Travel Journal-A quick trip to New York City

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I travel a ton for work.  This week I’m in NYC for a quick one-day trip.  We are staying at the Times Square Renaissance Hotel.  The location is great if you are here as a tourist.  You can’t beat the proximity to Times Square, Broadway, central park and the Empire State Building.  For a business trip, it is far too busy and loud and the hotel was just ok.  The decor was old and the hotel was VERY worn and my room was pretty filthy.   I was very disappointed in our accommodations.  Here is the info on the hotel. https://renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renaissance-new-york-times-square-hotel

Here is a pic from my very dirty window.

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We did have a fabulous dinner at an Indian restaurant near the hotel named Utsavny, located at 1185 Avenue of the Americas (PLAZA), New York, NY 10036 (Enter on 46th St. between 6th & 7th Avenues).  http://www.utsavny.com.   We decided to have a couple of appetizers including Samosa, which is masala potato, green peas, cashew nut and tamarind sauce.

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We also had Lasuni Gobi, which is crispy cauliflower, Sirach garlic sauce.  This dish was wonderful and probably my favorite of the evening.

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For our entrée we had butter chicken, saag paneer, Chana masala, naan, and rice.  The naan and rice were perfect, and butter chicken and chana masala were amazing.  I didn’t really care for saag paneer, it lacked flavor and was a thick and pasty.  We decided to have beer with dinner, which was a great choice.  We had the Taj Mahal lager.  It was so smooth and tasty.

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By far the highlight of my trip was dinner.  I highly recommend Utsavny if you are in town and happen to be staying near Times Square.