New York City is my favorite city in the world and I am lucky enough for it to be the place I go to most for concerts!
I wasn’t just in New York for Taeyang, but for a personal trip as well. We stumbled on new places to eat, took our usual stroll through Times Square (in the rain), and caught the matinee show for Aladdin!
Travel dates: Sept 1-3, 2017
Show Date: Sept 1, 2017
Venue: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Location: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
The theater is attached to the famous Madison Square Garden arena and Penn Station, which makes it easy to get to. Even if you travel by bus, most drop off within a few blocks of MSG.
There’s plenty of nearby places to eat or stay overnight, and if you want to do a bit of sightseeing before the show, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Plaza are all easy walks.
The view was good. We were lucky no one tall was in the seats in front of us, otherwise I would have had a harder time seeing.
For $160, the seats could have (and should have) been better, but that is a KpopMe/YG problem, not the venue.
From photos online, I think most seats in the venue are decent, but I wouldn’t want to be caught in the far back corners of the 300 level. Especially for the ticket prices. The stage also looked very high. I’m not sure how it was for the fans in the front rows, but it looked like you’d have to crane your neck just to see whoever is on stage.
As always, I will refrain from commenting on KpopMe.
I didn’t have any interaction with the staff or security. As we walked through MSG to the theater, two security guys were standing in the hall shouting directions: “these sections to the right, these sections to the left.” When I missed what he said, I asked quickly which way, and he answered without missing a beat. Basically the same thing happened when we left – security standing in the hall shouting out directions but not rushing us out.
Unfortunately, the remains of Hurricane Harvey brought rain on Saturday and Sunday but we still made the best of it!
Things to do
Even in the rain, Times Square is bright and busy as ever. No matter how many times I visit (or how touristy it is), I will always love visiting Times Square!
I even caught the birthday ads for my GOT7 bias, Mark!
On Sunday, we went to the matinee show for Aladdin, and were lucky enough to see almost the entire main cast.
The music, costumes, set, script, actors and actresses, were spectacular. We enjoyed every second of it, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see a Broadway musical!
Where to eat
This was kind of the theme of the weekend, especially with the bad weather.
Great coffee and good pastries! There’s a few locations, but we went to the one in Chelsea, (which was also a great walk). Would definitely love to come here again.
Lunch, midday gelato, aperitif, dinner…Eataly is a crowded, but delicious taste of Italy. There’s two locations: across from the flatiron building, and in lower Manhattan.
Even though it’s a bit touristy, if you’re looking for freshly made mozzarella, pasta, a delicious aperol or limoncello spritz, or snacks imported straight from Italy, it’s worth the visit!
Dinner and Drinks
Because I ate dinner at a bar more-or-less both nights, I need to combine these two.
We stumbled on this place between 5th and 6th avenues after the concert. All I saw were the walls of records and couldn’t resist walking in.
The atmosphere was great, and the food was too. We ordered pajeon and a bulgogi bowl, and I had a lychee martini. There were mismatching stools, records and old recording equipment covering the walls, and instruments above the bar.
Izakaya Mew is a small restaurant/bar in the basement of a building that is easy to miss, with its simple entrance marked only by the hanging curtain with “Izakaya Mew” scrawled in the corner of it.
The food was good, and so were the drinks. We had a 45 minute wait for a table, but since the bar is right by the entrance, you can just stand and drink while you wait. They have a great variety of food so if you’re with a big group, it’s really easy to find someone for everyone.
Where are your favorite places to eat?