Found 2nd Jan 2015
Happy New Year all...

Planning a trip for 2 in the city so nice they named it twice...

Anyone have any real first hand experience? Where to Stay? Nice Restaurants? Tips?

2 Adults.
5 Nights.
Feb '15.
Budget upto 700PP.

Thanks & Take Care...

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I stayed at the best western President hotel on Times Square. On the same road as herseys sweet shop and opposite one of the theatres. Great location but the rooms are very small, rooms were clean and staff were nice but very noisy at night, bin lorries and deliveries constantly throughout the night. But if its location you're after its great

Things I would recommend apart from the obvious sights:

Visit Central Park
Take the Staten Island Ferry for the best view of lower Manhattan. It's also free
American Museum of Natural History
See a Broadway show
Can recommend many restaurants but Bryant Park Grill has always stood out.

It depends a lot on what you like doing but there New York is always good for shopping.

We booked a guided tour on a mini bus. 1 day trip around new York which took in film locations. Statue of liberty with boat across included. Walk across China town. Wall Street. Bronx. And many other places. Be good to do on your 1st day.

Just visited the big apple in December. Really enjoyed the city and managed to visit everything there is to see.
Stayed in The New Yorker Hotel 8th Avenue 34st - Great hotel (cheaper than most) and really good location to catch subway or walk to locations. As for hotels the general rule is best to stay mid-town or lower Manhattan. A 7 day subway pass is $30 per person, and allows unlimited travel on all subway trains serving Manhattan. If you have a 3 UK mobile SIM, the US is a feel at home destination, thus data on the phone is the same allowance in the UK. It is handy to have a smartphone as you can use Google Maps and CityPlanner apps to help navigate.

Places to visit (most are free):
Walk across Brooklyn Bridge - On the other side there's a pizza restaurant called Grimaldi's which is fantastic.
Visit Central Park
Staten Island Ferry (best views and its free) to see Manhattan and Statue of Liberty.
Times Sq and Broadway is walking distance from the hotel above - best visited in the night.
Top of the Rock (worth paying for the two time visit once in the daytime and in the night extra 14 dollars a person). Personally I don't think it is worth visiting the Empire State Building as you can see it from The Rock.
American Museum of Natural History is great, but make sure you go early in the morning as you need to spend a whole day to fully appreciate all of the exhibits and special attractions (which cost extra).
Grand Central Terminal - It's a train station but the architecture and ceiling is worth seeing.
Square Markets (Bryant Sq & Union Sq)
World Trade Centre Site - Poignant.
As for food locations: The Spotted Pig (pub and great food, very expensive), IHOP (International House of Pancakes) and Murray's Bagels. If you want cheap food, lots of places sell a New York pizza slice for about $1-$5 depending on quality and location.

Hope the above helps.
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