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Classic Harbor Line brunch cruise

When I was looking for advice before my trip, someone commented disparagingly that I shouldn't expect much from a brunch cruise. I tried one anyway, and hit sweet success. The presentation was good, the foods aren't complicated but are made very well, they are served in 4 courses. It was jus a perfect cruise, and I'm happy the food was good. The menus is listed in the FAQs at http://www.zerve.com/SailNYC/ArManBru

Bon appetit & voyage!

Jun 25, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

Oops--link didn't work like I expected. Click on "FAQs" for the menu. I haven't done other brunch cruises, but thought this one one was really good.

Jun 24, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Long Island City?

We stayed in the Financial District and found plenty of places to pop in and have a bite, just like I described. Probably my favorite moment was not food-related. It was my son, saying that New Yorkers are not friendly--in conversation with the banker type who let us sit down at his table!

Jun 24, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Rooftop bars

Thanks! Unfortunately, I didn't see this in time. It turned out that our hotel, right next to the new WTC site, has a rooftop restaurant about 20 floors up. It was nice, and convenience is good too.

Jun 24, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

We had a great time! Thanks for all your suggestions

I understand now why there weren't a lot of comments on places in the financial district, near our hotel--there are tons and tons of places to eat, all sorts of styles, at budget prices! I had not realized that before.

The cruise was great. Brunch was as described on the website, http://www.zerve.com/SailNYC/ArManBru and my only complaint is that I was too busy taking pix to get down there for dessert. But the rest of it was very good.

I don't think I uncovered any hidden gems, but we ate very well. A friend took us to Grand Sichuan where we ordered so much the turntable was overflowing, and others took us to Angelo's pizza (loved the salad I got there, with portabellos and artichokes) and Lalo's patisserie (to die for).

I enjoyed the lunch from Boubouki, but the muffin from a different place in Essex St market wasn't very flavorful.

The place we had breakfast wasn't directed towards foodies--WTC construction workers were gettting ready for their day--but my omelet was good hearty food.

Jun 24, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

juvi happy hour?

As it turned out, there was a nice restaurant on top of our hotel

Jun 24, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

that's kinda far to o for breakfast, but we will check out the market when we're @ the museum.

Jun 20, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

uh oh! Just checked out the Essex St Mkt & Russ Daughters and realized I should've specified that we are near the World trade Center near battery park, 2 miles from those recommendations

Jun 20, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

I had planned on using the subway, until this afternoon we rented citibikes.

Jun 20, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

I didn't know that about Russ & Daughters--thanks! Is there a park nearby?

I just heard back from the friend in Brooklyn. We're swapping out the time with her in the BBG with MoMath, so now Sat morning we're in Brooklyn before the Sony thing, and Sun we stumble out of the museum to the boat, hit the math museum, and go to JFK. Does that sound do-able?

Jun 02, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

1st time in Manhattan with 12 yr old

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

Thanks! Someone on here mentioned it and I saw it has a deli in the back, but there is no need to go to a grocery store 1 day before getting on a flight. We'll keep looking for casual cafes there.

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

This sounds like a great idea, sort of like asking a kid if he wants blue pants or red pants instead of saying "you must wear pants". I have not trouble letting my kid pick the place we'll eat if they all sound good to me. Is Andaz Hotel also on Stone St? That's the one that sounds best to me.

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

Thanks for the comments on timing. I really want to do Chinatown with my friend, and she's not free at the time you mention. What do you think of the revised itinerary below?

Also, is Sahadi's likely to be a good spot to go with a (different) friend's 5-yr-old twins? She hasn't explored restaurants near where she lives with them, which makes me think it might be tough to take them there.

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

That's why I said "vegetarian" instead of labeling myself something I'm not or getting annoyingly precise with "ovo/lacto/pesco-vegetarian" ;)

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Rooftop bars

On the first day of our trip, we'll arrive at JFK around 11:30, drop our things at the hotel near WTC, have a nice meal at one of the restaurants nearby that Chowhounds helpfully suggested earlier, and head to the UN for a tour.

After that, we will want to unwind, probably in a place that feels really "special" and it would be lovely if it had a great view. I'm thinking of a rooftop bar with good tapas or a dinner menu, and staying to watch the sunset.

The Met rooftop, unfortunately, will close around 4:00 that day, so no sunset there for us. Rare View at Fashion 26 looks good, as do the Grill and Pool Bar at Hotel Americano.

Can anyone here comment on the food at either of those places, and whether well-behaved tweens fit in comfortably there?

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

1st time in Manhattan with 12 yr old

Oops--don't want to unfairly accuse Chowhounds--that recent rudeness I mentioned was on Fodor's. Maybe I'll try the same post here and see if I get any more thoughtful responses.

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

1st time in Manhattan with 12 yr old

Thanks, Mwest!

The snottier comments here remind me of a few years ago when I was flying back from where we were living overseas for a conference in Vegas and people refused to comment constructively on things to do with a 5-yr-old there. They just kept telling me it was no place for a child, as if I had a choice. Reminded me of the knock-knock joke about Annoying Cow.

Anyway, I'm back on your post because I just got one of those comments on a request for suggestions on nice rooftop bars. I'm thinking of the top of the Met, the Hotel Americano, or the View at a Hilton.

I'm glad to see the comment on food at the AMNH, because I've been trying to figure out where to eat before the overnight there.

Thanks for your quickie trip report!

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Rooftop bar recs for anniversary evening

bookmarking

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Rooftop dining & drinks

Curious about Rare View--what's the menu like?

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

This is the brunch cruise http://www.zerve.com/SailNYC/ArManBru Menu is under FAQs. Fairly irrelevant at this point, because it's already booked.

Reading through your suggestions, I just want to hang out near the hotel and eat all day!

