Normally I share information with you but in this post I’m turning the tables. I have been asked by a friend to help them find an affordable option when they go to New York City next month; preferably in Manhattan. Clean, safe and if possible conveniently located are what this traveler is looking for so she can extend her business trip to enjoy some personal time in NYC.
Do you have a favorite place to stay that won’t break the bank for a traveler burdened by a budget? Share your favorite suggestions in the comments section below so all may read.
Dos Caminos is a Mexican restaurant with four locations in Manhattan. Last month I met my brother for dinner at Dos Caminos Midtown on a warm summer night. We picked the restaurant for three reasons: it was close to where we were staying; it has a large outdoor patio; and my brother suggested it (I never question him when he recommends Mexican).
The patio provides great people watching and we settled in by ordering cold beers and guacamole, which comes with a huge basket of chips and three salsas: mild, medium (which is fairly smoky), and hot. The menu is divided into sections including: Guacamole ($5-$14), Ceviche ($12-$18), Starters ($10-$13), Tacos ($16-$36) and House Specialties ($18-$26).
Guacamole with chips and salsa for two $14
I found our server both attentive and helpful when navigating the menu. He made excellent suggestions and left us to enjoy our meal together. My brother ordered the Dos Caminos Chopped Salad with grilled steak. While it looked good and he said he enjoyed the salad, I’m fairly certain his favorite part of his meal was the side of sweet plantains he ordered. They were served soft, warm and sweet. I ended up helping myself to a few of them for the sake of this review.
Chopped salad with steak $19.50
After some serious consideration I opted to get the herb-roasted chicken breast served with plenty of rice and beans. The chicken was prepared with its skin and the herbs add a bit of fragrance to the plate when it is first served. The additional side of rice and beans is a bit of overkill but it didn’t stop me from overeating and giving it my best shot to try and finish all of it.
Herb roasted chicken breast $22
While this isn’t the best Mexican I’ve had – it was perfect for an evening outside and anyone looking for casual dining outdoors in this part of town should check it out. Dos Caminos is located on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 50th Street.
Carbone is a tiny unpretentious Italian restaurant located on a relatively quiet (is anyplace quiet in NYC) street in Hell’s Kitchen. This restaurant should not be confused with the swanky restaurant by the same name in Greenwich Village.
Carbone came to my attention while I was searching for places nearby and the 3.7 rating on Zomato seemed to make this a solid choice. Upon entering I was greeted by the owner who only goes by Alessandro and a friendly host who ushered me out to their tiny private back patio. Unfortunately dodgy weather brought me back inside to avoid rain, but the cozy vibe of the place made for a great first impression. This space is probably only 12′ at its widest point and the exposed brick wall gives the impression of a back alley (think Lady and the Tramp).
Roallatine Di Melenzane $13
I ordered a glass of the Montepulicano, which was suggested by the waiter and proved to be much to my liking, followed by the Rollatine Di Melenzane. The eggplant rolls came with the mozzarella cheese still melting on to the plate. This proved to be my favorite part of the meal. The thinly sliced eggplant were overstuffed with ricotta cheese and the tomato sauce was sweet and delicious. I used the bread to get most of the excess sauce and ricotta that oozed out when I cut the pieces to eat.
Pizza Italiano $16
With approximately one quarter of Carbone’s dinner menu dedicated to pizza, I opted to skip the main dishes and pastas and order the Pizza Italiano which is topped with cheese, arugula, fresh tomatoes and prosciutto. When served the cheese and prosciutto smelled wonderful but ultimately it disappointed because I thought the crust lacked flavor. Based on the rollatine and the many positive reviews of this restaurant I wonder if I made a mistake and should have ordered a pasta. One thing I do know is that Tavola, which is located around the corner is the better choice for pizza. However, the cozy vibe and very reasonable price point makes this a place worth considering; just be sure to stick to the pastas.
Carbone’s is located at 331 W. 38th Street between 8th & 9th Ave.
Fleet Week starts in NYC on Monday, May 18 and runs through Monday, May 26. Might be fun to head into NYC for the weekend and personally thank all those sailors who are out in Hell’s Kitchen letting off some steam.
Fleet Week New York City official events
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This fun filled weekend in NYC includes the Stache Bash kick off party at Julian’s Bar & Grille in the Village on Thursday at 6PM; the CODE + KINK Leather Party later that night at the Eagle. On Friday don’t miss the UnderBear Party and on Saturday the Clone Party (both at Rock Bar). The largest party of the weekend will be The Urban Bear Dance Party on Saturday night at the Slake Night Club.
For more details visit the event’s website www.theurbanbear.com.
Image via Flaunt Magazine
Apparently Million Dollar Listing New York broker (and exhibitionist), Ryan Serhant, has dropped trou and gone au natural in an attempt to get more attention under the guise of needing to sell a property.
I have to admit the article caught my attention and I’d be inclined to check out Ryan’s next open house so perhaps he’s on to something. Like Samantha Fox use to say, “If you have it; flaunt it” – flaunt away Ryan. If you’d like to read the article or see another more revealing photograph of Ryan check out the article here.
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While I am not a fan of staying in Midtown and prefer neighborhoods like SoHo and Tribeca, I often stay in Midtown because that is where my office is located.
Last month when I visited NYC my usual hotel was booked so I had to look elsewhere and ended up staying at the Westin Times Square, which is on 8th Ave by 43rd Street.
Despite the hassle of Times Square which I could do without, the hotel is conveniently located on the cusp of Hell’s Kitchen; a great neighborhood.
This 45-story tower is an impressive property with all the amenities you would want and come to expect from a Westin Hotel. I had no issues with the internet connection and enjoyed my expansive view of Manhattan during my stay. If you are planning a trip to NYC and want to be near Hell’s Kitchen, this is certainly a property you may want to consider. The rooms are spacious and conveniently set up for one to work, relax and enjoy their stay.