Live Bait has the appearance of being a dive but don't let its cluttered maritime decor fool you, the prices aren't at all down home. There is a raw bar, although I have never been adventurous enough to try anything from it, and the meals selections are ordinary and edible. It is a good place to go after work although it can get crowded.
Its a great duplex pub with full bars on both floors but the music always tends to be just a few hundred decimals too high. The Guinness is poured perfectly and the wait staff very friendly and efficient. Usually post-frat guys are in the after work crowd are gathered downstairs watching sports on the TV.
This is not the restaurant to order a sandwich. 11 Madison Park delivers traditional American, various international and defined French cuisine fare all with a flair. The ambiance is terrific, set in gold art deco, inside the belly of the old MetLife building. The cost as expensive as you would think but its all worth it. Reservations are recommended even for lunch.
Table downstairs, aka The Bread Bar, serves up great lunch specials but don't expect a break on the prices. The innovative yet traditional Indian food is the best in town. Situated across from Madison Square Park, the outdoor sitting area is great during the summer and there is good people watching.
The smaller of the classic New York City sky rise eateries in this location (the adjacent Rainbow Room is only available for banquet-sized parties), still the overall dining experience is worth the uber expensive menu. The food and drinks are excellent but the view is out of this world. If you can't afford actually eating, having a drink at the bar would impress a date in a New York minute.
Forget spending $3 on a coffee treat at a corporate shop. Go to Follow Me Cafe where the ambience, private owner and Sunday entertainment will appreciate it much more, as will you when you are sitting on an outside table looking out at the tree lined side street on the Upper East Side.
The best and easiest ride in town. Dial 7 is fast and reliable but like all other New York City services you have to watch out for yourself. Pay attention if the driver paid tolls because chances are they will ask you to pay extra. The town cars are nicer than cabs and the driving tends to be a little better. The deals are frequent and $25 savings can be found with coupons sent in the mail.
Andrew Kolb and Son art gallery and frame place has much to offer. They frame prints and paintings extremely well and for a reasonable price. They have many different styles of prints and pieces of art for sale, something for everyone.
Unexpectedly located on the second floor of the Port Authority, Leisure Time Bowl is the cheaper alternative to bowling in Manhattan. Although a more unsavory crowd is present it is an excellent place for corporate events and to kill time while waiting for the bus.
For a boutique-sized hotel in Manhattan, the Chelsea Savoy Hotel is priced reasonably (starting at $100) and in a good neighborhood. All of the amenities are available, staff is friendly, and the rooms are a good size and clean.