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27 Jul 2014 Best hot dog stands in New York City

New York owes a hot dog cart full of gratitude to Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. Why? Because in 1916 these two celebrities encouraged young Nathan Handwerker to open a hot dog stand on Coney Island.

He listened to them and started selling his hot dogs for a nickel each to the thousands of the well heeled but hungry New Yorkers visiting this vacation mecca every day.

Nathan’s is still only a wee walk from the ocean. The hot dogs now cost a whole pile of nickels but the sensation of eating a Nathan’s hot dog on Coney Island is well worth the price. Nathan’s is about more than hot dogs. It’s about history an aspect that has a direct bearing on how the hot dog tastes…to me anyway.

When you take that first mouthful, I strongly suggest you close your eyes and open your ears. If you listen very closely you can still hear the soft rustle of heavy skirts, the thumping of thousands of little feet on the boardwalk and the far off sound of a brass band playing.

If you listen very intently you can also hear the crack of bat meeting ball as Babe Ruth, the Yankee’s Sultan of Swat, puts another one out of the reach of frustrated outfielders…all while New Yorkers chowed down on hot dogs.

New York and hot dogs.

For taste…sheer New York Taste…I have to suggest “A Hot Dog from the Vendor Cart Guys.” Head to Central Park and look for the Vendor Cart Guys. You will find their silver carts at every entrance to Central Park.

Order a hot dog with everything and watch them slather the sesame seed bun with mustard, onions, relish, ketchup and peppers. Take your treasure into the park and find a bench or a patch of grass in the sunlight. Or try Strawberry Fields, the tiled John Lennon monument…or settle in by the Alice in Wonderland statue…or join a massive lineup of people hoping to get free Shakespeare in the Park tickets.

A hot dog will never EVER taste as good as it does in Central Park.

Or Coney Island.

A hot dog is a hot dog. But eating hot dogs from of either of these New York institutions is a vital part of the Big Apple experience.

Badda boom…badda bing!

16 Jul 2014 Best vegetarian restaurants in New York City

This is a story where I lost my hair or in other words I look like a mohawk wearing rock star to my vegetarian cousin who found a vegetarian restaurant. Now the reason why I look like Mr. T is simply I lost a bet to my cousin to find a vegetarian restaurant in New York city. You see my cousin is a vegetarian and I always wondered how was she able to find and eat at restaurants that were either vegetarian or served food for vegetarians. It turns out she was quite resourceful and found many ways to eat, while serving her beliefs to not eat meat. Although occasionally she does eat fish sometimes, but she always maintain an eating habit of not eating meat for once. Now my cousin is a traveled chiropractor and just recently she went to New York for a conference. So, now according to my cousin’s blackberry and a few pictures here is a list of vegetarian restaurants that literally cost my hair.

The first and one of the best vegetarian restaurants in New York city is Cafe Blossom, which is located in the upper west side of Manhattan. This vegetarian restaurant offers the best in wine selections and an entree menu that offers the best in organic foods. The seating according to my cousin is one of the most spacious and offers a chic modern vibe in the layout of the restaurant.

Furthermore, the pasta in Cafe Blossom is one of the most delicious dish that vegetarians should try and eat more often. In addition, to the wine selection and organic entree is the salad selections and bar is exquisite in both vegetables and style presentation.

The second best vegetarian restaurant in New York city is Mint, which is located between Lexington avenue and third avenue in New York city. Mint shares a different distinction from all the other vegetarian restaurants in New York, and that distinction is the restaurant is both a vegetarian and a Indian cuisine restaurant. The Chef of the restaurant is Gary Sikka who is Indian and knows several different cuisines from veggie to hindu. The restaurant is set in trendy orange drum lights and mint panels of banquettes. Mint is a huge restaurant with a one hundred and ten seating capacity and private rooms for audio karaoke. The food offers the best vegetarian cuisine with a variety of salads, pasta, and tofu for the veggie kind of a person.

The third and final vegetarian restaurant in New York city is Supermac, a restaurant that specializes in cheese as wells as the vegetarian cuisine. Located between twenty ninth and thirtieth street, Supermac is a diverse restaurant that makes low fat foods with a whole wide mix of cheese. Any kinds of cheese like American or provolone is used to makes cheese nuggets that is healthy enough for any vegetarian.

So there you have it there are some cities that have vegetarian restaurants. Perhaps it was dumb to think there was no vegetarian restaurant in New York city, since the city is cultural boiling point in every cultural styles. Only in New York though where I could lose a bet to my vegetarian cousin.

