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1. Posted by Matt70_2 (Budding Member 47 posts) 1y

Hello All those that know USA and Canada,

I am off to see a friend who has just moved to Toronto and am cramming in Washington DC, Philly and NYC while I am that side of the pond.

I am hoping some of your guys can help me out with some insider info. The main tourist sites I already have planned into my itinerary so I am looking for some info on the more social side of places.

Washington DC - I will be here alone does anyone know a friendly hostel that is easier to meet people or who organise drinks tours. I am really interested in people watching the power guys and girls ( lawyers, politicians, lobbyist etc) in action after a day shaping the USA and the world

Philly - very simply where is the best place in Philly to get a Philly Cheese steak

NYC - been here before but only stayed in Manhattan and Queens so am interested in the other boroughs. The types of things I am interested in NYC is maybe where are the hipsters located (I love people watching hahaha) I heard Brooklyn but where?
Which bars are good for the following types of music blues, jazz, rock and roll ie black keys, white stripes etc, hip hop
I have the most time in NYC about five days so any insider tips for food, drinks, street art, pretty much anything you have found unique and very much NYC. Nothing to pretentious but anything fun and enjoyable.

In addition if anyone has any food recommendations for any of these places for food nothing posh but maybe the types of food you would see on Anthony bourdain or man vrs food or just very flavoursome.

I know I have put quite a bit up here but any recommendations will be greatly appreciated!!!!!

Cheers

Matt

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1940 posts) 1y

When is this happening?

3. Posted by Matt70_2 (Budding Member 47 posts) 1y

First two weeks in November

4. Posted by darrenesl (Budding Member 34 posts) 1y

The best Philly Cheese Steak I found was a street vendor by the Liberty Bell. even better than the ones listed on trip advisors and those sites. The guy was really friendly and made it to order. It was the best of all the places I have been there.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Sep-2013, at 12:14 by darrenesl ]

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1876 posts) 1y

Okay, here goes with the most popular places for politicians, lobbyists, and administrators. I used to live in Baltimore and go to DC often and so saw some politicians at two of these places. Be aware that these places are expensive, and most won't let you just stand around waiting to see politicians and movie stars.

1. Cafe Milano (in Georgetown)--a Bill and Hillary Clinton favorite, and Julia Roberts (who lives in Georgetown) goes here occasionally.
2. Tosca--the in spot. favorite for lobbyists and Supreme Court justices (said to be Scalia's favorite restaurant). It is also said to be the place where Senator Tom Daschle convinced Obama to run for President.
3.Bistro Bis--a favorite of Obama before he became President--and also where Julia Roberts hangs out a lot. This one is crowded with politicians by the score.
4. Westend Bistro (in the Ritz-Carlton)--the hangout of Senate Majority leader Harry Reid
5. Good Stuff--a pizza and burger place that is said to be a favorite of Michelle Obama
6. Art and Soul--where Oprah Winfrey goes when she is in town since the place is run by Art Smith who used to be her personal chef.
7. Capital Grill--a favorite of George Bush (junior)'s two daughters, one of who works in town as a lobbyist.
Other popular spots are: Charlie Palmer (a steakhouse), Bourbon Steak (a steakhouse), Blue Duck (where Bono from U2 goes often), Equinox, and The Palm.
Enjoy your trip to DC.