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lowrey
09-03-2008, 03:12 AM
since we have various general threads on Paris, Tokyo and others, I figured we could use one on nyc [thumbup]

I'll start by asking; is a moderately priced, nice and modern hotel an impossible thing to find in the city? I remember staying at 60 thompson 3-4 years ago for $350, now their prices start at $700 and I can imagine the hotel has nothing but aged since then. giving up on a central location is probably the wise thing to do, so any ideas are welcome. I'm willing to spend something since its my birthday, but not as much per night as I'm paying for roundtrip flights from europe, which seems to be what most boutique hotels charge.

also, lets discuss food. whats good? casual places, "fast food" (cafes etc) and upscale restaurants.

Faust
09-03-2008, 06:26 AM
Will post some thoughts when I get to work!

Faust
09-03-2008, 09:18 AM
HOTELS - yea, it's very tough to get a cool hotel in New York without paying through your nose. Welcome to the world capital of hype. Try these for size - I would also encourage you to get on the mailing list for each to get special offers.

http://www.morganshotelgroup.com/

http://www.hotelonrivington.com (http://www.hotelonrivington.com/?gclid=COq6rcLev5UCFSgRGgodNUq4QA)

http://www.sohogrand.com (http://www.sohogrand.com/SpecialOffers/WeekendGetaways.htm)

http://www.tribecagrand.com (http://www.tribecagrand.com/WeekendGetaways/WeekendGetaways.htm)

http://www.hotelgiraffe.com (http://www.hotelgiraffe.com/index.asp)

http://www.dreamny.com (http://www.dreamny.com/)

http://www.themaritimehotel.com (http://www.themaritimehotel.com/)

FOOD I am not as big on Asian food as most people on SZ or SuFu are - I am sure they will recommend you better places. As for the rest,

Cheap:

Burgers (gotta have one in the USA!) - Peter Luger (http://www.peterluger.com/) in Williamsburg (bets kept secret - their burger is out of this world, cheap, and you can get it to go). Le Meridien (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/burger_joint00/)Burger Joint, Shake Shack (http://www.shakeshacknyc.com/).

Gyro/Falafel - Mamoun's Falafel (http://www.mamounsfalafel.com/). The West Village location is the original one. Also, any of Rafiqi street carts (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/503823) make a decent lamb over rice plate.

Bahn Mi - Saigon Bakery (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/Bahn-Mi-Saigon/)

Indian - Dosa Man (http://velvet-sea.blogspot.com/2006/06/dosa-man-in-washington-square-park.html) cart on the south side of Washington Square Park

Brunch - Tartine (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/tartine/). Prepare to wait on line on the weekend, but well worth it. Last time I went it was $12 all inclusive, now it's probably a little more.

Crepes - Le Gamin (http://www.legamin.com/42738A94-3398-11DC-872C-000D93CA09D2.html)

Panini - Ino (http://www.cafeino.com/)

Pizza - Joe's (http://www.joespizza.com/)

Coffee/Breakfast/Lunch - Grey Dog's (http://thegreydog.com/menu.php) (the Carmine st. location)

Coffee/Desert - Financier (http://www.financierpastries.com/index.cfm) (bonus - a block away from Faust's office)

Sandwiches/Coffee - Olive's (http://www.olivesnyc.com/design/frames_html/home.html)

Moderate:

Breakfast - Balthazar (http://www.balthazarny.com/). Cliche, but gotta do it! Bonus - one block away from Atelier.

Burger - Blue Ribbon Bakery (http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/)

Lunch - Perry St (http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile.aspx?rid=3948). $25 pri fix - one of the best kept secrets and great deals.

Dinner - Jean Claude (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/jean-claude/). My personal favorite gem. $24 pri-fix dinner Mon-Thu. Straight outta Paris.

Pizza - Una Pizza Napoletana (http://www.unapizza.com/)

Pasta - Bar Pitti. (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/bar-pitti/) Get there early, like 6 p.m., or you will wait on line.

Expensive: (I don't mean out-of-this-world-expensive, since I'm not a foodie like Albert or Joey)

Sceney Dinner - Blue Ribbon (http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/) (not the bakery). Be prepared to wait (best thing to do is to leave them your mobile number and go to a bar near it), but it's a scene all-right. Lots of models or wannabies and the men who love them, but it manages to be borderline decent.

Seafood - Aquagrill. (http://www.aquagrill.com/homepage.htm) One of my favorite NYC restaurants. Reservations required.

Yea, not much to add on the expensive front. I am sure others will chime in as well. Oh, and you gotta go for drinks to Angel Share (http://nymag.com/listings/bar/angels_share/).

Hype/Tourist traps - Magnolia Bakery, Pastis, anything in Little Italy.

lowrey
09-03-2008, 09:44 AM
great list, thanks!

I was just looking at Morgans, they seem to have just renovated the entire hotel and prices are *only* around the $300 mark, so thats my top pick right now. thankfully I still have the euro on my side, so thats not bad for nyc boutique hotel at all.

On Rivington seems cool, will have to see if I could find a good deal somewhere..


\/ will do!

Faust
09-03-2008, 09:50 AM
You are welcome. Hit me up closer to the date [punk]

AKA*NYC
09-03-2008, 10:16 AM
BREAKFAST/BRUNCH: Norma's at Le Parker Meridien (best breakfast/brunch in NYC hands down; reservation required)

DIM SUM: Dim Sum Go Go (best dim sum ever and my favorite Chinese restaurant in the world as well as everyone else's judging by the long wait on weekends)

There's apparently a new wave of Absinthe bars that have sprouted up all over the city. I haven't been to any yet but hopefully someone else can comment. I'm curious myself...

kunk75
09-03-2008, 10:17 AM
tacos:

taqueria pampano-

basement taco stand of their far-higher priced upstairs restaurant.

3 of the best east-coast tacos you'll ever have with rice/beans and a drink for $8.95. 3rd avenue, bet 49 and 50. in the crystal pavillion. only reason to go to midtown.

Chinorlz
09-03-2008, 01:14 PM
Haha, honored to have been mentioned in Faust's suggestions ;)

The high end eats pretty much speak for themselves and the names are easy to find (Ko, WD-50, etc.) so I'll toss in a few smaller joints that I've got good memories of:

Williamsburg- DuMont at 432 Union Ave (Faust, I haven't tried the Luger burger but godDAMN is this burger here good!), Alligator Lounge (free pizza with beer!), and a couple other bars around there (the one with the skee ball machine is where my brother and I go all the time... score I think 500 points or more and you get a free beer... my brother and his friends have mastered it hahaha) are great fun. AKA*NYC can help here :)

On St. Marks- Kenka (for their crazy ass menu, and for the cheap pitchers of Kirin or Sapporo... $8!)

Also on St. Marks.... (well sort of. On 2nd and St. Marks) is Pomme Frites which is perfect late night drunk food.

I like Gray's Papaya as well... I used to frequent the one on 6th & 8th.

The chicken & rice cart at 53rd st. Yums.

For drinks, WD-50 is where you can try some really awesome ones with no wait, Tailor has been another place with supposedly cool drinks but I have yet to go, PDT close to St. Marks (through Crif Dogs which in itself is also awesome) is good but irritatingly hard to get into these days.


*sigh*.... all this is making me hungry for NY[blush]

mesh
09-03-2008, 02:27 PM
Great list Faust, I really want to do Luger's for steak and maybe take a burger home now too next time I'm in nyc haha. Luckily I have a corporate connection at the ny palance that will afford me a decent price but some time there will still cost me.

Love ino, my favorite place spent as much time there as I could last year. For breakfast I hear clinton st. is the bomb from a good friend of mine who promises to take me when I come into town.

Faust
09-03-2008, 02:51 PM
Mesh, do you mean Clinton St. Baking Company? I been there with our own Johnny. It's a great spot for non-US visitors - real heart-attack-on-a-plate kind of American food, with American sized portions to boot. Fun experience.

mesh
09-03-2008, 02:54 PM
Yep that's the place, heard the wait is insane sometimes. Funny thing is Joe's opened here in Santa Monica and people have been raving about it but I always forget to go when I'm in the area.

Faust
09-03-2008, 03:08 PM
Joe's Coffee? It's all right. Too strong, but they sure make the lattes look beautiful.

bakla
09-03-2008, 03:15 PM
Chinorlz, you were able to get a rez at Momofoku Ko? It's notoriously booked by 10 am everyday.

Another hotel recommendation that frequent New York Fashion Week visitor friends go to is The Library. http://www.libraryhotel.com/

My friend Peter's parents stay there when they come for his shows, and my friend who's an editor from Japan stays there as well. Being a native NYer, I can only go by their say so. But we just booked an artist who's doing sculpture for our stores at the library, and they loved it, so that's three for three.

New restuarants to visit that I like (so they may not be big and brash, but definitely fun food destinations):

Soto - most amazing Japanese dishes on a par with Nobu, but extremely creative - think Wylie Dufresne-does -Japan. The uni and fig tempura in a spicy dashi sauce was particularly amazing from the latest menu. Robert Geller loved it, and he eats in Japan a lot.

Gottino - a 'vinoteca' - a wine bar with amazing bar food. Everything is smaller in size but amazingly tasty, on the Italian Spanish side. And fairly inexpensive too, although the wines are a bit pricier.

The New French - French~Vietnamese bistro food with a slightly Americanized twist, as served by East Village waiters and waitresses, in the West Village. Excellent food for the price, although the mussels are a bit on the small size (don't know who their fishmonger is)

Zampa - another Italian winebar, very casual but nice, a stone's throw from Yohji on gansevoort. Go there for brunch on a Sunday or Saturday, then visit Y3 and Yohji afterwards.

Delicatessen - just opened weeks ago, and already mobbed by a fashion-forward crowd in skinny jeans But the re-imagined American staples get high marks from both NYMag and Time Out New York, contrary to its sceney nature. Might be good for people watching.

mesh
09-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Joe's Coffee? It's all right. Too strong, but they sure make the lattes look beautiful.

No man Joes pizza like in your recs above! Come on faust!

I miss this place.

Faust
09-03-2008, 03:57 PM
No man Joes pizza like in your recs above! Come on faust!

I miss this place.

Ah, oh, brainfart. Actually, they opened one by my house in the boonies as well. Strange. Anyway, next time you come, I'll take you to my hood for real Pizza (http://www.totonnos.com/). (not to any of those Manhattan locations, those are hype). I only recommend Joe's for a quick slice.

Chinorlz
09-03-2008, 04:11 PM
Haha, no Bakla, no Ko for me... I haven't been in NY long enough in the recent past to even try.

Seems like he uses a few molecular techniques which is pretty cool... I've been looking into what NYC/US restaurants are integrating it into the regular dishes (more than just a little of this or that here and there) but they don't seem to do well as a whole and the 100% molecular scene is still on the d/l even though the techniques are gaining in mainstream popularity. It's still too much for most people to handle.

man... all these good eats listed above are killin me!

If anyone is coming to San Antonio, I have a pretty neat list ;)

lowrey
09-03-2008, 04:32 PM
great suggestions, will start taking notes [thumbup]

think I will reserve a room at Morgans for now considering their reasonable price compared to others

edit: scratch that. Morgans updated their website today following the renovations and prices for the same dates went from $350 to $680. fucking hilarious.

found a decent price through an agent for On Rivington, how is the location? I dont think I've been around there, not sure though.

mesh
09-03-2008, 05:19 PM
That sucks mike.


Ah, oh, brainfart. Actually, they opened one by my house in the boonies as well. Strange. Anyway, next time you come, I'll take you to my hood for real Pizza (http://www.totonnos.com/). (not to any of those Manhattan locations, those are hype). I only recommend Joe's for a quick slice.

