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Table of Contents
                            Contents at a Glance
Maps at a Glance
Table of Contents
	About This Book
	Conventions Used in This Book
	Foolish Assumptions
	How This Book Is Organized
	Icons Used in This Book
	Where to Go from Here
Part I: Introducing New York City
	Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of New York City
		Best Events
		Best Hotels
		Best Restaurants
		Best Attractions
		Best Shopping
		Best Culture and Nightlife
	Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into New York City
		Hunting Down a Little History
		Looking at Local Architecture
		Lauding the Local Cuisine
		Recommending Books and Movies
	Chapter 3: Deciding When to Go
		Revealing the Secrets of the Seasons
		Marking Your Calendar: Year-round New York
Part II: Planning Your Trip to New York City
	Chapter 4: Managing Your Money
		Planning Your Budget
		Cutting Costs, But Not the Fun
		Handling Money
	Chapter 5: Getting to New York City
		Choosing the Airport
		Flying to New York
		Driving to New York City
		Arriving by Other Means
		Joining an Escorted Tour
		Choosing a Package Tour
	Chapter 6: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests
		Traveling with the Brood: Advice for Families
		Making Age Work for You: Advice for Seniors
		Accessing New York City: Advice for Travelers with Disabilities
		Following the Rainbow: Advice for Gay and Lesbian Travelers
	Chapter 7: Taking Care of the Remaining Details
		Renting a Car: Not in New York!
		Playing It Safe: Travel and Medical Insurance
		Staying Healthy When You Travel
		Staying Connected by Cellphone or E-mail
		Keeping Up with Airline Security Measures
Part III: Settling Into New York City
	Chapter 8: Arriving and Getting Oriented
		Getting from the Airport to Your Hotel
		Arriving by Train
		Arriving by Car
		Figuring Out the Neighborhoods
		Finding Information after You Arrive
		Getting Around New York
		Seeing New York on Foot
	Chapter 9: Checking In at New York’s Best Hotels
		Getting to Know Your Options
		Finding the Best Room at the Best Rate
		Arriving without a Reservation (Not Recommended)
		New York City’s Best Hotels
		Runner-Up Hotels
	Chapter 10: Dining and Snacking in New York City
		Getting the Dish on the Local Scene
		New York’s Best Restaurants
		Dining and Snacking on the Go
		Index of Establishments by Neighborhood
Part IV: Exploring New York City
	Chapter 11: New York’s Top Sights
		New York City’s Top Sights
		Finding More Cool Things to See and Do
		The New York Sports Scene
		Seeing New York by Guided Tour
	Chapter 12: Shopping in New York City
		Surveying the Shopping Scene
		Knowing the Big Names
		Shopping in Open-Air Markets
		Discovering the Best Shopping Neighborhoods
		The Best of New York Shopping A to Z
	Chapter 13: Following an Itinerary: Five Great Options
		New York in Three Days
		New York in Five Days
		New York for Museum Mavens
		New York for Families with Kids
		New York for History Buffs
Part V: Living It Up After Dark: New York City Nightlife
	Chapter 14: Applauding the Cultural Scene
		Getting the Inside Scoop
		Taking in New York Theater
		Venues That Break the Mold
		Classical Music
		Music Alfresco
	Chapter 15: Hitting the Clubs and Bars
		It’s About the Music
		New York Comedy Is No Joke
		Hanging Out in New York’s Best Bars
		Hitting the Dance Clubs and Getting Across the Velvet Rope
Part VI: The Part of Tens
	Chapter 16: The Top Ten Offbeat New York City Experiences
		Ride the International Express
		Explore the Museum of Sex
		Stroll Riverside Park
		Ride the Roosevelt Island Tram
		Head to Coney Island
		Visit the House Where Satchmo Lived
		Tour Little Italy in the Bronx
		Bike Along the Hudson River
		Wander the Streets on Sunday Morning
		Spend Some Time with the Dead
	Chapter 17: The Top Ten Essential New York City Eating Experiences
		A Slice of Pizza
		Bagel with Lox
		Chicken and Waffles
		The Hot Dog
		Pasta Fagioli
		The New York Oyster
		The New York Strip
		The Old World
		Ice Cream with a View
	Chapter 18: Ten New York City Experiences to Avoid
		New Year’s Eve in Times Square
		Chain Restaurants
		Three-Card Monte
		Waiting on Lines for Breakfast
		The St. Patrick’s Day Parade
		Electronics Stores
		Driving in the City
		Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
		The Feast of San Gennaro
Appendix: Quick Concierge
	Fast Facts
	Toll-Free Numbers and Web Sites
	Where to Get More Information
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$$$ Greenwich Village ITALIAN/WESTERN

