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A monday night adventure before Christmas

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We are spending the night near JFK on our way to London the Monday before Christmas. We arrive at JFK around 3 in the afternoon, and leave Tuesday morning around 8:30.

Would love some ideas on what to eat and see. Needless to say I don't want to spend a lot of time in the hotel room. I think we want a nice dinner...Wanted to eat around 8 or so...We love all kinds of food. Since we are from Texas we don't need Mexican or a steak house, and I think we will eat Indian while in London. We will be using cabs to get around. Ideas on neat neighborhoods to explore...bars, shops....Also if anyone has a suggestion on which place to stay near JFK I'm all ears.

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  1. If it were me? I'd spend the extra time getting to and from the airport, as there ain't nothin' around JFK (other than Howard Beach) and there won't be any traffic when you leave in the am.

    There are plenty of hotels in downtown Brooklyn (nabes of Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Ft. Greene, Dumbo, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights). You can search the boards for those neighborhoods and you'll find plenty of suggestions, depending on what you're up for.

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    1. re: bebevonbernstein

      Agreed. Don't waste your time by staying near JFK. You're 30-60 minutes away from much more interesting areas. Stay in any of the aforementioned Brooklyn areas or lower Manhattan. Or even Flushing, Queens for that matter if you're into exploring regional Chinese cuisines.

    2. Okay thanks...What would be really great is if I could pre check my bag the day before....I am so lucky to get to go somewhere, but traveling has lost a lot of its glamor. It is just kind of a pain in the rear. I guess we will give Brooklyn a try. Thanks for your help.

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      1. re: hungryindallas

        Honestly, this should be an easy and fun turnaround. Won't be difficult to get a cab, and I'm guessing you'll enjoy any of those neighborhoods. There's a Mariott in downtown Brooklyn, which is probably your best bet, but there's also a couple of hotels in Park Slope (Le Bleu something-or-other and a Holiday Inn Express). Be forewarned, those hotels are on 4th Avenue, which is a pit in terms of location, but it does sit smack in the middle between park Slope and Carroll Gardens (check out 5th Ave in Park Slope or Smith Street in Carroll Gardens) and maybe go hear a band at Bell House, and you'll have a fabulous time.

        Oh . . .and Hook 'Em!

      2. whenever I am in that area, my car is like a magnet towards New Park pizza. great for a little pop by. and one of NY's favorites.