A Small Bite Out Of The Big Apple
New York, United States
A Small Bite Out Of The Big Apple Reviews
Aug 20, 2007
When an ex boyfriend of mine asked for tickets to see Les miserables for his Christmas present, I couldn't resist the ad in the newspaper offering two tickets for the very same show on BROADWAY! Off I went and confirmed flights, hotel and Broadway tickets for January 1999.
As more of a beach traveller rather than a city traveller, I really wasn't expecting too much, you know, just the usual, Empire State Building, Bloomingdales, Chrysler Building etc etc.
On arrival to our hotel (heart in mouth as one does, never knowing what conditions we have booked ourselves in to) we were very impressed. Situated on Madison Avenue, in full view of the Empire State Building illuminating the winter evening sky, we revelled in our choice of hotel. The Carlton provided rooms which could certainly be described as suites, with clean en suite bathroom, 38'' colour television and inclusive nintendo console which my ex enjoyed thoroughly as i am sure you can imagine.
I could never really see the romance in a city until i visited New York. At minus 10 degrees frost sparkled all over the roads and the extravagant Christmas decorations adorning every doorway made me feel all warm and cosy inside, almost as though I'd just stepped on to a move set for Miracle on 13th Street! As in the movies steam poured from every man hole in the vicinity and police sirens could be heard 24 hours a day as they took their chances on yet another heated traffic chase. Those officers not involved in car chases seemed to adorn the doorways of every doughnut outlet in the city greeting everyone with a sugary lipped 'have a good day ma'am'
Romance is in the air in New York. You can't avoid it. It's in the smell, the taste the ambience almost in a similar way to the Cosy feeling of shopping in Knightsbridge at Christmas time, only a little more eccentric and a little less expensive.
Bloomingdales is a must for Calvin Klein, Dior, Channel and any other must haves, but don't miss out on Centuary 21 or Macy's all equally as exciting. Wendy Burgers is the place to try an inexpensive, delicious American Burger and don't be mislead into believing that the first ever TGI Friday's is the best - it isn't a scratch on the British ones I've visited. Allow plenty of space in your suitcase for new clothing because original designer labels are a fraction of the price than in the UK but don't forget tax is added onto everything at the store checkout and is not marked on the price tag.
China Town, FAO Schwartz and the whole of fifth avenue are all worth taking in as is the Empire State Building (It's corny but its the only way you can see the whole of the Big Apple in one viewing - well worth the experience!) The bagel restaurant opposite the entrance to the ESB is well worth a visit too. You can build up a hearty appetite sightseeing and one of these bagels will last you a full day.
If you pay a visit to Greenwich Village (a short cab jouney away) then Lucky Chengs has to be the place for food and entertainment. Gorgeous, Sexy hostesses turn into karaoke singing, MALE lapdancers halfway through your main meal. Inoffensive, jawdropping and fabulous fun for everyone (over the age of 18). The only place I can compare it to in the UK is Funny Girls in Blackpool. Averagely priced Lucky Chengs is a must for 5 star food and 5 star entertainment.
All in All I think we probably covered about 2% of the city in our 3 days there and could have continued filling our days for another 6. Not a place i'd like to continually return to but definately a place to take someone who has never been.
Confirm your cab price before setting off to your destination.
The Carlton Hotel is NOT considered budget accommodation but is centrally located for all major attractions.
Forget McDonalds and KFC. Wendy Burger is the only way to eat in NYC
If travelling during the winter wrap up warmly, it can get very damp too - I took a heavy coat but needed to buy a heavier one along with hat scarf and gloves.
Remember there is a tax added onto all clothing, be sure to ask how much before purchasing clothing.
If you are going to be sightseeing by foot (recommended) take comfortable shoes. Pavements are uneven and some streets are cobblestone.
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