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I have a week off from work from December 6th, and I've been wanting to do some traveling in the period.<br><br>
I've been thinking of different destinations, and I've found a really cheap flight to NYC. I have a choice of seeing a new part of the world or going to NYC where I've been twice before. NYC it is.<br><br>
I was wondering if there are any friendly vegans in the NYC area here who I could meet up with.<br><br>
Hey PoesÃ*a, is that offer still up? Hehe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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We'll certainly do our best to meet up with you! That week is my last week of classes and then I have finals, so I'm not sure how good of a tourguide I will be able to be! Are you staying in Manhattan?
 

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Hehe.. I found the travel on the internet last night, ordered the ticket today. Talk about being spontaneous.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I don't have a place to stay yet. I stayed at a hotel in West Village in 2000 with a rate of $40 per night, which is CHEAP for a room on Manhattan. Crappy room, but nonetheless. I'll see if it's still in business. Do you know of any cheap stays? Not necessarily on Manhattan, but not too far off either. I know hostels but I'm not a big fan..
 

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Here are three recommended places to stay inexpensively on the illustrious Upper West Side of Manhattan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.ymcanyc.org/ygny/YMCA.html?branch=branches&body=branchmanhattan&" target="_blank">http://www.ymcanyc.org/ygny/YMCA.htm...anchmanhattan&</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.centralparkhostel.com/" target="_blank">http://www.centralparkhostel.com/</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.usatourist.com/english/places/newyork/budgethotels.html" target="_blank">http://www.usatourist.com/english/pl...gethotels.html</a>
 

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Thank you, YumHummus! Some great offers there.<br><br>
Are there any restaurants you would recommend?
 

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Martin, I am looking at my school/work schedule/rest-of-my-life schedule and it does not look good for the next two weeks. I have final exams and final papers due just about every day between now and Christmas Eve and I'm really behind. Being that I live in Queens, it takes a little longer for me to get into Manhattan by subway. I'm not sure that I will be able to meet you this trip. I hate to disappoint you, but I just can't neglect school and work.<br><br><br><br>
However, I will add some suggestions of restuarants and maybe YumHummus can add in her recommendations.<br><br><br><br>
Veg City Diner: <a href="http://www.vegcity.com/" target="_blank">http://www.vegcity.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
Vegetarian Dim Sum House: <a href="http://www.vegetariandshouse.com/" target="_blank">http://www.vegetariandshouse.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
VP3: 33 Mott Street<br><br><br><br>
Helianthus: 48 MacDougal Street<br><br><br><br>
Angelica Kitchen:<br><br>
300 E. 12th Street (1st Avenue)<br><br><br><br>
Vatan:<br><br>
409 3rd Ave (around 30th St)<br><br><br><br>
Zen Palate:<br><br>
2170 Broadway OR 34 Union Square East OR 663 Ninth Avenue
 

