Do not order just a beer in the pub, you might get some mild draft beer or bad Bud.
Check out what they have on the tap as they call it here, they have many regional breweries as well as in some pubs even micro breweries that make very good quality beers.
On off digital world 485 5 th ave was a great lovely store great help and great prices
Unique Suggestions: Do not go to best buy there all liars do not buy the extenuated warranty it's all a lie on off digital world is much more honest
Fun Alternatives: Make sure u go to on off digital
Most people recommend this place as a must see. Quite frankly it does have some cool points to it; like the dinosaur bones and there is a wall of life that features some qiant jelly fish and other gross creatures, but over all I found this place to be a waste of time. I am all for museums but nothing in this place is real. It`s all stuffed animals. My husband wanted to see the dum dum want gum gum statue from the movie: Night at the Museum and that isn`t even real. It`s foam or some replica. To me this was a waste of a day that could`ve been spent doing something else.
Unique Suggestions: go see the dinosaurs, then leave.
I cannot believe I parted with $11 for a gin and tonic in the bar of the Radisson Lexington. It is not even a very smart hotel.
"Service charge" of 18% was added, and the tab still left a gap for tips!
Fun Alternatives: For that price, a drink at the Bleekman Tower Hotel (qv) is much better value.
Woodbury Common was sold to us as the best place to shop for less, a place to get those designer clothes for less and it had also been recommended to me by a few people so you can imagine my horror when I arrived there and found that most of clothes were about 2 years out of date!! and we had the pleasure of spending $40 to get there on the bus that goes from the Port of Authority building and back again. I spent more money getting there and back then I did actually in the place.
Why would anyone go here? Why did I go here? As an attraction I could find no redeeming value, it's ugly, it's empty, it's cold, it's boring, it's... I guess if you're an aspiring diplomat...
Unique Suggestions: Jump in the river, it's close.
When we were walking along the harbour, there was a man playing a game on a table with a bean and 3 thimbles. Basically, he would move the thimbles around really fast and you would have to guess which one the bean is under. There were two people by the table who we saw winning hundreds of dollars for guessing right each time.
We come to realize it was scam, and the people guessing were actually WITH the man. So if you see anyone playing any type of game like this, don't trust it unless you have a really good reason to.
At various locations like the Top of the Rock Observatory and the Empire State Building in particular you will discover that as part of the tour they want to take your picture.
There reason is at the end of the tour they will try to sell you your picture at an exorbitant price, clearly not worth it in my humble view or have much value.
Fun Alternatives: As an alternative when you are at these places look for a great photo opportunity and take your own pictures for free!
Unfortunately the 'ol Lindy's makes the tourist trap list. Now located adjacent to Pennsylvania Hotel (another tourist trap) - we sauntered into the bar for their legendary cheesecake - sat down just in time to watch a rat scurry across the length of the room. Perhaps he'd just been evicted from Taco Bell & KFC in the Village! Don't bother - there's better cheesecake almost everywhere in Manhattan.
this isn't really a tourist trap tip
it's a sarcastic / sour-grapes-whiny rant from someone who constantly finds it impossible to pull off a "walk-in" into what is supposed to be a great restaurant.Babbo (for me) is like catch 22 - requiring "up to" one-month-in-advance reservations.
Yet when I'm close by in the village evenings
(5 minutes away by foot), & I call on my cell phone, they say:
"oh Shuurre, no problem ... tables are reserved, but we have room @ the bar right now, just come on by and we'll seat you & serve you right away. "
5 minutes later (this has happened more than once) I walk in (dressed for dinner-not slobbed out), only to find the bar seats completely full.
Both hostess & bartender (though pleasantly polite) smile gratiously with empathy in their eyes and apologize:
"they just all walked in a minute ago and took all the seats; ... I've never had that happen before" .... ( yeah, right...)
and tell you if you don't mind waiting for an hour or so (standing, no seats anywhere) you can have a glass of wine & eventually something might open up. "So sorry..."
I am not making this up. This happens to me almost every time I goto Manhattan and try a walk-in / eat @ Babbo.
MMmerrdaah ! I KNOW I can make reservations a month ahead,
but then in a great food town where I know some guaranteed good places, I'm committed .... and the prices @ Babbo are high & the waits are long:
is the risk, time and trouble WORTH IT??
and why do they always lie and tell me "come onnnnn DOWN...." then pull the Lucy / Charlie Brown football gag when I get there?
(to the staff):
next time, please just say "NO",
there's lots of great / other places to eat in Manhattan without risking priceless Manhattan restaurant time for a famous yet unknown commodity.
Maybe you never have this problem (is it my breath ...)
... and maybe the food is even better than advertised
but I don't think Babbo is in the cards for me
Unique Suggestions: Take a qualude and pass out leaning against the wall to kill time while you wait for a table or a seat at the bar
(Don't forget to generously tip the hostess for brushing the cobwebs off you every once in a while ...)
or maybe walk in naked ... (that oughta' get you a seat!)
