New York @ New Year

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    Nov 08, 2010 11:47 AM GMT
    I know there's already a few current threads about New York but I'm asking specifically for help from the friendly RJ New Yorkers regarding what they recommend for New Year - NYE and New Year's Day.

    It's my bf's birthday on NYE so I'd ideally like to do something special during the day but I'm not sure what's likely to be open, and what would be a good bet. We're going to do all the usual tourist-y things the few days prior and after, but if any natives have some great suggestions for me I would be very grateful!

    Also looking for the usual recommendations of restaurants, bars and clubs - staying in an apartment in the Upper West Side but obviously not a problem to travel if there's a particular recommendation, though we'd ideally prefer to stay in Manhattan.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Nov 08, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    May you should go Splash Bar and G-lounge. If you want to go restaurant, you need to check Hell Kitchen or East Side Village
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    Nov 09, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    NickFit saidI know there's already a few current threads about New York but I'm asking specifically for help from the friendly RJ New Yorkers regarding what they recommend for New Year - NYE and New Year's Day.

    It's my bf's birthday on NYE so I'd ideally like to do something special during the day but I'm not sure what's likely to be open, and what would be a good bet. We're going to do all the usual tourist-y things the few days prior and after, but if any natives have some great suggestions for me I would be very grateful!

    Also looking for the usual recommendations of restaurants, bars and clubs - staying in an apartment in the Upper West Side but obviously not a problem to travel if there's a particular recommendation, though we'd ideally prefer to stay in Manhattan.

    Thanks in advance!


    Sounds like you have perfect plans already. It's another wonderful time to visit NYC.
    Preparing for NYE and NYDay- go to Zabar's (Broadway at 80th Street) http://www.zabars.com/ before hand and buy prepared foods/dessert, etc. that you like and rarely eat. Also (at some nearby liquor store) buy sparkling wine and or other alcohol that you like beforehand. Enjoying the holiday season by walking around NYC (before and after New Years) and absorbing the holiday spirit is wonderful. Topping it off by staying home and eating /drinking the stuff you prepared beforehand brings it to perfection.

    Some neat holiday sites: Rockefeller Center christmas tree, St. Patrick's cathedral (nearby Rock Center). Walking on Fifth Avenue south of Central Park- Throngs of people milling about. Strong holiday mood. (Just beware of possible pick-pockets as a precaution. One never knows- prevention is always preferable.) Walking in Central Park is always awesome (get a map- Bethesda Fountain; ice skating rink; the castle; ... ; anywhere in C.P. is refreshing). Enjoy!
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    Nov 12, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    Thanks guys!!

    Any other suggestions? What I am now looking for specifically is a restaurant to book for a birthday dinner (can't be too expensive but want it to be a nice place) and also I would like to order a really nice cake as well - any suggestions for a bakery that I could order online and collect when I get there?
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    Nov 12, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    NickFit saidThanks guys!!

    [...] and also I would like to order a really nice cake as well - any suggestions for a bakery that I could order online and collect when I get there?


    They have great frozen cakes at Zabar's (when you enter on the left side, in the back, past the cheeses). All they need is to be unfrozen and they are delicious. Very convenient, reasonably priced, and beyond dependable. If you are disappointed with it I will ...
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    Nov 12, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    NickFit saidThanks guys!!

    Any other suggestions? What I am now looking for specifically is a restaurant to book for a birthday dinner (can't be too expensive but want it to be a nice place) and also I would like to order a really nice cake as well - any suggestions for a bakery that I could order online and collect when I get there?


    Give me an idea of what kinda food.
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    Nov 12, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    for a birthday cake, check out billy's bakery. Their cakes are amazing! www.billysbakerynyc.com.

    as for places for dinner, what type of food are you looking for, or like? i live on the UWS and there are great places to eat up here which would be great since the city is crazy busy on NYE. cafe ronda (www.caferonda.com) is one of my favorite places here on the UWS. another recommendation is Kefi, if you like greek food (http://www.kefirestaurant.com/).
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    Nov 12, 2010 8:22 PM GMT
    "Magnolia Bakery" of 'Sex in the City' fame has a branch on the UWS:

    www.magnoliabakery.com - 200 Columbus Avenue, New York -
    (212) 724-8101
    I've never eaten their stuff, though I entered that branch once to look (nice people, very pretty cupcakes, but not my choice of calories etc.).
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    Nov 12, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    Thanks for the cake suggestions so far guys, will have a look!!

    In terms of restaurant, well it's for my bf and he isn't really that fussy foodwise but doesn't like really spicy/hot food. I know that doesn't narrow things down much though!

    Greek might be a good shout, will check out Ronda as well!