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How to get from NYC to Woodbury Commons

by Captain G on Apr.30, 2009, under Vacation

New York City is known as a great place to shop. If you are in retail or any type of brand, you must have a New York address. This also applies to retail outlet stores. If you really want a bargain and have a few days left in New York after you have completed my efficient New York City Guided Tour, I highly recommend you visit Woodbury Commons - a place where you will find all the major brand names in one location.

There are multiple ways from NYC to Woodbury Commons. You can rent a car and drive North on New York State Thruway (I-87) to Harriman, Exit 16. You can easily find Woodbury Commons after the toll plaza. The drive from NYC to Woodbury Commons is about a 90 minute drive with traffic plus approximately $10 of tolls. One day car rental in NYC will cost you around $80 with taxes.

To save you the hassle of driving and some money for shopping, there are buses that operate hourly from NYC to Woodbury Commons. You can take a bus from NY Port Authority Bus Terminal (on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, one block west of Time Square) to Woodbury Commons. Here’s the link to the NY Port Authority bus schedule.

If you are staying on the East side of NYC and do not want to cab/walk cross town, there is a daily bus that will take you to Woodbury Commons in the morning and back in the evening. The East side NYC to Woodbury Commons bus goes up 3rd Avenue at around 8AM and returns from Woodbury Commons at around 2:00PM. Here’s the link to the East Side bus schedule. Enjoy your shopping.

Here are two recent posts regarding New York City:

1.  Economic way to get from NYC to Philly, DC and Boston

2.  Where to eat in NYC Chinatown

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Where to eat in New York City’s Chinatown

by Captain G on Apr.25, 2009, under Business Meals, Vacation

As a follow up to my NYC Guide post, below is a list of Chinese restaurants in New York’s Chinatown I highly recommend to tourists and locals. I am actually a frequent customer at most of the restaurants I list below. Not only are these Chinese restaurants good, they are also very cheap. Before you go into any of these Chinese restaurants (or any for that matter), make sure you have cash with you as most Chinatown businesses only accept cash.

1.  New Wonton Garden - It used to be the best wonton in the world… but quality has gone down due to new ownership. However, this is still the best wonton noodle shop in the US. I am a huge fan of wonton noodle soup and Wonton Garden in NYC has the best soup in the nation. Wonton Garden is located on Mott Street between Canal and Bayard. Each bowl of wonton noodle soup or any other dumpling with soup will cost you under US$6.

2.  Big Wong King or Big Wing Wong - Both places offer cheap Cantonese style food. You can get BBQ pork, duck and other traditional Cantonese dishes in any of these restaurants. These two restaurants are probably the cheapest on the list. You can get a wonton noodle soup or roast pork with rice for under US$4. Big Wong King is located across the street from Wonton Garden and Big Wing Wong is located on Mott between Canal and Hester.

3.  Joe’s Shanghai - There are three Joe’s Shanghai locations (NYC Chinatown, Uptown and Flushing). The Joe’s Shanghai in Chinatown is by far the best. Joe’s Shanghai offer the best Shanghai soup dumpling in the world. I am not joking or exaggerating here. I have tried the best Shanghai soup dumpling deemed by local Shanghainese pundits, and Joe’s Shanghai soup dumplings was much better. For a tray of soup dumplings, it would cost you no more than US$6. Joe’s Shanghai offers many other Shanghainese dishes which are authentic. Go early in the afternoon or late in the afternoon to avoid the long lines. Joe’s Shanghai in Chinatown is located on Pell Street between Mott and Bowery.

4.  Hop Lee - Located on 16 Mott Street near Chatham Square. Hop Lee is more of a casual dining place with traditional Chinese food. Like most traditional restaurants, food is served family style. I always order the Cantonese style lobster dish which I highly recommend for my readers. Hop Lee also offers fresh seafood and vegetable dishes. Go there for dining and you will not be disappointed. Your meal should not run you US$50 for two people and I will guarantee you will be full.

5.  Golden Unicorn - This place is usually packed on weekends and most tourists know about it. Despite the fact that it is touristy, I still highly recommend this restaurant. I believe Golden Unicorn serves great dim sum for breakfast and has a good menu for fine dining in the evenings. Golden Unicorn is also cleaner than other dim sum restaurants in New York’s Chinatown.

Hope y’all enjoyed this post and visit my NYC Chinatown favorites. Leave me a feedback after you have tried these places.

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Cheap buses from New York to Boston, Philadephia and DC

by Captain G on Apr.16, 2009, under Travel Partners, Vacation

Following up to my Guide to see New York in a day post, I would like to share some local insight with my readers on how they can see more of the East coast when they are visiting New York City. If you’re staying in NYC for more than a few days, I highly recommend you visit nearby cities like Philadelphia (100 miles away), Boston (200 miles away), and our nation’s capital Washington DC (230 miles away). Instead of spending $300 on a plane ticket, $150 on a round trip Amtrak train ticket, $100 a day on a rental car, or even $75 on a round trip Greyhound bus ticket, vacationers/tourists can take an independently owned and operated bus from New York City’s Chinatown for $10 to $25 one-way to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

There are a number of bus companies that operate out of NYC’s Chinatown and buses depart from a number locations every hour. Here are a few bus companies with links to their websites: Fung Wah, Apex, and New Century. These buses all operate from NYC’s Chinatown which is located in Downtown Manhattan. All buses drop you off at each destination city’s (Boston, Philadephia and Washington DC) Chinatown — which is also located in the destination city’s downtown. If you’re dropped off at Boston’s Chinatown, you are within walking distances from Fannel Hall. When you’re dropped off at Philadephia’s Chinatown, you are within walking distance from the Liberty Bell. If you’re at DC’s Chinatown, you are minutes away from the White House.

Vacationers can do a day trip to each of the cities by leaving first thing in the morning and returning late in the evening. Detailed schedules are available on the bus companies’ sites. The best part of traveling by bus is you do not need a car at the destination cities. The best way to see Boston, Philly and DC is by foot, especially during this time of year!

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