I took my yearly shopping trip to NYC this past weekend and our bus arrived just in time for lunch. We went to Ellen's Stardust Diner (the last time I was there was a few years ago and the Christmas decorations were smoldering and the fire dept was called in - but the waiters and waitresses kept on "singing" - it was a hoot)The wait staff are all "Broadway wanna-bees" and sing, dance and entertain. I tried the Peruvian empanadas, but I have to admit that I like Puerto Rican pastalillos much better!
And Canal Street is a must for any "knock-off" you are looking for - Coach, Prada, LV, Channel, Rolex, etc:
And the Feast of San Gennaro was happening in Little Italy
We found a quiet little corner behind Cha-Cha's for an afternoon happy hour, away from the crowded streets and loud music:
There was lots of shopping, subway rides and good food (stop by tomorrow to read about Magnolia Bakery).