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April 15, 2012

THE BEST WAY TO NEW YORK

From LAX, Delta, American, JetBlue, United and Virgin America offer nonstop service to New York, and US Airways, Delta, American and United offer connecting service. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $348.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Wolcott, 4 W. 31st St.; (212) 268-2900, http://www.wolcott.com. It's not glamorous, and for three days the eighth-floor hallway smelled faintly of cleaning products, but the location is good and, for Manhattan, the price is great. Rooms for two usually $180-$240.

The Jane, 113 Jane St. (at West Side Highway); (212) 924-6700, http://www.thejanenyc.com. Features about 170 "cabins" that are only 49 square feet, priced at $99 a night for solo travelers, $125 with bunk beds, bathrooms down the hall. Thirty "captain's cabins" are 250 square feet with private baths. They rent for $250-$325.

Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave. at Central Park South; (212) 759-3000, http://www.fairmont.com/theplaza/. Park-adjacent and bound to make an impression. 282 rooms, of which 102 are suites. In winter, rates can dip below $500 nightly, but rooms for two usually fetch $665-$1,025.

WHERE TO EAT

Katz's Delicatessen, 205 E. Houston St.; (212) 254-2246, katzsdelicatessen.com. Founded in 1888. Sandwiches $6-$18.

Café Gitane at the Jane Hotel, 113 Jane St.; (212) 255-4143, cafegitanenyc.com. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, main dishes up to $15.

The Old Homestead Steakhouse, 56 9th Ave.; (212) 242-9040, http://www.theoldhomesteadsteakhouse.com. Its neon sign proclaims it the oldest steakhouse in town, dating to 1868, but there's no historic bric-a-brac inside, just a paneled den for serious meat and meat eaters. Lunch and dinner. Dinnertime burgers $27-$41; steaks and chops, $38-$125.

PicNic Market & Café, 2665 Broadway between 101st and 102nd streets; (212) 222-8222, http://www.picnicmarket.com. Alsatian quiche and other fare. Dinner main dishes $21-$33.

WHAT TO SEE

Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St.; (212) 982-8420, http://www.tenement.org. Old tenement building, preserved and interpreted to show life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for Greek, Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants and others. Expanded in late 2011. Several tours, guided neighborhood walks and talks with costumed interpreters. Admission $22 for adults, $17 students.

South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St.; (212) 748-8786, http://www.seany.org. Highlights include historic film footage, little ships in bottles and a Titanic memorial shaped like a lighthouse. Admission $5.

New York Water Taxi, (212) 742-1969; http://www.nywatertaxi.com. This fleet of yellow vessels offers various itineraries, with trips beginning from several spots, including Pier 16 at South Street Seaport. Other seafaring options include Circle Line sightseeing (www.circleline42.com) and Circle Line Downtown (www.circlelinedowntown.com). Tickets $26 for adults, $16 for children.

TO LEARN MORE

NYC & Co., http://www.nycgo.com. New York State Tourism, http://www.iloveny.com

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