Besides going to the Marina concert, where should I go? Where should I shop? Where should I eat?
OH MAN, so I don’t pretend to be anything like a native New Yorker, and I’m sure you’ll get a ton of great (and more important) advice from everyone else, BUT. My go-to answer to this question is: if you eat at one place, eat at Burger Joint.
I am sliiiightly emotionally attached to this place, because I stumbled upon it when I was 16, and chaperoning (LOL WHAT) a group of younger high school students on a class trip to NYC. We were staying in the Salisbury, which is across the street (ish) from Le Parker Meridien, and in our teenage wisdom decided to wander around in and out of other storefronts. Eventually we got to LPM, and were transfixed, because their entrance hallway is a giant mise en abîme,which is a little jarring if you aren’t expecting it.
So we keep wandering down this hallway, realize we’re in this disgustingly swank hotel lobby, and then BAM, there’s this like…giant theatre curtain and, tucked behind it, a cheesy neon hamburger. That’s it: that’s the only signage you get for Burger Joint. They make three things: Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes. (Okay, I see now that the menu has expanded sliiiightly, but still.) It is, hands down, the best burger you will have in NYC, especially if you’ve walked your ass off to find it.
Also, a ton of celebrities have signed the bare-brick walls, if I recall, and they let you, like, tape your art to the walls and things, and just, okay, just GO, if you enjoy food, and also strange things.