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Top Sites For NYC Travelers: Interop Advice

Heading to New York City for Interop or other business travel? Check out these websites to make the most of your visit.
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New York City can be daunting even for frequent business travelers. If you're coming to New York for Interop September 29 through October 3, this is a must-read guide to find the best hotels, restaurants, bars, transportation, and events in the city. If you aren't coming for Interop -- and why aren't you coming to Interop? -- you'll still find this useful for future business travel.

Last-minute planner? We've got you covered. Our list of mobile sites and apps will help you move easily from one Interop session to the next. Like all convention centers, the Javits Center has its own quirks, so we'll let you in on a few secrets to help leave the crowds behind.

When you get hungry or thirsty -- or just want to get away for a while -- look no further. Whether you're looking for a burger or a Broadway show, we'll tell you where to find it. Remember, if it exists in the world, you'll find it in New York.

But wait, there's more. We've compiled more tips to make your time at Interop as valuable as possible. For example, check out Susan Nunziata's dining tips in Eating at Interop: 8 NYC Options. And don't miss my preview of the geekiest places to hang out in New York: Geek's Guide to NYC Travel: Interop Preview. And if you're an Interop Vegas veteran but New York newbie, you'll definitely want to compare and contrast the two in NYC Vs. Vegas: 10 Fun Interop Differences.

After you spend some time exploring our slideshows, add your own suggestions in the comments section. Interop veterans, this is the time to help out the new folks. Let's all connect in NYC.

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nycinsiderguide
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9/20/2014 | 1:48:39 PM
More Things to do in NYC
A few more suggestions from a local, for things to do in NYC, in the area, and during Interop: 

1) Check out one of the best hotel rooftops with amazing skyline and river views: Press Lounge at Ink 48 hotel (11th Ave at 48th St). Dress Appropriately. 

2) On Broadway: James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally - and of course, all the usual amazing shows

3) Jets vs Detroit Sunday 9/28

4) Download your free map of the Midtown West area, nycinsiderguide.com/midtown-west - with local restauant recommendations: Esca (Mario Batali), Meskeram (Ethiopian) and more, along with other things to do in the area.

 
Drew Conry-Murray
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9/17/2014 | 2:25:08 PM
Re: Food trucks
No startups and no food trucks? Are you some kind of anti-hipster?  : )
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/17/2014 | 1:41:38 PM
Re: Food trucks
@Drew- I love the phrase "it is a startup you can eat." :)

i guess my problem is that I don't like to do business with startups either. :)
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9/17/2014 | 1:32:41 PM
Re: Food trucks
I think it has to do with Americans' perpetual quest for authenticity and novelty. A food truck is a scrappy underdog who can be creative yet unpretentious. It's kind of like a tech startup you can eat. And if you don't like food truck X, you can be sure food truck Y will be coming along any minute.

As for cleanliness, I frankly try not to think about it, whether it's a truck, a nice sit-down place or a fast food joint.
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David Wagner,
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9/17/2014 | 12:32:40 PM
Re: Food trucks
Thanks, Drew. Great source. 

i do have to ask this, though. What is America's obsession with food trucks, lately? I mean, I'm freaked out enough about how dirty restaurants are behind the door. Then you add the word truck to the equation. No one keps their truck clean. You find change under the seat of a truck before it even leaves the factory just to give it that homey, lived in look. Why would i want to get my food from a vehicle spewing diesel fumes?

I'll never get this one. :)
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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9/17/2014 | 10:07:13 AM
Food trucks
You already cited the Village Voice as a source, but they've got a great roundup of the best food trucks in NYC: everything from pizza to vegan food to Korean BBQ.

I can't post the link here, but it's at the VV's food blog called "Fork In The Road"
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