While you’re at the convention in New York City, be sure to explore Manhattan. The AAJA New York chapter has the following recommendations for dining, attractions and shopping destinations.
Chinatown: You can’t go wrong with the restaurants in New York City’s Chinatown, which is the oldest one in the United States. For dim sum, we recommend Golden Unicorn, an upscale Cantonese-style restaurant. Location and phone: 18 E Broadway St., 212) 941-0911. $$ For noodles, congee or rice plates, try XO Kitchen. Location and phone: 148 Hester St., (212) 965-8645. $
Del Frisco’s Grille: Located in midtown Manhattan, this upscale restaurant and bar serves mainly modern American cuisine, including steaks and seafood. The restaurant décor features walls showcasing more than 700 cases of wine, as well as an outdoor patio for those who wish to dine al fresco. Location and phone: 50 Rockefeller Plaza, (212) 767-0371. $$$
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Koreatown: If you are craving Korean BBQ, look no further than Don’s Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar. Location and phone: 17 E. 32nd St, (212) 683-2200 $$$. Another Korean BBQ option is Kristabelli, where waiters will grill the meat for you. Location and phone: 8 W. 36th St., (212) 290-2211. $$$
Landmarc (at the Time Warner Center): Located on the third floor of the Time Warner Center, this restaurant features contemporary French and Italian-focused bistro fare and an extensive wine list. Good for large groups and those also interested in shopping at the nearby Shops of Columbus Circle in Time Warner Center. Location and phone: Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor; (212) 823-6123. $$$
Momofuku: Noodles, pork buns or fried chicken, anyone? Located in the East Village, this noodle bar serves ramen, as well as cooks up a popular fried chicken meal for groups of 4 to 8 people (reservations must be made online for child-friendly meals). Location and phone: 171 First Ave.; (212) 777-7773. $$
Rockefeller Center: Located in midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center is the city’s most famous landmark and is arguably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Take a tour of the center’s gardens and buildings, including Radio City Music Hall and the historic GE building (home of NBC Studios). Location and phone: 45 Rockefeller Plaza; (212) 332-6868.
Central Park: Located in the middle of Manhattan, the 843-acre Central Park is the country’s most visited urban park. Visit the Conservatory Garden or the Central Park Zoo, or rent a boat (or a gondola for hire) on the park’s lake. More information: www.centralparknyc.org.
High Line: Founded by community residents, the High Line is an approximately one-mile linear park built on a former freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The entire park is wheelchair accessible. More information: (212) 500-6035.
SoHo: This neighborhood is a prime shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. You can find a mix of “big box” retailers, including J. Crew and Banana Republic, as well as boutique shops. Location: On Broadway, south of Houston Street.
Flatiron District: You can find a mix of restaurants and stores in this Manhattan neighborhood. Shops are mainly “big box” retailers, such as GAP, Express, Club Monaco and Ann Taylor. Location: Around 22nd Street and 6th Street.
Midtown Manhattan: This area is a shopping mecca for tourists and locals alike. You can mill through the shops in Rockefeller Center, or walk down to Madison Avenue to shop (or window shop) at upscale venues. For those who want to go big, visit the world’s largest Macy’s store in Herald Square. Location: By 59th Street and Lexington.
Special thanks to AAJA members Rachanee Srisavasdi, Michelle Yu, Brooke Camp, and Maria Cat Sandoval for their work on these suggestions. Image courtesy of Damian Brandon and freedigitalphotos.net.