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Stayangry
08-20-2009, 02:05 PM
Dear All

Mrs Stayangry and I are off the New York next month for some gentle shopping and sight seeing - we will be staying in Mid Town Manhattan, near the Rockefeller Centre.

I was wondering whether any of you guys can suggest any stores nearby that sell tactical gear, hunting gear or other cool stuff?

Yours

James

Chainbearer
08-20-2009, 02:25 PM
John Jovino's Gun Shop in Little Italy is worth a visit. Also plenty of good food and bakeries (Ferrara's #1) in the area.

Ralph
08-20-2009, 03:05 PM
Haven't been in NYC in a very long time, but we used to go to a restaurant on 57th Street called Le Steak. If it's still there it has the best steak dinner in town. Salad of hand selected greens with a superb vinigrette dressing, steak to order with an equally superb sauce and real french fried potatoes. Everyone I ever took there raved about it.

There used to be a lot of great stores, but all of the old ones are gone now. If you have some time the Museum of Natural History and the Heyer Foundation Musuem of the American Indian are both world class.

Chainbearer
08-20-2009, 03:28 PM
The Beretta Gallery on Madison and Holland & Holland on E. 40th are also worth the trip.

Lightfighter
08-20-2009, 04:48 PM
Although technically Jovino's gun shop is the oldest in NYC it has absolutely no charm and is basically a dump.

Additionally, 'Charlie', the shop manager, is a scheister goof.

NY Ironworks is a better store but since you don't have a NY permit they wont sell you anything interesting.

Beretta Gallery and H&H are GTG

F.M. Allen ( http://fmallen.com ) is a cool store filled with manly stuff ( like a 2 x scale, stainless 'working' scale model of a B.A.R. that was used for training demos in WWII ) but it's stupid expensive

Get a little dressed up and go have an overpriced cocktail at Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel (35 East 76th Street). It's Old School New York

Peter Luger's Steak House in Williamsburg is a must

As far as tactical things go NYC is a wasteland due to Bloomberg's anti-gun policies

Akilae
08-20-2009, 05:02 PM
Not sure what you mean by hunting gear, but NYC has dried up for tactical and mil surplus. Here's what I know of:

Iceberg Army Navy on Broadway down in SOHO. Used to be cool, now largely commercial stuff up front. They still have a little corner of surplus goods where you can find interesting things at times.

Uncle Sam's Army Navy Outfitters on 8th st., by NYU.
Much cooler shop than Iceberg that actually sells surplus gear, although some items tend to be overpriced. Still, I've found things there that I liked such as Austrian alpine sweaters and Swiss wool pants. Nothing you won't find on Sportsman's Guide, but you can be sure of the sizes you're getting.

Not hunting, but Orvis has a shop in NYC if you're into flyfishing and other dressy rugged clothing... they're expensive though.

There's a TINY mil surplus shop on E. Houston, on the way to Russ & Daughters (terrific bagel, cream cheese & lox btw) coming from Broadway. I've only ever passed by, but what I saw at a glance gave me the impression this is probably one of the last remaining small mil surplus shops in NYC.

Other than that... NYC is a city that can cater to your every need. What do you have in mind to do? Restaurants are a dime a dozen and I have a list that runs a mile long, just state your preferences.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must. They reopened the crown on the Statue of Liberty, so you can also check that out. Plan a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge so you can hit the Brooklyn Promenade in the evening and catch the Manhattan skyline in the twilight. Rockefeller Center is a no brainer, but try to also catch St. Patrick's Cathedral (although IMHO St. John the Divine is much more impressive). We also have the Intrepid, which just reopened after renovations, if you want to take a look.

straps
08-20-2009, 06:55 PM
Tent and Trails, 21 Park Place (lower Manhattan near Ground Zero) www.tenttrails.com 212-227-1760

Good store, pleasant staff, adventures to be had wandering their aisles, gear crammed into literally every crevice.

Guaranteed you will find SOMETHING that you can fabricate a need for.

Bullfrog
08-20-2009, 07:31 PM
If you enjoy custom knives, I'd suggest visiting Three Little Indians in Little Italy - they have a wild amount of customs - case after case - and its an interesting place - a back-room cigar bar above an italian restaurant :D

It is rented out often as it doubles as a cigar bar so I'd recommend calling first to make sure they are open - most likely they will open the shop for you if you tell them when you are coming - the guy who runs it is Larry and is very nice.

http://www.threelittleindianscustomknives.com/

Beretta like the others mentioned is a great shop with courteous staff.

Definitely visit Paragon Sports in Union Square (14th Street) - they have a ton of great camping/hiking gear, knives and Surefires. Its one of the last large independent sporting good stores in NYC, or the country for that matter.

If you visit Iceberg Army Navy that Akilae mentioned in Soho, right there is Eastern Mountain Sports which just reopened an awesome store - its also within walking to Three Little Indians.

If you need any advice or help while there, feel free to send me an email: "HLR2107" at gmail dot com.

Have a fun and safe trip!

BrooklynBen
08-20-2009, 07:32 PM
Stayangry - Looking for tactical gear in NYC might be a bit like looking for the best baby-back BBQ ribs in Tehran. ;)

Your time might be better spent finding good 'eats'. There's all sorts from around the world including some exotic styles you may have never heard of.

