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  • Couple of random recommendations here, take them as you see fit. I am living in Connecticut (that stretch of highway between NYC and Boston), but I have lived on and off in NYC over the past 15 years.

    For art, there is nothing better then the Met and the MOMA. If you like modern art the collection at MOMA is without equal IMO. They also have a show right now of painting by Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhart (see here []) which looks pretty promising if you ask me. If modern art is not your thing, the Met is where to go, you can't really go wrong with it.

    Go to the top of the Empire State Building at night. Now, this sounds touristy, but it is a site not to be missed. I recommend going late in the night too, there are less people. However, this is only worth it on a clear night, so watch the weather, if there is a break in the rain/clouds some evening run over and try it.

    For food, I have a couple or recommendations:

    • For Mexican: Taco Taco []

      This place was right in my old neighborhood and I was a loyal customer. I suggest the Polo Loco if you like spicy stuff, its a half chicken drenched in the best sauce you will ever have. And if you are not into spicy then the burritos are a good choice too (I took nothingmuch here for his first burrito).

    • For Chinese: Excellent Pork Chop House []

      Okay, so $boss[1] grew up in Chinatown and lives across the street from this place, and it is awesome. Don't be fooled by the "health inspector doesnt know this place exists" style decor, thats just chinatown. Order one of the noodle soups and get a side of pork chop, you won't be disappointed.

    • For Paninis: Murrays Cheese Shop []

      The one in the village is where we used to go when I worked around there. Paninis with fresh Mozzerella (and I mean fresh) and some of their olives, excellent lunch option.

    • For Middle Eastern: Mamouns []

      The falafels are MUCH better then the dried, spiced cork balls at YAPC::NA conference dinner, and the schwarma also comes highly recommended too. It is a tiny place though so I recommend getting it to go and walking up to Washington Square Park and have fun watching all the Rastas selling weed to the NYU students.

    • For Sushi: Kirara []

      It has been a while since i have been here, and it might be under new ownership, but the reviews look promising. When we used to go there a couple years ago they had the best spicy tuna (the guy made his own mayonaise and everything). It is worth checking out and since it is right around the corner from Murrays and a few blocks from Mamouns you will already be in the area :).

    • For "American" Fare: Chat and Chew []

      The Mac and Cheese is really good, and some of their soups are awesome as well. It can get crowded though, so go towards the later side of lunch.

    • For Beer: Peculiar Pub []

      As the review in the link says, it is a "museum of beer", Nuff Said.

    So for books, random people watching and just walking around, I recommend "Union Square Park and south" there is tons of good stuff there and plenty of people to watch. Washington Square Park (as mentioned above) is fun and there are street performers there on the weekend, if it is nice weather is a good place to just chill out for a couple hours. As Dave said above The Strand is a great bookstore, really easy to kill a few hours wandering it. The Barnes and Noble at the north of Union Square park has a great technical book section. If you are a comic book reader, then Forbidden Planet [] which is around the corner from The Strand. If you wander further south into SOHO there are plenty of art galleries, but that can be hit-or-miss so check online first.

    Hmm, thats about all for now. But that should keep you occupied I think.

    - Stevan

    • He's already booked to play the Peculier. That's where is feting him and jmcadams tonight!