I will take you up on that kind sir.

reborn
09-03-2008, 05:21 PM
L'Ecole at Broadway and Grand in Soho is a great place to go for Lunch or Dinner. It's a the restuarant for the french culinary institute...prix fixe menu and always interesting selections. I think lunch (3 courses) is $25 and dinner (5 courses) is $40.

maldoror
09-03-2008, 05:33 PM
I'm going to risk the flames and advise against Ko. Even if you can get the reservation your money will be better spent elsewhere, especially:

for similar, bar style haute dining --> Atelier de Joel Robuchon
for general fine dining --> Eleven Madison Park

these are, imho, currently the best restaurants in the city (disclaimer: haven't been to masa, nor do I intend to go. would rather fly to tokyo and eat at jiro for the same $).

----

and to add to this already excellent list:

{ inexpensive }

Di Faras (pizza)
Setagaya (ramen)
Corner Bistro (THE hamburger)
Golden Unicorn (for the true c-town dim sum experience)

{ moderate }

Ushi Wakamaru (sushi)
lunch @ Jean Georges (maybe the best deal in the city)

{ expensive }

Soto (already on the list, but worth mentioning twice. tremendous japanese)
15 East (another option for japanese, very different than the above)
Allen & Delancey (ferguson is doing better food here than he did for gordon ramsey, and at a fraction of the price)

{ $$$$$ }

see beginning of post.
also: per se (duh, and more like $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ if you want to do it right)

>>>> & Cocktails

Death & Company
Please Don't Tell (<--my personal fav)
Clover Club
Milk & Honey (duh(?))

Real Real
09-03-2008, 05:51 PM
The Maritime is nice, and I've spent ~$350 for a room each time I've stayed there.

Couple of additional recommendations - Anthos isn't cheap, but the food is excellent and interesting if you're looking for something near MOMA. Keens is my favorite steakhouse in NYC, with good bar food.

misterpale
09-03-2008, 06:31 PM
great list, thanks!

I was just looking at Morgans, they seem to have just renovated the entire hotel and prices are *only* around the $300 mark, so thats my top pick right now. thankfully I still have the euro on my side, so thats not bad for nyc boutique hotel at all.

On Rivington seems cool, will have to see if I could find a good deal somewhere..


\/ will do!


check the marcel hotel at 24th east...

maldoror
09-03-2008, 06:37 PM
Keens

+1! (don't know how I forgot this place) not only great steaks, but an equally great space and beverage program. impeccable cocktails and incomparable selection of scotch.

Real Real
09-03-2008, 07:08 PM
Yeah. Keens is top notch (I've probably eaten there, it's kind of ridiculous, maybe ~100 times), and it's also living history in a way...you get a feel for old NYC there that is hard to rival anywhere else.

Faust
09-03-2008, 08:32 PM
great suggestions, will start taking notes [thumbup]

think I will reserve a room at Morgans for now considering their reasonable price compared to others

edit: scratch that. Morgans updated their website today following the renovations and prices for the same dates went from $350 to $680. fucking hilarious.

found a decent price through an agent for On Rivington, how is the location? I dont think I've been around there, not sure though.

The location is fine - a SHITLOAD of bars and restaurants in the area, and it's basically one train stop to SoHo, two train stops to West Village, and three stops to the meatsmelling district. I threw my wife's surprise birthday party there last year, and it was a blast. You can also bring a sniper rifle and pick off guys in tucked out stripey dress shirts and diesel jeans and the skanks who love them from your own private balcony. [thumbup]

bakla
09-03-2008, 10:57 PM
I'm going to risk the flames and advise against Ko. Even if you can get the reservation your money will be better spent elsewhere, especially:

for similar, bar style haute dining --> Atelier de Joel Robuchon
for general fine dining --> Eleven Madison Park

these are, imho, currently the best restaurants in the city (disclaimer: haven't been to masa, nor do I intend to go. would rather fly to tokyo and eat at jiro for the same $).

----

and to add to this already excellent list:

{ inexpensive }

Di Faras (pizza)
Setagaya (ramen)
Corner Bistro (THE hamburger)
Golden Unicorn (for the true c-town dim sum experience)

{ moderate }

Ushi Wakamaru (sushi)
lunch @ Jean Georges (maybe the best deal in the city)

{ expensive }

Soto (already on the list, but worth mentioning twice. tremendous japanese)
15 East (another option for japanese, very different than the above)
Allen & Delancey (ferguson is doing better food here than he did for gordon ramsey, and at a fraction of the price)

{ $$$$$ }

see beginning of post.
also: per se (duh, and more like $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ if you want to do it right)

>>>> & Cocktails

Death & Company
Please Don't Tell (<--my personal fav)
Clover Club
Milk & Honey (duh(?))

Okay, you are officially a Insider in my eyes. Good choices. :) Can NOT go wrong with Eleven Madison. Sadly, I don't feel the same about WD-50 any longer, but that's more from heresay (from friends with good taste, though, so I defer) and I've put off a return visit after I and 4 other friends all had bad experiences there in the past 3 years (after initial raves and proclamations of Wylie as God; could just be a staff issue).

Okay, okay, I'll stop now. But good clothes go with good food, methinks. Nothing better than dressing up to dine for an audience of one.

And I'm not so convinced by David Chang. I'm Asian, and I wasn't that impressed by Ssam, even after the critical raves (and I ate there before and after the coverage). So I always take David Chang with a grain of salt, no pun intended.

ddohnggo
09-03-2008, 11:47 PM
Inexpensive (under 20 per person)
*Shake Shack = burger
Resto = burger
ippudo = ramen
rafiqi's cart (4 bucks)
*'ino = best truffled egg toast, go in afternoon or off time

moderate (under 50 dollar meal per person)
*jean georges lunch - 28 dollars 2 course (pretty full sized), 8 or 12 dollar desserts
*perry street lunch - 24 dollars 3 courses (full sized)
matsugen - I'm only putting this on here for the cold sesame soba, best soba sauce ever (other dishes are way overpriced)
momofuku ssam bar - you still get creative dishes as ko, just more mass produced (dinner menu better)
babbo - for pasta dishes
falai - italian
little owl -

higher ($50+)
eleven madison park (any danny meyer restaurant)
per se (best meal overall)
masa - sushi that "melts in your mouth"

* = musts

Tafkap
09-04-2008, 12:20 AM
can't believe this thread is happening now...i have been looking everywhere for a decent hotel. suite....i've been to nyc a few times but this time is different. planning a trip to nyc with my lady...so something romantic. let's just say there may be a ring involved. gulp. that's why the boots are getting sold.
so i am looking for something that is REALLY nice. not 1500 a night nice, more like 750 or less nice. i have to spread the funds out you know...i love the hotel roosevelt in l.a., even something as "young" and "dumb" as the standard....something "moderny". in other words, a lot of the hotels i see are still "hotel-like", and businessclassy... i want a getaway..dream looks cool but may be a tad much. i am planning on staying in something hip one night (like dream) and something less loud, more romantic the other night-but still hip. faust, the list is nice, found a few a like...any other romantic type things that can be done here? of course there are, but im big on planning. i really have to have a suite, with a sep living area, for under 750. so if a ring IS involved, any ideas, nice places that aren't played out/cliched? btw we are both planning on moving together to nyc in the summer, so this trip is going to be more like a getaway before we go, but i am planning on sealing my life away with a piece of metal..so...

maldoror
09-04-2008, 12:37 AM
eleven madison park (any danny meyer restaurant)


not so. they've all got the same great service, but there is a hierarchy of food at the danny meyer restaurants, and eleven madison park is by far the most serious. the last meal I had there (under chef humm) was imho markedly better than anything I had at gramercy tavern in its heyday (when chef colicchio was still in the kitchen). I'd even go so far as to say that humm is cooking the only food I've ever eaten at a meyer restaurant which I'd call world class.

Chinorlz
09-04-2008, 12:40 AM
Ah, glad Golden Unicorn was mentioned for dim sum. I forgot to add that to my list as the best authentic dim sum (with goooooood chicken feet!) in chinatown!

lowrey
09-04-2008, 05:08 AM
thanks Joey, bakla and others.


The location is fine - a SHITLOAD of bars and restaurants in the area, and it's basically one train stop to SoHo, two train stops to West Village, and three stops to the meatsmelling district. I threw my wife's surprise birthday party there last year, and it was a blast. You can also bring a sniper rifle and pick off guys in tucked out stripey dress shirts and diesel jeans and the skanks who love them from your own private balcony. [thumbup]

haha, sounds good [lol]



can't believe this thread is happening now...i have been looking everywhere for a decent hotel. suite....i've been to nyc a few times but this time is different. planning a trip to nyc with my lady...so something romantic. let's just say there may be a ring involved. gulp. that's why the boots are getting sold.
so i am looking for something that is REALLY nice. not 1500 a night nice, more like 750 or less nice. i have to spread the funds out you know...i love the hotel roosevelt in l.a., even something as "young" and "dumb" as the standard....something "moderny". in other words, a lot of the hotels i see are still "hotel-like", and businessclassy... i want a getaway..dream looks cool but may be a tad much. i am planning on staying in something hip one night (like dream) and something less loud, more romantic the other night-but still hip. faust, the list is nice, found a few a like...any other romantic type things that can be done here? of course there are, but im big on planning. i really have to have a suite, with a sep living area, for under 750. so if a ring IS involved, any ideas, nice places that aren't played out/cliched? btw we are both planning on moving together to nyc in the summer, so this trip is going to be more like a getaway before we go, but i am planning on sealing my life away with a piece of metal..so...

in that price range you should be able to get a suite at most of the hotels mentioned here and ones like Tribeca Grand, Soho Grand or The London which should all be nice.

and as much as I got pwned by Morgans and their price increase, the place is just renovated and looks really nice, a suite should be in your price range as well.

Faust
09-04-2008, 08:31 AM
*'ino = best truffled egg toast, go in afternoon or off time

* = musts

that thing is pure ambrosia.

Faust
09-04-2008, 08:35 AM
can't believe this thread is happening now...i have been looking everywhere for a decent hotel. suite....i've been to nyc a few times but this time is different. planning a trip to nyc with my lady...so something romantic. let's just say there may be a ring involved. gulp. that's why the boots are getting sold.
so i am looking for something that is REALLY nice. not 1500 a night nice, more like 750 or less nice. i have to spread the funds out you know...i love the hotel roosevelt in l.a., even something as "young" and "dumb" as the standard....something "moderny". in other words, a lot of the hotels i see are still "hotel-like", and businessclassy... i want a getaway..dream looks cool but may be a tad much. i am planning on staying in something hip one night (like dream) and something less loud, more romantic the other night-but still hip. faust, the list is nice, found a few a like...any other romantic type things that can be done here? of course there are, but im big on planning. i really have to have a suite, with a sep living area, for under 750. so if a ring IS involved, any ideas, nice places that aren't played out/cliched? btw we are both planning on moving together to nyc in the summer, so this trip is going to be more like a getaway before we go, but i am planning on sealing my life away with a piece of metal..so...

Good luck, my friend (with the ring, I mean).
The problem is NYC + Internet = Hype, so it's not easy. Try this (http://www.gramercyparkhotel.com/), still a bit under the radar I think. But, like bakla said, I am New Yorker, so I don't stay in NYC hotels!

