A DAY IN NEW YORK: Touristy
WHAT TO DO:
· Admission to the 86th-floor observatory of the Empire State Building (350 Fifth Ave., between 33rd and 34th streets, http:/
· Tours via NYC Ducks (888-838-2570, http:/
· "SonicVision" is shown Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5200, http:/
WHERE TO EAT:
I'm more of a grab-as-you-go kind of guy, but I did pause long enough for Thai food at Pooket (945 Second Ave.), where a couple of beers, some decent pad Thai and attentive service was about $20, with tip. Love the all-day breakfasts at the Applejack Diner (1725 Broadway at 55th Street); it's ridiculously tight, so try to time it when the wall of windows is open. A cheese omelet and coffee is about $11.
For a late-night snack, the Mee Noodle Shop (922 Second Ave. at 49th Street) awaits. Order inside, pick up outside; a small veggie lo mein was less than five bucks. New York's hubcap-size cookies are everywhere; I got mine at Roxy Delicatessen (1565 Broadway between 46th and 47th streets) for $2.