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ACE trains/which of these restaurants/outer boroughs

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ACE trains/which of these restaurants/outer boroughs

1: We are are staying W 48th St bet. 8 & 9 Ave for 1 week in mid-Feb. and had intended using train for trips downtown and to Brooklyn. Is there much disruption? What buses will do instead please?

2: Gramercy Tavern/Tocqueville/Aureole for birthday dinner-please help us choose?

Have already booked River Cafe for Sunday Brunch.

3: If we were to set aside one day to explore an outer borough which one please?

Mid 50s well seasoned independent travellers. Special thanks to all who take the time to make this such a good forum.

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1. Re: ACE trains/which of these restaurants/outer boroughs

1) As of now there is no C service, but you can always walk to Broadway & get the 7th Avenue line downtown. Do not worry, you can get anywhere you need to go.

2) Have eaten at Gramercy Tavern,excellent place, cannot comment on the others but they all seem to get good reviews. Go to www.menupages.com, check their menus & prices, and then decide.

3) I would suggest Brooklyn. Take the 2 or 3 train (7th Avenue line) to the Eastern Parkway stop (a beautiful station) and you will be at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, well worth a visit. Around the corner is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of my favorite places in all of NYC. From there, walk to Grand Army Plaza, and you will see the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, a beautiful building, and you will be at the northern entrance of Prospect Park, which was designed by the same men who did Central Park. YOu can explore the beautiful neighborhood of Park Slope, beautiful, tree lined streets with brownstone buildings and great architecture. Walk back to Flatbush Avenue, jump on the B41 bus and get off at Borough Hall. YOu will be in Brooklyn Heights, the first landmark neighborhood in NYC, beautiful architecture and buildings. Proceed to the Promenade for fantastic views of the city. YOu can then visit DUMBO, walk toward the river and the park, for that million dollar view that you see in movies and on TV. Walk back to the entrance to the Brookyn Bridge, and walk back into Manhattan....a must do when visiting the city.

You will be downtown, there is a subway stop (Brooklyn Bridge stop) right there, and you can walk left to Ground Zero, or walk right into Chinatown. If you are not sure which direction to go, just ask, we New Yorkers are pretty friendly!.

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2. Re: ACE trains/which of these restaurants/outer boroughs

1) Don't know. See what it says here

http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm

There's a link to bus maps there as well.

2)Gramercy Tavern

3)IMO Brooklyn has more to see that's winter friendly (ie art museums). Have a look here

brooklynx.org/tourism/…tourismcouncil.asp

If you were coming in warmer weather I might suggest the Bronx for the zoo and botanic gardens.

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3. Re: ACE trains/which of these restaurants/outer boroughs

Whether or not the subway disruption on the C line affects you depends upon where in Brooklyn you plan on going. Most of the subways going to Brooklyn will be unaffected. Don't bother with buses to Brooklyn.

Among the three restaurants, I'd choose Gramercy Tavern.

As far as setting aside a day to explore a borough, Brooklyn probably has the most to offer, as NYCgirl pointed out. The Bronx has the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and Arthur Avenue and that's pretty much it. Queens has Astoria film studios and more ethnic neighborhoods than you can imagine but you really have to know your way around. Staten Island is strictly residential and there's nothing to see there.

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4. Re: ACE trains/which of these restaurants/outer boroughs

Tocqueville is one of my favorites, their French- and Asian-influenced American cuisine is outstanding.

http://www.tocquevillerestaurant.com/