Oddly enough, we like bagels and I like lox.

Would Sahadi's be good with my friend's twins?

Is Andaz hotel on Stone Street?

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

Looks like I've gotten some great suggestions--not sure why email notification didn't work. Thanks for the comments! I'll have to go look up the places you've recommended, especially the delis-that-are-not-Katz's (I gave a long-winded explanation of the appeal of delis in another post that's called something like "Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Long Island City?") I've gotten the itinerary worked out a little better since my last post.

11:30 Thurs arrive JFK
drop luggage at hotel near WTC
lunch at one of the restaurants mentioned in this thread
4:15 kids' tour of UN
dinner in Rockefeller before ToR or at a rooftop bar (Do any of these have good food? http://www.fodors.com/news/best-new-r...

)

(Would it work to switch out the lunch and dinner plans so we're eating supper at one of the places closer to the hotel, and lunch up on the roof, or are the bars only open for happy hour & later?)

Friday
pick up breakfast and snack food at Essex Market
Tour at Tenement Museum, lunch at one of the places mentioned in this thread (thanks for the suggestions!)
Tour of the Fed
Indian museum if there's time
Chinatown with a friend who knows her way around

Saturday
Brunch at Russ and Daughters or from Essex St. Mkt.
Math Museum
1:00 class at Sony Wonder Lab
hang out in Central Park
***need to figure out food here***
5:30 Night at the Museum (AMNH)

Sunday
9:00 am leave AMNH
10-12 brunch on cruise around Manhattan, from/to Chelsea Piers
Brooklyn Botanical Garden with friend who lives nearby, eat Mediterranean on Atlantic Ave (she isn't familiar with those places, has twin kindergarteners--any suggestions?)
4:20 depart JFK

Jun 01, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

1st time in Manhattan with 12 yr old

mwest, did you write a trip report? I'm headed to NY with my 10-yr-old soon; look up my posts and you'll see that I have a lot of the same questions you asked here. I'd love to here how it went.

May 27, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Long Island City?

I wound up Pricelining a place in the financial district. It's right next to the WTC site.

May 27, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

The knish and beans at Katz's aren't good, or do they all have meat in them?

I'm a vegetarian, but I eat dairy, fish and eggs. My son is not vegetarian. We do not want to stick with the kind of places that most people think of when they think "vegetarian"; many restaurants serve vegetarian dishes on a regular basis, even if they don't label them as such.

Could we pick things up at the market for later, or is most of the food served ready to eat? Do they have fresh fruit there too?

May 26, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

juvi happy hour?

I'll be in NYC with my 10-yr-old son in a few weeks. Most of our eating will be at simple, inexpensive places, but I'd love to have a nice drink at happy hour once. He's well-behaved and has been in adult spaces before, but "adult" would make us uncomfortable. Additionally, some bars, even places with great tapas menus, do not permit minors on the premises.

Can you suggest a nice place for the two of us to unwind?

May 26, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

hungry trip

We've got a fun 4 days in NYC planned out, with a few good meals already in our sites, but are looking for suggestions for places that are:
vegetarian-friendly
not too expensive
fairly casual, bistros or even delis for yummy picnics

We like: curry, (Caribbean, Indian, or SE Asian), Mediterranean (any coast, paella to spanikopita, pasta to falaffel), Ethiopian wat, Ghanain kuntumbre, savory tastes. DS has loved Thai pad see ewe and Indian saag paneer his whole life, which doesn't mean he has to get them on this trip, just gives an indication of tastes. Neither of us likes sandwiches (including burgers) but he gets into a good hotdog. I'd love to find the peanut sauce that a friend used to serve at his Senegalese restaurant (in Berlin), but that's really a more specific request than I need to make. I think we'd like someplace like the Red Rooster or Meatball Shop, it it was close to what we want to do.

I haven't worked out the whole itinerary yet, but we do not want to go far out of our way to eat. (My travel companion is a 10-yr-old boy). We're staying close to the WTC site and hope to find a deli close by for breakfasts. Our plans thus far:

Tenement Museum tour, Katz's deli before, Economy Candy or Gelato after

National Museum of American Indian/Battery Park or WTC site

walk across Brooklyn Bridge
Mediterranean on Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Top of the Rock /Lunch in Rock Center

Tour of the Fed Reserve

Math Museum

Kids tour of UN (4:14 Thurs)

Sony Tech Wonder Lab (Sat midday workshop)

Sat night in Museum of Natural History

Sail-ny Sunday brunch cruise around Manhattan (hope the food's as good as the website promises)

Dinner in Chinatown with friends who know their way around it

Thanks for your help!

May 26, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Long Island City?

That's what I was hoping to hear ;)

May 20, 2013
saacnmama in Manhattan

Mediterranean on Atlantic?

Mocha Hookah? They couldn't decide what hooks people most or what?

Anyway, you've already answered my question--if we head over that way, it sounds like we're sure to find something yummy.

Thanks!

May 19, 2013
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Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Long Island City?

Thanks, Iluvcookies! That guide is great.
Yes, we'll eat in a deli at Katz's, but that's not quite the "culture" thing I meant. I was trying to refer to how there seemed to be at least one deli or pastry shop or cafe on every block, such that food & eating were never far from mind, and the breakfast spot I went to seemed to have a rhythm with regular customers, for whom it was a part of the routine. It's very different from suburbia where everyone pulls out the Cheerios in their own private kitchen, grills are tucked away in the backyard & people eat fast food while sealed in individual cars. There was a public and communal nature that I think he'd really like. It reminded me of when we stayed in Berlin for 10 days when he was 6. He walked to the bakery to pick up our breakfast most mornings & often ran into the boys with whom he'd played soccer in the courtyard where we were staying. They were doing the same thing for their families.

May 19, 2013
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