Take a bite out of the Big Apple

Holiday magic, cheer awaits in city that never sleeps

Photo courtesy I Love NY

Despite the wreckage that Superstorm Sandy left in its wake, a trip to New York City in the late fall and early winter is an experience the whole family will not soon forget. Unlike a summer trip, temperatures are cooler for walking tours of the city, sidewalks are not so packed with tourists and shops everywhere are bedecked for the holidays, complete with inventory-clearing sales to take advantage of. In fact, late in the year may just be the perfect time to visit the unofficial cultural capital of the East Coast.

Friday, 2 p.m., Drop off and go

The downside to traveling during the holiday season, no matter where your destination, is inflated pricing on hotel stays. A favorite place to stay when visiting “the city” is the Hotel Edison. The Edison’s prices are reasonable no matter when you travel to Manhattan, and unless you’re traveling on New Year’s Eve, they stay reasonable during the holidays. What’s even better is they offer a myriad of discounts, including a hefty military discount for service members past and present.

The best selling point for Hotel Edison is its location. In New York City, downtown hotels, in neighborhoods like SoHo (short for South-of-Houston Street) or the West Village, are often boutique hotels that are both swanky and expensive. Midtown, the theater district, is where many tourists stay, so rates are better. Hotel Edison is located smack dab in the middle of Midtown, at 228 W. 47th St., between 8th Avenue and Broadway. Perfect location for going anywhere in the city. So drop your bags off in the room, and head out into the concrete jungle. Hotel Edison, 228 W. 47th St., New York City, 1 (212) 840-5000, www.edisonhotelnyc.com.

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Friday, 3 p.m., Famished

Right around the corner from the Hotel Edison is the 49th Street subway station. Getting around the city by subway is easily the quickest and most convenient way to go from place-to-place. There’s a reason why millions of New Yorkers hop “the train” each day for their commute. Grab yourself a Metropolitan Transit Authority official subway map on your first day and hold onto it for your entire trip. That map will become invaluable throughout your stay, and will allow you to get wherever you want to go, just like a native Manhattanite.

From the 49th Street station, take the yellow line, the NQR train, downtown to Prince Street. Get off at Prince Street and emerge into the streets of SoHo, a world-class dining and shopping destination. Head east from the subway station toward Lafayette Street. On the corner of Prince and Lafayette is a glistening white restaurant with large glass doors. This is Delicatessen.

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Kyle Hayes is associate editor for NNY Living. Contact him at 661-2381 or khayes@wdt.net.