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NYC any recommendations to pack or things to do in general?

(40 Posts)
EachandEveryone Sat 28-Oct-17 22:18:19

For Thanksgiving I don’t want to take too much or spend loads of money before I get there. I’m guessing most nights we will go out for dinner straight from the day walking about. I’m not sure how dressy up Thanksgiving dinner is? We are going to a place in Greenwich Village then plan to find a bar in the area.

It’s very exciting even though I’ve been before. I’m guessing there really is nothing worth bringing home the way the rate is?

MissConductUS Sun 29-Oct-17 01:46:50

Thanksgiving dinner is medium dressy, but it also depends on the restaurant. There was a thread recently on things to do in NYC. I'll see if I can find the link.

MissConductUS Sun 29-Oct-17 01:10:36

Sorry, that thread seems to be gone. I'm a New Yorker if you have any questions I can help with.

Reppin Sun 29-Oct-17 01:12:37

People in NY are not as into fashion as the UK, so anything goes for Thanksgiving. I think the only things worth buying here now are crest white strips and melatonin. Anyway, who wants to waste time shopping when there are bars, restaurants, rooftops, galleries etc.

MissConductUS Sun 29-Oct-17 01:19:30

I would agree that anything goes it you're having Thanksgiving dinner at Shack Shack. If you're dining at Union Square Cafe you'll want to look a little nicer.

EachandEveryone Sun 29-Oct-17 03:44:07 we’ve booked there for no particular reason other than the area we thought we could go for a walk before hand and drink after. However if you recommend somewhere else I would change it. We are staying off Canal Street.

No shopping on Black Friday? What about Kate Spade?

ZaraW Sun 29-Oct-17 07:01:15

Cornelia Street Cafe is pretty cool and laid back it will be fun. Cafe Wah is fun and has a great house band which is close by. Artichoke pizza on McDougal Street is cheap and amazing for a quick lunch.

EachandEveryone Sun 29-Oct-17 08:13:47

Yes I’ve tried their pizza and the one on the corner. After that we went to Maria’s Crisis. You are so lucky to live there.

I wish I could predict the weather.

MissConductUS Sun 29-Oct-17 10:10:48

The shops will all be open on Black Friday, Kate Spade included I'm sure.

MissConductUS Sun 29-Oct-17 10:47:38

I've never been to the Cornelia Street Care, but the menu looks great. I'd give it a go.

As to the weather, you can check it here once you get within 10 days of your departure:

NYC 10 Day Forecast

I hope you have a great trip! Just bring up the thread again if you have more questions as you get closer.

EachandEveryone Sun 29-Oct-17 18:01:15

Are the sales only on Black Friday or that week? If its going to be chaos ill avoid.

MissConductUS Sun 29-Oct-17 18:10:42

Are the sales only on Black Friday or that week? If its going to be chaos ill avoid.

No, Black Friday is really just the start. I would certainly check out one of the Kate Spade shops that morning.

EachandEveryone Sun 29-Oct-17 18:34:02

I need my Spanx tights! I usually go to century 21 for them does anyone actually pay full price for them?

Nakedavenger74 Sun 29-Oct-17 19:00:26

Expect it to be significantly colder than you think! We went in November and it was minus 10 not counting the wind chill. Everyone was wearing balaclavas!

OlennasWimple Sun 29-Oct-17 19:23:44

Some places will start their sales early online, as well - you can probably get things delivered to your hotel if you want to avoid shopping in person

MissConductUS Sun 29-Oct-17 19:29:46

The other MN visiting NYC thread just showed up again. The OP is back and gave us a trip report:

November and it was minus 10 not counting the wind chill

I think this is probably a bit of an exaggeration. -10 C would be 14 F. That was the NYC record low for the month of November set in 1955:

As you'll see at the link above, the average high temperature for NYC in November is 52 F (11.1 C). Nights will be chilly, but not arctic by any means.

Black Friday is just the start to the whole cycle of discounting for Xmas. The department stores can be a bit busy but the nicer shops should be fine.

Please let me know how else I can help. As you'll see on the other thread, I seem to be becoming the NYC ambassador to MN. smile

Nakedavenger74 Mon 30-Oct-17 05:36:02

Okay it was probably a massive exaggeration! It was stonkingly cold though. It was before the days of t'internet and we had pitched up in clothes suitable for a mild London November; a hoody with a raincoat over the top. We had to panic buy fleeces, gloves and hats at a street stall on Wall Street. The Staten Island Ferry was a lesson in resilience! The only photos we have are me and my friend with scarves wrapped round our heads!

We were in our early twenties and we were vaguely on the pull in NY that time. I remember saying its was pointless because you could barely make eye contact with people in the street due to the balaclavas and people hunched over against the wind and sleet!

EachandEveryone Mon 30-Oct-17 10:05:14

We were wearing tshirts at Halloween two years ago. I think its really variable.

Any ideas on shoes to take?

MissConductUS Mon 30-Oct-17 11:33:18

Any ideas on shoes to take?

Comfortable flats for eating out, joggers for walking around and sightseeing. They'll go fine with a nice pair of blue jeans.

lynmilne65 Mon 30-Oct-17 12:53:21

I want to come ☹️

MissConductUS Mon 30-Oct-17 13:25:45

I want to come ☹️

Well come on then, start planning your holiday in NYC! If you can't come for Xmas, come in the spring. NY is gorgeous in May and June.

KungFuEric Mon 30-Oct-17 13:35:04

Can I jump on the thread to ask what to expect from NY at the very end of January/early February?

MissConductUS Mon 30-Oct-17 14:03:06

Can I jump on the thread to ask what to expect from NY at the very end of January/early February?

Cold, windy, with a good probability of snow. But lovely!

Floisme Mon 30-Oct-17 14:18:44

I've been mid January. Never known cold like it - if you left an inch of skin exposed, it froze. That was daytime, most evenings we couldn't face going out (and I was still young at the time). But beautiful too: clear, sunny days, great views, didn't queue for anything. The snow was magical too and, unlike the UK, everything kept going - until we got to the airport!

EachandEveryone Mon 30-Oct-17 17:45:10

They never showed you that in Sex and the City did they? smile

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