I've always wanted to go to 11 Madison Park. I was going to put it on my list, but since I haven't been there, I did not feel qualified. Definitely try to get reservations there.

mesh
09-04-2008, 01:48 PM
that thing is pure ambrosia.

faust can you edit his post out I didn't mention it on purpose and don't want them raising the price again haha jk

Faust
09-04-2008, 01:54 PM
faust can you edit his post out I didn't mention it on purpose and don't want them raising the price again haha jk

[lol]

mesh
09-04-2008, 02:01 PM
I can still taste it, we went there for brunch two days in a row when my lady and I were there. Started off with some antipasti then that along with some chilled rose when it was warm outside oh man my favorite moments from ny. I can't wait to go back it left a fuzzy spot in my heart. Even had some locals sit next to us and comment how good it smelled so I was recommending it them like I was a native hahaa.

hanajibu
09-04-2008, 02:05 PM
I tend to the kushiyaki / izakaya crawl, so my two cents:
St. Marks Area and East Village
<a href="http://yakitoritaisho.com/main/">Yakitori Taisho</a> (standard grilled)
<a href="http://newyork.savorycities.com/restaurant.php?restID=3472">Village Yokocho</a> (home-cooking, some grilled, almost diner-style and this tiny cute bar 'Angels Share' is attached to it, but nicely tucked away)
<a href="http://www.plateoftheday.com/394/">Umi no Ie</a> (Kyushu-style home-cooking, extensive shochu menu)
<a href="http://sakebardecibel.com/">Decibel</a> (subterranean sake bar, STILL my favorite sake joint in the city)
<a href="http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/otafuku/">Otafuku</a> (closet next to Decibel, serves the best okonomiyaki and bottles their own takoyaki sauce)

And elsewhere
<a href="http://www.tontonnyc.com/">Hakata Tonton</a> (Kyushu-style home-cooking, and everything here has pigs feet incorporated into it somehow, located in the West Village)
<a href="http://newyork.savorycities.com/restaurant.php?restID=737">Yakitori Totto</a> (as far as I am concerned, THE kushiyaki joint - located midtown west)
<a href="http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/sake-bar-hagi/">Izakaya Hagi</a> (proper midtown izakaya)
<a href="http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/donburiya/">Donburiya</a> (one of those home-cooking places where nearly the entire clientele is salary-men...proper stuff, located near Japan Society in midtown east)

non-Japanese
<a href="http://www.thelittleowlnyc.com/">Little Owl</a> (down the block from Tonton, it's definitely not Japanese and is probably my favorite non-Japanese restaurant in the city, very cozy)
<a href="http://tiapol.com/">Tia Pol</a> (my favorite tapas place, and it's in my neighborhood, West Chelsea)
<a href="http://nymag.com/restaurants/reviews/underground/39589/">El Quinto Pino</a> (even tinier tapas place, run by the same crew as Tia Pol, also in my neighborhood)
<a href="http://newyork.savorycities.com/restaurant.php?restID=556">Public</a> (my go-to brunch spot)
<a href="http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?areaid=0&restaurantid=2133&neighborhoodid=0&cuisineid=41&home=Y">Sanur</a> (Malaysian - and some Indonesian - on Doyers St in Chinatown)

that's off the top of my head...

SL65
09-05-2008, 12:52 AM
I [HEART] NY!

Best hotel: Mandarin Oriental!

reborn
09-05-2008, 07:43 AM
For that kinda of money, I prefer to stay at the Hyatt in Old Greenwich and drop the difference on a shopping spree in the City...

Mies
09-08-2008, 08:12 PM
For that kinda of money, I prefer to stay at the Hyatt in Old Greenwich and drop the difference on a shopping spree in the City...



Hey. I'm a new member of this forum. The list is great, but can someone recommend a nice club. I prefer minimal and electronic music. Thanks

lowrey
09-09-2008, 03:46 PM
I have an additional question, we will meet up with my parents in the city for a couple of evenings as they are in the US right now. the thing is that my folks love food and have good taste, but they the opposite of adventurous when it comes to cuisine, I can imagine them heading straight to per se or something equivalent. not that theres anything wrong with that, but I like to take them to more interesting places.

so I'm looking for some place a bit out of the ordinary for them. would Soto suit someone who isn't that used to Japanese food? what is their menu like? what about other suggestions that are a bit more exotic than the usual upscale places?

kunk75
09-09-2008, 04:09 PM
i know it's a fairly pedestrian reco, but my mom loved morimoto and doesn't like traditional japanese food. and if they're happy to remain inadventurous, craft is always good for parents/out of towners.

Faust
09-09-2008, 05:59 PM
It sounds like WD-50 might work? I haven't been there, so I can't attest to its quality - the reviews are mixed.

bakla
09-09-2008, 06:12 PM
so I'm looking for some place a bit out of the ordinary for them. would Soto suit someone who isn't that used to Japanese food? what is their menu like? what about other suggestions that are a bit more exotic than the usual upscale places?

Soto is very minimalist in decor and plating, and the combinations sound rather extreme on the menu, but the flavor profiles really shine pure here. That said, there's a lot of uni/sea urchin on the menu (and some of the best dishes use uni), and it seems to be the chef's preferred ingredient, so take that into consideration. I don't think the food tastes that adventurous, but it's definitely refined and a nice, off-the-beaten-path place. WD-50 might be more challenging, but they're definitely in a similar vein, although the latter's decor is quite rustic by comparison. Morimoto is nice, but I found the appetizers to be better than the mains. Craft is also a good standby. You can also try Eleven Madison Park or Gramercy Tavern.

lowrey
09-09-2008, 06:29 PM
I was thinking wd-50 as well, morimoto might be good as well as the menu seems quite mixed and has a lot of fairly "easy" plates.

bakla, the latter ones you mentioned are definately something I wouldn't mind going to, but perhaps a bit too safe in this case. as an example, I took them to Limon in SF, they were kind of unsure considering its a preuvian place but ended up loving it [thumbup]

maldoror
09-09-2008, 08:01 PM
fwiw, if dining is your primary concern, I would avoid morimoto or any other starr restaurant group offering. the food is not, and never has been, the point of what he does.

docintheory
09-12-2008, 09:58 PM
Question for you NYer's, I might be flying into NYC in a week or two and I am finding that flights are significantly cheaper to Newark International than JFK or LGA. Never taken a taxi in NYC, about how much would a taxi cost from Newark airport to the Central Park? Is there any cheaper transport (ie public) from Newark to NYC?

kira
09-12-2008, 10:03 PM
never can remember the exact taxi amount but $45 plus tolls and tip so ends up being around $60+. dont think i have ever paid too much more. might be a little more to go up to the park though.

right from the airport you can take the nj transit into penn station and then grab the nyc subway- costs about $8 or something like that.

i always take a taxi or order a car [thumbup] did the bag thing once in the subway- not going to happen again...

docintheory
09-12-2008, 10:11 PM
never can remember the exact taxi amount but $45 plus tolls and tip so ends up being around $60+. dont think i have ever paid too much more. might be a little more to go up to the park though.

right from the airport you can take the nj transit into penn station and then grab the nyc subway- costs about $8 or something like that.

i always take a taxi or order a car [thumbup] did the bag thing once in the subway- not going to happen again...

THANKS kira! :) Hmmm at a cost of $60 extra, it almost seems it'll even out flying into JFK - gives me some options to think about. I am going to look into taking NJ transit.

Faust
09-12-2008, 10:48 PM
Question for you NYer's, I might be flying into NYC in a week or two and I am finding that flights are significantly cheaper to Newark International than JFK or LGA. Never taken a taxi in NYC, about how much would a taxi cost from Newark airport to the Central Park? Is there any cheaper transport (ie public) from Newark to NYC?

Just take a shuttle bus or Supershuttle (http://www.supershuttle.com/). Avoid LGA if you can, this airport should be leveled and rebuilt.

kira
09-13-2008, 09:09 AM
Just take a shuttle bus or Supershuttle (http://www.supershuttle.com/). Avoid LGA if you can, this airport should be leveled and rebuilt.


i always forget about supershuttle...

AKA*NYC
09-15-2008, 03:22 PM
I was thinking wd-50 as well

If it's not too late DON'T [smile]

Chinorlz
09-15-2008, 03:51 PM
If it's not too late DON'T [smile]

Why not A? Bad experience? It seems to be hit or miss with those that have gone.

AKA*NYC
09-15-2008, 03:59 PM
Why not A? Bad experience? It seems to be hit or miss with those that have gone.

I was warning against it because of what Mike initially wrote. I just can't see anyone's parents enjoying the place. I thought it was okay but all my food snob friends diss the place...

lowrey
09-15-2008, 04:01 PM
actually I was talking to my father yesterday and e-mailed him a link to wd-50 and he was all hyped up about going there [laugh]

I've read a lot about how it can be hit or miss, but I think its worth a try.

Chinorlz
09-15-2008, 04:09 PM
I was warning against it because of what Mike initially wrote. I just can't see anyone's parents enjoying the place. I thought it was okay but all my food snob friends diss the place...

Hahaha, that's funny :)

I think it all depends on what kind of food snob you are. You gotta be down with "soils", freeze dried pistachios, and shrimp noodles you squirt out of a little bottle [lol]

AKA*NYC
09-15-2008, 04:14 PM
actually I was talking to my father yesterday and e-mailed him a link to wd-50 and he was all hyped up about going there [laugh]

I've read a lot about how it can be hit or miss, but I think its worth a try.

Then I'm sure you guys will have fun! I took my wife there for her birthday several years ago and it scared the hell out of her. But she's very particular about what she eats and not very adventurous when it comes to food.

lowrey
09-15-2008, 04:35 PM
yea my folks are very much into food, its just that when they go by their selves they tend to stick to popular but somewhat safe options, so it should be a good adventure for them.

Faust
09-15-2008, 08:39 PM
Then I'm sure you guys will have fun! I took my wife there for her birthday several years ago and it scared the hell out of her. But she's very particular about what she eats and not very adventurous when it comes to food.

BTW, apparently your wife decided to kill me. While we were sipping beer and talking Poell on that memorable spring night, she recommended some seafood place on sheepshead bay to my friends, so they twisted my hand into going there. jesus fucking christ - i've never seen so many rednecks in one place in new york city. the place gave me The Fear.

http://www.coconut-hut.co.uk/acatalog/fear-and-loathing.jpg

lowrey
10-06-2008, 02:45 PM
went to wd-50 yesterday, it was interesting and taste-wise good, but nothing mind blowing. interesting combinations as you'd expect, a couple of brilliant things, a couple of bland ones. in my opinion its worth a try.

was at ino today, and it was fantastic, excellent paninis so thanks for the suggestion [thumbup]

also ate at Shorty's .32 (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/shortys32/) (random walk-in pick) and it was pretty cool. packed, super dim lighting, kind of loud and most importantly really good food and very friendly service.

Pinoy
10-06-2008, 03:14 PM
Soto (already on the list, but worth mentioning twice. tremendous japanese)


I've always been meaning to try Soto! Based on the nigiri alone, would you recommend it over Sushi Yasuda?

AKA*NYC
10-06-2008, 03:57 PM
BTW, apparently your wife decided to kill me. While we were sipping beer and talking Poell on that memorable spring night, she recommended some seafood place on sheepshead bay to my friends, so they twisted my hand into going there. jesus fucking christ - i've never seen so many rednecks in one place in new york city. the place gave me The Fear.

http://www.coconut-hut.co.uk/acatalog/fear-and-loathing.jpg

clementes? hahaha! it's more a goombah joint. the folks there are nice enough but definitely leave your designer duds at home. [lol]

maldoror
10-06-2008, 04:34 PM
I've always been meaning to try Soto! Based on the nigiri alone, would you recommend it over Sushi Yasuda?

no, I wouldn't. if you're planning on doing straight sushi, then yasuda is your best bet.

EDIT: but you could still do much better elsewhere in the world. unless you're really dying for a pure sushi experience, it seems to make more sense to eat someplace unique to the city while visiting. you could probably do a yasuda level sushi experience for ~$40 per person in tokyo.

Faust
10-06-2008, 07:37 PM
clementes? hahaha! it's more a goombah joint. the folks there are nice enough but definitely leave your designer duds at home. [lol]

Yo, man, I thought I was gonna go crazy in that place.

Canaduh0415
10-06-2008, 08:14 PM
Anyone eaten at Bubby's, any good? Looking for a killer burger and beer...but a place the ladies may enjoy aswell.....