Fun Alternatives: F*g# it
Go to Il Mulino for lunch (you can usually always walk in for lunch here) a few blocks away at 86 W. 3rd St between Sullivan and Thompson.
Hey, if you live somewhere other than NY and you get into Babbo without hassle all the time, good for you. This is nothing more than a frustrated, sour-grapes / whiny rant anyway.
Mario, I loved your relatives' great little place (Salumi) in Seattle.
but for Babbo, I think I give up ...
The prices of everything they sell are really really high. I was in a hurry to get a pair of binoculars to watch the broadway show '3 Days of Rain' and wanted a close up view of Julia Roberts (of course!). So I did not do my research. Bought 2 pairs, one for my friend. Paid $390+. Later that night, surfed online for the same model. Found out most stores sold them for $17 apiece! Went back to the store but they would not accept returns. Had to settle for them crediting me back $240. Still I paid over 4x too much! But I had to take what I could.
I later found a lot of complaints online about this store from tourists who have been victimized.
I like roller coasters, but the closest I've got to Disney World is Blackpool Pleasure Beach on a rainy weekend.
Fair to say no comparison.
When I think of the striding achievements the US has given the world, amusement parks have got to be up in my top ten.
So when I heard about a "motion-simulated, big screen theatre" attraction called Sky Ride inside the Empire State Building, I thought this would be $15 well spent.
How wrong was I.
This is one big embarrassment to the city. God knows why the average American tourist puts up with this rubbish after they have been to the Epcot Centre, and up the Tower of Terror.
Basically a back slapping 10min intro about how great New York is - where they compare the NY fire department to some baseball players (don't remember their outstanding contribution on 9/11), followed by a pitiful excuse why they haven't updated the film since the Twin Towers fell - apparently out of respect).
After enduring this poorly disguised ploy to make the experience last that little bit longer (to try and justify the cost), you are ushered into a small cinema for a Kevin Bacon voiced movie of the city.
Ridiculous, embarrassing, and not in the least bit funny (as it trys to be in places), the film ends with a pilots view of flying towards the Twin Towers, only to swerve past them at the last minute. In such bad taste it is almost comedic.
I presume at least one relative of someone who died that day has been here since 2001, and why they haven't complained I don't know.
Unique Suggestions: Don't bother
First of all, I have to say, by criticizing Dylan's Candy Bar as a tourist trip, I feel as though I'm betraying a close friend. Dylan's Candy Bar was created by Ralph Lauren's daughter and Ralph Lauren, I'm sorry, is the greatest designer ever. Period. I 3 Ralph Lauren. Ooh the little polo man...
Anyway, this is about Dylan's. It's an incredible tourist trap. According to my brother, "white-sneaker clad, hip-bouncing bag carriers wearing scrunchies are the only ones who could possibly frequent such an overrated place." (Great minds think alike?)
Save your money and get your licorice and hershey kisses somewhere else. Parents, save your tempers and give your kids a book instead. (Or go across the street to 360 Brassiere. Fantastic little bistro).
Unique Suggestions: Don't bother with the chocolates (or any of the other edibles. You can visit virtually ANY other candy shoppe in Manhattan and get the SAME EXACT sweeties for 1/5 of the price!) Instead, pick up the 'dirty' t-shirts they sell, like 'Lick Me' or something. At least that'll last you more than 2 minutes and doesn't go to your hips.
Fun Alternatives: Get some excellent chocolates at Charbonnel et Walker on the 8th Floor of Saks Fifth or downtown in SoHo at Vosges Haute Chocolate. Far classier than Dylan's Candy Bar.
Particularly around Union Square and below, there are several 'deaf' beggars signing to you to stop or handing out small cards to them. If you take the card thinking its free (like a coupon or handout) think again. If you take this piece of paper and keep walking, the 'deaf beggar' will follow you, signing to you to read the paper, which will say that it is a guide to American Sign Language (the alphabet) and that he's asking you to donate some money to him in exchange for the little paper ASL guide.
Don't be tricked into giving him/her money for the ASL guide. More often than not, he's not deaf. (I know ASL and I signed to him and he had no idea what I was saying...granted he might know BSL or FSL, but still, you can never be too sure). Don't give your money away too readily.
Unique Suggestions: I guess if you feel bad enough, give the guy some money. However, you risk the chance of him following you around even more to see if you will give up even more money?
While walking on the street you may be approached by someone asking about your hair or clothes. Don't pay attention to them, they are only advertising rip-offs. They will likely be package deals or time-sensitive offers for professional hair and clothing advice, to get professional suggestions from NY's best stylists.
Fun Alternatives: An alternative: Go to a department store like Barneys or Saks and get free make-up consultations (when you buy products of course) or get a copy of Vogue and consult that.
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