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Old 03-05-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
 
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Default Easy, cheap NYC day trip?

I am itching to get out of town and do something fun. SO is coming to visit, and I asked if he wanted to go to NYC for the day. He said he has to think about it because we don't really have a plan, and he'd want to know we were actually going there so we could do something, not just hang out in the city. Understandable. We've been to the history museum and the Met Museum of Art. I don't think we really want to do a big event like that this time. I'd love to walk through Central Park at some point, especially because it's going to be nice Sunday.

Any suggestions for cheap, easy, relaxed, fun things to do that I can pitch to him?
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Just hanging out at Central Park, or the Village, or Soho is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you wanted to take a subway ride, I'd suggest the Cloisters, which is part of the Met. It's like a whole other world. You have to climb a lot of steps, though.
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If you've never done it, the Staten Island Ferry is kinda neat, with a much better view of the Statue of Liberty than actually going TO the Statue of Liberty.

There's also a photography museum in midtown... at 43rd and Avenue of the Americas. I don't remember if it's open on Sundays or not, but if it is, give it a whirl. Really neat little place.
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Dim Sum in Chinatown! Try the Vegetarian Dim Sum House if you need veggie/kosher.

I second the Staten Island Ferry.
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I will vote for a lunch picnic in central park. That sounds perfect to me.
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Dim Sum in Chinatown! Try the Vegetarian Dim Sum House if you need veggie/kosher.

I second the Staten Island Ferry.
Second the Dim Sum in Chinatown (so good, and really fun), and third the Staten Island Ferry ride. Much cheaper than the actual Circle Line/Statue of Liberty cruises, but you still get to have a fun ride for your money and see plenty of sights.
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Love, love this place!
Many folks go there for dessert...
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but you may have other plans...

http://www.ellensstardustdiner.com/
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Serendipity is fun...but make reservations!

Soho is fun to shop and have lunch.

I fourth (or fifth) the Staten Island Ferry.

Have you ever seen anything on Broadway? If not, please, do that! I don't recommend the TKTS because the seats are usually pretty bad and you want good seats. I've had better luck with broadwaybox.com. They give you discount codes to use on ticketmaster. I've used them and been on the 2nd row for 40% off!
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Serendipity is fun...but make reservations!

Soho is fun to shop and have lunch.

I fourth (or fifth) the Staten Island Ferry.

Have you ever seen anything on Broadway? If not, please, do that! I don't recommend the TKTS because the seats are usually pretty bad and you want good seats. I've had better luck with broadwaybox.com. They give you discount codes to use on ticketmaster. I've used them and been on the 2nd row for 40% off!
I've seen Phantom on Broadway, but I'm not sure if SO's ever been. I know he wants us to take his daughter this summer, so he might want to save that. Thanks for the site! That ought to come in handy!

Wile, he LOVES diners, so that looks great! And I'm all for the ferry! I've also been dying to go the Cloisters, too. And I am always, always up for Chinese! Him, on the other hand...

I'm really craving a change of scenery for a day. If we don't make it this weekend, we'll definitely be doing all this stuff in the near future. It all sounds great!
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Love, love this place!
Many folks go there for dessert...
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but you may have other plans...

http://www.ellensstardustdiner.com/
Tourist trap, overpriced, mediocre food.

Instead, try the 2nd Avenue Deli which has reopened on 33rd between 3rd and Lexington, or Katz's at Houston and Ludlow.
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Love, love this place!
Many folks go there for dessert...
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but you may have other plans...

http://www.ellensstardustdiner.com/
Tourist trap, overpriced, mediocre food.

Instead, try the 2nd Avenue Deli which has reopened on 33rd between 3rd and Lexington, or Katz's at Houston and Ludlow.
Agreed!

P.S. Katz is where the famous "I'll have what she's having" scene in When Harry Met Sally as filmed.
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Yeah, I definitely have to vote for Katz over Ellen's.

Ellen's might actually be fun when you have his daughter with you, as it's a great place for kids - very bright and kitschy, singing waiters and waitresses, loud 50s and 60s music. And be careful, it's definintely not cheap anymore, it's right in that "tourist trap" area of the city near Times Square. Plus, for two grown-ups, it's so loud you can't hear yourself think. Katz's, on the other hand, is REAL New York - it's tradition, much more fun for the grownups if it's just the two of you.
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