Eat, Shop, Meander and See a Show (not necessarily in that order)
I was born in New York City. How lucky is that? Now, I live next door in New Jersey, but living so close to New York I take full advantage of everything the city has to offer. Frequent train rides into Manhattan still excite me as much as they ever did. True, every time the train gets to that point where the skyline used to be outlined by the Twin Towers, I still pause to remember and still get sad, but I love New York and go as often as I can.
It's a rare trip in that doesn't find me eating either lunch or dinner at my favorite Dim Sum Palace: Ruby Foo's. Once even featured in the "Sex and the City" series, Ruby's is kitschy, gaudy, and a bit raucous, with food that is oh so delicious! Get a million little plates and share. Usually, you need reservations, but if you didn't make any, there is usually room at the sushi bar and they'll squeeze you in.
Another fun place right across the street is Bubba Gump's made famous by the movie Forrest Gump.
Both restaurants are on Broadway around 59th Street.
There have been a million or so words penned about shopping in NYC. The only place I never fail to shop when I'm there is Sephora. My virgin encounter with Sephorawas in Paris on the Champs. I had never heard of it and wandered in unprepared to be in make-up and perfume heaven. The lovely (male and female) attendants were sleek in their black outfits and I have never failed to get that same rush I had that first day any time I visit Sephora. Lipstick, eye shadows, nail polish, endless colors, and scents and it's simply the best. This is not just for women. They have outrageous men's products, too.
Even if you decide at the last minute to see a Broadway show (which is sometimes better because you can get a great deal) stop at the TKTS on Broadway and pick up last minute seats. I'm seeing the West Side Story revival soon and I'm so excited. "Cool, cool, crazy cool....Got a rocket in my pocket..." Ach! Can't wait!
South Pacific is another old favorite that's back. So tragic! But still so timely. "You've got to be taught to hate and fear..." and who could ever forget "I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair..."
But when all is said and sung, meandering through the city streets, taking in the sights and people-watching is by far, the best. And it's free.
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