New York/Theater District

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Introduction

Broadway. Times Square. Madison Square Garden. The name says it all: the Theater District is the entertainment hub of the city, and possibly the entire nation. The western half of Midtown Manhattan (to be distinguished from Midtown East), this is where you'll find Times Square, the streets packed with people taking in quite arguably the brightest entertainment district in the world. Despite its gaudy signage and superficial nature, a place where no local would want to be caught dead, it's hard not to be awestruck by it all. This is where the famous musicals of Broadway perform, where many famous TV shows are taped, and where the Knicks and Rangers play to sellout crowds.

It's easy to get distracted by Times Square; even in this city of giant skyscrapers and famed landmarks, the night glow of the Theater District overwhelms everything around it, making the rest of Manhattan look dark in comparison. It draws your attention away from anything else, much like a stage light focused on a theater set. But there is more to this area than bright lights and big-name shows, with revivified neighborhoods surrounding the core entertainment zone. To the south of Times Square lies the Garment District, center of New York's fashion scene, while to the north and west are more residential areas. West of Times Square is Hell's Kitchen, long the site of many smaller theaters and studios, less flashy than their counterparts on Broadway but no less active. There's much to see and do here — just try not to forget about the rest of Manhattan while you're here.

This district stretches from 31st St, through the heavily commercial West 30s up to 59th St (beyond which is Central Park), and lies west of 6th Ave. The West Side is home not only to the famed "Great White Way" (Broadway), but to the emerging business district centered on the now thoroughly Disneyfied Times Square. The Theater District centers on the outlandishly commercial "New" 42nd Street and heads up Broadway and 7th Avenues, melding to the west with the resurgent neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and its commercial strip on 9th Avenue, and to the north with the newly-built Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. South of Times Square is the Garment District, where most of the city's showrooms and many well-known designers occupy the area between Times Square and Madison Square Garden, the famous sports arena located atop Pennsylvania Station. The area becomes increasingly residential as you go north or west, and more commercial to the east and south. Many of Manhattan's largest hotels (including the Hilton and the Sheraton) are located on 6th or 7th Avenue in this area.

Broadway is one of the leading venues in the world for musicals, on equal footing with London's West End, with both musical scenes often influencing each other and shows from one side of the pond touring on the other or having sister productions quite often.

