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I need help!! I am a tourist (be nice please :)

I am new to Chowhound, a customer suggested I try here instead of craigslist..

Hi.. we are taking a family vacation but wanted some tips from locals or regulars..
We will be doing all typical tourists spots: central park, fao, times square, etc..(staying near times square)

I wanted some of your favorite spots, or local hot spots (that may not be found. By google)..

Fave coffee places, places to eat, things to do and see, maybe favorite bakery, or candy store..
Also, if you know of any places that offer kids eat free,etc..

One more thing, I'm pretty sure I saw (maybe travel channel) a fish market, where you can order fresh seafood and have it cooked to eat there...is there anything like this?

Finally, we will be staying close to time square not sure if this helps..

And as I write this, my celebrity obsessed daughter is asking if there is any major local celebrity hot spots.

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  1. there is nothing google cannot find...........

    and u might also ask in the manhattan specific board...u might get better answers ....

    also check this thread...the second reply by kathryn is very good....
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776827

    and welcome to CH!

    1. Yes, you really should also post this on the Manhattan board, and try using the Chowhound search under that board heading to read previous posts about the types places you're interested in. It will give you a head start on specific inquiries, and you'll get some sense of how you can use the resources here.
      Chowhounders love to share - welcome!

      1. >Hi.. we are taking a family vacation but wanted some tips from locals or regulars..

        How many people in your family? Kids? Of what age? Any picky eaters? Allergies? Where are you traveling from?

        The most important factor here in NYC is price. How much are you willing to pay, per person, before tax (almost 9%), tip (closer to 20% here than elsewhere in the country), and drinks/soda?

        > We will be doing all typical tourists spots: central park, fao, times square, etc..(staying near times square)

        It is more helpful if you can list the specific tourist destinations you plan to visit. For example, Central Park is very large -- what part of the park will you be in?

        Some museums are on the Upper East Side, but MoMA is in Midtown, and Natural History Museum is on the Upper West Side, as another example.

        What else do you plan to do? Statue of Liberty? Ellis Island? Empire State Building? Shopping on 5th Avenue or Soho? The Highline? A Broadway show (if so which one)? Union Square farmers market? South Seaport?

        These tourist attractions are spread out all over town, but if you have a rough itinerary of what you plan to do, it is more helpful in terms of making recommendations.

        NB: Not all of our restaurants are open for both lunch and dinner, some only do weekday lunch but not weekend lunch, some of the nicer restaurants are closed entirely on Sundays, many serve both Saturday and Sunday brunch, etc.

        > I wanted some of your favorite spots, or local hot spots (that may not be found. By google)..

        Nearly every restaurant recommended here is findable on Google through listings on Menupages, Yelp, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Serious Eats: New York, The Feast NY, etc. It's almost impossible to give a totally unknown recommendation. I think what you mean is you want to avoid tourist traps and are interested in under-the-radar restaurants that you perhaps won't see in guidebooks.

        > Fave coffee places, places to eat, things to do and see, maybe favorite bakery, or candy store..

        This is definitely the place to ask for recommendations of coffee shops, bakeries, candy stores, and restaurants.

        The moderators prefer that we do not delve into "things to do and see," but we can help recommend places to eat around the tourist attractions.

        > Also, if you know of any places that offer kids eat free,etc..

        I don't think you're going to find this easily here.

        > One more thing, I'm pretty sure I saw (maybe travel channel) a fish market, where you can order fresh seafood and have it cooked to eat there...is there anything like this?

        South Seaport used to have a fish market, but it is long gone (moved to the Bronx). Maybe you are thinking of Lobster Place in the Chelsea Market? Or Eataly?

        > And as I write this, my celebrity obsessed daughter is asking if there is any major local celebrity hot spots.

        15 New York Restaurants Where You Can See Celebrities
        http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/04/...

        Note: many of these will not be child appropriate, dependent upon whether you have really young ones or teenagers

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        The Lobster Place
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Eataly
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: kathryn

          dylan's candy store is a great experience, even for adults, 3rd ave. and 60th st. old fashioned candies in lucite bins with scoops and bags to buy by the lb; lucite steps imbedded with colorful candies.

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          Dylan's Candy Bar
          1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

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          1. Economy candy 108 rivington is a must!!! That neighborhood is great for walking around. Pick a neighborhood and explore- chinatown, Village, soho, tribeca, UWS- lots of celebrety sitings on the uws, and most other neighborhoods for that matter. The highline is a great walk, lots of great places near there- Chelsea Market is great, lots of different choices. You could pick up take our at zabars, and take it to a park ( central or riverside) . Lots of great stuff to do

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            Zabar's
            2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            Economy Candy
            108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002