Just came back from NYC.
Stayed there from 03/27 till 04/03.Family of 4.
We had a great stay.
Hotel: The Kitano. Superb hotel. Small jewel on the crown of NYC. Excellent staff. Guest services made all our diner reservations for the restaurants we wanted to visit en even got us in River Caf�� and Nobu, where you normally have te make reservations long time in advance.
Very nice junior suite for us( with a view on the Chrysler Building) and a superior twin room (view on ESB) for the children. Both rooms on the 15th floor. Room prices were very reasonable for NYC and a 4star hotel.
High taxes on the rooms in NYC ( 5% city tax+8,625% sales tax+ 2$/day/room occupancy tax+1,50 $/room/day Javits Center Unit Tax, as off 04/01/2005). What will they come up with next ? A tax for the new Met stadium ?
Completely soundproof rooms. Nice turn down service.
Good but expensive Japanese restaurant in the Hotel.
We visited the known places in NYC en were impressed by the serene atmosphere in the small chapel in front of ground zero, and the little exposition there. Made a great impression on us.
The MOMA was great. We saw famous work from Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Mondriaan en our own Belgian painters (Magritte, Broothaers, etc.). Pop-art was great to.(Warhol, Lichtenstein)
Some impressions of restaurants we visited:
Wolfgang's Steakhouse. Typical american steakhouse.Good quality, but expensive. Very crowdy. Extra's (spinach, mushrooms,etc) are hughe, so look out.
Nobu. The regular assorted sushi and sashimi is good, but nothing special. So you have to order their (expensive) specialities (new style sashimi, etc.).Didn't like the interior design of the restaurant (nothing Japanese at all) and the waiters apparently had to yell all together every time a new customer came in the restaurant. Sounded really stupid.
Grand Central Oyster Bar. Good sea-food in a special surrounding( you don't normally associate trains and sea-food) But the quality of the sea-food was excellent
Went to the Belgian brasserie Markt to (meat packing district). Maybe exotic food for New Yorkers, but nothing special for Belgians. Medium quality of food. Belgium offers much better gastronomy. The big choice of beers (each beer in its special glas) on the other hand is great, even for Belgians.
But the River Cafe is really the best place we hav eaten in NYC. This is superb gastronomy. We took the chef's tasting menu ( 6 courses) and this is star quality in the Michelin guide (European bible of gastronomy). The view on the Manhattan Skyline is unforgettable.
Just a small warning. Not every yellow cab driver will take you there because it is in Brooklyn, en not every one knows his way around there. To get back, it's even more difficult (except if you want to get ripped off by a private taxi company that circles there and that will charge you crazy rates).
It was our 3th visit to NYC en we can't wait to get back.