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Sights and Activities

Times Square, Broadway and 7th Avenue, stretching from 42nd to 48th Streets ( 1 2 3 7 N Q R W to Times Sq–42 St). A place filled with video screens, LED signs, and flashing lights; a world wonder or a tourist nightmare depending on your perspective, the "new" Times Square is a family-friendly theme park of themed restaurants, theaters and hotels, as well as a developing business district. The lights and signs can be viewed anytime, but the most enchanting experience comes when one visits Times Square at night, as all the signs and screens are ablaze with color. Times Square is also well known for its famous New Year's Eve ball drop. Those looking for the seedy Times Square of years past will find it around the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and on Eighth Avenue to the west.
TKTS Booth, 1564 Broadway (at 47th St, at the north end of Times Square), ☏ +1 212 912-9770. Booth: tickets for evening performances Tu 2-8PM, M and W-Sa 3-8PM, Su 3-7PM; tickets for matinee performances W-Th and Sa 10AM-2PM, Su 11AM-3PM. A ticket booth selling discounted Broadway and off-Broadway shows. However, the cheaper tickets aren't the only attraction, as the back of the booth is a large, red-lit glass staircase facing Times Square, which serves as a set of bleachers and offers an excellent opportunity to get above the street and just watch the crowds and flashing signs. Above the booth is a video screen with a live feed of the top step, giving you a chance to appear (if only briefly) on one of the many signs in Times Square.
One Times Square, 1475 Broadway (at 42nd St). Originally the second-tallest building in the world when it opened in 1905, One Times Square was constructed to be the headquarters for The New York Times, a function it would serve for less than ten years. The annual Times Square ball drop is performed from the roof of this building. And you can't miss the famous Dow Jones news and sports zipper (the first news ticker in the world) attached to its lower facade.
Rockefeller Center ( B D F M to 47th–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr). The Christmas Tree, the Skating Rink, NBC studios, the shops and hubbub - you can't miss it. The Christmas Tree and the Skating Rink are naturally not year round, but in the summer, the complex is a hub for touristy operations. Within the striking Art Deco buildings of the complex are several dining establishments overlooking the area and many stores.
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave (between 50th and 51st Sts), ☏ +1 212 307-7171. Daily 11:30AM–6PM. See the Rockettes, another show, or just tour the famous Art Deco masterpiece.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck, W 50th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), ☏ +1 212 698-2000, ✉ info@topoftherocknyc.com. Daily 8 AM–12:30 AM, last elevator up 11:40 PM. On the 70th floor of the GE Building (better known by some as "30 Rock") is this narrow observation deck, built to resemble the deck of a cruise ship. The deck affords uninterrupted views over Central Park to the north and across Midtown to the south. $38 adults, $36 seniors, $32 children (ages 6-12), free for children under age 6.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 W 53rd St (between 5th and 6th Aves; Subway: E M trains to 5th Ave/53rd St or B D F trains to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center), ☏ +1 212 708-9400, ✉ info@moma.org. Sa–Th 10 AM–5:30 PM, F 10:30 AM–8 PM, open until 9 PM on first Thursday of the month and every Thursday Jul–Aug. One of the greatest and most popular collections of modern art, on a par with the Tate Modern in London or Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Exceedingly popular so be warned: queues for tickets start early and stretch long. To avoid the crowds, turn up at the door at least a half hour before opening, then take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down. The building is as much a draw as the outstanding collection; possessing arguably the best collection of modern masterpieces world-wide, MoMA houses important art works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Paul Cézanne, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, and works by leading American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close. MoMA also holds renowned art photography and design collections. In addition to being the crown jewel of modern art museums, MoMA puts on a terrific repertory program in a nicely renovated theater below the museum. $25 adults, $18 seniors, $14 students, free for children 16 and under. Free admission for all on Fridays 4 PM–8 PM.
Discovery Times Square Exposition (Discovery TSX), 226 West 44th St. An exhibition hall that caters to traveling exhibitions that are deemed "too large, too expensive, too nondisciplinary or too commercial" for local museums. Discovery TSX has been home to Harry Potter: The Exhibition, CSI: The Experience, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, King Tut NYC: Return of the King, and Pompeii the Exhibit.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 (12th Ave & 46th St), ☏ +1 212 245-0072. April–October: Mon–Fri 10 AM–5 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM–6 PM; November–March: Tue–Sun 10 AM–5 PM. The aircraft carrier Intrepid is docked here and loaded with spacecraft and aircraft, including the very cool Blackbird spy plane and the prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise. On the other side of the dock is a guided-missile submarine and a Concorde, both of which you can tour also, and some tanks. $33 adults, $31 seniors, $24 children (ages 5-12), children under 5 free.
Madame Tussauds New York, 234 W 42nd St (between 7th & 8th Avs; 1 2 3 7 N Q R W to Times Sq–42 St or A C E to 42 St/Port Authority), ☏ +1 212-512-9600. Sept–May: Daily, 9 AM–10 PM; June–August: Sun–Thu 9 AM–10 PM, Fri–Sat 9 AM–12 AM. Get up close to over 200 lifelike wax figures of the biggest stars and icons in entertainment, sports and history. Silver Ticket: $36.95 ($29.95 online), children 2 and under free.
Gulliver's Gate, 216 W 44th St (between 7th & 8th Avs; 1 2 3 7 N Q R W to Times Sq–42 St). Daily, 10 AM–8 PM. A very large miniature world. $36 adults, $27 seniors and children (ages 4-12), children under 4 free.
Saint Thomas Church, 1 W. 53th St (corner of 5th Ave; E M to 5th Ave/53rd St or B D F to 47th–50th Sts–Rockefeller Center), ☏ +1 212 757-7013, ✉ welcome@SaintThomasChurch.org. Mon–Fri: approximately 7:30 AM–6:30 PM; Sat: mornings and afternoons (hours vary week to week); Sun: 7 AM–6 PM (Sept–May), 7 AM–1 PM (Jun–Aug). The interior of this Episcopal church is a peaceful place, and both the exterior and interior are architecturally harmonious and worth looking at if you are walking nearby. Free admission.
The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio), 25 W 52nd St (between 5th and 6th Avs; Subway: E M to 5th Ave/53rd St or B D F to 47th–50th Sts–Rockefeller Center), ☏ +1 212 621-6600. Wed, Fri–Sun: Noon–6 PM; Thu: Noon–8PM; closed Mon–Tue. Dedicated to preserving and collecting television programs as a service to the public, the museum consists of two museum branches in Los Angeles and New York City; combined they hold over 100,000 television programs that are available to the public, providing a historical, artistic and cultural perspective to television and radio. You may use their library here for the price of admission. They have lots of old shows and a database so you can see if they have what you want. Admission is free; suggested admission: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $5 children under 14.

