5. Unfortunately attitude abounds where there is cool in NYC, but there are great drinks to be had at 230 Fifth, Highline, Maritime Hotel or Pegu.
6. I take Super Shuttle or Blue Van.
A few NY favorites:
-- Lucien (First Ave/First St in East Village) crowded bistro at night but also fun to stop in the afternoon for wine and snacks or chocolate cake...
-- Village Vanguard if you like jazz...go early to sit right up front...a NY classic...
-- some oysters at the counter of Grand Central Oyster Bar (but counter/oyster-bar only, and i wouldn't recommend the other food besides the raw and fried oysters)...
-- Pegu Club...upscale trendy bar w/ delicious cocktails on Houston in Soho
-- Angels Share bar (9th St/3rdAve -- through a small bar in the second floor of a Japanese restaurant)...romantic cocktail place...
-- wander the cobblestone streets of the far West Village and you'll find many pubs and cafes...
Entrees around $26 aren't very hard to find. I like the back garden of Barbone, where you can eat a two to three course meal for around $30 bucks (maybe even $30 with a pasta and appetizer and wine). The service is variable though. The tavern room at grammercy tavern is a nice atmosphere and the food is pretty good. Its got character but it's more tavernous than romantic.
Another good place that might be on the higher end of your price range (entrees 22-30) is Le Gigot, which is in Greenwich Village. the place is a small romantic traditional bistro with very good food and its a nice location.
I also find Ivo and Lulu kind of romantic, but its very small and cramped and also doesnt take reservations. On the plus side, the food is good and more than reasonable (probably one of the best deals in manhattan). The BYOB factor tends to make restaurants more romantic for me since I am on a budget. Instead of paying for some $40 bottle of wine, you can just bring your own good $14 bottle and not feel guilty for spending some crazy amount on marked up wine bottle that probably isnt that great.
There's some romantic and reasonable places in the West Village. The garden area at the restauarant Home on Cordelia Street is lovely for dinner or lunch. Also, Tartine is great for dinner and you can bring your own bottle of wine. There may be a wait though. Downtown near there is also the famous Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. You could take a stroll through Washington Square Park and hear local musicians playing during the day. Walk through Central Park during the day and grab a drink at the bar area by the boat house. As for bars at night, I think the place Fiddlesticks gets a college age crowd and it is more of a pub atmosphere at 56 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011 Or for some live music, you might want to check online what's going on at the Knitting Factory. http://www.knittingfactory.com/index.php Also check out online for live music: Bitter End, Blue Smoke, Baggot Inn and Mercury Lounge. Good luck! a few last things : just walking around central park can be so fun. you could alos hit up a museum like the Guggenheim or the MOMA (may have a long wait).
stuff to see: the east river, harlem river, hudson river. take the three-hour circle line tour. pack a picnic basket and include your own wine. also, check out grand central terminal, the bus and subway systems. metrocard is your friend. tour books will take care of everything else.
"romantic restaurant" is a tough call. romance seldom springs from a restaurant. still, there are some cool places to eat that don't cost an arm and a leg. consider gramercy tavern (tavern side). you'll hit your price point, enjoy some seriously good food and eat in a room that has more character than most. reservations not accepted for the tavern side. just walk in. anytime.
bars in the flatiron/irish pubs/getting a drink. molly's pub. one of my many home-away-from-home places. burger is superior. so is the guinness.
you can always take the train from jfk to penn station. cheap, cheap, cheap. you'll have to transfer in queens. here's a link describing the process:
never forget, metrocard is your friend.
hope this helps.