Maremma is the name of the rocky, rough coastal region of Tuscany where
Italian cowboys roam the land and the menu at Maremma is the unlikely
mix of Tuscan and cowboy cuisine. Here you’ll find small plates on the
menu like the spin on the traditional sloppy joe called “sloppy Giuseppe”:
tender pieces of shredded beef over thick-crusted Tuscan bread, or the
“bordatino di mare,” sticks of fried seafood with a crispy polenta crust
served with spicy “Tuscan ketchup.” The addition of chocolate to the wild
boar ragu that covers the fresh pappardelle is a nod to the west, while a
touch of bourbon westernizes the tomato and grana padano sauce served
over artisanal pasta. The Tuscan fries, traditional french fries but with
herbs and garlic sprinkled on them, are an addictive revelation. Not only
is Maremma the only Italian/Western restaurant in New York, it is also
probably the only restaurant in New York that serves Rocky Mountain oys-
ters (also known as bull’s testicles). Are you cowboy enough to try them?
See map p. 130. 228 W. 10th St. (between Bleecker and Hudson streets.). % 212-645-
0200. Reservations recommended. Subway: 1 to Christopher Street. Small plates:
$9–$12; big plates: $16–$28. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Open: Mon–Wed 5:30–11 p.m.,
Thurs–Sat 5:30 p.m.–midnight.

$$$$ Greenwich Village FRENCH

I’ve never had the pleasure of dining in a French country farmhouse, but
if the experience at Mas is anything like it, I know now what I’ve been miss-
ing. An atmosphere of urban sophistication permeates Mas; a glass-
enclosed wine cellar is visible from the small dining room, the restaurant
stays open very late, and you’ll find hipsters in jeans and t-shirts as well
as suits eating here. The combination of urban and rural, along with the
creative menu, makes Mas so special. The dishes are innovative, the ingre-
dients are fresh — many of them are supplied from upstate New York
farms. The tender, perfectly prepared, braised pork belly is served with
polenta and a stew of escargot and lima beans, and the duck breast melds
magically with apple purée, sautéed Brussels sprouts, and chestnuts.
Service is low key, but attentive, and seating, though somewhat cramped,
is not so bad that it dims the romantic aura of the restaurant.
See map p. 130. 39 Downing St. (between Bedford and Varick streets). % 212-255-
1790. Reservations recommended. Subway: 1 to Houston Street. 4-course tasting
menu: $68; 6-course: $95; main courses $32–$36. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Open: Mon–Sat
6 p.m.–4 a.m. (small plate tasting menu after 11:30 p.m.).

$$$$ Midtown West GREEK

Molyvos serves some of the best simple, unpretentious traditional Greek
food you can find in the city, albeit at upscale prices. But if you like Greek
food, Molyvos is worth the splurge. Start with the cold mezedes, an assort-
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taramosalata, and a terrific vegetable dolmades, grape leaves filled with
rice, raisins, and pine nuts. Move on to a sampling of hot mezedes like
spinach pie or an appetizer of grilled octopus. I often daydream about
Molyvos’s traditional entrees, like rabbit stifado (a rabbit stew that tastes
even better than chicken); lamb yuvetsi (lamb shanks baked in a clay pot
with orzo, cheese, and tomatoes); or a whole fish roasted in Molyvos’s
wood-burning grill. Many very good Greek wines and, even better, dozens
of ouzos, are available. The chocolate baklava for dessert is the perfect
ending to your meal.
See map p. 132. 871 Seventh Ave. (between 55th and 56th streets). % 212-582-7500. Reservations recommended. Subway: N, R to 57th Street; B, D,
E to Seventh Avenue. Main courses: $13–$24.50 at lunch (most less than $20), $20–$26
at dinner (most less than $25). AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Open: daily noon–midnight.