Faust
10-06-2008, 08:17 PM
Anyone eaten at Bubby's, any good? Looking for a killer burger and beer...but a place the ladies may enjoy aswell.....

Hell no. Stupid overpriced Tribeca crap. If you want a good burger/beer + lady friendly, go to Blue Ribbon Bakery.

Canaduh0415
10-06-2008, 08:19 PM
Thank you!!!!!.....

Faust
10-06-2008, 08:21 PM
Thank you!!!!!.....

You are welcome. I'll PM/text you as soon as slick lowrey confirms plans tomorrow. Need to juggle a few things.

lowrey
10-06-2008, 08:25 PM
juggling works for me. thanks to jetlag, I wake up at 6:30 am http://planetsmilies.net/party-smiley-9534.gif

Faust
10-06-2008, 08:26 PM
Ok, cool.

maldoror
10-06-2008, 08:27 PM
blue ribbon bakery, while awesome, is $$$$ comfort food and I'd say the burger is not their strong point. fried chicken is awesome though, as is steak tartare, chilled half lobster, matzoh ball soup, bone marrow . . . mmmm . . . maybe it's time for some $$$$ comfort food for me right now.

but if you really just want an awesome burger and beer, then corner bistro is the place. fucking incredible burger for $6 and sierra nevada for $3. my fav burger in the city.

Faust
10-06-2008, 08:29 PM
Yea, but you missed the lady part.

Canaduh0415
10-06-2008, 08:33 PM
Yeah, lady friend likes the romantic, warmwood kind of atmosphere..so maybe brunch for the bistro...Faust, need to talk to you about something personal aswell, looking for some advice/help with something so I may need a half hour to chill w/ya....if you could factor that in I'd appreciate it, Mark

Faust
10-06-2008, 08:45 PM
No problem.

DRRRK
09-30-2009, 08:33 AM
Wow, I've just discovered this old thread just before I wanted to ask the questions that are already answered here. I'll be in New York from October 11th and except for shopping (Atelier finally) and concerts I have no information yet apart from the informations I have gathered for last year's trip. Thanks to all who have shared their experiences here. And a special thanks to Faust. The list on the first page should be enough for a couple of stays.[thumbup]

Faust
09-30-2009, 09:09 AM
You are welcome. Wow, that was an epic post - I must have been really bored at work.

DRRRK
09-30-2009, 09:40 AM
[lol]
I am at work at this moment. Don't tell anybody... I call it creativ breaks.

scott.m
10-01-2009, 04:50 AM
today uniqlo's jil sander collaboration drops, it i 5:50 am, i've been up for 15 minutes and am getting ready to head out soon, god this is stupid.

ProfMonnitoff
10-01-2009, 05:38 AM
It probably won't even be that good :(

I like Uniqlo and I like Jil Sander, but the two together? Dunno, we've had this conversation before.

MikeN
10-01-2009, 07:00 AM
We've already determined it will be bad, haha!

BrettChaotix
10-01-2009, 09:52 AM
If anyone is interested, I created an NYC shopping map.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=102263678455185756721.00043e8783c59195829d8&t=h&z=13

lowrey
10-01-2009, 10:43 AM
god this is stupid.

.......

Trendy Andy
10-06-2009, 11:45 PM
Yeah, lady friend likes the romantic, warmwood kind of atmosphere..so maybe brunch for the bistro...Faust, need to talk to you about something personal aswell, looking for some advice/help with something so I may need a half hour to chill w/ya....if you could factor that in I'd appreciate it, Mark

I'm sure this is not a place where New York natives would go to have brunch but Gemma attached to the Bowery hotel has a real warm atmosphere and its perfect portion for brunch. You'll love the decor inside. Everything was delicious even down to the banana bread.

http://ny.eater.com/uploads/2007_07_gemma2.jpg

http://eater.com/uploads/2007_07_gemma1.jpg


This is what we had last week when we were there:

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/3584/dsc02576i.jpg

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/6061/dsc02575e.jpg

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/2602/img2102g.jpg

Trendy Andy
10-07-2009, 12:28 AM
I was there in Manhattan for a 1.5 weeks toward the end of the Mercedes Benz fashion week and my favorite meal experience was at Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant called Daniel. [wub]

My visit to Manhattan this time was much different. I went on a splurge when it came to fine dining on this trip: Megu, Morimoto, MomoFuku Ko, Jean George, Mercer's Kitchen, WD-50, Le Cirque, and others not mentioning. [tongue]

At Daniel, I had the 6 course prix-fixe menu and everything I had including market special which was Foie Gras was mouthwatering. The Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Chop & Duo of Dry Aged Angus Beef (braised) melts rights in. [heart]

All the preparation and presentation involved were astounding. We would always have a server standing no further than 7 feet away. An ottoman stool would be placed next to you to lay your bags and our server would always seat you when you wish to leave or come back to the table. There meals would be brought altogether to you in a "sweeping" manner, meaning they would line up in a single file and present it to you from left to right and leave after in the same fashion.
The service is impeccable. To add on top of what we ordered, Daniel Boulud came by to our table informed us that he had asked his executive chef to whip up some additional desserts he plans to include in his upcoming seasonal menu. He wanted our opinions about it and offered us a basket full of fresh mini Madeline while we wait. It ended up being a 9 course meal by the time we stepped out of that place. [thumbup]

The establishment has recently been remodeled as well. Originally, the interior appeared more passé and traditional. When you first step inside, don't let the decorum or the environment get you down because its not intended to be hip or modern.

Perhaps the service results may vary based on the timing of your arrival (Hence, Daniel physically being there to oversee everything), but I can say in confidence that this particular place has made a huge impression for me and this will now set the standard.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/21/dining/21rest.600.jpg

http://cdn0.curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/3094/2848954381_b8902e26cb_o.jpg

http://cdn0.curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/3050/2849784958_69b073a0c7_o.jpg

toulouse
10-12-2009, 12:14 AM
The first sentence of post is screaming poster is the douchebag. The rest of the post confirms poster is the douchebag. Thank you for the lecture on obvious. Tell me. Is chicken feet the feet of chickens? Why not share moments of the experience on your palate? That would be more interesting than your soulless bellowing. Douchebag. [suicide]

I was there in Manhattan for a 1.5 weeks toward the end of the Mercedes Benz fashion week and my favorite meal experience was at Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant called Daniel. [wub]

My visit to Manhattan this time was much different. I went on a splurge when it came to fine dining on this trip: Megu, Morimoto, MomoFuku Ko, Jean George, Mercer's Kitchen, WD-50, Le Cirque, and others not mentioning. [tongue]

At Daniel, I had the 6 course prix-fixe menu and everything I had including market special which was Foie Gras was mouthwatering. The Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Chop & Duo of Dry Aged Angus Beef (braised) melts rights in. [heart]

All the preparation and presentation involved were astounding. We would always have a server standing no further than 7 feet away. An ottoman stool would be placed next to you to lay your bags and our server would always seat you when you wish to leave or come back to the table. There meals would be brought altogether to you in a "sweeping" manner, meaning they would line up in a single file and present it to you from left to right and leave after in the same fashion.
The service is impeccable. To add on top of what we ordered, Daniel Boulud came by to our table informed us that he had asked his executive chef to whip up some additional desserts he plans to include in his upcoming seasonal menu. He wanted our opinions about it and offered us a basket full of fresh mini Madeline while we wait. It ended up being a 9 course meal by the time we stepped out of that place. [thumbup]

The establishment has recently been remodeled as well. Originally, the interior appeared more pass? and traditional. When you first step inside, don't let the decorum or the environment get you down because its not intended to be hip or modern.

Perhaps the service results may vary based on the timing of your arrival (Hence, Daniel physically being there to oversee everything), but I can say in confidence that this particular place has made a huge impression for me and this will now set the standard.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/21/dining/21rest.600.jpg

http://cdn0.curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/3094/2848954381_b8902e26cb_o.jpg

http://cdn0.curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/3050/2849784958_69b073a0c7_o.jpg
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comedyzen
10-12-2009, 03:33 AM
since we have various general threads on Paris, Tokyo and others, I figured we could use one on nyc [thumbup]

I'll start by asking; is a moderately priced, nice and modern hotel an impossible thing to find in the city? I remember staying at 60 thompson 3-4 years ago for $350, now their prices start at $700 and I can imagine the hotel has nothing but aged since then. giving up on a central location is probably the wise thing to do, so any ideas are welcome. I'm willing to spend something since its my birthday, but not as much per night as I'm paying for roundtrip flights from europe, which seems to be what most boutique hotels charge.

also, lets discuss food. whats good? casual places, "fast food" (cafes etc) and upscale restaurants.


Hi Mike, where is the Tokyo thread you speak of in this? I am looking for it now. If it is gone, I hope to start a new one. Thanks

dolochov
10-12-2009, 04:26 PM
This (http://stylezeitgeist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7584) is a thread about tokyo, though there might be others.

Trendy Andy
10-22-2009, 12:02 PM
Wow, you certainly are the drama queen. From what I can gather, with only 10 post count, you've managed to pissed off more than one member on SZ.

All of Daniel Boulard's restaurant has names that sounds similar to one another so I didn't want people to be confused. I want to share my
positive experience with people on SZ. This is not for you to know but for others to try out. You can kiss my ass if you don't like it.




The first sentence of post is screaming poster is the douchebag. The rest of the post confirms poster is the douchebag. Thank you for the lecture on obvious. Tell me. Is chicken feet the feet of chickens? Why not share moments of the experience on your palate? That would be more interesting than your soulless bellowing. Douchebag. [suicide]

eris quod sum
10-30-2009, 02:50 PM
I'm sure this is not a place where New York natives would go to have brunch but Gemma attached to the Bowery hotel has a real warm atmosphere and its perfect portion for brunch. You'll love the decor inside. Everything was delicious even down to the banana bread.



Quoting far after the fact, but I miss Gemma's brunch... The last time I went was before I moved to the city, but I think I might have to make plans to stop by soon. Always delicious.

random
10-30-2009, 04:54 PM
do we have a thread for Singapore? will be there in January. I am mainly thinking of delicious food there but would not mind good shopping location at all.[thumbup]

lowrey
12-28-2009, 08:34 PM
bump

went to Ippudo for the first time yesterday with Faust, great all meat dinner. pork buns to start with, followed by a sticky rice pork burger, topped of with spare ribs and sapporo [thumbup]

checked out Blue Ribbon today for the first time as well, really nice place, food was excellent.

MikeN
12-28-2009, 09:46 PM
you're in town?? love ippudo, I go about twice a week!

MikeN
12-28-2009, 09:47 PM
(multiply that by 3 when fuuma's in town)

lowrey
12-28-2009, 09:54 PM
yea, heading out tomorrow already.. [wall]

Acid, Bitter and Sad
12-28-2009, 09:55 PM
A, you went Ippudo but didn't have the ramen? That's what they're known for..

lowrey
12-28-2009, 09:58 PM
I know, but most ramen tends to have something I can't eat or don't like plus their other plates seem great as well.. I tried my girlfriend's though, was really good.

Faust
12-28-2009, 11:08 PM
A, you went Ippudo but didn't have the ramen? That's what they're known for..

That's what I asked. But, yea, lowrey's food was great!

Fuuma
12-29-2009, 12:24 PM
(multiply that by 3 when fuuma's in town)

Can we go on the 31? I'm pretty sure that's one of the first thing I wanna do when I wake up and wait for the new year...

Sombre
12-29-2009, 12:35 PM
Cross post from Randomness: what can I do for New Year's Eve if I don't want to stand in Times Square or pay $150+ at a nightclub?

theaddict
12-29-2009, 12:38 PM
Do your own house party like i do...in my experience going to clubs at NYE mostly ends disappointing. Super expensive, super crowded, super stressfull, super high expectations and in the end you come out of the club and think: "WTF, this was new years eve?"...

