September 07, 2007

Help needed!: I could use some help from our NYC spofites. My girlfriend and I will be traveling to NYC this month. Need some suggestions. Thank you very much.

posted by jojomfd1 to navel gazing at 01:01 AM - 66 comments

We are omly staying from the 14th until the 16th, and would like to eat in little Italy on Friday. Saturday I need to find a really nice restaraunt(anything other than French, she is not fond of it) to take her to, as I am proposing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

posted by jojomfd1 at 01:05 AM on September 07, 2007

I have no advice on places to eat in NYC. Only places to stay, and you didn't ask that. So.... CONGRATULATIONS!

posted by scully at 06:29 AM on September 07, 2007

Thanks terrapin! We are staying at the Marriot Marquis in times square, with city view room. It is suppoed to look out over times square. I was there(different hotel) several years ago, and loved it. Brandi has never been to NYC. We have been talking about marriage, but she has no idea I bought the ring.

posted by jojomfd1 at 08:30 AM on September 07, 2007

I love ascher cut stones. Congrats!!

posted by jerseygirl at 09:03 AM on September 07, 2007

I'll dance at your wedding, and I won't even charge you. Congratulations, you two crazy kids! We are invited, aren't we? And by 'we,' I mean, all 17.000 of us! Otherwise, somebody's feelings are gonna get hurt.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:18 AM on September 07, 2007

I hope there's a "grass" menu option at the reception—Red's Ox are plentiful in number and always hungry.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:36 AM on September 07, 2007

jojo, the Marquis Marriot is fantastic. I have photos that I took out the 42nd floor, if you are interested. (As a matter of fact I have all kinds of photos of my last trip on my MySpace page. Let me know if you would like to see them. I highly recommend cheesecake from the Carnegie Deli, and a slice from Ray's. As far as Little Italy goes, we ate at a cafe right across from a gelatto and candy shop. I can't remenber the name, so it's not really much help. The cool thing was, the waiter we had looked (and talked) like he could have easily been cast in the Sopranos. Maybe Crafty will see this and give you some suggestions.

posted by hawkguy at 10:05 AM on September 07, 2007

Need some suggestions. Lock your luggage. I kid. If I were going to propose in NYC? --at The Blue Mahoe on East 14th --at Angelo's on Mulberry Street in Little Italy --at Vince & Eddie's on West 68th --at Veniero's Pastry Shop on East 11th --in a hansom cab --on a row boat on the Lake in Central Park. Don't lean TOO far -- this is the one place in New York where tipping is discouraged. /rimshot --on the JumboTron at Yankee Stadium. Okay, no, I wouldn't. That's a few I can think of. If Chicobangs, goddam and the other NYC crowd are around, I'm sure they will have more. By way of a caveat, it's certainly a matter of taste, but I find Tavern on the Green a little over the top and not all that romantic. There, I said it. On edit: If you really want to impress her (and spend more than you did on the ring), you can go to one of the really REALLY upscale trendy places like Morimoto, Babbo, Bar Jamon, Mesa Grill, Bolo, or any other of the Restaurants of the Food Network Stars. I haven't been to any of those, though, so I can't really recommend them.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 11:55 AM on September 07, 2007

Oh, and good luck kid. We're all pulling for you.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 12:09 PM on September 07, 2007

Thank you all for the congrats and the help so far. Crafty you have changed our plans to little Italy on Saturday, TBH start polishing those dancin' shoes(hopefully not all 17,000 pairs, people can do it themselves) and I'll get to work on the 17,000 and some odd invitations. Hawkguy I would love to see the pics you have, I was a little worried about the hotel part until you said that. DJE, we just over seeded this year. There should be plenty of "grass" for the oxen. I am still in need of a restaraunt for Friday night if anyone can help with some more choices I would be greatful. One more thing Crafty the hansom cab is a definate go. Thanks again!

posted by jojomfd1 at 03:38 PM on September 07, 2007

sorry i can't suggest anywhere fancy to eat, but i do know a good taco joint down near st. mark's place.

posted by goddam at 03:47 PM on September 07, 2007

Little Italy has gotten littler over the year's, but Umberto's Clam Bar is still there if you want the old school eyetalian thing, and Lombardi's on Spring Street has amazing pizza. (Oh, and you have to go to Rice To Riches, across the street from there, for dessert.) If you're not in a pizza mood or the wait is too long (it happens), there are also a lot of higher-end places in the neighborhood, most of which are fantastic. (I can happily recommend Eight Mile Creek, a very nice Australian restaurant (there's a fine bar downstairs, but the restaurant upstairs is very romantic). As far as proposals, you're on your own, though there are enough picturesque places to drop a knee that you won't have a problem. Hope that helps, and good luck. Let me know how it goes.

posted by chicobangs at 04:18 PM on September 07, 2007

oh, also keep in mind that you will be there during the first weekend of San Gennaro. some of the restaurants in Little Italy may be difficult to get into. if you're not claustrophobic i'd recommend checking out the festival though, especially if you like artery clogging fried goodies.

