Fueling them up

Author: By Deborah J. Botti
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009
Fueling them up

You’re going to do a lot of walking, so fuel up at Ollie’s, which offers a variety of Chinese food, at 411 42nd Street, or P.J. Clarke’s (www.pjclarkes.com) for pub-style food. You can also try 5 Napkin Burger, 630 Ninth Ave. (www.5napkinburger.com); Carmine’s family-style Italian food at 200 W. 44th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue (carminesnyc.com); or Dallas BBQ at 241 W. 42nd. St (www.dallasbbq.com).

Find the bargains

Commuting, food, Broadway tickets, souvenirs and more can make a trek into the city quite pricey. “I’m all about finding a great deal in Manhattan,” says Sheila Esposito. Here are a couple of her favorite places to find deals: Goldstar (goldstar.com) offers discounted tickets for everything from Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square to concerts and tours. “Sometimes Radio City Music Hall even comes up,” she says. It’s free to join and you receive credits for referring people to the site. Best Parking, a user-friendly site that results in a reservation/rate guarantee for the area you wish to visit (www.nyc.bestparking.com).  “Fortune is beside himself with all the $10 parking he’s found,” says Sheila.

Getting there

“Some people are intimidated by the city,” says Sutherland. Especially when it comes to driving in, but mass transit can help ease those fears. When traveling alone, Esposito occasionally drives from Middletown to Beacon and takes the Metro-North express train to Grand Central Station.
“It’s a pretty ride,” she says. “And Grand Central station alone is gorgeous at holiday time, with a ton of stores. Plus, it’s convenient to Times Square and Bryant Park.”

Sutherland has occasionally taken the train from Port Jervis and doesn’t mind the switch in New Jersey. “Our family fares allow up to four children between 5 and 11 years of age per fare-paying adult (18 years or older), to travel for 75 cents each,” she explains.  “Children twelve and older are assessed at the regular adult fare,” says Michael Giliof of the MTA. “Family fares are not valid on morning peak trains, those arriving in Grand Central Terminal before 10am on weekdays. They are in effect all other times, including on the weekends.”

Purchasing a ticket on board the train is the most expensive option, but that fare increase is waived for seniors. Purchase tickets in advance and check out the One-Day Getaway discount packages online.
Maps and fare information are available at mta.info or call the customer information center at (212) 532-4900. No matter how you get to Manhattan and no matter what you decide to experience there, Sutherland has succinct advice: “Just do it.”
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