Although Misterpale wants to go to the Panoramabar next day morning for a long afterhour...that might be different since the party there starts to be good at 6 or later in the morning and goes till the end of the next day...too hard for me nowadays...[suicide]

MikeN
12-29-2009, 12:52 PM
I'm DJing on NYE so if anyone in NYC wants to party for free, let me know.

mrbeuys
12-29-2009, 01:01 PM
Quick question for New Yorkers. Or at least for people who stay in hotels in NYC. So actually not for New Yorkers, whatever.
Am going in late Jan, hotel wise been given the choice between Bowery and Library, which one would you go for (yes, I have to be in midtown)?

coup de grace
12-29-2009, 01:35 PM
Quick question for New Yorkers. Or at least for people who stay in hotels in NYC. So actually not for New Yorkers, whatever.
Am going in late Jan, hotel wise been given the choice between Bowery and Library, which one would you go for (yes, I have to be in midtown)?

bowery aint in midtown

mrbeuys
12-29-2009, 03:18 PM
bowery aint in midtown

Sorry, braindead. I meant Bryant Park Hotel.

DRRRK
12-29-2009, 04:07 PM
Do your own house party like i do...in my experience going to clubs at NYE mostly ends disappointing. Super expensive, super crowded, super stressfull, super high expectations and in the end you come out of the club and think: "WTF, this was new years eve?"...

Although Misterpale wants to go to the Panoramabar next day morning for a long afterhour...that might be different since the party there starts to be good at 6 or later in the morning and goes till the end of the next day...too hard for me nowadays...[suicide]


Don't do it! I am in Berlin quite frequently and have managed to avoid the Berghain until now for the same reason. I'll be in Berlin for a private house party of a friend and can't think of anything better for new year's eve. All nye parties in clubs have been disappointing to disastrous. Especially 3 years ago at the Rio club.
Strange to post this in the NY thread![blush] Sorry.

laika
12-29-2009, 05:07 PM
Quick question for New Yorkers. Or at least for people who stay in hotels in NYC. So actually not for New Yorkers, whatever.
Am going in late Jan, hotel wise been given the choice between Bowery and Library, which one would you go for (yes, I have to be in midtown)?

library is cozier, slightly less annoying crowd, imo.
BPH is ttly corporate but trying not to be....
also the park is a christmas zoo right now, but some people enjoy that.
[smile]

ddohnggo
12-29-2009, 05:13 PM
Quick question for New Yorkers. Or at least for people who stay in hotels in NYC. So actually not for New Yorkers, whatever.
Am going in late Jan, hotel wise been given the choice between Bowery and Library, which one would you go for (yes, I have to be in midtown)?

neither. for you, dick oven store on hudson.

mrbeuys
12-29-2009, 05:15 PM
library is cozier, slightly less annoying crowd, imo.
BPH is ttly corporate but trying not to be....
also the park is a christmas zoo right now, but some people enjoy that.
[smile]

Cheers, I was leaning towards Library as well. Will give it a try, I usually stay at 60 Thompson (because it's walking distance to RO and A and everything else) or Tribeca Grand, but I don't actually like either of them (especially TG), so looking forward to something new... thanks Laika.

mrbeuys
12-29-2009, 05:18 PM
neither. for you, dick oven store on hudson.

See above... [tongue]
Can't this time, I am not paying so need to go with the flow and have a car on stand-by to head south... (and I am only half kidding)

Macro
12-29-2009, 07:51 PM
Has anyone covered HEALTHY restaurants yet? We all select what goes ON our bodies with care, but what about what goes IN our bodies?

anyway, here's my vegetable rant.

Souen Macrobiotic
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Several locations. They serve fish/seafood, but no dairy, meat, eggs, sugar, chemicals, etc. All organic. Simple preparations, natural flavors, japanese influenced.

210 6th Avenue at Prince Street - Very close to A. Smaller kitchen means smaller batches, smaller batches means better quality food.

28 E 13th Street - The bigger of the two. Very close to Union sq.

326 E 6th Street - Organic Ramen is the focus here. Small and friendly. Go here instead of Momofuku.

Angelica's Kitchen
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300 E 12th Street - Organic Vegan food. Community table has always led to interesting discussion. More spices and contemporary dishes here than Souen.

Caravan of Dreams
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405 E 6th Street - Down the block from Souen Ramen is this half Raw half Cooked quirky little place. Organic Vegan. Live music nightly. Have seen the Olsen twins here slurping up fresh coconut water and the best Nachos i've ever had.

Counter Vegetable Bistro & Organic Bar
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105 1st Avenue. Organic everything... even liquor. Had some incredible Bourbon there. Chic atmosphere, not earthy like all of the above :)

The Organic Grill
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123 First Avenue. small, cozy, unpretentious menu. They serve fish. Best Organic tea selection i've found in the city.

Candle 79
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154 E 79th Street - Quite possibly the most elegant Organic Vegan restaurant i've ever been to. pricey, but worth it for a decadent meal. Has been called one of the finest restaurants in all of NYC.

if any of you meat-eaters are feeling an adventure, these are some great places to start learning how to taste pure vegetable goodness. :)

Faust
12-29-2009, 08:59 PM
Thanks, Macro. No wonder you are in good shape.

misterpale
12-30-2009, 12:24 AM
hmmm...have you ever been to berghain at all?weīll hit the spot on january 1st late afternoon after a good breakfast.best time to do it.and if tīs crowded - who cares?itīs fucking big inside and i like to part of an overloaded crazy crowd.if you have ever been in,you know what i mean.

..looking forward to listen some good sets from beyer,faki,cassy....

i agree with you sa regarding pricing on nye,but 18€ isnīt that expensive.i also agree with bad parties on nye..BUT: itīs markoīs bday on january 1sT...and a night/day/night at berghain/panorama bar is much fun - you know that,grandpa ;-)



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Don't do it! I am in Berlin quite frequently and have managed to avoid the Berghain until now for the same reason. I'll be in Berlin for a private house party of a friend and can't think of anything better for new year's eve. All nye parties in clubs have been disappointing to disastrous. Especially 3 years ago at the Rio club.
Strange to post this in the NY thread![blush] Sorry.

kbi
12-31-2009, 05:51 AM
what are cab fees like in the city? Like from JFK to the center?

Faust
12-31-2009, 08:26 AM
$45 flat fee, last time I checked. Make reservations for a shuttle bus instead.

kbi
12-31-2009, 08:27 AM
ok thanks man!

endersgame
12-31-2009, 09:09 AM
JFK Airtrain $5
LIRR Jamaica to Penn Station $8
about 40 min..

You're gonna take public transportation here anyway, might as well start from the airport.

mrbeuys
12-31-2009, 09:30 AM
JFK Airtrain $5
LIRR Jamaica to Penn Station $8
about 40 min..

You're gonna take public transportation here anyway, might as well start from the airport.

Or if you are a baller, fly Virgin Upper Class and get a chauffeur.
For the price of a CCP leather.

endersgame
12-31-2009, 09:35 AM
ballers fly gulfstream v's..

and take the airtrain from the airport..

image
12-31-2009, 10:07 AM
I love Souen, I order from their soho restaurant almost every day. Republic on Union Square is also great healthy food though not vegetarian. I also like spring Street natural.

I heard Caravan of dreams wasn't that good but haven't been there myself.


Has anyone covered HEALTHY restaurants yet? We all select what goes ON our bodies with care, but what about what goes IN our bodies?

anyway, here's my vegetable rant.

Souen Macrobiotic
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Several locations. They serve fish/seafood, but no dairy, meat, eggs, sugar, chemicals, etc. All organic. Simple preparations, natural flavors, japanese influenced.

210 6th Avenue at Prince Street - Very close to A. Smaller kitchen means smaller batches, smaller batches means better quality food.

28 E 13th Street - The bigger of the two. Very close to Union sq.

326 E 6th Street - Organic Ramen is the focus here. Small and friendly. Go here instead of Momofuku.

Angelica's Kitchen
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300 E 12th Street - Organic Vegan food. Community table has always led to interesting discussion. More spices and contemporary dishes here than Souen.

Caravan of Dreams
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405 E 6th Street - Down the block from Souen Ramen is this half Raw half Cooked quirky little place. Organic Vegan. Live music nightly. Have seen the Olsen twins here slurping up fresh coconut water and the best Nachos i've ever had.

Counter Vegetable Bistro & Organic Bar
------------------
105 1st Avenue. Organic everything... even liquor. Had some incredible Bourbon there. Chic atmosphere, not earthy like all of the above :)

The Organic Grill
------------------
123 First Avenue. small, cozy, unpretentious menu. They serve fish. Best Organic tea selection i've found in the city.

Candle 79
-----------------
154 E 79th Street - Quite possibly the most elegant Organic Vegan restaurant i've ever been to. pricey, but worth it for a decadent meal. Has been called one of the finest restaurants in all of NYC.

if any of you meat-eaters are feeling an adventure, these are some great places to start learning how to taste pure vegetable goodness. :)

comex9
01-02-2010, 12:03 AM
what are cab fees like in the city? Like from JFK to the center?

don't go without making a reservation with a cab service before arriving. take one from the airport line and I assure you it'll be more than $45 that Faust quoted.

MikeN
01-02-2010, 12:32 AM
What are you talking about? It's $45 flat to anywhere in Manhattan, plus toll and tip.

I fly a lot. I tell the driver to take the Williamsburg bridge, avoid the tunnels, and tip him $5. $50 total.

lowrey
01-02-2010, 04:19 AM
f you're paying more than $45 you're being ripped off.

I was just travelling with two people plus luggage so we couldn't fit into a regular cab, so we took a car from Dial7 for $40. few bucks cheaper than a taxi and you have a driver waiting for you at the airport door, not bad imo.

Acid, Bitter and Sad
01-02-2010, 06:06 AM
f you're paying more than $45 you're being ripped off.

I was just travelling with two people plus luggage so we couldn't fit into a regular cab, so we took a car from Dial7 for $40. few bucks cheaper than a taxi and you have a driver waiting for you at the airport door, not bad imo.

Been using Dial7 for years, never fails [thumbup]

endersgame
01-03-2010, 03:02 PM
(cafes etc)

sant ambreus

comex9
01-05-2010, 08:51 PM
What are you talking about? It's $45 flat to anywhere in Manhattan, plus toll and tip.

I fly a lot. I tell the driver to take the Williamsburg bridge, avoid the tunnels, and tip him $5. $50 total.

Whenever i go from JFK or lga to mineola and I don't set up a taxi beforehand, it can be $60 and over....

guess i'm talking about long island prices. even though mineola/garden city can be the same distance from the airports as manhattan.

anyways, my mistake.

kbi
01-12-2010, 08:50 AM
What's the chances on broadway shows or NHL matches (NYR) being sold out under the week in NY?

I was just about to buy some tickets for february when I saw that they have pretty steep "broker" fees plus shipping costs (no option to just pick up tickets at the box).. same with NHL tickets as they're dealing with tickets from season card holders.

lowrey
01-12-2010, 01:31 PM
brokers tend to have pretty steep fees, check with the theatre if they have rush / last minute tickets. I've bought tickets at the time of the show from the theatre box office (sold out show), ended up costing 1/3 of what some broker would've wanted. but there is of course the chance that they wont have any left.

Faust
01-12-2010, 06:17 PM
What's the chances on broadway shows or NHL matches (NYR) being sold out under the week in NY?

I was just about to buy some tickets for february when I saw that they have pretty steep "broker" fees plus shipping costs (no option to just pick up tickets at the box).. same with NHL tickets as they're dealing with tickets from season card holders.

newyork.craigslist.org/tix

Should be able to get Rangers at face value. For theater, depends - if the play is not a hot ticket, can get at half price at TKTS on the same day.

kbi
01-16-2010, 07:53 AM
thanks man! Annnnd another question: I know this has probably been asked umpteen times... I'll just shoot.

