We were initially booked to leave for NYC today. We were frightened to visit in Winter. We were afraid of freezing temps, below zero wind chills and blizzards. So, when Southwest added April dates for the same fare, we jumped at the chance to change our flights and rebook for Spring. We made the right call, we'll have sun and highs between 60-70 all week, and NYC has a mix of sun and clouds in its forecast with highs in the 30's.
April ought to be pretty nice. Visiting, then, will also allow us to catch a baseball game. I'll get to cross another stadium off the list -- one day I hope to visit them all.
The trip is less than two months away. I figured it was time to start looking for accomodations. I began my search this morning. I had always heard hotel rooms in NYC were pricey, I figured they'd be slightly more than San Francisco. I figured about $200/night. My first few searches turned up $300+/night results. Scary. This was sticker shock to a girl who was spoiled by Las Vegas rates at a young age. I ran prices for apartments, while the price is right, their beds are limited to futons, full or queen size. Not gonna work. After searching hotels some more, I have a dozen options $250 or less. Five of those are strong contenders. They're priced between $200-$225, all with King-size beds (a must) and they're scattered about. I figure it's best I decide which area I'd prefer the Upper West Side, Midtown, SoHo, or Chelsea. That should help narrow down the choices, right?
This is our first time, but I don't have interest in the big touristy areas (Times Square and shopping isn't my style). We're looking to admire the skyscrapers and architecture, take in some culture, but mainly we'll build the trip around food. Which should come as no big surprise, given prior travels. We're planning on two high end meals, but the rest of the week we want to eat at delis, mom & pop shops and other gems. We want to experience Little Italy and Chinatown. Aside from that I'm not sure how else we'll spend our time. I imagine I need to get started researching that, as well.
Any neighborhood preference? Got a hotel recommendation? Let's have it.