New York has a bewildering variety of bars, restaurants and other attractions. To help you sort the Dalglishs from the Koncheskys, here are some personal recommendations from LFCNY members.
LFC supporters since a semester in London, spring 1992. LFCNY member since 1997, or was it ’98?
Recommendations: And these are FREE:
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. From the Manhattan side, the closest subway stop is “Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall” on the lower east side, but all the stops on the other lines are a relatively close walk. When you are mid-span, stop, look around…. all those big buildings climbing into the sky. But remember, at the time the Bridge was built, its two massive stone towers were the tallest structures in NYC. We’ve come a long way since then, eh?
Ride the Staten Island Ferry. ALL the subway stops at the south end of Manhattan are very close to the terminal. You get on the Ferry, which takes you across New York harbor, past the Statue of Liberty, which will be on the right side of the boat as it goes past. When you arrive in Staten Island, get off the ferry, and “come around” back into the waiting area from which you can re-board the ferry for the trip back into Manhattan. As you are coming back, Brooklyn is you to your right. And the lower Manhattan skyline seems to explode straight out of the water. Well worth it.
Walk “The Mall” in Central Park to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Both locations are considered “mid-park” so subway stops are a bit of a distance. If you enter the Park from “Strawberry Fields”, you will be on the Park’s West Drive. Cross the drive, and walk east on the “72nd Street Transverse”. You will eventually get to the Terrace and Fountain. To the south, is The Mall, which you will likely recognize from the movies in which it has been included. And remember, the Park may seem like a natural oasis, but everything around you was purposefully put there. The Park was built, starting during the Civil War, the mid-1860′s.
Restaurant Recommendation: Sorry, NOT FREE.
1. Keen’s Steakhouse, located at 72 West 36th Street in Manhattan. Phone: (212) 947-3636 It’s been a NYC dining establishment since 1885!!!! The ceiling is lined with the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world!!! For what it’s worth, I’ve eaten there probably 20 times, and never been disappointed. It’s a bit expensive, but you’re in NYC, and this place is extraordinary. If you’re going, let me know, my wife and I might join you.
2. Zum Schneider, a traditional German beer hall, right in the East Village. Maybe if you need to stretch your legs during a visit to the 11th Street Bar, check out “Zoom”. It’s located at Avenue C and East 7th Street. Big liters of beer, sausage, pretzels, long tables, you get the idea. Worth a visit, but remember your cash, no credit cards accepted.
Alan Leamey (@alanleamey)
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to New York, 3 times. I first went when I was 21 with 2 friends. And most recently in 2013 when I married my now wife in Central Park.
My wife having lived in Anfield before moving a few miles to start our own home in Croxteth Park. We are both British and live in Liverpool but fell in love with New York through cinema and tv.
My great grandad’s used to sail on the White Star Line RMS Adriatic in the 30′s and tell my grandfather tales of New York. He unfortunately never got to go in his lifetime.
If I can recommend anything for a travelling Liverpool fan to do whilst in New York, it’s to travel on the Staten Island Ferry. A trip on the ferry from lower Manhattan to Staten Island has breathtaking views of the city, Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
When at Staten Island hop straight back on the ferry, grab a beer from the bar and stand at the front of the vessel. You will travel back over to Manhattan on near enough the same route my grandfathers took as they entered the city. And the best part about it is; it’s completely free to travel. America is of course the land of the free and home of the brave.
And as you approach the skyscrapers, the warm sun glistening on panes of glass and reflecting onto your face, be it 1930 or 2014 you will feel a world of opportunity present itself to you. Be that on the streets of New York, or ’round the fields of Anfield Road.
