December 21, 2000, 2:04 PM — New York City is frenetic. People walk fast, talk fast and they're always late. But somehow it all blends -- sometimes harmoniously and sometimes with great discord. New York City is many things, but it is never boring.
(Note: All telephone numbers are within the 212 area code unless otherwise indicated.)
Three airports serve New York: JFK (718 244-4444) handles the most international flights; LaGuardia (718 533-3400) handles the most commuter flights; and Newark (973 961-6000) is most convenient to the West Side. JFK-to-midtown taxi fares are fixed ($30); return fares are not. A better bet is on-demand, shared minibus service from Gray Line Air Shuttle (757-7712) or SuperShuttle Manhattan (800 258-3826) for less than half the price of a cab.
New York City has 66,000 hotel rooms. You can pay $150 or thousands per night. Stay in midtown for Javits Center events. Sofitel (354-8844, 800 763-4835, $219-$599) is a new facility with 398 well-appointed rooms and 52 executive suites equipped with two-line, data port phones. Novotel's (315-0100, 800 668-6835, $219-$399) 480 soundproof rooms have data ports, large desks and minibars. The hotel's business center offers PCs and faxes, plus laptop and cell phone rentals. The Double Tree Guest Suites (719-1600, 800 325-9033, $210-$750) all have kitchenettes. The Soho Grand Hotel (965-3000, 800 965-3000, $334 and up) isn't midtown, but comes highly recommended by sophisticated New Yorkers who know.
There are more than 18,000 places to grab a bite in the city. Gotham Bar & Grill (620-4020) is known for its innovative cuisine and architecture. The atmosphere is hip but elegant, meaning jeans or a business suit will work. The Mee Noodle Shop (888-0027 for the midtown location) serves good Chinese food cheap and fast at several spots. Gallagher's Steakhouse (245-5336) is a classic spot for a huge steak. Cajun restaurant (691-6174) serves creative Creole-Cajun cuisine to the tunes of a Dixieland band. The Little India neighborhood at East 6th Street between First and Second avenues has nearly two dozen Indian restaurants, all of which are good.