posted by goddam at 05:13 PM on September 07, 2007

Whoa! Congratulations and best of luck! Really!

posted by geekyguy at 06:34 PM on September 07, 2007

as I am proposing. So, what you're saying is, she's not a member of sportsfilter?

posted by justgary at 12:17 AM on September 08, 2007

Thanks to all, you have given me plenty to choose from. I will ley everyone know how it goes and hopefully put up some pics after the trip. No she is not yet a member JG, but soon. I think she already knows most of you guys anyways, just from me laughing while reading spofi all the time. She can't handle me laughing and her not knowing why. So, thanks again guys you have all been a tremendous help!

posted by jojomfd1 at 11:31 AM on September 08, 2007

Very cool, JoJo. Good luck and many happy years together.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:15 PM on September 08, 2007

JoJo, this is wonderful news. Now, do you guys have a pre-nup on the use of the keyboard?

posted by Howard_T at 11:43 PM on September 08, 2007

Thaks bill and Howard. No pre-nup, I don't like the idea and I don't believe she does either. We have known each other since I was about 12, and I just turned 33 in June. Here is a pic of us at my friends wedding last week.

posted by jojomfd1 at 12:48 AM on September 09, 2007

Such fresh faced, good lookin' kids. Good luck to you both.

posted by justgary at 01:11 AM on September 09, 2007

That is so romantico! Make sure she doesn't read SpoFi this week! Good luck, jojo. Sounds like it's going to be wonderful weekend.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:27 AM on September 09, 2007

Also, if you need a Wedding Singer (see Adam Sandler, movie, 80s, parody), I would be happy to don a shiny suit and sing True, for no charge.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:29 AM on September 09, 2007

If Worldcup gets to sing Spandau Ballet, I get to sing Culture Club!

posted by hawkguy at 12:30 PM on September 09, 2007

I get to sing China Girl then. I love David Bowie.

posted by jerseygirl at 06:52 PM on September 09, 2007

I can happily recommend Eight Mile Creek, a very nice Australian restaurant (there's a fine bar downstairs, but the restaurant upstairs is very romantic) Chico even manages to get 'Australian' and 'romantic' in the same sentence. You must really have the hots for Lauren Jackson, mate. And good luck, jojo. I can recommend the Great Barrier Reef for a honeymoon.

posted by owlhouse at 08:38 PM on September 09, 2007

What can I say, owlhouse. I got an itch, and it's going to take a 6'5" woman to scratch that itch. Or two 3'2˝"s. Whichever.

posted by chicobangs at 11:17 PM on September 09, 2007

Screw you guys, I'm wearing a purple velvet smoking jacket and singing "If You Leave." And dancing, of course.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:03 AM on September 10, 2007

What's so "great" about the Barrier Reef?

posted by yerfatma at 05:39 AM on September 10, 2007

Tie a steak around your neck and go swimming, I dare say you'll see something great. Granted, the video wasn't taken in Australia, but still.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:10 AM on September 10, 2007

Ok. Now what's so fine about art?

posted by yerfatma at 07:35 AM on September 10, 2007

Hey hawkguy, I will sing True AND Time ... (cue synth intro) Time won't give me time And time makes lovers feel... jg, I will sing my fave Bowie song: Let's Dance! Put on your red shoes ... (kick in that bass!) LOL

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:50 AM on September 10, 2007

I will come as a comic book sketch and sing "Take On Me."

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 10:16 AM on September 10, 2007

This is going to be the best entertainment at a wedding EVER!

posted by jojomfd1 at 11:09 AM on September 10, 2007

I'll dress in drag and sing Fergilicious at double speed.

posted by apoch at 11:28 AM on September 10, 2007

Dress in drag, lip synch poorly and lazily dance to some upbeat Britney songs.

posted by jerseygirl at 12:14 PM on September 10, 2007

I'll dress in drag and sing Fergilicious at double speed. Only if you promise to pee yourself.

posted by hawkguy at 12:46 PM on September 10, 2007

jerseygirl, Boy Britney (as well as Shakira) has already been done. hawkguy, if you think I'm going to do that, urine for a real surprise.

posted by apoch at 01:09 PM on September 10, 2007

Mrs. Bill and I are heading Down Under (Oz and NZ) in November, Chico, I'll keep an eye peeled for you.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:44 PM on September 10, 2007

Will the processional music be Brass Bonanza or Rock 'n' Roll (Part 2)?

posted by Howard_T at 06:45 PM on September 10, 2007

Thailand or not, you have to go with Gary Glitter.

posted by jerseygirl at 07:12 PM on September 10, 2007

Correct me if I'm wrong, jojo, but I'm assuming you're proposing to someone over the age of 10. If not, then sure, go with Gary Glitter. Otherwise, maybe Blur or that one Emerson Lake & Palmer tune would be a better choice.