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Getting There

By Subway

The Times Square–42nd St subway station is one of the major nerve centers of public transit in New York, with the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and S (Grand Central Shuttle) lines all stopping there, while a pedestrian tunnel provides a free transfer to the 42nd St–Port Authority station, which serves the A, C, and E lines. Nearby, though not connected to Times Square–42nd St. station, the B, D, F, and M lines stop at 42nd St–Bryant Park station.

South of Times Square, the 1, 2, and 3 lines run under 7th Avenue, the A, C and E lines run under 8th Avenue, the N, Q, R, and W lines run under Broadway, and the B, D, F and M lines run under 6th Avenue, with all lines stopping at 34th Street, near Penn Station. Additionally, the 7 line runs southwest to 34th Street and 11th Avenue, adjacent to the Javits Convention Center. From outside New York City, Penn Station, located underneath Madison Square Garden, is the east coast hub of Amtrak services and is the regional hub for Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit commuter rail services. See the By train section on the main New York City page for more info. Also serving the neighborhood is PATH subway service to Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey, which runs under 6th Ave., stopping at 33rd St., 23rd St., and 14th St.

North of Times Square, the 1, 2, and 3 lines run under Broadway, with the 1 stopping at 50th St and 59th St–Columbus Circle. The A, C, and E lines run under 8th Avenue, with the C and E stopping at 50th St, before the E branches east to head under 53rd St. to Queens, stopping at 7th Av, while the A and C lines continue north, stopping at 59th St-Columbus Circle. The N, Q, R, and W lines run under 7th Avenue, stopping at 57th St–7th Av (the ideal stop for Carnegie Hall), with the N, R, and W lines also stopping at 49th St. The B, D, F, and M lines continue along 6th Avenue, stopping at 47th–50th Sts.–Rockefeller Center, before the lines branch out in different directions. The F train continues along 6th Avenue, stopping at 57th St, while the B and D trains head northwest, stopping at 7th Av and 59th St–Columbus Circle.

By Taxi

Taxis ply the area day and night but can slow to a standstill during rush hour, lunchtime, and even mid-afternoon. However, if you need a taxi and are unfamiliar with normal taxi fares, do not hail anything but a yellow cab. Drivers of black limos who offer to pick you up may try to cheat you.

By Bus

Quite a number of city bus routes serve the area, but crosstown routes in particular can be subject to gridlock at peak times. Manhattan's main long distance bus station is the Port Authority Bus Terminal, between 8th and 9th Avenues and 40th and 42nd Streets. Connections are available on commuter buses to New Jersey and Rockland County, New York, and on long-distance routes through the country and to Canada.

By Foot

Walking is the way you can see the most, but even walking can be a problem, particularly in Times Square (on Broadway and 7th Av. between 42nd and 48th Sts). Large numbers of tourists are liable to be standing still and looking up every few feet, and of course, you may be one of them. But if you prefer to take a walk at a steadier pace, take a side street and walk on another avenue.

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Eat

Times Square can seem infested with glorified, tacky, and overpriced versions of chain restaurants like McDonalds, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Red Lobster, and Applebee's that you can find anywhere else in America. These restaurants are more expensive than their suburban counterparts (a Big Mac costs $6). However, there are better food options available in the area, especially if you get away from Times Square proper and explore other areas in the Theater District.