12 Jul 2014 Things to do in spring in New York City

Take a walk around beautiful Central Park and catch the Spring sun as it creates the most beautiful scenes of nature your eyes will ever see. To be so close to nature, and yet so close to one of the biggest and proudest cities in the world, is mind boggling. Take a glorious breath of Central Park’s fresh air and thank your God you were fortunate enough to witness such a beautiful vision in the Spring. It is a great crecsendo of life. The Spring in New York presents its visitors with so many glorious opportunities, where you can be in a vast, lush park at one moment, and shortly thereafeter, in the heart of Metropolitan Heaven. By the way, be sure to get the horse and carriage ride as they run fairly cheap and add to the romantic feel. After your trip to Central Park you must take the cruise and see Ms. Liberty; The Statue Of Liberty in all her beauty. Catch a glimmer at her in a golden Spring sun and you will not forget it.

Speaking of the Statue of Liberty, you may feel a humanitarian need to see Ground Zero. Although it was a horrific time in our history, visiting the memorial site will give you the opportunity to offer a moment of silence in honor of those Americans who lost their lives that fateful day and to their loved ones.

Spring in New York also means it is baseball season. Baseball means a great deal to New Yorkers and most have to choose between the Bronx Bombers (The New York Yankees) and The Mets. Either way, you will feel baseball in the air and embedded in most conversations throughout the streets of New York. The New York Yankees will be playing their first game in their new stadium (where a Big Papi-David Ortiz #34 jersey was recently dug up). It is important to mention here that the New York Yankees fans are not terribly fond of The Boston Red Sox fans. Remember this to be spared as joking fodder at any city cafe while talking baseball and proclaiming your love for The Red Sox. They just hate them, remember that.

Nothing says New York City in the Springtime like a pleasurable sampling of the various plays, on and off of famous Broadway. You may see a star of tomorow, or if your timing is good, a big star of today. Putting this on your evening regiment will definitely add to the glitz, glamour, and romance of your New York City trip. So many things go hand in hand with New York City and one of those things to end your evening after a play, or a baseball game, is PIZZA. There truly is nowhere else on the planet that has better Pizzarias where you can simply sit down and join in one of the greatest local culinary treats.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen, when I think of New York City I think about shopping. Yes, and shopping to our hearts content because New York is the heartbeat of the retail world, I mean, heck, these are the little extravagances we all work so hard to for. New York City has skyscrapers that seem to go on forever and this is a site to see for country folk. Go see as many broadway shows and plays as possible and enjoy some of the finest dining spots on the globe. New York City in Spring, a time to behold.

09 Jul 2014 Enjoy Delicious Cuisines at Reasonable Price in Your Favorite New York Restaurant

 

New York is an appealing proposition with the multicultural blend of shining neon, bars and restaurants, the gourmets and attractive night life. City offers exotic fusion of western and eastern flavors cuisines with wide range of culinary delights. The sumptuous taste of various cuisines offered by restaurants in NYC is most appealing. City offers many delightful options that make it a paradise for foodies. This city is located at the crossroads of US that means various sorts of cuisines are represented including Thai, continental, regional cuisines, etc. There are numerous restaurants which are famous for its delicious cuisines:

 

The Four Seasons: This restaurant is symbol of Manhattan and well known due to its celebrity clients and sumptuous cuisines. It is most beloved by local people of New York as well as outside tourists or visitors. It has two dinning room and one pool room. The rooms are romantic and airy with lots of space between the tables.

 

Hard Rock Caf International: The Hard rock caf is located in the heart of city at Time Square. Rock your sense with sumptuous cuisines and drinks. It also features rock n roll memorabilia from awe-inspiring hard rock collection. Moreover, the caf also offers private space for private parties with unmatchable services.

 

Le Cirque: This 16,000 square foot restaurant features main dinning room, private event space and separated bar. It offers sumptuous cuisines and drink to its customer to make their visit memorable. This is the highly popular restaurant of New York that is most visited by local as well as foreign visitors.

 

Lutece: The name evokes grace, luxury, elegance and refinement. This restaurant has different varieties of setting which includes main dinning room, two private rooms and crystal chandeliers in order to form great intimate setting for their guest’s convenience and enjoyment. This restaurant offers delicious menu that consist of two or three course meal that includes seasonal mixture of entre, appetizer and dessert. With their reasonable prices and delicious cuisines they are able to create faith among their clients.