posted by chicobangs at 07:20 PM on September 10, 2007

Id come along and bring the Violent Femmes with me. Why? I dunno. just AddItUp Oh yea congrats as well !!

posted by Folkways at 08:14 PM on September 10, 2007

Yessir Chico, she is most definitely over the age of 10, I promise. No music has been chosen yet though. There are just way too many choices right here to choose from! Not too mention TBH and the dancing. It's no smoking jacket, but it was all I could do on a yahoo search.

posted by jojomfd1 at 11:19 PM on September 10, 2007

Dammit, I thought my lawyer had gotten all those pictures off the interwebs! Still, you gotta admire a sequined dickey, and the man who wears it in public. Or is that an ascot? Perhaps even a cravat? I can never tell.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:08 AM on September 11, 2007

Whatever it is man it really goes with that 'stache!

posted by jojomfd1 at 06:26 AM on September 11, 2007

Mrs. Bill and I are heading Down Under Really? I come from the land down under!

posted by hawkguy at 07:10 AM on September 11, 2007

Can you hear, can you hear the thunder?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:29 PM on September 11, 2007

My girlfriend glows, and I've been known to plunder now and again.

posted by hawkguy at 02:11 PM on September 11, 2007

Get back to me when you pleebs are doing the Safety Dance.

posted by jerseygirl at 03:14 PM on September 11, 2007

No need to wait on us, jg. You can dance if you want to.

posted by hawkguy at 03:36 PM on September 11, 2007

Hell, leave your friends behind; if I recall correctly, your friends don't dance. If they don't dance, well, they're no friends of mine.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:49 PM on September 11, 2007

For years, I thought I was doing the Safety Dance. Turns out, no, I was doing the Macarena. Could've been worse, I guess. Could've been the Lambada. That's, like, "the dance that's not allowed," isn't it? In any case, it sounds quite the opposite of the Safety Dance. That's for sure.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 04:14 PM on September 11, 2007

You better run, you better take cover!

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:10 PM on September 11, 2007

You've inspired me to make a ringtone or two. There's nothing funnier than the phone ringing and someone saying, "what the f... is that... Safety Dance?"

posted by jerseygirl at 06:14 PM on September 11, 2007

Vegemite party at jersey's!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:46 AM on September 12, 2007

jojo, if your email in your profile is correct, I just sent you a photo I took from the Marquis Mariot. Let me know if you got it.

posted by hawkguy at 12:45 PM on September 12, 2007

Hey, guys - I actually DO come from the land down under. And, looking around my immediate environment (Empty Vegemite jars, Fosters cans, Nicole Kidman), I appear to be there still. Chico - I am concerned for your state of mind so whatever you do, don't watch the Matildas (the Aussie women's football team) at the World Cup in China. It's like Lauren Jackson in a multiple universe model of reality. And they kicked arse last night.

posted by owlhouse at 09:44 PM on September 12, 2007

Owlie, are you in Oz these days (and not China)? Mrs. BillSays and I are heading for Auckland, Queenstown, Cairnes and Sydney for the second half of November--SpoFi meetup?

posted by billsaysthis at 07:43 PM on September 13, 2007

I was only in China for 3 weeks! If not travelling overseas for work, I should be around. If you're driving from Sydney to Cairns, you'll go right past my front door. If you're flying, we'll have to work something out. I live about 8 hours drive north of Sydney, but am often down there visiting family etc.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on September 13, 2007

Man, I used to have to go to Aukland for work a lot. Loved it. Possibly my second favorite place on Earth. (Second only to Maui.)

posted by hawkguy at 09:05 AM on September 14, 2007

owlhouse, I've been setting my alarm to get up at 4:55 am local time all week to watch those matches, which is why I've been, uh, not here very much. (None of these women are freakishly tall, though; don't worry, Loz, if you're googling your name and read this, I still love you best.) Any gender that can produce specimens as diverse and superfine as the members of the national teams of Australia, Sweden and Brazil is one of which I shall never, ever, ever, ever ever, ever tire. Also the matches have been pretty good.

posted by chicobangs at 11:21 AM on September 14, 2007

We're flying as we're not insane ;) However while in Sydney we expect to take a rental car and drive out of the city. Probably towards the Blue Mountains though no decisions made yet.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:00 PM on September 15, 2007

Bill - let me know your timing for Sydney (I think you still have my email, as it hasn't changed). Maybe we could catch up for a beer somewhere in Sydney. Balmoral or Middle Harbour's a good spot for a quiet one while regarding the view. Chico - Cheryl Salisbury must be over 6 foot...

posted by owlhouse at 10:50 PM on September 15, 2007

Strangely enough, owl, I do have it. Assuming it's something or other at

posted by billsaysthis at 10:30 PM on September 17, 2007

That'll be the one. My local provider. To whom I am profoundly loyal.

posted by owlhouse at 02:15 AM on September 18, 2007

Hey jojo, how's about an update? Before this falls off the front page of the locker room?

posted by hawkguy at 01:26 PM on September 25, 2007

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