Cranberry Cafe, 115 W 45th St (1 block from Times Square), ☏ +1 212 730-9495. Always open. A huge variety of sandwiches, pizza, sushi, and udon. Hot and cold salad bars. Sandwiches are $4-$6. Very popular with local workers, so it gets very busy at breakfast and lunch time. There is ample seating upstairs.
Poseidon Bakery, 629 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th Sts), ☏ +1 212 757-6173. Serves wonderful Greek pastries, savory and sweet alike. There is no place to sit, but the staff are very friendly and helpful, and you can have a delicious, cheap meal for takeout.
The Halal Guys, corner of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. M–Th 10AM-4AM, F–Sa 10AM-5AM. An extremely popular and affordable food stand that is probably the only Mediterranean stand in all of Manhattan that was actually given a name. This is the original location and since it started in 2008, it has begun a chain and opened 5 more throughout Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ. Delicious gyros, wraps, and falafel, and each dish comes with rice and pita bread. There's also an incredible white sauce that's worth trying. Note that if you want some on a weekend, you're going to have to get there early because there is guaranteed to be a long wait. Each meal costs about $7 with a drink being included.
The Original Soup Man, 259 W 55th St, ☏ +1 212 956-0900. 11 to 8 daily. Inspiration for the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. Menu items change daily. The best soup in the area, but ONLY if you follow the rules! "NO SOUP FOR YOU!"
Ariana Afghan Kabob, 787 9th Ave (between 52nd and 53rd Sts), ☏ +1 212 262-2323, +1 212 262-0065. noon–11PM daily. Very good food, which of course includes kebabs, but also peppery Aush (a type of beany noodle soup), Badinjan Burani (a fried eggplant appetizer garlic and yogurt, served with bread), etc. Salads, which come with main dishes, have a dressing which includes mayonnaise. Ask for no dressing and put the green hot sauce on them yourself. About $25-30/person for a large 3-course meal with a non-alcoholic beverage.
Dos Caminos, 1567 Broadway, ☏ +1 212 918-1330. Su M 7AM-11PM, Tu - Th 7AM-12AM, Fr 7AM-1AM, Sa 7AM-1AM. Dos Caminos' fifth New York City location. Designed by Brooklyn-based company, hOmE, spanning two floors, and featuring a 40-seat mezcal and margarita bar on the street level and a guacamole bar on the subterranean level. Expanded menu of Chef Ivy Stark’s healthy Mexican dishes as well as a selection of 120 premium tequilas. $12-$24.
Gazala Place, 709 9th Ave (between 48th and 49th Sts.), ☏ +1 212 245-0709. Sun-Fri: 11AM-11PM Sat: 11AM-midnight. Dependably delicious Israeli Druze cuisine. Their babaganush is categorically better than at most other places, with great smokiness. Their special meze platter, which is not on the menu but seems to always be available, is a fair deal at $20-something. The restaurant is a bit cramped, especially when you have to walk through the kitchen to the restroom, but for food this good at these kinds of prices this close to Times Square and helpful service, it's really worthwhile. Mezes: $5-$9.95; Soups: $4.50; Salads: $7.50-8:50; Breads and savory pies: $4.50-$5.50; Sandwiches: $3.50-6.00; Entrees: $8.95-$17.95; Desserts: $5.50-9.50.
