Ask Jess

Hi guys!  Welcome to the third installment of “Ask Jess”, in which I publicly answer questions that I’ve received through the site!

Remember, if you have a question please send me a Tweet, comment below, or post the question to UYC’s Facebook wall.  Looking forward to answering yours next!


Q: Hey Jess! I normally bombard you with questions on Twitter, but since I have two I figured that I would post them here. Must hit spots for a Bachelorette Party? Also great places to get some post wedding photos with a large group traveling on a party bus from CT. Thank you for all the info you are always so happy to provide!

A: Hi Heather!

Lips is a super fun drag/cabaret joint in Midtown that is classy, and the performers there will make sure the bride has the best night of her life! Or if your bride is into being a karaoke star diva, you could rent a private room for your party, complete with champers and all-you-can-sing tunes! The Duet locations are my favorite. The Awesome 80’s Prom is a great way to celebrate too, for the theatrical bride who loves her 80’s tunes! I’ve seen quite a few bachelorettes happening here, and it’s very much the “girl’s just want to have fun” scene! And for after hours festivities, I’d suggest hitting up either the Meatpacking District or East Village/Lower East Side (depending on your scene!) for bars/clubs!

Wedding photos: Long Island City waterside (you’ll get the whole NYC skyline!), Crosby Street for cobblestone shots, and pond in Central Park!


Q: Where is the best Mexican food in Manhattan? (we will be staying near Times Square)
Thank you. -Jim

A: Hi Jim!
Mmm, we’re HUGE fans of Mexican food here at UsedYorkCity! Rosa Mexicana has the BEST guac I’ve ever tasted, along with killer margaritas, and there’s a location not too far from the Times Square area…62nd Street at 61 Columbus Avenue. You could take a nice stroll up (about a mile walking from where you are, but you’ll get to see a lot of great stuff, or take about a 5 minute cab ride!)

Another favorite that’s a bit more downtown, near Union Square, is El Cantinero. Tacos are out of this world, prices can’t be beat, authenticity reigns, and there’s a beautiful rooftop garden to dine on!



Q:  Do you have anything on your blog with your top hotels in NYC that you would recommend to family & friends visiting?

A: Hi ! I would first pose two questions: what area of town/borough does your family and friends want to be close to and what is the budget?   For the purpose of the question I’ll assume they would like to be somewhere central in Manhattan that is within walking distance to a lot of the major tourist attractions, as well as close to subways, and a mid-range price.  I have a few that I really like: The Hilton on 54th and 6th Avenue (great location and price!), Park Lane Hotel (it’s located on Central Park South, one of the prettiest streets in Manhattan, and you can score shockingly great prices for a beautiful location), and The Paramount (in the heart of Times Square with a gorgeous fireplace filled lobby and great restaurant/lounge area).  If they’re looking for a more downtown experience The Mondrain in SoHo is a beauty (chic rooms, open rooftop areas, and walking distance to all the great SoHo shopping.)  Finally, if they’re searching for a more boutique experience on the quiet Upper West Side, NYLO is a gem (modern rooms and open rooftop decks, and a block away from Central Park on the West Side.)



p.s. be sure to check out our past Ask Jess articles, here and here.

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  • Laura says:

    Ooh, I’m definitely going to bookmark those Mexican restaurants! I am hoping to come to New York for a few days in June, do you have any recommendations for bars/restaurants/cafes with nice outdoor areas (roof terraces, gardens, etc) where I can enjoy the sunshine?
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    • Used York City says:

      Awesome Laura! I will compile a list of my faves and answer your question in the next Ask Jess, stay tuned!;-)

  • Mike says:

    I’ve been playing around with Expedia again for a future NYC trip and just made a note of the Hilton. Though, of course, I would discuss more cemented plans ahead of time. Gotta meet my friend and NYC’s favorite dog! I have another blogger friend there that mentioned they hoped I would make it. How long of a visit would be a good number of days to get a good visit in. Best time of year? And where is the safest place to walk after dark? Merry Christmas to you, your honey and Gillman! 🙂
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    • Used York City says:

      Oh love all these questions, Mike! I’m taking note of them and they will be THOROUGHLY answered in the next installment of Ask Jess! A very merry Christmas to our favorite blogger in Reno!:-)

  • Tamara says:

    I’ll keep those hotels in mind for BlogHer in July, although I’m sure there’s a specific BlogHer hotel with a reduced rate. I still like to look!
    I have actually eaten at El Cantinero! Back in my Rutgers days, we used to leave Jersey to eat dinner at NYC. Ah, pre-kid days.
    And I have been to an 80’s prom Bachelorette party in NYC and it was awesome!
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    • Used York City says:

      Oh fun, BlogHer conference should be amazing! Would love to meet up and grab a coffee when you’re in town!:-)

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