50 Reasons You Love New York City
Our "25 Reasons" stories pinpoint the details that make a place unique. But when you're talking about the greatest city in the world, 25 just won't cut it.
14 Made in Brooklyn
Take the subway to Brooklyn and walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for wonderful Manhattan views. Head to Grimaldi's Pizzeria, under the Brooklyn Bridge: The pizza—made in a coal-fired brick oven—is the best (19 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn, 718/858-4300, grimaldis.com, from $14). Then stroll over the bridge and absorb it all—the joggers, the cyclists, the lovers, the lights, the breeze coming off the water. Marty Walter, Atlanta, Ga.
15 Havana good time
At Cuban-Chinese restaurants, opened by Chinese Cubans who fled when Castro took over, the Chinese menu is usually too bland for me, but the Cuban one makes up for it. When I'm in New York—where I lived for 20 years—I make sure I get to La Caridad 78. It's crowded and chaotic, with Chinese waiters shouting in Spanish. Information: 2199 Broadway, 212/874-2780, entrées from $7. Rory Metcalf, Mineral Point, Wis.
16 Let's grab a cab
The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Café has huge red-wine glasses, tasty bread sticks, and the coolest, most knowledgeable staff. The tables on the sidewalk are great for people-watching (and -meeting). Information: 72 E. First St., 212/358-7831, thetastingroomnyc.com. Jennifer Ballard, Portland, Maine
17 The big picture
The Ziegfeld Theatre has more than 1,100 seats. Go early so you can wander around. Information: 141 W. 54th St.clearviewcinemas.com2/307-1862, clea, classic and first-run movies from $8. Ann Vermillion, Sandy Spring, Md.
18 New York state of mind
Every time I go to New York, I feel fabulous. Valerie Moyer, Allentown, Pa.
19 Roger that
The Hotel Roger Williams staff remember your name and are genuinely concerned about your having the best possible experience during your stay. Information: 131 Madison Ave., 212/448-7000, hotelrogerwilliams.com, from $275. Lisa Mastin, Smyrna, Tenn.
20 Stars in your eyes
I once cut down an alley only to see actor Goran Visnjic (ER's hunky Dr. Kovac) being photographed. I smiled, and he winked at me. Months later, I recognized the photo on TV Guide's cover. Only in New York. Barbara Eklund, Yardley, Pa.
21 Lox, stock, and barrel
One word: Zabar's. Information: 2245 Broadway, 212/787-2000, zabars.com. Lisa Brothman, Salt Lake City, Utah
22 Chutzpah central
In 2000, while we were pondering the line at the Stage Deli, we watched as President Clinton's limo pulled up. Without saying a word, the people in line let the leader of the free world know he wasn't about to get cuts. (Clinton announced that he knew another place they could go and then took off.) What were the terrorists thinking? No way could they ever bring this city to its knees. Information: 834 Seventh Ave., 800/782-4369, stagedeli.com, sandwiches from $11. Kathleen Nieto, Brighton, Mich.
23 See you later!
Where else—except Barcelona—are restaurants packed at 1:30 a.m.? I'm talking about Schiller's Liquor Bar. Information: 131 Rivington St., 212/260-4555, schillersny.co, entrées from $13. Angela Mauro, New York, N.Y.
24 Axis of medieval
The Cloisters houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval collection in a building made out of relics from European monasteries. It's way uptown on the west side and overlooks the Hudson. The Met's entrance fee covers same-day admission, but I wouldn't rush either spot. Information: 212/923-3700, metmuseum.org, $20 (suggested), closed Mon. Dawn Lester, Washington, D.C.
25 What's in store
From outside, ABC Carpet & Home looks unremarkable. Once through the doors, however, you'll feel like Dorothy when she realizes that she's not in Kansas anymore. The store is like an upscale, indoor bazaar, where each stall is filled to the brim with eclectic and beautiful housewares, textiles, rugs, and more. Information: 888 Broadway, 212/473-3000, abchome.com, abchome.com. Susan Brauer, Minneapolis, Minn.
26 Rose and shine
Walking through the flower market, on West 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, is a great way to start the morning. Mark McCradden, Fairfax, Va.