 

The Rainbow Room: The rainbow room is one of the leading restaurants that offer dinner with dancing with a big band orchestra on weekends Friday and Saturday. You can spend your enchanted evening in this exotic restaurant by revolving around dance located in the center of dinning room.

 

Tavern on the Green: Magical, enchanting and resplendent all these words explain Tavern on the Green for dinning purpose in glittering crystal room. During the spring days, dinning in the garden is equally divine. The American cuisines are quite expensive here. It attracts lots of tourists as most of them come to enjoy the view of the wonderful park.

 

These are the name of few restaurants that offer sumptuous cuisines at reasonable price. Their delicious cuisine and reasonable prices makes the restaurants more demanding and you can’t miss them. If you are planning to visit New York, you must visit these few restaurants in NYC. You can also reserve these restaurants for your parties or any other events as these restaurants also provide private spaces to organize a small party or event. They have adequate staff and support to provide unmatchable service to their guests.

02 Jul 2014 The best Italian restaurants in New York City, New York

New York has some of the best Italian food in the world. America is a melting pot and most of that perception stems from this one city. The Italian culture is proud and deep. From Robert Deniro to Scorcese to any of a thousand other Italian New York giants, the restaurants are almost obligated to be the best.

After doing a thorough survey of restaurant comments, I have found the following three to be the best in the New York area:

1. Via Oreto-This is where you are likely to see some stars. They eat here all the time. You can get a meal for a little over fifty, very inexpensive, considering their Italian food is some of the the best in the world. Five stars.

2. Stark’s Veranda Restaurant-The best low budget choice. Friendly staff. Lots of specials. Their menus come with a translation under the names.

3. Carmine’s Italian Seafood-Like seafood? This is a restaurant that hasd th best in the world. Even though it may seem an odd choice, I had to add it here.Simply the best seafood, if you are into that sort of thing.

The New York scene is one of the best in the world. Just by going you become an accidental conissuer. with a little luck, you might even see a star!

28 Jun 2014 A singles guide to visiting New York City

New York city is a heaven for single people! I have been to New York city many times. I started going there when I had a friend who lived there because of his studies. I did New York with him many times. I then started going alone because I was familiar with the city and found out that is what I preferred. I also brought my boyfriend and though I loved going around and making him discover the city for the first time, I did not have the feeling of being by myself in that fabulous city.

Many single people, especially women, are afraid to travel alone. There is no need to worry about traveling alone. Some women fear for their safety alone and some other fear of finding being alone lonely. Don’t fear about both things! If you follow simple safety rules, like you would do in your own native city, you won’t have anything to fear. I always buy a Metrocard and take the bus everywhere, even at night. I always stay in Murray Hill and the buses leave you in front of your hotel so there is nothing to fear. If you are still skittish, take the bus and not the subway. That will probably make you feel more safe. You can cab it at night if you went out someplace that is less convenient for public transportation and you don’t feel safe.

As for being lonely in New York…I shop and sight see during the day. I often take walking tours and every time I meet people like me who are alone or like last time I met a woman and her daughter, who was around my age and a teacher like me, and we ended up chatting it up during the tour. I sensed that I could ask them for dinner and that they would have been happy to include me in their plans because the older woman, being a mother, was concerned about me being alone in the big city! Since I don’t get lonely, I did not push for dinner with them. I did another walking tour once where we ended up going out for a beer afterward. You get more occasions of meeting new people when you are alone then you are with a boyfriend.

As for eating alone…I love eating alone at the bar with a magazine. You always end up chatting with other single people like you or chatting with the bartender. I once had dinner at Campanile, a fabulous Italian restaurant in Murray Hill, and ended up talking with 2 NYPD retired cops and spending the evening there and having a wonderful time. They even payed for my dinner! Since they were well into their sixties, it was really a conversation without flirting involved.

I have a hard job, I am a high school teacher, and going to New York alone helps me take my mind off my job. I never think about the stress of my job when I am in New York. I always feel light and bubbly. Shopping and eating does that to you!

25 Jun 2014 The Best New York Restaurants

In New York City, there is an endless variety of restaurants.  If you are searching for the best New York restaurants, begin by deciding on the type of cuisine you are interested in.  Whether you are looking for cuisine from American to Mexican, Asian to Indian, Cajun to Greek or anything in between, you will find it in New York City. You can dine in the best New York restaurants in Manhattan or Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx or Staten Island and have an exceptional meal.

