Taking a week break in October during the first days of the month. Anybody have any insider secrets? I booked my flight, no hotel yet. One person told me to use hotel bathrooms when in areas too far from my own hotel. Please let me know about restaurants, cool places to visit, etc. I want to experience NYC from a native perspective, not a "tourist" one. Already watching reruns of Sex and the City! Ha ha!
If you can, stay at the Casablanca I think it's on 44th street. It's an intimate small hotel, more of a bed and breakfast that offers free breakfast, and free wine and cheese in the evenings. It's also only 2 doors down from Carmines an Italian restaurant that serves large family size portions of food that's best experienced with a group to share dishes with, but can be enjoyed as a couple.
Geez, there's tons of stuff to do. Go find the Naked Cowboy in Times Square--he's always a hoot! Then there's MOMA and the other museums, the Broadway shows, etc., etc. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC is Plataforma--a Brazilian churrascaria. I also like the martini bar and cafe at the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the rooftop garden and penthouse lounge at 230 Fifth, Mario Batali's Casa Mono on Irving, the nifty brasserie La Esquina on Kenmare and Freeman's on Freeman's Alley. Oh, and just about every restaurant in Little Italy!
If you're coming in early October, be sure to get out of the city and go see some foliage. You can hop a train into Connecticut's Fairfield or New Haven county for an eyeful, or head up the Hudson River.
Cab fare will kill you, so be sure to grab a subway pass. Explore all of Central Park--there's a lot more there to do than people realize. It may be too late, but you can also try to score free tickets to some of the talk shows filled there. My kids and I have been to tons of them. There's The View, Martha Stewart, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Rachel Ray and scads more.
Lots of the Broadway actors and actresses hang out after the shows at Bar Centrale and the Glass House Tavern, btw.