John's Pizzeria, 260 West 44th St (just east of 8th Ave), ☏ +1 212 391-7560. Daily 11:30AM-11:30PM. A popular pizza option with a lovely and spacious atmosphere and brick oven, coal fired, thin crust pizzas. Whole pies, no slices. Many fans, however, observe that the pizza at this location is not nearly as good as at their original Greenwich Village location. Also, pre-theater, it can be absolutely mobbed, with wait times of an hour or more.
Ocha Sushi, 350 W 46th St (between 8th and 9th Aves), ☏ +1 212 581-3198. Japanese restaurant with good sushi.
Vice Versa, 325 W 51st St (between 8th and 9th Aves), ☏ +1 212 399-9291. Simple, but tasty Italian fare. $10-$25.
Westway Diner, 614 Ninth Ave, ☏ +1 212-582-7661. Real New York diner, excellent place for good value breakfast. Very good service.
Wondee Siam, 792 9th Ave (between 52nd and 53rd Sts), ☏ +1 212 582-0355. Small restaurant, so expect to wait on line at peak hours (e.g., Friday and Saturday nights); generally considered to be one of the best Thai restaurants in Manhattan. Food ranges in spiciness from mild to very spicy, not always consistent with what you ask for, but staff are happy to provide extra dried red pepper flakes on the side. Consistently tasty food, especially if you stick with the items on the "secret Thai" menu card on the table and ask for everything to be "very spicy and Thai style, not sweet." Lunch specials: $7; soups and small salads: $4; fried rice: $10.50; yum (Thai spicy salads): $9.95-12.50; mains: $10.50-22; noodles: $9.50-11.50; side order of rice: $1.50-2; beverages: $2.50.
Strip House, 15 West 44th Street, ☏ +1 212 336-5454. Su 5PM-10PM, M-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM. Steakhouse with a raw bar boasts walls covered with photos of old-Hollywood stars.
Bill’s Bar & Burger, 16 West 51st Street (at 5th Avenue), ☏ +1 212 705-8510. Sa - W 11AM-11PM, Th F 11AM-12PM. Burger spot also known for disco fries (with gravy & cheese), beer & alcoholic shakes. $8-$14.
Hallo Berlin, 54th St and 5th Ave. M-F 11:30AM-3:30PM. A pushcart on a Midtown street corner that serves what is widely regarded as some of the best German sausages in the city.
Joe's Shanghai, 24 W 56th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), ☏ +1 212 333-3868, fax: +1 212 397-1107. M-Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 1PM-10:30PM. Try their famous "soup dumplings" -- listed on the menu as "steamed buns", and their other delicious Shanghai specialties. Pricier than the Chinatown location. $10-$20.
Prime Grill, 25 W 56th St, ☏ +1 212 692-9292. Su 5-10:30PM, M-Th 12-2:30, 5:30-11:30PM.
Abigael's On Broadway, 1407 Broadway #4 (at 38th St), ☏ +1 212 575-1407. Su 4:30-10PM, M-F 12-3PM, M-Th 5-10PM. Kosher. The main restaurant is downstairs, where the quiet atmosphere is a nice break from the vibrancy of the area. Service can be slow, but it's great for a long, relaxed dinner to end off an exciting day.
Aureole, 135 West 42nd St (between 6th and 7th Aves), ☏ +1 212 319-1660.
Barbetta, 321 W 46th St (between 8th and 9th Aves), ☏ +1 212 246-9171.
Blue Fin, 1567 Broadway (at 47th Street), ☏ +1 212 918-1400. Su M 7AM-11PM, Tu-Th 7AM-11:30PM, F Sa 7AM-12AM. Sushi bar, bar and lounge area, communal table and expanded private dining room options. mains $23-$46.
Brasserie 1605, 1605 Broadway (between 48th and 49th Street; at The Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan), ☏ +1 212 315-6000.
Ruby Foo's, 1626 Broadway (at 49th Street), ☏ +1 212 489-5600. Su - Tu 11:30AM -10:30PM, W Th 11:30AM – 11pm, F Sa 11:30AM – 11:30PM. Pan-Asian Restaurant combines Chinese, Thai, & Japanese food.