From cozy to contemporary, you will find restaurants all over the city to delight your senses.  Dine indoors or outdoors on the most delicious food available with delectable sauces and accompanying fine wines.  Top off your meal with a scrumptious dessert then head out for a stroll through the exciting city streets.  Your taste buds will be tantalized with some of the finest dining in the world, with a restaurant to satisfy everyone’s’ desires.

Tucked in between the array of shops, homes, and larger restaurants are cozy restaurants with succulent cuisine from appetizers to desserts.  Some of the best New York restaurants are set in a more casual atmosphere where a group of friends can share old memories and make new ones as they enjoy an outstanding dinner.

Throughout the city you can dine at a restaurant, bar, or bistro.  Most of the best New York restaurants require dinner time reservations, although you may be more apt to get a seat at a bar or bistro without one.  Typical restaurants feature tables and booths with an enjoyable and exciting atmosphere.  At a bistro, you will find a more relaxing atmosphere with the menu featuring specialty items from around the world.  Meals at a Bistro are usually home cooked, simple and made with fresh, local ingredients and are often accompanied by a glass of wine.   If you are looking for a fun and very casual atmosphere, stop by one of the many local bars and join “the regulars” for a quick bite to eat and a beer.  Many corner bars are rich in family history and date back to early immigration.

So before you are ready to head into the city, visit www.NewYork.com to see the selection of the best New York restaurants.  While browsing our site, check out the discounted dining certificates for our featured restaurants.  But remember, no matter which restaurant you choose, you will be guaranteed a wonderful night out in the city with a delightful meal at one of the best New York restaurants.

 

18 Jun 2014 Best steakhouses in New York City

Most guides to New York Steakhouses spend a lot of time telling you about the ambience, the decor: heck, they even tell you how cute the waiters are. What is frequently glossed over is the steak. Isn’t that what you go to a steakhouse for? I’m here to tell you about the meat: which cuts are recommended and how good they are. While other details are worth a mention, this time they can take a backseat to the special steaks at the five best steakhouses in New York City. Tie on a bib, because we’re going to be slinging some serious sizzle!

#1) Monkey Bar (60 E 54th St., 212-838-2600)

In a city where steaks can sometimes cost well over fifty dollars a person, The Monkey Bar features a different cut of meat each night for $24. In New York, that’s a price you can’t beat, especially at a restaurant this nice. The steaks themselves are a cut above the rest. Chef Chris Cheung learned his cooking skills from his Tai San parents, and he shows them off with flair in his Wok-Seared Sirloin Steak. The Wok-searing seals in the juices like you won’t believe. It might even beat the trusty grill for steak perfection.

#2) Knickerbocker Bar and Grill (33 University Place, 212-228-8490)

The Knickerbocker does a T-Bone ($39) that’ll make you cry. Honestly, when a steakhouse in New York is well-known for one specific cut of steak, you know they’ve achieved something. A New York restaurant can’t boast “the best T-Bone in town” and lie and get away with it. I think the mafia would burn it down, so there’s the proof. If you can tear yourself away from your steak, you might notice that the lobster mashed potatoes are one heck of a side item.

#3) Old Homestead Steakhouse (56th 9th Ave., 212-242-9040)

Old Homestead’s advertisements state that they specialize in the four food groups: beef, beef, beef and beef. Didn’t I tell you we were focusing on the steaks? Well so does Old Homestead. They concentrate on hand-massaged Kobe beef, grilled to order. That attention to detail also shows in the signature steak, a 16 oz. Filet Mignon on the bone ($45). If you can’t choose between the Kobe steak and the Filet, go for a burger. No kidding, the Old Homestead does a whopping 20 oz. Kobe beef burger ($41) that could put other steak places out of business.

#4) Keens Steakhouse (72 W. 36th St., 212-947-363)

I could spend your time telling you about Keens origins in “Merrie Olde England” but that would deprive you of precious meat time. Instead, let me tell you that if you take a date to Keens

02 Jun 2014 Guide to visiting New York City with teenagers

New York City, a metropolis teeming with diverse people and places, is sure to delight even the surliest of teenagers. The biggest challenge of a family trip to New York is simply choosing between the countless attractions. When planning the itinerary, consider your teenager’s interests.