I'll be in new york during the fashion week (by coinsidence) However are there any shows that are open to public or where one can get tickets or is anybody not going to be attending who has got tickets?

cheers

Faust
01-16-2010, 11:36 AM
Heh, good luck with that one...

kbi
01-16-2010, 11:59 AM
Was worth a try I guess [smile] I'd suggest swiss cheese[wub] for tickets trade. Pm me!

Faust
01-16-2010, 12:27 PM
How about a Swiss watch?! ;-)

MikeN
01-16-2010, 01:45 PM
NY shows are way easier to crash than the Paris shows. I know THAT from experience!

kbi
01-16-2010, 01:48 PM
Which makes me think of the two cool watches I saw today, just to take it a bit off topic. one classic, one sporty (for the top gun pilots among us)

http://www.wortmann-uhren.com/images/uhren/112_2.jpg

http://is.gumtree.com/ad_image/live/big/289788211.jpg

Oh well there'll be enough to do without visiting fashion shows (+1 day enjoying my architecture guide :P)..I think that's it with my questions to NY for now.Thanks again! I'll be back.. [ninja]

polishmike
01-16-2010, 03:46 PM
to be honest, there aren't many shows in ny worth going to.

jcotteri
01-16-2010, 10:41 PM
yah I was looking at this random Japanese BALLAS blog a couple of days ago and came across these two lovely time pieces... Wow I can dream

http://avant.mo-blog.jp/photos/uncategorized/2010/01/11/10011101.jpg
http://avant.mo-blog.jp/private_room/2010/01/chronograph.html#more

MaxM
01-17-2010, 06:46 AM
Where in NYC could i apply for a summer job that would be vaguely interesting, given that it has to be in the sales/customer relations dept?

MikeN
01-17-2010, 04:42 PM
a job or an internship?

Faust
01-17-2010, 04:53 PM
Man, I love IWC.

MaxM
01-17-2010, 05:46 PM
a job or an internship?

Well it can be both, but i understand that internships are not paid in the US, or very little.
If possible i would rather have a real (temporary) work contract.

Actually my business school compels every student to work during summer and write a report, it is necessary in order to make it to the next year.

Anyway i would looooooove to work in NYC this summer so any advice is welcome [smile]

lowrey
01-18-2010, 12:26 PM
I'd guess that your chances are pretty slim unless you really dig into it, there are a million people in nyc who want a nice or cool job. look into the type of places you'd like to work for and just contact them to see if they are hiring, its hit or miss (99% of the latter), but if you look through some random job listings, it'll probably be the frying pan at WackArnolds. I don't have any precise tips though since I'm not local, but good luck [tongue]

MaxM
01-18-2010, 12:41 PM
I know it will be very hard to find, I also know i will have to send a lot of applications to even get a response.
Nevertheless i am willing to give it a shot.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right...

endersgame
01-18-2010, 06:24 PM
yah I was looking at this random Japanese BALLAS blog a couple of days ago and came across these two lovely time pieces... Wow I can dream

there are more expensive iwc's but the portuguese chrono automatic with the black face is my favourite. extremely handsome and not that expensive..

http://img-2.h-img.com/media/img/s/i/w/c/iwc-portuguese-chrono-automatic-3589223.jpg




Where in NYC could i apply for a summer job that would be vaguely interesting, given that it has to be in the sales/customer relations dept?

are you a student? can your school help you out?

if you want to make money, work off the books and wait on tables at a french restaurant..

MaxM
01-18-2010, 06:34 PM
are you a student? can your school help you out?

if you want to make money, work off the books and wait on tables at a french restaurant..

Well i am in my first year and i am not supposed to contact any alumni.
Also there are certain conditions or criterias that the job/internship has to fulfill so that the school validates it.
Unfortunately they don't want me to work as a waiter, however they allow us to work at receptions in hotels. There i guess being fluent in german and french would help a lot.

MaxM
01-18-2010, 06:35 PM
if you want to make money, work off the books and wait on tables at a french restaurant..

BTW, what does that mean?

endersgame
01-18-2010, 06:50 PM
means working for cash under the table, unreported wages, no taxes.

but you will be here on a student visa? does that qualify you for any paying job on or off the books? see i don't know enough about this. your school will know more..

also, can you fake a british accent? for some reason, there is always a british guy in any random office. they are not any better qualified that the rest of us, but they always get jobs..

Sombre
01-18-2010, 07:06 PM
also, can you fake a british accent? for some reason, there is always a british guy in any random office. they are not any better qualified that the rest of us, but they always get jobs..

[laugh]

jcotteri
01-18-2010, 11:30 PM
Man, I love IWC.
me too, and that photo I posted shoes two of my fav examples[wub]


there are more expensive iwc's but the portuguese chrono automatic with the black face is my favourite. extremely handsome and not that expensive..


I'm not into the most expensive is the best theory (not saying you are) as it's clearly shown when examining the most expensive watches, that they are indeed unattractive and just assert their value by stuffing the most ridiculous amount of precious jewels all over them... Only really suitable for some oil sheik etc.

Those Portuguese IWC's are very lovely and as you mention somewhat attainable. The 2010 lineup sees the Portuguese Yacht Club.. It's lovely..
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/2624/yachtclubblklg.jpg

I also like their Aquatimer..
psy7gO-7GqM

Can't wait to visit the new IWC Schaffhausen flagstore in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong..

erm.. sorry back to NYC[blush]

perhaps this could be moved somewhere else?

Servo2000
01-19-2010, 08:56 AM
I'm catching a bus to New York this evening for an impromptu visit and leaving friday night most likely (originally planned on leaving saturday but ended up having too much work). Drop me a PM if anyone knows anything going on this week worth going to!

Peasant
01-19-2010, 03:10 PM
Where in NYC could i apply for a summer job that would be vaguely interesting, given that it has to be in the sales/customer relations dept?

I realize this is an obvious suggestion, but have you tried Craigslist (http://newyork.craigslist.org/jjj/)? It can at least provide some leads.
Landing one from overseas may be difficult. Often times they want to meet the person beforehand. You'll probably have to take one without pay and work evenings to pay rent. Leaving you with little money to shop or go out with. Regardless of what is offered, I'm sure you can make it seem more legitimate to your professors (on paper).

theetruscan
01-19-2010, 03:34 PM
Well it can be both, but i understand that internships are not paid in the US, or very little.

There's no pattern to internships being paid or unpaid from what I can tell. The ones I have taken have ranged from unpaid to $32/hr. Some that pay a fixed amount end up paying better than the even. Like most things, it's complicated.

Unrelated note, a friend of mine is in a show on broadway. http://www.aviewfromthebridgeonbroadway.com/

H-R
01-19-2010, 07:15 PM
^ Your friend is Scarlett Johansson?

theetruscan
01-19-2010, 08:37 PM
^ Your friend is Scarlett Johansson?

Hah, no. My friend was the understudy for Santino Fontana (playing Rodolpho). Fontana injured his arm and withdrew IIRC.

MaxM
01-20-2010, 09:35 AM
Thanks very much all of you.
I will definitely try Craigslist.
Any advice is welcome and no suggestion is obvious, since i don't live in the US so i don't know the usual procedure.

lowrey
01-20-2010, 03:27 PM
Hah, no.

boooo.. I was just about to attempt befriending you

polishmike
01-21-2010, 08:25 AM
All Saints is opening a store in nyc. Hipster gothninja attacks.

lowrey
01-22-2010, 02:43 AM
I haven't seen their latest shit, wonder if there are any new influences

Faust
01-22-2010, 04:16 AM
I haven't seen their latest shit, wonder if there are any new influences

A friend in London just bought a dress from them.

Her: "Don't you love their stuff?"
Me: "Depending on who they are ripping off at the moment."

MikeN
01-22-2010, 04:49 AM
A friend who works at L'Eclaireur told me he used to come into the store, wearing Rick, CCP, etc... and laugh about what he was going to rip off next!

the breaks
01-22-2010, 04:57 AM
A friend who works at L'Eclaireur told me he used to come into the store, wearing Rick, CCP, etc... and laugh about what he was going to rip off next!

Who's he? Is there just a single person who does the 'designing' for All Saints?

lowrey
01-22-2010, 11:35 AM
yea the "designer". he basically knocks off whatever he wears, mixing a bit of eurotrash and highstreet into it.

kbi
01-22-2010, 12:32 PM
must be working out for quite well for him though if they're opening a new store.

Trendy Andy
01-22-2010, 12:45 PM
I went to the All Saint store in the SOHO area in London 2 weeks ago and it didn't have much interesting selections to offer after the New Years except. The friendly female SA that works downstairs in the Men's department was the only highlight from that experience.

They have an All Saint store on Robertson Blvd. here in Los Angeles if anyone cares to know. Its something I would never wear but I'm sure others my disagree.

MikeN
01-22-2010, 07:45 PM
Its something I would never wear but I'm sure others my disagree.

Not here we wouldn't.

Peasant
01-23-2010, 02:02 AM
Not here we wouldn't.

You can't rip off quality. So, exactly.

mmmmrk
01-24-2010, 10:50 PM
Quick question...I searched through the Cobbler thread, but couldn't find a direct answer.

Does anyone know a good place to add protective soles to boots/shoes in NYC? I just moved here and am looking for both a good tailor and a cobbler. Anyone have any tips?

Thanks.

Raw Edge
01-24-2010, 11:33 PM
tailor:
Zam B (see thread here)
cobbler Firm Shoe Repair

kbi
01-26-2010, 09:50 AM
best sushi place in NY?

theetruscan
01-26-2010, 10:00 AM
I haven't been to enough of the greats to have much authority, but Sushi Yasuda should definitely be in the running. Jewel Bako used to be fantastic, but my last trip was not up to their standards from years back.

Acid, Bitter and Sad
01-26-2010, 06:29 PM
Tomoe sushi - always a long line though...
Blue Ribbon

maldoror
01-26-2010, 07:18 PM
I haven't been to enough of the greats to have much authority, but Sushi Yasuda should definitely be in the running. Jewel Bako used to be fantastic, but my last trip was not up to their standards from years back.

jewel bako went down the shitter years ago.

the o.g. chef is now @ 15 East, which is excellent.

though afaik yasuda is still tops

mmmmrk
01-26-2010, 08:16 PM
Dropped by Firm shoe repair today...seemed to know their shit. Any cobbler that brings up Rick sneakers in conversation seems ok..haha.

Faust
01-27-2010, 08:48 AM
best sushi place in NY?

in my hood and fucking cheap. i don't eat sushi in manhattan anymore, it's just not worth it. blue ribbon is great though, but i had exactly one experience at tomoe and i will never go back. a total tourist trap.

polishmike
02-01-2010, 01:14 AM
best sushi place in NY?Not sushi but Omen is fantastic Japanese.

allanb
02-01-2010, 02:00 AM
best sushi place in NY?

morimoto

mmmmrk
02-02-2010, 10:05 AM
Just moved to NY, and am staying with a friend for the time being. Any tips as to what neighborhoods are good for the price? This may be a ridiculous question, but thought maybe some of you had some insight. Thanks.

Faust
02-02-2010, 11:03 AM
Just moved to NY, and am staying with a friend for the time being. Any tips as to what neighborhoods are good for the price? This may be a ridiculous question, but thought maybe some of you had some insight. Thanks.

you are rather insightful yourself.

Majax
02-02-2010, 02:54 PM
Also coming to NY, different questions, thanks a lot if you can help. Please only consider the first two questions if you think following ones are too specific...



First, I'm aware of what is currently mentioned in tourist guides and forums, shops like Atelier and comparable things. But do you have in mind some "confidential shops", not easily found in guides or forums, I should be aware of?


