Times Square from above and below

The steaming cup o’ soup is gone, but otherwise Times Square looks pretty much the same as it did the last time I was here.

One of those cheesy touristy things I love to do in New York is have a drink at The View, a revolving bar and restaurant on the 48th floor of the Marriott Marquis at Times Square (not to be confused with the Rosie O’Donnell talk show of the same name). The view at The View is fabulous day or night, and even the elevator ride up and down is fun.

Sure the drinks are pricey, but not outrageous by New York standards. A beer costs around $6-7 (plus tip). Sip it slowly to ensure you get to make the full circle – a revolution takes one hour. Early evening seems to be the best time to go, and I’ve luckily never had to wait to be seated. There’s a cover charge for the lounge after 9PM. I’ve never been tempted to try the food at the lounge or the restaurant… there are just too many other delicious places to eat in NYC.

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4 thoughts on “Times Square from above and below

  1. hey…didn’t know you were in ny…I love this city!! Let me know if you need any tips or anything!

  2. Oh how I heart NYC…and try whenever possible (i.e., when someone else is footing the bill) to stay at the W Times Square.

  3. Chrisana – thanks for the offer! Unfortunately I was there and back all too quickly this trip.

    Kirk – I’ve never stayed at that W, but I bet it is indeed a treat… I’ll keep it in mind for the next time I’m in NYC on someone else’s dime. :)

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