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NYC ...within reason.

Aug 3, 2008  Travel often to NYC to visit daughter.
1.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

After you've gotten over your initial visit that scraped the last penny out of your wallet, here are some places that are non-"touristy" and good value.

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  • 1. Murray's Bagels
    Murray's Bagels, New York City, New York

    Of course, they have the best bagels, but give the salad bar in the back of the store a try. You start with a choice of greens and build from there. I liked the fact that the salad was made by glove-wearing employees behind a glass divider...and, as a first-timer at the salad "bar" they were patient, helpful and efficient. I'll know exactly what to do next time! My salad consisted of: romaine lettuce, mushrooms, beets, chicken, almonds and olives with a house made raspberry/balsamic dressing. All salads come with free bagel chips. I cannot remember the exact price, but my total (with drink) was under $10.00. There is seating inside and a bench outside in front of the store where you can sit and eat if you choose.

  • 2. La Belle Vie

    Little French restaurant with lovely atmosphere, accidentally found during a previous trip to NYC and have dined there each time since. La Belle Vie has just enough lighting, just enough background music (French, of course), outdoor seating, white tablecloths and real silverware. The waitstaff are very charming and knowledgeable.

    When going, please keep in mind that they offer made-to-order souffles (chocolate, praline or Grand Marnier), which need to be ordered when you place your drink and/or appetizer request. During my visit last month, our party was in no rush to leave; we were having a great time and I never got the feeling that our group was being urged to leave by the silent hovering of management or waitstaff. . . you know that feeling. Prices are very reasonable. LeBernadin it is not...but, if I had to choose a French restaurant in NYC, I would choose La Belle Vie.

    The ladies room is small, but very clean. The framed and signed photo of Sheldon Leonard next to the wash basin is a nice touch. Never trust any person or place that takes themselves too seriously...

  • 3. Virgil's Real BBQ
    Virgil's Real Barbecue, New York City, New York

    Great barbeque restaurant. Noisy, crowded, and the hostess can get very ornery. Most of the time there are lines waiting for a table to open. Just bear with all of that.

    Once you are seated, which really doesn't take that long, the food is excellent, authentic barbeque. That is just my opinion; I don't want to stir up any debates re barbeque! Drinks are big, as are portions.

    Virgil's could easily be passed by as the exterior is quite small. Once inside, there is an ample bar with seating on the main (street) level and a larger dining area upstairs. Just great food with great service and prices.

  • 4. AKA Times Square
    AKA Times Square, New York City, New York

    Took niece and nephew to NYC and stayed at AKA Times Square instead of a hotel. I didn't want them to feel cooped up in a small hotel room, with no space.

    This AKA had all amenities, including Bosch washer and dryer. I wanted to save on the cost of eating out, so I shipped snack items and other non-perishable food items to arrive on the same day as we arrived. This worked out great, as the kids could make what they wanted in the kitchen (microwave macaroni and cheese, popcorn, bowl of cereal, for example) and watch the plasma TV in the LR while eating their sandwich or snack. Note: plasma TV's were also in each BR.

    As the AKA's are comparable in price to a hotel, it is just a no-brainer to choose AKA over a hotel when going to NYC.