Do you think Woodbury Common outlet worths it? (knowing that I appreciate the typical sz style, but not only)


Does anyone knows if RO is cheapest (so to speak...) in France or NY (for a French, and taking into account exchange rates)?


Any advice for a pant? Seeking high quality (what is quality?), dark tone, clearly not luxurious in appearance (not shiny or anything), not stretch on the thigh but more stretch on the ankle? Would prefer heavy cotton to wool. Sorry if it is both too specific and imprecise...


Thanks in advance if you have any advice

Faust
02-02-2010, 04:37 PM
see below, and please avoid further inane questions.


Also coming to NY, different questions, thanks a lot if you can help. Please only consider the first two questions if you think following ones are too specific...



First, I'm aware of what is currently mentioned in tourist guides and forums, shops like Atelier and comparable things. But do you have in mind some "confidential shops", not easily found in guides or forums, I should be aware of?

IF, Project #8. But, really, you live in the age of the Internet - what confidential shops can there possibly be?

Do you think Woodbury Common outlet worths it? (knowing that I appreciate the typical sz style, but not only)

No.

Does anyone knows if RO is cheapest (so to speak...) in France or NY (for a French, and taking into account exchange rates)?

RO is cheapest in Italy, like all other European labels.


Any advice for a pant? Seeking high quality (what is quality?), dark tone, clearly not luxurious in appearance (not shiny or anything), not stretch on the thigh but more stretch on the ankle? Would prefer heavy cotton to wool. Sorry if it is both too specific and imprecise...

H&M makes nice ones.

Thanks in advance if you have any advice

polishmike
02-02-2010, 09:06 PM
Any advice for a pant? Seeking high quality (what is quality?), dark tone, clearly not luxurious in appearance (not shiny or anything), not stretch on the thigh but more stretch on the ankle? Would prefer heavy cotton to wool. Sorry if it is both too specific and imprecise...
Check out Uniqlo +J (designed by Jil Sander). I heard good things about the pants but didn't try them myself. Might be a little hard to find heavier pants now, since it's pretty much spring/summer at every store.

Speak
02-05-2010, 03:11 AM
I'm moving to NY this summer, anyone willing to answer some questions for me? I don't really know anyone there, and would hate to move into the wrong area.

So far, people have recommended Williamsburg and Astoria. I'll be working in Soho.

t-bone
02-05-2010, 07:45 AM
Both of those locations will make it difficult to get to Soho, and depending on what you are looking for in your "home" neighborhood, I'd say they both have little to offer that I'd find worthwhile. Sure I occasionally head up to Astoria for Middle Eastern food or to Williamsburg for shows or dinner on occasion, but I wouldn't want to spend most of my time in either place.

I live in downtown Brooklyn and have for about 6 years since leaving Manhattan and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Neighborhoods to check out include Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, the "infamous" Park Slope (stroller moms), and the more recently developing areas of Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, the Gowanus, and South Slope / Windsor Terrace.

It is a lot easier to get from most of these neighborhoods to Soho (and most of the rest of Manhattan). The restaurants are less "scene-y" than in Williamsburg and more varied than in Astoria. Local specialty shops and the Grand Army Plaza farmer's market are as good as anything you'll find in Manhattan for grocery shopping.

/Proselytism

Speak
02-05-2010, 01:01 PM
What makes it difficult to get to Soho from Williamsburg? I've never been, so I have no idea, but by looking at the map, isn't Williamsburg close to a train route over to Manhattan? Thanks for your help!

Raw Edge
02-05-2010, 01:20 PM
most of williamsburg is on the L train, which cuts across 14th street, which means you just have to change to another train at union square or some other station along 14th st and go downtown to soho.
much of downtown brooklyn is on trains that go directly to soho (and gives you more train options and is a drastically better neighborhood).
Astoria is nice though. Especially if you like greek food.

Speak
02-05-2010, 02:48 PM
Is there a huge pricing difference between Astoria and Downtown Brooklyn? It seems like Astoria is relatively cheap (looking on craigslist).

Raw Edge
02-05-2010, 03:17 PM
downtown brooklyn is sort of a vague name for several different neighborhoods, whereas astoria is just 1. in general its hard to make broad comparisons like this, as there aer some very expensive parts of downtown brooklyn, and very cheap parts.
nyc varies a lot area to area and even block to block.
but in general, both places you mention are pretty good value and reasonably well located, but not always ultra cheap.

t-bone
02-05-2010, 04:22 PM
Yes the pricing can vary wildly across neighborhoods and even across blocks, but look online for some info on those neighborhoods I listed above, then search craigslist for the neighborhoods themselves to get an idea of price ranges.

Also, if you can't visit places in person right away, it's a good idea to get a lay of the land on Google Maps and Street View (which also shows nearby Subway stations) when you are looking at a place. Cross reference the distance to the subway with where the line goes (use maps at mta.info for the trains).

endersgame
02-06-2010, 10:57 AM
What makes it difficult to get to Soho from Williamsburg? I've never been, so I have no idea, but by looking at the map, isn't Williamsburg close to a train route over to Manhattan? Thanks for your help!

There's 2 sides to Williamsburg. North and South. North has the L. South, the JMZ. Both will take you to Soho but you will need to transfer. Both will get you to Soho in about 30 min or less.

Theres the GG (old school new yorkers still call it the GG) on the east, but that's a weird train to master.


Is there a huge pricing difference between Astoria and Downtown Brooklyn? It seems like Astoria is relatively cheap (looking on craigslist).

You can still find sub-$1000 apartments in Astoria I believe. Not so much in Williamsburg. There's no downtown Brooklyn, unless you are referring to MetroTech/City Hall.

I also recommend Park Slope with the R train. The R will take you straight to Soho.

Other notable Brooklyn neighborhoods include:

Brooklyn Heights (promenade!)
Carroll Gardens (30's something pushing baby carts)
Dumbo (Pnod lives here?, so close, but so far)
Cobble Hill (use to live here, nice!)
Vinegar Hill (quiet. no public transportation)
Boerum Hill (like cobble hill, but further in)
The Slope (prospect park!)
East Williamsburg/Bushwick (hipster ghetto)
Greenpoint (polish hood, cheaper than williamsburg)
Red Hook (Ikea, no real public transport, dying port town charm)

i forgot to mention columbia heights, west of brooklyn heights. probably the sweetest place to live in the entire kings county..

mononon
02-06-2010, 06:11 PM
does anyone know any good fashion/business companies that have paid internships for the summer I should contact? so far trying to get a paid internship at Gilt Groupe, but any others? i'm from los angeles, so I want to spend the summer doing something productive in new york city, other than studying there. thanks :)

Speak
02-07-2010, 12:18 AM
What trains should I try and situate myself close to for convenience to work in Soho? Is the JMZ better than the L? Thanks all!

lowrey
02-07-2010, 02:11 AM
take a look at google maps and see what stops you have near your work place

endersgame
02-07-2010, 08:51 AM
What trains should I try and situate myself close to for convenience to work in Soho? Is the JMZ better than the L? Thanks all!

i would say the L is better.

Macro
02-07-2010, 08:53 AM
The L is safer. I'd check out the area between Bedford and Graham ave. Lorimer has the G, which can kick you to south brooklyn easily. The JMZ is sketchy, but will easily spit you into LES.

endersgame
02-07-2010, 09:18 AM
there's also one other option. live near the base of the williamsburg bridge and bike to soho. you just keep going straight and you'll hit nolita/soho.

i have a feeling it's faster than the train. you'll also save money to pay for your cc bill at A's.

Speak
02-07-2010, 11:18 AM
take a look at google maps and see what stops you have near your work place

It's very close to Houston street station M (1), and pretty close to Spring Street M (C, E)

What does the M stand for (i'm assuming Metro?), and would the 1, C, and E be the train numbers? Thanks!

endersgame
02-07-2010, 12:36 PM
^^ that would have been useful information from the get-go. you're bordering the west village now. there is no straight-forward path from williamsburg to the (C, E).

if you take the L, you need to walk a long-ass corridor to get to the (1) on 14th. still, one transfer is not too bad.

edit: the C, E on 14th doesn't make sense to me. you are going further west just to go back east.

edit2: i think all this pre-planning is a little premature. you don't have a place to live yet and when you do arrive, it may take you 2 months to find a place. you might end up living in jersey, who knows?

Speak
02-07-2010, 01:17 PM
Premature how so? As soon as I get there, I start working immediately. No matter if it takes me 2 months to find where I will eventually live, I'm going to have to stay somewhere for those 2 months. I don't have the luxury of family or friends there, so that is out of the question. I'll probably end up renting something month to month or renting a room from craigslist. Either way, I would like to find somewhere that is convenient to getting to work.


I'm not sure what this means "edit: the C, E on 14th doesn't make sense to me. you are going further west just to go back east." ?

I'm from Hawaii, I've never even seen a train before.



edit: here's the exact address, just in case I am giving out the wrong info location wise http://www.google.com/search?q=180+Varick+St%2C+New+York%2C+NY+10014&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Speak
02-07-2010, 01:26 PM
edit: the C, E on 14th doesn't make sense to me. you are going further west just to go back east.



Okay, I see what you mean, I did the route at mta.info from williamsburg to the address, and it has me going west passed where I want to be, then walking back east again. Looks like that's the only route though right? Why does the 1 not stop at that point, isn't that intersection also a station?

ps. wow, it took me 3 years to get 100 posts.

endersgame
02-07-2010, 01:39 PM
Premature how so? As soon as I get there, I start working immediately. No matter if it takes me 2 months to find where I will eventually live, I'm going to have to stay somewhere for those 2 months. I don't have the luxury of family or friends there, so that is out of the question. I'll probably end up renting something month to month or renting a room from craigslist. Either way, I would like to find somewhere that is convenient to getting to work.


we can only speculate that you will live in williamsburg, but depending on your credit, budget, cat, dog, time, i don't know where you will end up. so the traveling arrangements to work is sort of a moot point at the moment.

also, working a job full-time and looking for a place to live at night sucks big time. done it before. it wears you down. maybe you should get an agent and pay the 2-month rent fee. at least you will have some piece of mind.

Speak
02-07-2010, 01:57 PM
we can only speculate that you will live in williamsburg, but depending on your credit, budget, cat, dog, time, i don't know where you will end up. so the traveling arrangements to work is sort of a moot point at the moment.

also, working a job full-time and looking for a place to live at night sucks big time. done it before. it wears you down. maybe you should get an agent and pay the 2-month rent fee. at least you will have some piece of mind.

Agreed, having not even been to Williamsburg, I don't know that I would live there either. I was just trying to figure out the best places to live in relation to work.

I'll be flying up to NY in 2 months to check out the different areas, so I wanted to get an idea of where to look, etc. Convenience to work is huge for me, because I cannot afford to ever be late.

Downtown Brooklyn as you suggested seems to be nice as well because there are several different trains I can take right?

ddohnggo
02-07-2010, 01:58 PM
dude, use google maps

endersgame
02-07-2010, 02:17 PM
Agreed, having not even been to Williamsburg, I don't know that I would live there either. I was just trying to figure out the best places to live in relation to work.

I'll be flying up to NY in 2 months to check out the different areas, so I wanted to get an idea of where to look, etc. Convenience to work is huge for me, because I cannot afford to ever be late.

Downtown Brooklyn as you suggested seems to be nice as well because there are several different trains I can take right?

where you are comfortable living is totally subjective. there is a huge difference between south williamsburg and cobble hill and the upper west side. you need to see for yourself where you want to be.

you can't trust the subway. at some point you will be late for work. it happens to everyone.

again, when referring to downtown brooklyn, it's where the municipal buildings are. you don't really live there.
adjacent neighborhoods are brooklyn heights, cobble hill, caroll gardens, boerum hill, fort greene. they are all way nicer than williamsburg and they have all sorts of trains you can take.