New York Noodletown
$ Chinatown CHINESE

So what if the restaurant has all the ambience of a school cafeteria? I’m wary
of an over-adorned dining room in Chinatown; the simpler the better I say.
And New York Noodletown is simple, but the food is the real thing. Seafood-
based noodle soups are spectacular as is the platter of chopped roast pork.
Those two items alone would make me very happy. But I’m greedy and
wouldn’t leave the restaurant without one of its perfectly prepared shrimp
dishes, especially the salt-baked shrimp. If you’re lucky and your hotel has
a good-size refrigerator, take the leftovers home — they’ll make a great snack
the next day. New York Noodletown keeps very long hours, which makes it
one of the best late-night bets in the neighborhood, too.
See map p. 130. 281⁄2 Bowery (at Bayard Street). % 212-349-0923. Reservations
accepted. Subway: N, R, 6 to Canal Street. Main courses: $4–$15. No credit cards.
Open: daily 9 a.m.–3:30 a.m.

Noche Mexicana
$ Upper West Side MEXICAN

This tiny Mexican restaurant serves some of the best tamales in New York.
Wrapped in cornhusks, as a good tamale should be, they come in two vari-
eties: in a red mole sauce with shredded chicken or in a green tomatillo
sauce with shredded pork. Each order contains three tamales and costs
between $4 and $6, making it a cheap and almost perfect lunch. The bur-
ritos are authentic and meals unto themselves. The tinga burrito, shred-
ded chicken in a tomato-and-onion chipotle sauce, is my favorite. Each is
stuffed with rice, beans, and guacamole. Don’t get fancy here; stick with
the tamales, burritos, and soft tacos, the best being the taco al pastor, a
taco stuffed with pork marinated with pineapple and onions.
See map p. 134. 852 Amsterdam Ave. (between 101st and 102nd streets). % 212-
662-6900 or 212-662-7400. Subway: 1 to 103rd Street. Burritos: $6.50–$8.50; tacos: $2;
tamales: $6; Mexican dishes: $9.50–$11. AE, DISC, MC, V. Open: Sun–Thurs 10 a.m.–
11 p.m., Fri–Sat 10 a.m.–midnight.

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Cendrillon, 141
’Cesca, 18, 141
Chanterelle, 17, 142
Charles’ Southern Style Kitchen, 142
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, 165
The Chocolate Bar, 166
Clinton St. Baking Company, 160
Cold Stone Creamery, 165
Country, 19, 142–143
Crumbs, 166
Daniel, 17, 143
db Bistro Moderne, 143–144, 258
Devi, 144
El Faro, 144
Ess-A-Bagel, 161
Feinstein’s at the Regency, 269
Fiamma Osteria, 18, 144–145
Flor de Mayo, 145, 289
Florent, 145–146, 263
Frankie & Johnnie’s, 18, 146, 291
Gallagher’s, 291
Good Enough to Eat, 18, 157, 161
Grand Central Oyster Bar, 290
Gray’s Papaya, 18, 164
Grimaldi’s Pizza, 162
Guss’s Pickles, 291
H&H Bagels, 161
‘inoteca, 146–147
Jacque Torres Chocolate, 165–166
Joe’s Pizza, 163, 288
Joe’s Pub, 269
John’s Pizzeria, 162
Katz’s Delicatessen, 18, 27,

164, 263, 291
Keen’s Steakhouse, 147, 290
Kossar’s Bialys, 291
Laboratoria del Gelato, 165
Landmarc, 147
Lombardi’s, 162
Lupa, 148
Mandoo Bar, 148
Maremma, 149
Mas, 149
Mickey Mantle’s, 157

Mike’s Deli, 290
Moishe’s Kosher Bake Shop, 166
Molyvos, 149–150, 258
Murray’s Bagels, 161
Nathan’s Famous, 289–290
New York Burger Co., 163
New York Noodletown, 17, 150, 263
Noche Mexicana, 150
Nonna, 151
Norma’s, 161
Nyonya, 151
The Oak Room, 269
Oceana, 18, 151–152
The Odeon, 152
Onera, 152–153
Ouest, 153
Pampano, 18, 153
Paola’s, 154
Papaya King, 164
Paradou, 154
Patsy’s Pizzeria, 18, 162, 288
Peter Luger Steakhouse,

154–155, 290–291
Pho Viet Huong, 155
P.J. Clarke’s, 163–164
Porcao, 156
Rare Bar & Grill, 164
RUB, 155–156
Russ & Daughter’s, 291
Sal & Carmine’s, 163, 288
Sapa, 156
Sapporo, 258
Savann, 157–158
Schimmel Knish Bakery, 291
Serendipity 3, 157, 165
Siam Inn, restaurant in, 258
Strip House, 158
Tamarind, 158–159
Tavern on the Green, 157
Two Boots, 163
Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, 159
Veselka, 161, 263
Virgil’s Real BBQ, 19, 157, 159, 258
Wondee Siam, 160

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