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Here are a few I recommend. There are dozens more.<br><br>
Check any veg site for more listings.<br><br><br><br>
*Angelica Kitchen<br><br>
300 East 12th Street<br><br>
(btwn 1st and 2nd Ave.)<br><br>
212-228-2909<br><br>
Daily 11:30am-10:30pm<br><br>
Type: vegan, and mostly organic<br><br>
Cuisine: potpourri<br><br>
One of the best and most well-known vegan restaurants. In a nice relaxed setting and intriguing everyday specials and daily menu.<br><br><br><br>
*Candle Cafe<br><br>
1307 Third Ave.<br><br>
(btwn 74th and 75th St.)<br><br>
212-472-0970<br><br>
Mon-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm<br><br>
Sun 11:30am-9:30pm<br><br>
Type: all-vegetarian, mostly vegan<br><br>
Cuisine: potpourri<br><br>
This mostly organic restaurant features a friendly staff, relaxed setting, local produce, and all-filtered water. Besides dishes with honey, all are vegan.<br><br><br><br>
*Zen Palate<br><br>
34 Union Square East (16th street) 212-614-9291<br><br>
663 Ninth Ave. (off 46th Street) 212-582-1669<br><br>
2170 Broadway (btwn 76th and 77th St.) 212-501-7768<br><br>
Type: all vegetarian<br><br>
Cuisine: mostly Asian, potpourri<br><br>
Zen Palate features nicely decorated restaurants. Varied menu and relax settings. Although great food and atmosphere, their staff changes all the time and most (if not all) are not knowledgeable about veganism. Ask what's in your dish instead of if it is vegan. Make sure to ask the waiter/waitress to check because they tend to have "bad memory." A waiter once told me "everything's vegan" and others have told me dishes that are not vegan are vegan. (watch out for honey, eggs, and dairy)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
*Vegetarian Paradise 2 (VP2)<br><br>
144 W. 4th Street<br><br>
212-260-7130<br><br>
Type: vegan<br><br>
Cuisine: Chinese<br><br>
This vegan restaurant has so many choices you will spend quite some time looking through their menu. Also lunch and brunch specials.<br><br><br><br>
Veg-City Diner (same owner as BurritoVille)<br><br>
55 W 14th St (@ 6th Ave)<br><br>
212-490-6266<br><br>
Vegan-friendly, American Veg/ Diner, Beer / Wine<br><br>
Full bar; open 6 am to 1 am 7 days per week.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Also on the upper west side:<br><br><br><br>
*Ayurveda Café<br><br>
706 Amsterdam Avenue (94th Street)<br><br>
212-932-2400<br><br>
Daily 11:30am-11:30pm<br><br>
Type: all-vegetarian, vegan friendly<br><br>
Cuisine: Indian<br><br>
A complete meal is offered everyday featuring appetizers, two vegetable entrees, salad, lentils, rice, raita, bread, chutney, dessert, and more. Lunch is $5.95 and dinner is $9.95.<br><br><br><br>
Quintessence Restaurant<br><br>
566 Amsterdam Avenue (87 and 88 Streets)<br><br>
(212) 501-9700<br><br>
Raw / live food
 

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arrgh! Looks like while I was typing Poesia beat me to it!!!!!<br><br>
><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Yeah, but you know ones that I don't! And you gave much more information.<br><br><br><br>
You know, sometime after the holidays we should really meet up at one of these places. I think my favorite is Vegetarian Dim Sum House.
 

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"Dim Sum, Dim Sum, doo be doo do wah"<br><br>
-Bill Paxton (while dancing with Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle)
 

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I feel sad now. There are no all-veg restaurants in my town. At least none that I know of yet. I AM after all, my college's restaurant reviewer, so I have an excuse to keep looking for that elusive, local veg restaurant.
 

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Thank you, Yum and PoesÃ*a! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I've been in NYC twice before and I plan to explore the parts of the city outside of Manhattan this time. Do you know if LIRR have one day tickets?
 

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I don't know. I don't think so. You might want to check here <a href="http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr/index.html." target="_blank">http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr/index.html.</a>
 

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LIRR offers many one day get away packages, but unfortunately all of them are for the summer and fall.<br><br><a href="http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr/getaways/longisland/odgtours.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr/getawa...d/odgtours.htm</a>
 

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OK. One way tickets are not that expensive, though. I'll decide on a Long Island town and spend a day checking it out.. Any recommendations?<br><br>
Ronkonkoma... Well, funny name.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I was just talking with someone yesterday about how nice Huntington is.<br><br><br><br>
In terms of funny L.I. names, how about Yaphank?
 

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Cool little shops, just very pretty in some areas. A good place to park your car and just poke around in all the stores as you walk. Also, my classmate was telling me that it has become fairly culturally rich with art galleries, theatre, and the like. I never really hung out there. I've only driven through on my way to Huntington hospital. I mean, there are better places in LI to visit, no doubt.
 
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