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all nighter Madison coffee shop, or a few clicks down at Tal Bagel, where the tofu scallion spread on an Everything Bagel is actually just as delicious as the cream cheese. And so good for you.
You don't want to stay in a cheap cheap hotel in New York. Ever. But if you can be clean, safe and private, in an excellent neighbourhood, why pay more? Three of the best are here, and they're gems. more
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! We love City Pass!
Do you know somebody who's planning to come to New York? Sure you do. Every week! We love to watch your eyes go boingggg boingggg when they see our tall buildings and sense the excellence and intelligence of America's only truely international, grown-up city. We love to watch your auras explode when you taste our gorgeous food.
But what New Yorker wants to take a big-eyed, breathless first-time visitor up the Empire State Building for the 37th time at 8:00 a.m.? No, no, no, no, no. No more!
So here's what you do: you buy your friend a CityPass. And when you take your friends for din-dins that evening they can tell you all about the rubber King Kong pencils they bought up there at the tippy top. No waiting on line either...with CityPass, your guests just waltz right in. Well, most of the time, anyway. The Empire State Building's a special case. It gets crowded up there, and King Kong's got a CityPass too. Your CityPass will get also you free admission to the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim Museum & MoMA, and more! So do it.
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New York For Families
Many visitors to New York assume its an adult playground. Thats true, but thats also a myopic view of Americas most interesting city. Manhattan is a wonderland for kids. You can take the family to the usual sitesthe Statue of Liberty, Central Park and the Empire State Buildingbut for a truly family vacation, branch out. The choices are infinite, but here are a few to spice up your itinerary.
No city in the world has better theater than New York. So head straight for Broadway musical "The Lion King" at the New Amsterdam Theater, 42nd and Broadway. "The King" is an artistic triumph, the music, set design and costumes are a feast for the eyes and ears. Its safe to say youve never seen anything like it.
After the theater, treat your kids to a New York staple: ethnic food. Most cuisinesfrom Ethiopian to Greekare available, but Chinatown is of special note. Once you find Mott and Canal Streets, just walk. There are hundreds of restaurants, shops and an active street life. Chinatown bursts with an energy all its own. Once youve had lunch or dinner, head across Canal Street to Mulberry Street and Little Italy. Here, youll find cafes with desserts to die for
Of course, no visit is complete without a visit to a museum. The Childrens Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, 212/721-1234, has a TV studio, courtesy of Time-Warner, and a wealth of interactive exhibitions, while the Forbes Magazine Galleries, 62 Fifth Avenue, 206-5549, has a fleet of over 500 toy boats and an army of 12,000 toy soldiers. Admission is free, and since its in Greenwich Village, you can introduce your kids to the citys bohemian section. Older kids will appreciate the Anne Frank Center USA, on Broadway between Houston and Prince Sts. 212/431-7993. If the weather is clement, head to the South Street Seaport. Board the clipper ship, the Peking, and the Ambrose, a former light ship, to appreciate what life at sea was like.Fern Siegel
New York Dining
About Indian Restaurants
Sixth Street (aka Little India)
If you haven't yet run the gauntlet, you really must
take a walk along Sixth Street from Second Avenue to First Avenue,
Manhattan's “Little India.” Peer into the restaurants, as you are
“invited” by the many restaurant owners to step inside their wildly
The food's pretty much the same — better than
average, at least — in all of them. Some folks favour Ghandi, some
prefer the always reliable Mitali East. And those who don't know any
better get sucked into Banjara, perhaps because it's more expensive, and
many people in this country (including, unfortunately, the
Zagat and New York magazine reviewers) don't know Indian food
very well and can't tell good from the average.
If you want a thoroughly delightful Sixth Street
experience, turn to the right when you reach First Avenue, and walk a
few steps, where now you will see four - count them, four! - Indian
restaurants, two up, two down, all good, and festooned with the wildest
flashing lights of all, some of them, winking, blinking red chilli
peppers in endless rows.
And four men will be standing outside, smiling,
calling, egging you on, egging you in, aggressively waving you into
their doors. You probably haven't felt so sought-after since you took
your shirt off on the balcony on Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras. Well,
you're going to have to break three hearts. And the food's lovely
in all these places. But one place has a hidden surprise:
The Royal Bangladesh Indian Restaurant
| New York Vegetarians are celebrating the
arrival of a new hang-out: Veg City Diner.
It looks like a normal diner. It even almost smells like a normal
diner. But there are no disgusting cards pushing Buffalo burgers in the
booths, and the rooms don't stink of old grease. That's because these
diners serve clean food---vegetarian and also vegan only. You can get
Jell-O that isn't gelatin based. They have fries, pot pies, organic eggs
and tofu club sandwiches. In other words, normal food...without the meat.
Be patient here: the service is wildly erratic: the main dish
came first, followed by the salad. Much later, bread arrived. But give
them a little time. It's worth a trip just to get Scorned Beef Hash for
|Best American Vegetarian
Food in Town:
Organic Harvest Cafe
Well, it's a hole in the wall. But it's a light, bright, clean, cheerful , airy little space, a few steps up and opposite the bland, desultory salad bar fare at Bunchberries. There are only three tables here Sit down anyway. The food is fresh and bursting with flavour; you can practically taste the vitamins jumping into you.
If you must eat your vegetables,---and there are always good daily dark greens somewhere on the big menu---they will steam them or jazz them with garlic for you. They char-grill your vegeburgers, tofu, seitan, etc. Our fave is the Big Daddy Seitan Steak Dinner ( $10.50), with mashed potatoes and gravy and veg. Excellent salad dressings and juices are a sure sign that the chef takes great care over every detail of the simple but righteous fare. You can choose from a selection of sides, too, if you prefer to keep things simple: soba noodles, cornbread, brown rice, carmelized onions, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, grilled tempeh, grilled or steamed tofu, garlic bread, etc. Because it's so small, they do a huge business in deliveries to the nearby Citicorp and Lipstick buildings. Time Out and Zagat missed this place...again. Which is a shame on them, because this place has some of the best vegetarian food in town...and none of the stingy portions, cramped conditions or passive-aggressive New Agey 'tude of the uncomfortably metallic and draggy Candle Cafe uptown. You can eat vegan or macrobiotic here too. But we'll take the exquisite, simple Vegetarian Dumplings with ginger shoyu sauce ($5.95) anytime.
Organic Harvest Cafe
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