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Drink

The Irish Pub, 837 7th Ave, ☏ +1 212 664-9364. Great place to drink after a long day at work.
McGee's Restaurant and Pub, 240 West 55th St (Between Broadway and 8th Ave), ☏ +1 212 957-3536. M-Sa 11AM-4AM, Su Noon-4AM. Lunch 11AM-4PM; Dinner 5PM-Midnight; Late night menu: 11PM-1AM. This is an unpretentious pub in the middle of a pricey neighborhood. The prices are very inexpensive for the neighborhood, and the pub also provides downright good food. Service is pleasant and helpful. Cocktails: $8-11; Happy Hour specials (5PM-9PM, Mon-Fri): $3-6; Beer of the Month: $4 pints; Pitchers of beer: $18-20; House wine by the glass: $6.50; Coffee drinks (with alcohol): $8-8.50; Appetizers: $6-15; Soups: $5-6; Salads: $8-14; Sandwiches: $12-16; Burgers: $12-17; Mains: $14-20; Desserts: $6.
The Perfect Pint, 123 W 45th St (at Broadway), ☏ +1 212 354-1099. Two-story pub off of Times Square with good Irish beers on tap and pricey entrées. Definitely not typical pub-grub, but the price matches. $15-25 per entrée.

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Sleep

Hotel Carter, 250 W 43rd St (between 7th and 8th Aves), ☏ +1 347 748-1309, fax: +1 212 398-8541. Offering 700 lodging accommodations all with private bath. Close-up view of the ball drop at New Times Square. $99+.
New York Inn, 765 8th Ave (at 47th St), ☏ +1 212 247-5400, toll-free: +1-888-465-1140, fax: +1 212 541-4596, ✉ newyorkinn@regencyhospitality.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Affordable lodging accommodations offering double standard bed, color cable TV, telephone, AC/heating and private facilities. Refrigerators, ironing and ironing boards are available upon request. Safety box is available at no extra charge. Free wifi plus one internet kiosk are available in the lobby. Dorms from $29, private rooms from $69.
Casablanca Hotel, 147 W 43rd St (between Broadway and 6th Ave), ☏ +1 212 869-1212, toll-free: +1-888-922-7225, fax: +1 212 391-7585, ✉ rooms@casablancahotel.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Boutique hotel just off Times Square. High-speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in Rick's Cafe 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions in the evenings except for Sunday nights. $183+.
Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square, 114 W 40th St, ☏ +1 212-391-0088.
Hilton Garden Inn, 790 8th Ave (between 47th and 48th Sts), ☏ +1 212 581-7000, fax: +1 212 974-0291. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Completely remodeled in 2005 with flat-screen TVs, comfy bedding. Free wireless, business center and in-room fridge. $143-$400.
Hotel Mela, 120 W 44th St (between 6th Ave and 7th Ave/Broadway), toll-free: +1-877-452-6352, fax: +1 212 710-7399, ✉ info@hotelmela.com. Luxury boutique hotel in Times Square. $161+.
36 Hudson Hotel, 449 W 36th St (between 9th and 10th Aves), ☏ +1 212 967-7206, fax: +1 212 967-7237. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. $109+.
Salisbury Hotel, 123 W 57th St (between 6th and 7th Aves), ☏ +1 212 246-1300, toll-free: +1-888-692-5757, fax: +1 212 977-7752. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. King and double-bed rooms. Standard rooms are much larger than typical as the hotel was originally designed as a suite hotel. $109+.
Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St (between 6th and 7th Aves), ☏ +1 212 234-7000, toll-free: +1-800-388-8988, fax: +1 212 382-0684. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. A Times Square-area hotel offering modern accommodations. $300+.
Travel Inn Hotel, 515 W 42nd St, ☏ +1 212 695-7171.
Belvedere Hotel, 319 W 48th St (between 8th and 9th Aves), ☏ +1 212 245-7000, toll-free: +1-888-468-3558. Art Deco hotel. $113.90+.
Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway (between 48th and 49th Sts), ☏ +1 212 977-4000, toll-free: +1-800-593-5434, fax: +1 212 333-7393, ✉ amernycmhsalescoordinators@ihg.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Upscale hotel with 770 guest rooms, Manhattan's largest indoor lap pool, Brasserie 1605 Restaurant, meeting facilities. $189+.
DoubleTree Suites Times Square, 1568 Broadway, ☏ +1 212 719-1600. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Actual suites with a reasonable amount of space for NYC. Free cookies at the front desk.
Hilton New York Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 6th and 7th Aves), ☏ +1 212 261-5966, toll-free: +1-800-HILTONS (4458667), fax: +1 212 397-1597, ✉ NYCNH_DS@hilton.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. A massive, amenity-laden hotel tower. $199 -559+.
