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August 24, 2010
What he ate:"I'm serious about food, and I don't really like noisy restaurants. One of my new faves is Lafayette. It just opened in May - I think [the address is] 380 Lafayette St. in NoHo. I also like very much Marea at 240 Central Park South. It's rather pricey, but the food is amazing."
Highlights: "I love New York. There is so much to see and do. There seems to be a market and dry cleaner on just about every corner. It's easy to get around the city. Yeah, I think New York would be a great place to retire."
If you go: New York City is 180 miles from Baltimore. Driving is a straight shot up Interstate 95 to the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 16 - the Lincoln Tunnel. Since highway tolls and parking are so expensive, many opt to take the train. Amtrak offers departures from Penn Station for as little as $49 each way with a three-week advance booking. In the city, Mitchener prefers to stay at the Chambers Hotel, where rates begin at $250 per night. Go to chambershotel.com. For more info on visiting New York, go to nycgo.com.