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HCNY -- first trip as owners!

Discussion in 'Hilton / HGVC' started by Hiram, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Hiram

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    My family is taking our first trip to Hilton Club as owners. We stayed previously in the regular part of the hotel.

    I would love any insider tips to staying...great cheap suggestions, as we are 3 adults, and 4 hungry teenagers...

    Please share your wealth of knowledge.
     
  2. amisco

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    Congratulations on your purchase

    I know that you will enjoy your membership. You should make sure that you take advantage of the morning breakfast and evening reception...if you are going out for dinner you can save by having your wine and a small bite before you go out. Wine at a NY restaurant can run you quite a bit. You should check out the Stardust Diner on Broadway...reasonable prices but the BIG draw is that the show which comes from the staff...many of whom are actors and singers who work here while they audition for Broadway shows. There is a Halal cart just across the street on the south side of the hotel...for about $6 you can get a nice bite...(this cart has received quite a bit of notice...you can tell by the lines even at 10 p.m.).... Finally try Resturants,com website... some good discounts... For shows... try Theatermainia.com, Playbill,coim and broadwaybox.com... good discounts there.

    Have a great time
     
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    There is a food cart across the street that is real famous in ny, you will see people lined down the street come midnight. I think they are called " the halal guys", its cheap and delicious!! Beware, the red sauce is the hottest ive ever had, and im a champ when it cmes to spicy.
     
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    +1 the Halal cart. I've stood in that line on every trip to NY. Well worth the wait.

    I'm a huge pizza fan too so I stop by all of the Ray's iterations. The best one in my opinion is at 27th and Prince. For shows you can also try the tkts booths where they have 40 and 50% off deals on many popular shows. Always ask to see where you're sitting before you buy.

    http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56

    That's pretty much all I do in NY, so my advice ends here.
     
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    I will ditto Remy's advice almost to the letter. Don't buy tickets online or through any other outlet. The TKTS booth at 1501 Broadway has so many shows at steep discounts that you'll always find something awesome. I was at the Hilton Times square in July and we went to three plays. All of them were incredible. I will note that I went to the Rays pizza at 736 7th Avenue every time because it was just one block north of the TKTS booth.

    Of course, you can't go far without running into a Rays pizza. I hear there's one near first and first.
     
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    Enjoy!

    We love great eating but aren't into fine dining.

    B Bar and Grill (4th at Bowery) especially for brunch. Wait staff at sunday brunch is the most beautiful bunch of people I've ever seen in my life.

    We also always enjoy the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. (also now in Battery Park, I believe).

    Cafe Orlin 41 St. Mark's place is great. Esp cheese omelet with spinach and tomato.

    If your teens are girls, you might enjoy the Alice's Tea Cup restaurants. We've only been to the one on the Upper East Side but I think there are others. Charming but girly. (my 12 year old boy was in agony the entire time we were there.)

    Enjoy! Can't wait for our next NYC trip next month. Love that city - trite but true!

    Anita

    PS - for quick decent and cheap meals, check out Cosi. Chain food but good!
     
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    Lucky you!

    I stayed at the Hilton Club in July & loved it. I didn't try the Halal cart but I was amazed at the lines late into the night. We had an early flight & there was still a long line @ 4:00am, so it must be good.

    We ate breakfast every morning @ the concierge room for the timeshare & found it was sufficient. No hot items but bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee etc... In the evening they had drinks and very limited food.

    I use broadwaybox.com for my tickets. I usually get 50% off through here & like that I can chose my seats & plan ahead & already have my tickets. On this trip, I saw Catch Me if You Can (which I highly recommend) & Baby Its You (poor story but good music) & paid around 90 for each for front row mezzanine seats. Also, paid this for Sister Act earlier in the year. I checked at TKTS booth for the Adams Family & their price was the same I could get on Broadway box but not as good of seats.

    For food, one of my favorite spots in Trattoria Trecolori. It is near Times Square down one of the little side streets & is great Italian at a reasonable price. I think normal entrees (lasagna, chicken parm) are $16.00. They have a website you can check out, and you definitely need to make reservations as they are small & always booked. I like to go here before a show as it is only a short walk from most theaters.
     
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    I always go to the Carnegie Deli on 7th Ave between 55th and 56th. The corned beef sandwhiches are amazing and big enough to share (although they hit you with a $3 sharing charge). I went back a couple of days later and had the best cheese blintzes ever!. They are known for their cheesecake but I am usually too full to eat it.
     
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    Sandy VDH TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    I have stayed here before but for the life of me I can't remember how the bathroom is configured.

    Are the glass walls around the bathroom smoked or clear.

    My niece was thinking of joining me in May 2012 and I just want to make sure we have a little privacy using the bathroom.
     

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