1. Museums

If your teenager loves art classes or enjoys history, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is a terrific place to start. Although your family could spend the day roaming through stunning galleries, try to pick a few places of interest to make the most of your time. Be sure to check out the ancient Egyptian section and display of medieval weaponsyou won’t be disappointed. For history buffs, the Museum of Natural History is a must-see. The halls filled with dinosaur skeletons and sparkling gems capture the imagination at any age.

2. Broadway

Maybe your teenager is involved in theater at school, or simply enjoys great entertainment. The colorful streets of Broadway offer a myriad of Tony award-winning plays ranging from Wicked to the Lion King to Rent. If possible, try for the less expensive matinee tickets, which offer a bargain for the entire family.

3. Food

New York City boasts some of the best food in the entire world. From the hot chestnuts peddled by street vendors to the flavorful dishes of Chinatown and Little Italy, New York City is the perfect place to chow down on delicious fare with the family. Encourage your teenager to try new menu items. New York City is where I discovered falafel, a Mediterranean pita dish with chick-peas. With an open mind and a good appetite, your family will enjoy New York’s food.

4. Central Park

New York’s iconic patch of green in the midst of sky scrapers is a great place for the family to walk off a delicious meal. Central Park boasts gorgeous paths arched with trees that look amazing in any season.

5. Empire State Building

Get a bird’s-eye view of the city! Your teenager will never forget standing atop the Empire State Building and gazing at the busting city from above.

6. Times Square

Teenagers who love hustle and bustle will find Times Square irresistible. The glitzy ads, towering buildings, and throngs of people will enthrall your teenager. Check out the enormous Toys R Us with an indoor Ferris wheel and stop to listen to talented street performers to get a flavor of the city.

7. Shopping

Visit the East Village to see eclectic stores and get a taste of one of New York’s most famous districts. Even window shopping is amazing and a great conversation starter, so don’t hesitate to stroll down the streets with your teenager and maybe even pick up a unique souvenir.

Whether you have a day or a week, New York City is packed with special places to create vivid memories with your teen. With so many choices, your teenager won’t be disappointed.

27 May 2014 New York Restaurants – Perfect Spot for Foodies With New Tastes

New York is a tantalizing proposition with its luminous neon, the gourmet, nightlife scene, open fronted bars and restaurants. New York is the most happening city in US that never sleeps. This city offers some of the best restaurants across the world. NYC restaurants are open all the time so that you can enjoy appetizing meal with your family and friends. You will find priciest as well as cheapest cuisines in NYC. New York’s food is well known for its exotic fusion of western and eastern flavors with enormous variety of culinary enjoyments. Local visitors as well as foreign visitors keep visiting some of the best restaurants in NYC due to their excellent cuisines and services. Some of such restaurants are listed below:

Artisanal: Artisanal, lively midtown restaurant, near Empire state building, offer more than 200 ranges of cheese. Vegetable and seafood dishes lead the menu but its extensively highly praised variety of fowl, game and beef are not to be missed out. Its wine list is excellent and tops the lists of patrons and food critics over the city.

Bond Street: This Japanese restaurant in NYC although minimal in décor offers many exciting Innovative cusines. Bond Street serves the freshest sushi in NYC along with Nobu.

Brasserie: Brasserie is well known for its after party circuit due to exotic late night dinning staple. Even feast at this space-pop contemporary dinning room is also cause for celebration. This restaurant is French inspired and offers excellent cuisines and the active bar scene makes it an ideal spot for foodies who are looking for new taste.

Daniel: NYC culinary superstar Chef Daniel Boulud with impeccable credentials owns this restaurant. Originally, he was the head chef of Le Cirque. This world class restaurant offer sumptuous cuisines at cheapest price.

Della Femina: Della Femina conveys the superiority of Manhattan with relaxed elegance and high class comfort. This restaurant offers French cuisines with American twist with fine wine at affordable price. It’s difficult to ignore this hotel in NYC.

The Screening Room: Movie and dinner have never been accessible upscale. The screening room features some classic cinema with dining. Here, you can get both food and film either together or separately. Dinner can score three-course prix-frix meal with movie tickets for less than 40 bucks.

New York Restaurants offer exotic services and cuisines so that you will be delighted from the moment you enter till you exit. Restaurants are always crowded, so it is advisable to reserve your table in advance. They serve good food with perfect environment to relax and enjoy with family and friends. Therefore, whenever you go to New York next, do ensure to try these different restaurants to enjoy the different kinds of cusines available there.