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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    My husband and I are contemplating coming the same time, The Accordion. Just have to decide whether the price is too steep at the moment.


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    On the recommendation of Artemis (in the other NYC thread) I had lunch at the Himalaya Café in the East Village (East 1st and 1st Ave) The food is excellent! I'd never tried Tibetan food before, but I will definitely go back.
    On the recommendation of a coworker, I had dessert at Spot, on St Mark's Place. Apparently their most popular item is the chocolate green tea cake, so I tried that. Yum, yum. Info here:

    http://www.spotdessertbar.com/

    Earlier, I'd been prowling around Orchard Street on the LES, checking out some of the art galleries. The flying house photos at the Guepin Gallery caught my eye - I was enraptured and had visions of buying one. Until I asked how much they were and was informed that they started at $4000. I guess my face must have hit the floor when I heard that, so the guy I was speaking to told me the artist is publishing a book soon with the same photos in it.
    Anyway, you can have a look here:
    http://www.murielguepingallery.com/exhibitions/

    I really wanted the Caravan photo
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    Marge, if you have any suggestions of fun things to do during the week of Christmas (25th-30th or so) please let us know. We are seriously considering coming and will make our final decisions by this weekend.
    -Brian
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    What sort of things? Free stuff, dance, museums.....?
    Ok, go see Alvin Ailey at City Center:
    http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/...nceNumber=7466

    For something less expensive, go see MOMIX at the Joyce Theater:

    http://www.joyce.org/performance/momix/#.Upw4TZoo5hg

    And get tickets for Twelfth Night:
    https://www.telecharge.com/ScheduleA...ProductId=9768

    If you like Vermeer, etc, there is a wonderful exhibit on at the Frick Museum:


    http://www.frick.org/exhibitions

    There is a great exhibit on at the NY Historical Society:

    http://www.nyhistory.org/

    If you like photography, check out what's on view at the International Photography Center. This is right near Bryant park, and you can go ice skating there (or just watch) and browse at the holiday shops that are set up there now.

    http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/current

    Take a pizza making class! ( I did this 2 years ago and had a blast)

    http://www.zerve.com/PizzaaCasa/calendar

    Take a graffiti tour! I am not making this up. I did the Banksy tour several years ago and enjoyed it, although I see they don't offer that anymore. The classics tour is in Manhattan, but the Williamsburg one looks pretty cool. (Will put that on my bucket list...)
    I wouldn't venture out to Bushwick just for a walking tour. Info here:

    http://www.grafftours.com/tourscheduledecember.aspx
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    It is official, NYC here we come! Dec 23-27! We got a great deal on Expedia, flights and hotel for under $1500. I am a little nervous as we have one layover and there is only 30 minutes to spare but hopefully we aren't the only ones making that connection and they will hold the flight for us if they know we are landed (I am also worried about luggage but I will make sure to pack a few changes of clothes in a backpack in case the luggage is behind, they typically will deliver lost luggage to your hotel, right?). I have also heard horror stories about hotels not having your reservation through Expedia but I plan on calling them MULTIPLE times and getting confirmation on our room. lol

    So, in other words, I am a nervous wreck about the flight and hotel but super excited to be in NYC for Christmas!!
    -Brian
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    Excellent! We need to do a meetup!

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    My foodie friend has made a reservation for us at a place called L'ecole....has anyone ever eaten there?
    http://lecolenyc.com/

    Yesterday I was walking down 55th St towards City Center, and saw about 100 teenage girls hanging around a building near the corner, despite the cold and rain. Which could only mean some celebrity was about to emerge, but who? Having a nosy nature, I approached the group to find out. A squealy teenager informed me that One Direction was inside. I had no idea what she was talking about but pretended I did and said, "Oh, cool, I hope you get a good photo" (When I got home I googled One Direction to see what she was talking about, of course) A few seconds later a car pulled out of the garage, obviously containing One Direction, and I had to cover my ears, the shrieking was so loud.

    Yesterday I accompanied Matryeshka to the Dutch Masters exhibit at the Frick, it is glorious and everyone should go see it.
    The line was very long, though, even with the lousy weather. And I shouldn't admit this, but I became a member on the spot, just to circumvent the line. Oh, well, I will just have to go back several more times to make my investment pay off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Excellent! We need to do a meetup!
    Will you be in town that week? We are trying to figure out what nights we want to do what!
    -Brian
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    Yes, I'll be around. I work evenings, but am off on the 25th (may go to my brother's place, not sure yet) and also on the 27th.

