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TV Show & Food tours... advice please :)

Ireland
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TV Show & Food tours... advice please :)

Hello all,

I am in the middle of planning a milestone birthday trip for my Fiancé & he knows about the trip but I am in charge of the activites / dinner plans. We won't be there on his actual Birthday but will be 3 days after it. He has mentioned in passing that he would like to do the Soprano tour. Is it worth doing? We travel the 10th of February for a week.

We are also both major foodies & I found a company that does food tours called 'Foods of NYC'....

My question is: they have 3 different tours that sound interesting to me.. which one would be the best / most interesting?? All tours last 2.5 - 3 hrs.

1) Chelsea Market & Meat Packing District

2) Nolita /NOHO

3)The Heart of the Village (Greenwhich)

Can you think of any other activites I could prebook? Or any nice restaurants / bars with nice beers? Last time we were in NYC we loved McSorleys in East Village.

In theory I would LOVE to book a helicopter ride as this would truly create that WOW factor but I just cant justify the cost of it as it only lasts for 15 mins... I have heard of boat rides at night time or something on the Hudson - are these any good?

Thanks in Advance!

Dallas, Texas...
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1. Re: TV Show & Food tours... advice please :)

Sounds like a fun birthday adventure! A few random thoughts from my personal perspective...

As fellow foodies, we enjoy identifying great foods we want to try and have a do-it-yourself approach. Of course, our list is WAY longer than our stomach capacity!

I'm not very knowledgeable about the food tours, but I'd say you want to look at exactly where they are visiting and also look at whether it is a small limited-number tour with good reviews. Otherwise, don't devote time and (most importantly) waste stomach capacity! Not all food tours are going to give you great and unique first-quality food.

As for "any nice restaurants", there are many thousands of great restaurants in NYC and probably hundreds on my own "todo" list! Identify the ones that most appeal to you or at least think about your wish list (what types of food, ambiance, price point, vibe, location, etc). You'll probably have a variety of target restaurant experiences. Though you are in charge of the planning, this is something that the foodie birthday boy may want to participate in choosing. Looking at online food porn is fun! (not sure if that word will get through the "family friendly" filters).

For things to pre-book, it's too early to book restaurants. Most open reservations 28-30 days in advance. Some don't take reservations at all, so you won't have to book everything.

If you want to do a popular Broadway show, you may want to book a few months in advance. If you want to climb to the crown of the statue of liberty, book that in advance at statuecruises.com Tickets for Feb should start being released in a few months. If visiting the pedestal is fine, that's easy closer to the date.

Boat rides are more limited in February. Some still run with limited schedules but if winter is particularly bad with major freezing, schedules can be disrupted due to ice and low demand. No reason to be booking far in advance. See what's being offered closer to the date, but IMO it's not as appealing during winter.

Ireland
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2. Re: TV Show & Food tours... advice please :)

I forgot to add - He said he would like to see Madisson Sq Garden or a Yankees game if possible. Can one just go to visit Madison Sq Garden and look around or does there have to be a show on to go inside?

New York, New York
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3. Re: TV Show & Food tours... advice please :)

The Chelsea Market tour would be my pick of those tours.

Evening dinner boats are nice & you could probably get dinner for the price of the helicopter for 15mins (good Idea)- Bateaux is a popular dinner cruise-

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Rocks Off productions has good walking tours that may interest you-

http://rocksoff.com/shows

Here is a list of decent pre-set lunches-

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Rock Center Cafe has a view of the Ice rink and will probably have a decent pre set on Valentines day-then you could do TOTR after-

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Then night life of your choosing-

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My favorite of those night life calendars is www.ohmyrockness.com

You kids -Have Fun!

Ireland
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4. Re: TV Show & Food tours... advice please :)

Christnp2 - Thanks for your advice! :) I will have a look at nice restaurants & write down the names and do a brainstorm closer the time. I read that The Boathouse in Central Pk nice? or is it even open in Feb I wonder... We both adore good Seafood so a seafood restaurant is a must! Having said that.. I'd say we will do a nice expensive restaurant one day for Dinner (To celebrate) & then semi casual for the rest of the days for our evening meal.

We will be in NYC for Valentines day but I think we might get a nice take away instead of dining out this night & just get a tasty brunch somewhere instead as the atmosphere in restaurants for V.Day does not to much for us...

In regard to the boat tours - I guess I should just keep an eye on weather & decide closer the date as to what to do. I would just love to have something a bit 'different' planned as opposed to the common touristy things that he might be able to guess. That's why I thought the helicopter would be perfect....until I saw the price for the amount of time!! Has anybody done this? Is it worth the money??

The food tours say they have max 16 people on each tour and they visit various eataries . They have the different stops on the websites , I will have a closer look at them and look each of them up on T.A.

Ireland
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Great - thanks for the suggestions MTI-n-NYC. I will have a look at all the links you sent. That dinner cruise sounds like a fabulous idea & certainly something memorable. Do they operate in February if the weather isn't the best I wonder!!

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**He said he would like to see Madisson Sq Garden or a Yankees game if possible.**

Baseball game is out of season. You can go to a Knicks game at MSG if they are playing at home when you are here.

If you just want a tour:

http://www.thegarden.com/tours.html

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The original Greenwich Village tour by Foods of NY is great--I have done it twice---you will eat outside at times. It may be very cold when you go, so many tours are outside. Chelsea Market tour is mostly inside, so that may be a decision--you can also do Chelsea Market on your own also. Freetoursbyfoot offer many free tours- ( I just did 2 in London) and then you just tip at the end. If you want tickets to shows go to TKTS in Times Square or at the Seaport and get discount tickets. If you want tickets for the big shows - Lion King- WIcked etc, you should get those in advance. You didn't mention where you were staying so I can't recommend restaurants.

The Accomplice is a fun adventure that you do with a group of people. Check out the website.

Groupon and Living Social in New York has many offers but you will need to wait closer to the date you are leaving to check them out. Also Goldstar is great for deals on things to do. Did you try hotels.com for your rooms? Check out the weather before you leave to prepare--boots, gloves, hats, etc will probably be necessary.

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Just so you know, helicopter tours do not fly over Manhattan but around due to airspace restrictions.

Ireland
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That is a great pity that they helicopters can't fly over Manhattan! I looked up dinner on the Bateaux & it looks amazing but it seems to be over 600 dollars for the meal if we opt to sit beside a window - which seems a bit OTT. They have brunch as well I see which might be an option but prices are not up yet.

We will definitely do the so - The Chelsea Market one seems to appeal to me a bit more. I didn't know a tour of Madison Sq Garden was available. Is it worth doing?

I am still trying to decide on a hotel but something near Central Park or on Lexington Ave - I will book this closer the date as prices might go down between now & then!! ....

New York, New York
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10. Re: TV Show & Food tours... advice please :)

I'm not sure if world yacht has better prices-

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A Cheaper alternative is lunch or dinner at Gigino's Wagner Park-

http://gigino-wagnerpark.com/

and a then a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry-

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Also the tram is a neat an inexpensive experience.-

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Happy Planning!