Sriram Satish ()
Governor’s Island – A little island positioned just south of Manhattan, it’s a little sanctuary for those of us that live in the city, with large swaths of grass, trees and a great view. Open 7 days a week, the island is accessible by ferry from numerous points in Brooklyn (weekends only) and Manhattan, the easiest being the ferry terminal downtown at the Battery Maritime Building (10 South St, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry terminal – $2 for a roundtrip ticket). Once on the island, you can rent bikes or walk around to enjoy the scenery, enjoy the numerous food trucks that come on the weekends or enjoy some of the many special events that take place at the Governor’s Beach Club or other venues on the island. Well worth a visit for a few hours if you’re tired of the concrete jungle! More information, including ferry schedule and list of events can be found here: http://www.govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml
Nightlife – If you’re looking for clubs NYC has some of the best in the country. Some are grungy and underground, others are posh and fancy, while still others fall in between. Every weekend you’re sure to find some of the biggest DJs in the world spinning in the city so you won’t go wrong wherever you go. Cover charges and drinks are pricy, so make sure you either budget a fair amount for the night out, or have a nice pre-drinks event before going! My personal favorites include Cielo, which is a small venue in the Meatpacking district on the west side of Manhattan, as well Lavo, which is in midtown. If you’re looking for a British flair, check out Sankeys near Herald Square (yes, the same Sankeys from Manchester and Ibiza is now open here!) – hands down best sound system at any nightclub in NYC.
Smorgasburg – getting out of Manhattan, and away from Times Square, is one of the best parts of visiting NYC. At the weekend take the ferry to Brooklyn and check out Smorgasburg. Every kind of food you can imagine, great people watching, and phenomenal views of the Manhattan skyline.
Nitehawk cinema - want to take in a movie, while waiters bring you good food and strong liquor? Nitehawk shows a range of classic movies and new releases, as well as special screenings. Menus are tailored to the film, the cocktails are flawless, and the head chef is an LFC fan.
The Coffee Shop, 29 Union Square West – Open late. Bar/Restaurant. Good food, good prices – even the fish and chips are good! Coffee Shop-style food with a Brazilian twist. I love the pao de queijo (cheese bread) and plantains (salty or sweet).
Food Trucks: Kebabs on 11th Street and First Avenue, right across from the Mosque. One LFCNY member swears they are the best in the city. Empanadas on 14th Street between Third Avenue and Irving Place. Great meat patties, fresh and hot.
Porchetta & Butter Lane, East 7th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A: Roast pork sandwiches on ciabatta bread, a Roman speciality. The roasted potatoes are great too. And cupcakes (right across the street) – you mix and match the frosting and cake flavors. A lot of seasonal choices.
Artichoke Pizza, 14th Street between Second & First Avenue: Open late; also serves large size Budweiser. Specialty pizza is artichokes in a cream sauce but the regular marinara is good too.
Planet Rose, 219 Avenue A (between 13th & 14th): Conveniently located near the 11th Street and Percy’s bars. Open mike karaoke; only pay for the drinks. Dive bar atmosphere. 11th Streeters have been known to show up and sing Liverpool songs there….
Great pizza: 1) Gruppo Pizza, 186 Avenue B – and excellent salads. A bit expensive but authentic Italian-style pizza. 2) 11B, 174 Avenue B (at 11th St). Very good New York style pizza. You can order in from the 11th Street bar.
Denise Vasel (Hells’ Kitchen)
Italian Food: Da Tommaso 8th ave between 53rd and 54th. Classic Italian food that anyone from this area grew up with. The cheese ravioli special is homemade and always a winner. A trendier place with more of a wine bar feel is Bocca di Baco on 9th between 54th and 55th (they also have locations on 9th between 45th and 46th and one somewhere in Chelsea). It is louder and has a smaller menu, but one of the best wine selections I have seen. La Rivista on 46th between 8th and 9th (restaurant row) is also a solid choice with a prix-fixe, but i would recommend reservations if you are going between 6 and 8 as the pre theater crowd is there at that time.
Pizza: My go to place is a Fat Sal’s a hole in the wall on 50th and 10th. The slices are giant and extra cheesy. Don’t let the dingy interior fool you!
Local Bar: Bar 9 on 9th between 53rd and 54th is my go to local place. it’s super chill, and they have pool and 80s video games. The beer is decently priced, and the tacos are awesome (according to my buddy who grew up eating his mom’s mexican home cooking.) They also have tater tots, which are just magic.
Greek: The Greek Kitchen on 10th between 57 and 58th. Not as authentic as the places you will find in Astoria, but a nice little place that has a real family feel. The Greek Fries are extra yummy.
Food Truck: The Halal Guys usually on 52nd or 53rd and 6th ave. There can be a line halfway down the block if you go at mealtime, but it’s totally worth it. Some of the best street food in the city.