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  • Rob
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    Maybe it's an indication of the tourist pitch, but even in Australia I'd heard of Century 21, and managed to get it on my "list".


    On a wintry Sunday morning, there is no better place than the Russian & Turkish Baths on 10th St - a unique old-NY experience:

    http://russianturkishbaths.com/enter.html


    But wow- the highlights of NY for me - The Met Museum (so spectacularly overwhelming that I experienced a temporary period of Stendhal syndrome, but had no name for it at the time http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal_syndrome); the Staten Island Ferry round trip; the view from the top of the Empire State; Times Square late at night; seeing "Hair" on Broadway; walking on the Brooklyn Bridge; the opportunity to buy some trinkets from THE Tiffany's - which almost excused my leaving the whole family home and going to the US for five weeks!

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  • The Chang
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th. The line can get ridiculous at late night though. I would also recommend checking out Artichoke pizza.

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  • chern
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    Love Mamoun's..cheap, quick and delicious. We have one in New Haven too.


    And while not necessarily the best suggestions for the cash or time strapped, any of David Chang's restaurants are awesome: Momofoku, Ma Peche, etc.

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  • TTigers70
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    If you like hot sauce, ask one of the food truck or fallafel places to make it for you extra spicy and its wildly hot. Clearly not fine dining, but when I was in Chicago I didn't experience anything nearly as ridiculous as I can get in NYC.


    If you are in the area, this is a great hole in the wall that is cheap, tasty, and hits the spot after a pub crawl (open all night): http://www.yelp.com/biz/mamouns-falafel-new-york-2#query:mahmouns


    They have some of the most ridiculous hot sauce I've come across...

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  • chern
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    I used to live in Brooklyn and Katz's is a favorite of drunk young guns in the LES around 3am. The sandwiches are good - and huge - but really expensive. And they give you a ticket to prove your order that if lost, costs $50.


    Otherwise I love DUMBO in BK, Park Slope and BK Heights.

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  • chetsteadman
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    Max Brenner is a tourist trap. Pomme Frites wouldn't be my first recommendation, but I could see why it would be a cool experience for an out-of-towner.


    These are kind of EV/LES-centric, but I like Abraco (coffee), Baohaus (taiwanese street food reimagined by an Asian-American chef), Katz's (which is worth every penny), Donut Plant (fancy donuts), and Baoguette (banh mi--no relation to Baohaus).

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  • Squinty
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    And another +1 on Pommes Frites, especially if people are still recommending it eight years on from when I last went (though now that I've been reminded, I'll be there shortly).

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  • nftmlk
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    + one for Pommes Frites

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  • Funkasaurus Rex
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    I live in NYC and most of the spots talked about are good, albeit a tad overrated. I'd recommend Max Brennars by Union Square, Bedford Ave. near Williamsburg, a place called Pommes Frites right by St. Marks (St. Marks in general is great). 34th Street and The Shops in Columbus Circle are a good place to check out if you've got the money for those. There's great places everywhere, to be honest. You can spend a whole day just from SoHo to 125th street. Hopefully you have a great vacation!

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  • allen_luo
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    I spent 10 days in Manhattan and I went to Bleeker Street Pizza at least 5 times


    http://bleekerstreetpizza.net/

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  • alan
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    ChrisW, I'm not even headed to NYC any time soon, but that place sounds awesome. I'll have to check it out the next time we go.

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  • ChrisW
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    Laut in the east village. my favorite restaurant in the city, and I have lived here for years. Laut is a Malaysian restaurant with a Michelin star. it is probably the only Michelin star restaurant you will ever find where all the entrees are under $20


    get the roti canai and the beef rendang. you can thank me later.

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  • j.b.
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    I know it was already mentioned, but I second the UniQlo vote. some of their stuff is too slim for me personally, but the prices are amazing...especially if there is a sale going on.


    Also, they have really nice undershirts/underwear for extremely low prices. the undershirts remind me of Tommy John, for about a quarter of the price.

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  • VespaMatt
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    Oh, for shopping, check out the Ralph Lauren Mansion, too. That was fun to look around.

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  • hornsup84
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    Live down the street from Eataly (don't tell Alan, he'll figure out what city I live in / that I don't drive a car), it's worth a stop by and is interesting. It's right near Madison Park, which is nice if you don't want to invest a ton of time for Central Park (and you get to see the Flatiron building too).


    If you like steak, my reco is Wolfgang's. Most people will say head out to Peter Luger's, but I find it annoying to have to go off Manhattan and pay all cash.


    Also, for italian, do not go to Little Italy. Total tourist trap.


    Obviously there's tons of shopping, etc. Can't speak to the awesomeness of anything unique or anything, but there are cool stores. For menswear, I think that going to the original Brooks Brothers (346 Madison Ave... get it?) is pretty cool. It's huge, multiple levels, has pool tables, etc. Definitely fun to see.


    Might be cool to see the new Apple store in Grand Central -- kind of kills 2 birds with 1 subway stop.


    Museums, etc., too... not going to go into all that stuff. NYC is cool, has a lot of stuff, etc.

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