I eat strictly kosher, so I'm unfortunately limited in what I can recommend to you. But I have sat with folks who know their food and two places looked pretty good to me;

Katz's Deli (Midtown - around Houston... they pronounce that name "How-stan" around here; don't ask me why) Katz's makes their own pastrami and corned beef, with sandwiches that are simply amazing.

La Mela's (further Downtown in 'Little Italy') - small, not fancy, good food (I'm told), served family style in large portions and if the everyone is in a good mood, the waiters begin to sing. They keep bringing food and wine until you say "stop". They then guess at how much the table ate and generally round the bill down.

Three hints:
(1) 18% is the expected tip in restaurants here. 20% if they went out of their way for you and below 18% if there was something horrible in their service.

(2) Don't eat anything from the food vendors on the street. The bacteria in their carts can only be assimilated by the locals.

(3) Stay out of Central Park at night unless there's a special event or you're escorting a full squad of sober Marines.

Welcome, enjoy and bon appetit' ;)

Akilae
08-20-2009, 08:16 PM
Your time might be better spent finding good 'eats'. There's all sorts from around the world including some exotic styles you may have never heard of.

I concur.



Katz's Deli (Midtown - around Houston... they pronounce that name "How-stan" around here; don't ask me why) Katz's makes their own pastrami and corned beef, with sandwiches that are simply amazing.

La Mela's (further Downtown in 'Little Italy') - small, not fancy, good food (I'm told), served family style in large portions and if the everyone is in a good mood, the waiters begin to sing. They keep bringing food and wine until you say "stop". They then guess at how much the table ate and generally round the bill down.

Agreed on Katz's. It's also right down the street from Russ & Daughters.

La Mela on the other hand.. is alright. Their biggest draw is probably the large portions, and when things drag on into the night and everybody's had a few drinks and are in a good mood, somebody always stands up to light up the... ahem... light bulb assembly on the ceiling, drawing either girly giggles or manly roars from the crowd.

For good Italian food, I'd say Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn. It's a good sized shop that's crowded 6 days out of the week, only empty when they're not open, which is always a good sign in a restaurant.

medicjim
08-21-2009, 08:27 AM
If you are up for a drive, approx 90 minutes west on Rt 78 in New Jersey, you can catch Sarco in Stirling, NJ. They do 95% business through mail and internet, but they do have a store in the front of an old factory full of all manner of old milsurp and firearms... I wouldn't consider it worth the drive from NYC alone, but if you wanted to get out of the city, it could be part of an adventure. The western part of NJ along the 78 corridor, especially north (Chester and Long Valley area) is chock full of antique stores and other 'sunny day' distractions.

If you go farther north, you could rent a canoe, kayak or inner tube and take in the Delaware river water gap....or head south and visit the site where Washington crossed to attack the Hessians in Trenton. Morristown also has a historic encampment site.... again, none of these warrant the trip alone, but grouped together, you might make a day of it.

PAorBrooklyn
08-21-2009, 01:46 PM
I've gotta say stay away from Jovino's gun shop. That place is awful and they WILL NOT let you even look at a firearm unless you show them your NYC firearms license or badge first. After you do that, they're still jerks. I can go into detail but I'll spare you the stupidity of the brief conversation that was had last time I walked into that place.

I'll second Tent 'n Trails. Great store. The downstairs staff is great... the upstairs staff is hit or miss.

If you're looking for a nice fly shop, Urban Angler is beautiful.
206 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (800) 255-5488 or (212) 689-6400


Now the important stuff: food.

Some of my favorite restaurants are...

Italian:
Frank
http://www.yelp.com/biz/frank-new-york

Lil' Frankie's
http://www.yelp.com/biz/lil-frankies-new-york

Al Di La Trattoria
http://www.yelp.com/biz/al-di-la-trattoria-brooklyn

Steak:
Peter Luger Steak House
http://www.yelp.com/biz/peter-luger-steak-house-brooklyn

If you want to go somewhere a bit on the "hip" side of things for the Mrs., there's a Thai place called Sea in Brooklyn. My lady enjoys going there... it was on that show *** & the City... AND it's cheap! Nice scenery for everyone....
Sea Thai Restaurant & Bistro
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sea-thai-restaurant-and-bistro-brooklyn

I think the only place that requires, or even accepts, reservations is Luger's. If you want a shot at getting a steak there, call now.

supersixfour
08-21-2009, 09:00 PM
As was said, don't waste time looking
for tactical shops in manhattan.
Take good pictures and eat good food.

Tent & trails is worth stopping at if you
are in the area as is paragon on broadway
& 18 street I believe, but pricey.
If you buy from iceberg, make sure it's
something you can't get from the web
or anywhere else. Again they are pricey.

Stop by Marriott hotel in times square
45 street & broadway, take elevator to 8
then escalator to 9Th floor. If it's still
accessible to public you can take nice
photos of times square from there.

If you want nice pictures of lady liberty
take a free round trip on staten island
ferry boat which passes in front of statue,
go out on deck and have someone snap
your photo with the statue right behind you.

Have a great trip.