Hotel Edison, 228 W 47th St (between Broadway and 8th Ave), ☏ +1 212 840-5000, ✉ reservations@edisonhotelnyc.com. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Art Deco hotel built in 1931, steps from Times Square, known for its mock-Art Deco murals on the ground floor. $119+.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Midtown Manhattan, 312 West 37th Street, ☏ +1-212-244-0644. Extended stay NYC hotel. Complimentary Wi-Fi and wired Internet access. Free hot full breakfast each morning and evening dinner and drinks, Monday through Thursday.
Hudson Hotel, 356 W 58th St (between 8th and 9th Aves), ☏ +1 212 554-6000, toll-free: +1-800-606-6090, fax: +1 212 554-6001. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. A fashionably trendy upmarket boutique hotel which is great for celeb spotting. Rooms are comparatively tiny with little storage space, so think again if you travel with a big wardrobe. Otherwise, the subdued lighting, designer fittings, and relatively lower prices tend to attract a younger vibey crowd, especially to the über-trendy bar at the foyer level. Standard double room from $199-$375.
InterContinental New York Times Square, 300 West 44th St, ☏ +1-212-803-4500. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: Noon.
JW Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South (between 6th and 7th Aves), ☏ +1 212 247-0300, fax: +1 212 315-1839. $299+.
The London NYC, 151 W 54th St (between 6th and 7th Aves), ☏ +1 212 468-8856, toll-free: +1-866-690-2029. $279+.
Manhattan Club, 200 W 56th St (between 7th Ave and Broadway), ☏ +1 212 453-8855, toll-free: +1-888-692-2121, ✉ requestinfo@manhattanclub.com. Suites and first class services and amenities. Each suite features appliances, plush fabrics and elegant furnishings with marble baths. Timeshares available.
The Millennium Broadway Hotel New York, 145 W 44th St, ☏ +1 212 768-4400, fax: +1 212 768-0847. Hotel near Broadway that features spacious rooms and suites, a conference center, wedding reception locations, event venues and an on-site restaurant.
New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, ☏ +1 212 398-1900. Gigantic in size with updated hotel rooms, high-speed elevators and six hotel restaurants and lounges. It is known for its revolving bar and the view from its clear-sided elevators.
Park Central Hotel, 870 7th Ave (at 56th St). Right next to Carnegie Hall and close to the Theater District. Recently spent $65 million on renovations. While its renovations have significantly improved this hotel, it is, at best, a four-star hotel and clearly not one of New York's luxury hotels.
Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square, 714 7th Ave.
Staybridge Suites Times Square, 340 W 40th St. An extended stay hotel offering pet friendly lodging accommodations and suites with fully equipped kitchens.
West 57th Street by Hilton Club, 102 West 57th St (between 6th & 7th Aves), ☏ +1 212 379-0103. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 10AM. Studios, one- and two- bedrooms suites with floor to ceiling views of New York City.
Westin New York at Times Square, 270 W 43rd St, ☏ +1 212 201-2700, toll-free: +1-866-837-4183, ✉ info@westinny.com.
Baccarat Hotel New York, 28 West 53rd St, ☏ +1 212 790-8800, toll-free: +1 844 294-1764, ✉ NYSales@baccarathotels.com. An upscale hotel offering 114 rooms and suites. The hotel has many interesting features, including a mica-covered vaulted ceiling, silver-leafed wood paneling, pleated-silk walls, marble, and Baccarat crystal elements throughout. $759+.
Peninsula Hotel New York, 700 5th Ave (5th Ave and 55th St), ☏ +1 212 956-2888. Has a rooftop bar.
Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Ave (at Central Park South, in front of Grand Army Plaza), ☏ +1 212-759-3000, toll-free: +1-888-850-0909. Perhaps the most famous of New York's luxury hotels, the Plaza is an attraction in and of itself, having been used as a backdrop in numerous movies and TV shows and serving as the meeting place for many celebrities and politicians. The Plaza is also famous as a place to go for afternoon tea or cocktails, and of course you will pay dearly for that. This is one place where the truism is accurate: If you have to ask the price of a room, you can't afford it. Room rates are not posted on their website, but go into the thousands per night.
1 Hotel Central Park, 1414 Avenue of the Americas, ☏ +1 212 703-2001, toll-free: +1-866-615-1111. Featuring natural light, organic and reclaimed materials. Farm-fresh meal at the restaurant, menu created by Chez Panisse alum, Jonathan Waxman, $300+.

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Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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