Speak
02-07-2010, 02:42 PM
dude, use google maps

You could move to LA and see on google maps that compton and inglewood are close to the LAX, and therefore move there without knowing anything about it.

Furthermore, many people move to Hawaii and move 'near the ocean' not knowing anything about the island, thinking they are getting a great deal. Only to find out that they just bought property in an area that caters only to locals and their house will likely be robbed.


I understand it might be simple to you, but I have never been to new york before, and I would rather take the advice of people who live there, than go by what google maps shows is convenient.

Faust
02-07-2010, 03:43 PM
/\ well, new york is not LA, so use the motherfucking maps, please.

Raw Edge
02-07-2010, 05:50 PM
this.
yasuda still the best, w ushi close second.
morimoto, tomoe, j bako, nobu etc are guidebook garbage. also really dislike blue ribbon compared to the real stuff, though its decent.



jewel bako went down the shitter years ago.

the o.g. chef is now @ 15 East, which is excellent.

though afaik yasuda is still tops

diamonds
02-09-2010, 07:35 AM
my jirlfriend is in ny right now


are there any good consignment shops (helmut lang, yohji, jil sander stuff) for women that i should let her know about? (sorry if i should have just read the thread - didnt know if it was in there)

cheap shops are prefered. hah...

mmmmrk
02-09-2010, 09:52 PM
INA has cool stuff sometimes. At least the men's store has CCP old DH and carpe shit from time to time...

Also, IF basement sale has some women's carpe pieces right now for consignment store pricing...

kbi
02-11-2010, 06:12 AM
top 5 galleries? Perhaps ones supporting upcoming artists? (not the rich dick corner ones with the colorful monochrome crap that makes your granny grinn.)

Acid, Bitter and Sad
02-15-2010, 07:49 AM
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y94/Tytan/_0018962.jpg

I'd like to get this fixed at a reweaver. Am in nyc.

Alice Zotta? or French American Reweaving?

H-R
02-15-2010, 02:59 PM
I'd say it really depends on your luck. I saw a CCP leather jacket once before and if I remember correctly, that got leaked here and the store was immediately flooded with phone calls asking about the jacket. I believe INA has an ebay account as well and I've seen several Ann pieces being put up on ebay...

Faust
02-16-2010, 11:02 AM
Canīt really answer the above. But wondering what what of the INA stores there is worth visiting? Iīve been to a few of them but never really found anything of interest. So wondered if there was a place the chances for being lucky was bigger.

It's kinda hard these days - they know what they are doing and a lot of stuff simply does not make it to the floor. Definitely avoid the Bleecker St. store.

Peasant
02-24-2010, 10:12 AM
I don't live in NY, but I'm curious to see what this is about. Probably just a shop and nothing overly interesting.
http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo304/oakandmichael/24.jpg

Faust
02-24-2010, 11:15 AM
Damn, man, you couldn't wait a day until I write it up? :-)

Peasant
02-24-2010, 08:05 PM
Damn, man, you couldn't wait a day until I write it up? :-)

Oh, my bad. Will be looking forward to it. Consider this the trailer.

polishmike
02-24-2010, 08:58 PM
It's a pop-up store with RG ss10 stuff and some new Assembly line. There are only few pieces for now, but I was told there will be another big shipment. I guess it's worth a stop if you want anything from that collection. I think right now it's the only place in ny that sells it.

Faust
02-25-2010, 06:56 PM
Oh, my bad. Will be looking forward to it. Consider this the trailer.

here you go. (http://www.planet-mag.com/2010/music/eugene-rabkin/robert-geller-pop-up-shop/)

Acid, Bitter and Sad
03-02-2010, 12:25 AM
Passed by Hotoveli today and went in to take a look.
Was surprised to see several Individual Sentiments pieces!

Faust
03-02-2010, 07:59 AM
Passed by Hotoveli today and went in to take a look.
Was surprised to see several Individual Sentiments pieces!

Whaaat?! [suicide] Damn.

Acid, Bitter and Sad
03-02-2010, 09:23 AM
^ and they'll be bringing in Guidi too...

Faust
03-02-2010, 09:24 AM
Yes, that I was aware of. Well, we'll see.

Acid, Bitter and Sad
03-02-2010, 09:55 PM
^ I can't quite figure out a place that stocks Individual Sentiments along side so much Stone Island though.
And then there's Guidi on its way...

endersgame
03-06-2010, 06:51 PM
is first among equals closed?

the phone is dead and the website is gone..

Faust
03-06-2010, 06:56 PM
yes..

boxma
03-10-2010, 11:27 PM
Not sure if this is the right place to post.

Does any SZers in NY buy in Artsee eyewear before? any experience buying the custom made buffalo horn frames? Any other suggestions in places to buy cool frames

Who?
03-11-2010, 08:04 AM
Purchasing custom made frames is much like a mtm shirt. They will show you tiles of different materials, basic frame shapes which can be modified to your liking and a selection of hardware. Once those have been selected they will take measurements such as bridge width, temple length, pupil distance, which will be used to determine the frame dimensions. After that they will usually give you some choices with the lenses, such as tint and material, a good optician will help direct you to what is right for your needs. Some places may schedule frame fittings, they make a mock up plastic frame to check the fit before they begin the final frame, where as others will go straight into production of the final frame. The whole process usually takes 6-8 weeks.

Facial Index on Grand (across the street from the Yohji store) is a great optical that carries many japanese brands.

boxma
03-11-2010, 10:59 AM
thanks WHO for the information.

homi
03-12-2010, 03:14 PM
can anyone recommend some good milsurp/vintage/thrift stores in manhattan or brooklyn?

Trendy Andy
03-13-2010, 02:38 AM
FAE had a closeout sale in mid-January and it was officially closed afterward. That place was short lived. [cry] They carried Viridi-Anne and Obscur.



is first among equals closed?

the phone is dead and the website is gone..

Faust
03-13-2010, 07:17 AM
NYT blows the spot on best coffee (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/dining/10coffee.html).

Acid, Bitter and Sad
03-13-2010, 01:53 PM
^ Great article!! I'll know where to check out the next time i'm in town besides Abraco and Ninth St...

mmmmrk
03-14-2010, 06:47 PM
Stumptown is amazing...straight up. I usually go once every week or two and pick up two bags to french press in the mornings. Amazing coffee paired with the interior of the Ace Hotel is enough to keep me coming back.

almroth
03-29-2010, 02:42 PM
im going to nyc with a couple of friends for 2 weeks the 11th may,
something I defiently shouldn't miss?

Faust
03-29-2010, 04:49 PM
Henri Cartier Bresson at the MoMa looks to be a hit.

Yan
04-03-2010, 09:17 AM
Anyone got any experience of NYC womens boutiques on the Bowery?

Faust
04-03-2010, 09:26 AM
What do you mean exactly, Yan?

Yan
04-03-2010, 09:43 AM
I will pm you Faust if thats ok

messenoire
04-03-2010, 01:00 PM
i was in soho a bit ago and was unaware fashion bloggers were already out. yikes! i've scoured the internet for where the photos ended up to no avail. is anyone "in the know" with those troglodytes?

Speak
05-06-2010, 07:28 PM
Hey all,

This might be sort of a stupid question, but I'm from Hawaii and have not experienced any kind of harsh winter weather.

Do I need to buy snow boots? Some people have told me I do, and others have told me that regular boots are fine. Others tell me that boots will get trashed by the salt/snow combination.

What do you all wear in the middle of the winter here?

thehouseofdis
05-06-2010, 07:35 PM
Is "here" Los Angeles? I doubt you'll need any snow boots in LA. Especially since you'll be driving everywhere.

If you're in someplace like Chicago or NY the snow/salt/sludge will ruin leather shoes. Everyone there I saw was wearing rubber boots or Uggs (for whatever reason). You can also get those rubber shoe protectors or just wear a pair of shoes/boots that are already trashed.

Oh, I just realized this was the New York thread, so I guess you're talking about NY. Are you moving there (your profile says you're in LA)? The snow is probably gone until next fall/winter, so you'll have time to find a solution.

Speak
05-06-2010, 07:52 PM
Here meaning New York, sorry I should have been more specific.

I don't even know where to buy snow boots and when I googled them, they look kind of ridiculous. Can someone point me in the right direction?

thehouseofdis
05-06-2010, 09:01 PM
I don't even know where to buy snow boots and when I googled them, they look kind of ridiculous. Can someone point me in the right direction?

This (http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod49600025&ecid=BGCIFroogleFeed&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=X0EZ1) is what I saw everyone wearing. I don't think you need to get fur lined or padded boots like you'd see in a ski lodge, unless you like that look. Rubber boots should do the trick and then you change into good shoes at work. My opinion.

stadsvandringar
05-06-2010, 10:27 PM
To be fair I only see hunter boots on girls.

I'm from southern california and have lived in boston for the last few years, so I was in a similar boat when I first got to the east coast. What you need really depends on how sensitive your feet are to the cold (which you will find out soon enough). You can always layer your socks, or get some insulated boots. I have some insulated red wings that I typically wear in the snow. Tread is a bit more important in Boston because we get more accumulation, but it makes a difference so you don't slip. I think docs work reasonably well too.

As was already mentioned, the combination of snow and salt can mess up leather. I wouldn't invest in anything too crazy that you couldn't live with messing up. I prefer something rugged and made to last with snowy conditions.

The first winter will be the toughest, by the way. You will have no idea what to expect.

lowrey
05-07-2010, 01:47 AM
I think any boots will work just fine, you're not going to the himalayas. but of course, snow, water and salt are not the best for sensitive leather so getting a pair of boots you don't have to worry so much about might be a good idea.

where I live its typically about -10C to -20C during the long winter, I wear the same footwear all year around. the only exception is that if there is a ton of snow or its really cold, I might wear boots with a slightly heavier tread.

Speak
05-07-2010, 02:41 AM
Thanks guys. I just didn't know if I needed something that water could not penetrate etc. I arrive in NY in two weeks. I have friends here who can get good discounts on snow boots, so I was asking in advance rather than worry about it when it hits.

I guess your pants probably get ruined by the snow/salt too right? I've never had to wear winter weather clothing before, I don't even own a coat.. This is going to be rough!

lowrey
05-07-2010, 03:01 AM
you're pants, shirts, boxers and socks will all be fine unless you roll around on the ground or dive into snow piles. the annoying part is when the snow turns into slush and you need to jump over pdudles, but its still just water and dirt for the most part, it won't kill you. walking around in a rainstorm is much worse than snow in my book.

MikeN
05-07-2010, 03:30 AM
Thanks guys. I just didn't know if I needed something that water could not penetrate etc. I arrive in NY in two weeks. I have friends here who can get good discounts on snow boots, so I was asking in advance rather than worry about it when it hits.

I guess your pants probably get ruined by the snow/salt too right? I've never had to wear winter weather clothing before, I don't even own a coat.. This is going to be rough!

Rough indeed! You'd better hurry up and get prepared, NYC is gonna get hit HARD with blizzards within the next three months!

sshum88
05-11-2010, 12:20 PM
Going to be in NYC Thu - Tues for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and wonder if there are any interesting events / parties going on this weekend? Also the friends I'm going with want to go dancing...music they like is indi-pop, brit-pop, new wave 80s. Suggestions? In the past, I've been to a few places in brooklyn that play decent music and has a good scene but I imagine places change all the time.

MikeN
05-11-2010, 03:41 PM
I'm DJing two different ICFF events this week at the Tribeca Grand. Not sure if they are private or invite only or what. I'll keep you posted.

Faust
05-11-2010, 07:18 PM
/\ Why you no invite zboss?!

I am going to the ICFF - it's fun. And there are like a gazzillion of parties, but I don't know, furniture people, hmmm...

MikeN
05-11-2010, 09:12 PM
You're invited! I'll let you know when I know more. They better be including passes in my fee...