Chinatown: *A walk along Canal Street by day will blow their minds with the bustling crush of people. *Little Italy is a few blocks away, and the winding streets yield new surprises at every turn. *It's one of my favorite places to hang out with friends: with bubble tea cafés, ethnic cookware emporiums, sweets shops and import stores, among others, it's not just dim sum and knockoff bags anymore!
Times Square: *Natch. *New York's laboratory for unprecedented urban revitalization. *Dazzling lights, a consortium of restaurants ranging from Middle American chain eateries to high-end bistros and trattoriae, Madame Toussaud's, honky-tonk atmosphere, digital-era architecture. *The 21st century embodies the spirit of the '50s-era heart of the Theater District.
Grand Central Terminal: *The jewel in the city's diadem; New York's last vestige of the romantic age of rail travel. *Stepping into the Main Concourse still takes my breath away, even after years of using Metro-North to go to Westchester over the weekends. *The 1998 restoration was worth every penny spent: a European-style gourmet market, high-end retail boutiques, a wonderfully diverse assortment of restaurants and vendors. *Unlike Penn Station across town, Grand Central is not just a point of departure and arrival for commuters: it's a destination that only gets better with age.