10 thoughts on “so… you’re making asa plans”

  1. Someone emailed to ask about accessible restaurants. Figured I”d cut and paste my response for others who might be interested.

    Yelp can guide you a bit. It has a listing of accessible restaurants in the city:


    You can use the map function to zoom into the area around the hotel and it will give you a listing of places (just click on the button that says, “redo search when map is moved”). The MOST EXPENSIVE restaurants in the city seem to mostly be accessible. But you would go broke eating at them! So you can also select price-points to narrow down the search.

    Taxis. There are a select number of taxis in NYC that are accessible. But you’re can’t really wait for them because they’re harder to find; instead you have to call for them. They are no more expensive than a normal cab. Just call 311 and arrange a pick-up. If someone jumps in front of you to grab it they will be fined (or should be)!

    The MTA and accessibility. The subway system isn’t as great, and I wouldn’t recommend it because some of elevators are down from time to time. However, almost every bus is accessible. You can find information, links to maps, and general information on the MTA’s website. Luckily, midtown is very well served by buses. You can call 511 and talk to a transit representative if you need help with your trip:



  2. And about room service:

    Sometimes you want to be alone in your room and don’t want room service! In fact, the Hilton got rid of room service, I believe. But no worry! Seamlessweb has a listing of restaurants in the city which will deliver. They have the menus online. You can pay and tip with a credit card, and the food will be delivered. You never have to talk a human being. I just checked right now, and there are 604 restaurants open for lunch which deliver to the area of the hotel. Seamless will tell you if there is a delivery minimum (usually $10), if there is a delivery fee (there usually isn’t), and give you reviews of the places. You might want to call to make sure they will deliver to your room, but I suspect they all will. We new yorkers live on delivery (I tend to tip what I would in a restaurant — usually around 20%). You can also select on the kind of food (so for those of you who are vegetarians, for example, there are 43 vegetarian places and 4 vegan ones that deliver to the hotel area, plus I’m sure a lot of places that have veggie options). Check it out…



    1. I think the best part is the first two pages. Where we tell you to download apps and where else to go online. I suspect soon these guides will be a thing of the past…


  3. The best part for me was the closing section that encourages us to choose to patronize restaurants with female chefs.


  4. As a New Yorker, I want to complain about this list. As a reasonable person, I have to say that it’s pretty great, and looks like much work. Thank you, thank you!


  5. **IMPORTANT** It is restaurant “week” (read: month) during the ASAs, which means that (at participating restos) you can get a 3 course lunch for $25 and dinner for $38 (not including booze, or off-RW menu items). You can use open table to search for participating restaurants with free tables on the date you desire: http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=8&ref=412&pid=69

    N.B. Most restaurants will post the menu they’re offering for R.W. so you can check ahead to see if the prix fixe options suit your tastes.


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