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    My husband is determined, and I mean DETERMINED, to eat at a nice restaurant WITH A VIEW on Christmas Eve. He is driving me absolutely crazy. Can you recommend a place, Marge?
    -Brian
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    My husband is determined, and I mean DETERMINED, to eat at a nice restaurant WITH A VIEW on Christmas Eve. He is driving me absolutely crazy. Can you recommend a place, Marge?
    If you really want to splurge, check out the Mandarin Oriental Hotel which is adjacent to the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

    http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newy...id=22196446164

    The views of the city are amazing! I haven't eaten in the restaurant but I've been to the lobby lounge and even for a seasoned New Yorker, it takes my breath away.

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    I don't think I've ever eaten in a NYC restuarant with any kind of view.
    The places inside the Time Warner Center (at Columbus Circle) most likely have views, but I'm sure they are pricey.

    There is a great holiday market at Union Square. Check it out if you are in the area. Lots of nice jewelry, artwork, and all sorts of pretty handmade things. There are some food booths there, too. If you see the Taste of Persia booth, stop by and get a free soup sample. The owner is charming and his soups are delicious.
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    Ugh, this is going to be tough. Thanks for the recommendation harekrishna43 but the menu didn't do much for us. The price isn't too much of a problem because we figure this will be our big splurge, restaurant wise, for the trip. I will keep looking!
    -Brian
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    Why not go to a nice restaurant (no view) and then go to the Mandarin for a drink?

    Also, not every place will be open on Christmas eve or Christmas day - make a reservation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    Ugh, this is going to be tough. Thanks for the recommendation harekrishna43 but the menu didn't do much for us. The price isn't too much of a problem because we figure this will be our big splurge, restaurant wise, for the trip. I will keep looking!
    Do you think he might be interested in River Views - both the Water Club (on Manhattan's East Side) and The River Café (just over the Brooklyn Bridge) are both excellent restaurants with beautiful views of the city from the water. From Brooklyn you see Manhattan's skyline and from Manhattan you see Brooklyn and Queens skylines.

    I know the Water Club is open Christmas Eve, not sure about The River Café -

    http://www.rivercafe.com/information/

    http://www.thewaterclub.com/

    Good luck!!

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    What rinks would you recommend if I get a chance to go skating? I am 2 weeks away!

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    Check out Porter House if you like steak. It's in Columbus Circle, had a great view (though I was not there during nighttime) and yummy food.

    http://www.porterhousenewyork.com/

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    Has anyone seen "Much Ado About Nothing?" at the Public Theatre?


    http://publictheater.org/component/o...id,141/id,1093

    edited to add: how about a restaurant with a different sort of view, the ice rink at Rockefeller Center?

    http://www.patinagroup.com/restauran...taurants_id=18

    I found something interesting at Scandinavia House this weekend - I was looking for the film schedule and discovered they are having a buffet with entertainment in the restaurant this weekend. Info here:

    http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/cafe.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Accordion View Post
    What rinks would you recommend if I get a chance to go skating? I am 2 weeks away!
    For ice quality, definitely Wollman http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com/
    The rink at Bryant Park is convenient and free if you have your own skates. Their ice is a little grippy (if that's a word), but still serviceable. Hopefully also safe despite the random shooting last month http://www.bryantpark.org/things-to-...ervillage.html
    A lot of people say Rockefeller is a must do, but the whole set-up always felt too much like a fish in a fishbowl to me, so I never skated there. Could be worth a try if that doesn't bother you, though
    http://www.patinagroup.com/restauran...y-schedule.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    For ice quality, definitely Wollman http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com/
    The rink at Bryant Park is convenient and free if you have your own skates. Their ice is a little grippy (if that's a word), but still serviceable. Hopefully also safe despite the random shooting last month http://www.bryantpark.org/things-to-...ervillage.html
    A lot of people say Rockefeller is a must do, but the whole set-up always felt too much like a fish in a fishbowl to me, so I never skated there. Could be worth a try if that doesn't bother you, though
    http://www.patinagroup.com/restauran...y-schedule.pdf
    Thanks!

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