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Old 07-14-2017, 06:22 AM
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Last month my wife and I spent a few days in New York City. Here are some random observations or rather objective FACTS!

1) OMG, the City is too big! It has more people than most reasonably sized countries.
2) We went to Applebee's across the street from our hotel on Times Square. That was one of the worst restaurant's ever. APPLEBEE'S SUCKS!
3) All your service staff are way too friendly! A waitress in a restaurant wrote us an excuse letter because she apparently let us wait for a minute (we didn't notice). Holy shit. Are you all insane?
4) I take it you guys just gave up on stairs altogether, right? Escalators and elevators everywhere! I don't think stairs exist anymore in NYC
5) I was half expecting to see Anti-Trump protests or protest signs or graffiti. At least around Trump Tower. But no. Nothing. Nobody seems to really give a shit about Captain Spray tan. :blank:

FUN FACT: You probably didn't know that but New York City is also called The Big Apple! No, I don't know why either.

6) Traffic: For some reason I was expecting total chaos but it's actually a lot better than in most European cities. Maybe that's just Manhattan, though. :shrug:
7) The skyline is bloody fantastic. Seriously! Driving into town at night is awesome.
8) Top of the Rock: :faint:
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:15 AM
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It has more people than most reasonably sized countries.
This is objectively true. Even for reasonable definitions of "reasonably sized".
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:42 AM
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1) OMG, the City is too big! It has more people than most reasonably sized countries.
It felt small and provincial after Shanghai. :yup:
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:38 AM
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Oh, I almost forgot one important FACT:

Traffic lights are only for cars! Pedestrians and bicycles can just ignore them! :larrybounce:
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:35 PM
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2) We went to Applebee's across the street from our hotel on Times Square. That was one of the worst restaurant's ever. APPLEBEE'S SUCKS!
I feel I have to make an feeble attempt at a defense. First, don't judge all applebee's by one bad experience. Okay, don't judge them by several bad experiences. I'm sure there's one good one somewhere. But in defense of applebee's, I heard there really aren't any good dining experiences to be had around Time's Square.
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We went to Applebee's and to Olive Garden on Times Square. Olive Garden was actually quite alright. Decent Italian fast food.

Applebee's was just awful from their chicken wings to their steaks. They even managed to fuck up a simple pint of lager. Bastards! :glare:
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APPLEBEE'S SUCKS!
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The Applebee restaurant here closed up shop about 5 years ago, but I remember they had a really good margarita - fresh lime juice, etc... on the rocks - not frozen with a crappy flavor mix.
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A few things, if you are still in NYC.

Go to a deli and buy bagels. And the schmear of your choice. Lox, if you are in to that. The best bagels anywhere are in NYC, particularly lower Manhanttan.

I also suggest potato knishes from the street vendors around Central Park.

And, pizza. There is a claim that New York pizza is the best. It's controversial, I know, but worth sampling the contenders.
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Dude! If you come to NYC again, don’t eat in Times Square. Don’t even stay there. There is no good food to be had — it should officially be declared a food-free zone. Also, a plate of non-food at most places there costs one billion dollars. Times Square is now officially Disneyland East. It is a place where morons dressed in superhero costumes who are trying to sell stuff to idiots have fist fights with one another, the gentrified 21st century version of old-time gangsta turf wars. I remember the good old days when there was a transvestite hookers’ bar across the street from the then-NY Times building. And I heard stories about even earlier good old days, when Times editors leaving the building late at night after the paper had been put to bed had to carefully plan their escape lest they be mugged as soon as they stepped out the door.

Bagels. Yes. :hungry:

Pizza: Check out Lombardi’s in Little Italy near the Lower East Side. America’s oldest pizzeria, it opened in 1905. Brick-oven and pies only, no slices. But just a block and half away from Lombardi’s is Rubirosa, an outstanding, cozy little nook of an Italian restaurant that not only serves mouthwatering pizza but lots of other good stuff like roasted octopus.

If you’re into Mexican, it’s a mixed bag. Much better Mex in California, IMO. There was one place that either closed or moved. Great Mex food though a bit overpriced. Their signature item was the cricket taco, piled high with dead crickets — intact legs, antennae, and all the rest. Topped with guacamole. (I assume the crickets were dead because I never, uh, actually tried one. Supposedly they are nice and crunchy. :shiftier:)

If you had good traffic you were lucky. I recently flew from California to Newark airport. The flight was a bit over five hours. It took me about 2.5 hours to get from Newark to the Upper East Side — half the time of a cross-country flight.

Stairs: subways. Though the recently opened Upper East Side subway stops do have escalators and elevators.

Agree on the skyline, though it looked more awesome when the Twins rose over Lower Manhattan rather than the shit that is there now.

If you are into opera you should check out the Met. A very nice thing is they have standing-room tix for only 21 bucks apiece and no reservation required. Otherwise you’d have to book in advance seats that can cost hundreds of dollars apiece.

Anyway, this is advice in case you visit again. :)
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The American Museum of Natural History is in New York City -- and as a bonus, Neil de Grasse Tyson works there, in the planetarium. (He's I guy I'd like to meet someday.) I wouldn't mind visiting NYC someday, for the museum. The problem, of course, is that I'd have to actually -- :shudder: -- go into the city.


Obviously, I'm not the person to consult on such matters; the actor Steve McQueen once said that "I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth," and that's a feeling I share wholeheartedly. I'd vastly prefer to spend my vacation time wandering around some wilderness area than visiting any city on the planet. That having been said, I've visited Washington, D.C. twice -- for the Smithsonian -- and someday I may be able to work up the gumption to visit NYC, for the AMNH.
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I only spent a long weekend at the Hotel Penn - some hacker conference. The folk I went with walked down to Times Square to look around. I know we went into the M&M store. It was nice and as you might imagine also prohibitively expensive. I wanted to get down to ground zero but we never had the time to do it.
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2) We went to Applebee's across the street from our hotel on Times Square. That was one of the worst restaurant's ever. APPLEBEE'S SUCKS!
Anyone could've told you that.

Also don't spend much time in Times Square in general, and definitely don't eat there as davidm said.
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We went to Applebee's and to Olive Garden on Times Square. Olive Garden was actually quite alright. Decent Italian fast food.
Is it that fast? :?

Also... I mean... you've been to Italy, right? It's not too far for you...

Anyway, I don't eat at Olive Garden so much (been once in the past few years). There are better options even in terms of chain Italian restaurants, IMO.
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There's room for you to have a wife in Luxembourg? :shocked:
It's not like we haven't been talking about this for years ...

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Re: the waitress's apology note: I've never encountered that in my life. I suspect the job competition is fierce and management takes advantage of that by holding them to strict timing metrics. There's a reason the phrase "New York Minute" exists. MOST of the rest of the country is not quite so tightly wrapped.

I've had a rich spectrum of server attitude in the US, from syrupy-friendly to "Is this person about to punch us" rude.

If you ever visit SF, look me up and I'll make sure you get some real food.
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Ditto what the sock said but for Austin. Eating is pretty close to my only form of entertainment.
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8) Top of the Rock: :faint:
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I could have stayed up there all day. Incredible! :unnod:
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