east vs west
September 9, 2006 9:27 AM Subscribe
Can a diehard San Franciscan fall in love with New York? Or at least have a little crush? How can I be the matchmaker?
posted by milkdropcoronet to travel & transportation around New York, NY (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm an east coaster but most of my family is California-born and raised, and subsequently have all of that diehard west coast love. We kid about an east-west rivalry, but I think they really mean it. They say the east coast is kind of dirty and uncool and are quick to dismiss it as even worthy of a travel destination.
My cousin has an upcoming business trip to New York City -- she's never been here before and will be staying with me for a few days. How can I make sure she walks away with a favorable impression?
The challenge is that San Francisco is an amazing city in its own right -- I'm sure there are many areas where it equals or even trumps NYC. Are the nightlife, restaurants, shopping and cultural events on par in both cities? I want to find the places where NYC beats San Fran hands down. Or maybe... just things in NYC that you just wouldn't get in San Fran.
I haven't spent much time in San Fran, so any tips you bicoastal folks have are appreciated! We're both gals in our mid-20s. A few tips I've gotten so far:
- avoid Mexican restaurants (SF wins this one by a longshot)
- Central Park should not be a priority (apparently Golden Gate park is just as impressive)
- walk the Brooklyn Bridge (Golden Gate bridge isn't pedestrian-friendly)
- visit a museum, any NYC museum beats SF's offerings
- Chinatown NYC beats Chinatown SF