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What's the ideal location to stay for restaurants and sites: Affinia Gardens on 64th and 3rd or Staybridge Suites on 40th and 9th?

With so many places to choose from, we're hoping you'll help us narrow down our choice of hotel with respect to good eats. Thanks!

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  1. Neither! My actual ideal would be to stay somewhere downtown. Ideally below 23rd St at a minimum.

    I would want easy access to restaurants and bars in the East Village, West Village, Union Square, Soho, Noho, Nolita...

    Technically these message boards are supposed to be all about the food and drink, so we can't really comment much on tourist sites.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thank you for that clarification! I didn't know who else to ask.

    2. i have to agree with kathryn about downtown trumping both of your choices, but between the two, definitely the Staybridge Suites - plenty of good chow in that area, no so much in the East 60's!

      you might want to check out this site for more sightseeing & visitors' info:
      http://www.nycinsiderguide.com

      1. Neither one is ideal for a wide variety of food choices.But both areas give you access to a few good dining options within walking distance and both are close enough to the subway that you are 10 to 15 minutes away from lots of excellent options.I would just go with whichever hotel looks better.Good food is easily accessible from either location.

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        1. re: TooLooseLaTrek

          Depends on how old you are - and what your interests are. The theater district and all the restaurants are right by 40th & ninth, and you've got excellent subway access to all points from the Port Authority at 41st & 8th.

          Museums (and a lot of upscale restaurants and shops) are better accessed from 3rd & 64th with 3 or 4 subway lines available at 60th & 3rd /Lexington - through Bloomingdales.

        2. i would disagree with ghg here. 40th and 9th can look a bit scuzzy and even unsafe to an unseasoned visitor. at 64th and 3rd, you'll have access to enough places for when you're staying nearby. i would consider the Food Hall at the Plaza, Payard's chocolate bar, Ma Peche, Serendipity III (i know...shhh!), Persephone, and Rouge Tomate as places of interest.

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          1. re: coasts

            i was *almost* willing to give it to you...until you mentioned Serendipity ;)

            besides, one could argue that even natives think *much* of Manhattan can look [more than] a bit scuzzy. but does that mean visitors should only stay in gentrified neighborhoods? they'd miss out on most of the good stuff!

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              i'll concede, but only if you can name one thing of real value near 40th and 9th :P

              honestly speaking, i would not be happy to wake up behind Port Authority.

              1. re: coasts

                plenty of places once you head just a few blocks north on Ninth. but even within a block or two...Dafni and Carbone come to mind.

                granted the location isn't ideal, but strictly in terms of the OP's question re: which of the two is better for restaurants, i'll take HK over the East 60's any day.

                1. re: coasts

                  Given that we are a close second to The Out-of -Towners, Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, we'll heed your advice and stay in the UES.

                  1. re: naturelle

                    Neither one is in a prime food neighborhood, in my opinion. One great thing about the UES location is that you're near the 6 train, which will quickly and easily take you downtown to the wonderful food neighborhoods of the East Village, Lower East Side, and Chinatown, or uptown for some great chicharrones in Harlem. I'd pick the UES any day!