Carol Cain

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Carol Cain is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She is a travel and food blogger who shares her adventures at GirlGoneTravel.com. Originally from Brooklyn, Cain has studied and lived abroad, experiences that have nourished her wanderlust in and out of NYC, with or without her three boys in tow. Her travel stories have appeared in publications for MasterCard, Expedia, American Airlines and Lifetime Digital Media, as well as New York Family magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

  • On January 30, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best stores for designer clothes in New York City?

    Alexander McQueen Collection From vintage shops to discount designer labels, finding the clothes you crave is never a problem in the NYC shopping scene.

    However, for the best of the best in designer wear, shoppers with the budget often enjoy their shopping experience on Madison and Fifth avenues, between 56th and 70th streets. This is where established designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Chanel, Vera Wang, and many others have set up shop.

    Some designers prefer younger, trendier neighborhoods. Chelsea is home to Alexander McQueen and New York Vintage. SOHO, also known for its vintage shops (like What Goes Around Comes Around) and unique finds (such as The Hat Shop) is where you can find designer labels from Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons and hot runway hits from up and coming artists in boutiques such as Jeffrey New York.
  • On January 30, 2013
    Carol Cain is now following Charyn Pfeuffer
  • On January 30, 2013
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    What are the best places to see a play in New York City?

    New Amsterdam Theatre, Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com 1.The Lyceum Theatre is a landmark, stone structure, designed in Beaux-Arts style, on 45th street. It is one of the oldest operating theatres in NYC having first opened its door in 1903. It is one of the rare buildings currently hosting performances that was designed solely for that purpose, yet with seating for only 950 people, it is considered one of the smallest theatres in the area. The Lyceum is the original name, and the theare proudly displays many of its original structures, including the marble staircase and marquee.

    2.New Amsterdam Theatre is also a landmark theatre which opened its doors also in 1903 with a production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. It is a brick and stone structure on 42nd street which once was used to stage Ziegfeld's Follies until 1927 before falling prey to the Great Depression. After a few efforts and change of hands, Disney leased the building and staged the theatrical production of The Lion King, before replacing it with it's the current production of Mary Poppins. For many New Yorkers who witnessed the transformation of Times Square to what it is today, it is the marquee of Disney's Lion King which we remember as being the first sign of revitalization of the area. The venue offers theatre goers that opportunity to sign up for group tours, which is the best way to find out all you need to know about the site, as well as admire a lot of the details that might be missed in darker lighting during shows.

    3.New Victory Theatre, also on 42nd street, has quickly earned its reputation as the place where children can bring their families for a day or evening at the theatre. It offers incredible, high quality productions and encourage young minds to grow and experience the various layers of performing arts, often through hands-on events and workshops. It is the only New York theatre of its kind. The venue itself was designed by Oscar Hammerstein I, and opened in 1900 as Theatre Republic. It was the first theatre on 42nd street, having once served as a movie theatre, including the showing of pornographic films. It wasn't until the revitalization of Times Square and after an over $11 million restoration in 1995, that the theatre found new life and a new purpose.


  • On January 30, 2013
    Carol Cain posted:

    People often underestimate how many beautiful #parks we have in #NYC. Here are some of my favorites: http://www.forbestravelguide.com/question/what-are-the-best-parks-in-new-york-city

  • On January 30, 2013
    Carol Cain is now following Melanie Nayer
  • On January 29, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best restaurants in New York City?

    Balthazar, Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com As Chef Ripert points out above, the food scene in NYC is ever-changing. Hidden culinary gems can be found anywhere especially if you are willing to try something new and venture into different neighborhoods. Here are a few of my favorite places to dine out:

    1.Balthazar - (And a Chef Eric Ripert favorite as noted above.) Often a bit harder to get seats for dinner, so I like going for brunch and lunch. Sour cream hazelnut waffles, brioche French toast, lobster, clams...the list goes on and on. The atmosphere is traditional French, and the atmosphere welcoming and comfortable. One of my favorite dining experiences in the Soho area. You can also take some of the experience home by visiting the Balthazar bakery, right next door.

    2.The National Bar and Dining Rooms - A modern bistro brought to Midtown by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Start your dinner off with a cocktail – specifically with the Jalapeño Margarita with Sauza Hornito’s Reposado, Fresh Jalapeño & Lime, Smoked Sea Salt Rim. Sounds intense and it is. Your taste buds will absolutely adore you for it, and it’s a wonderful way to prep your palate for the awesome that follows. Whether you go for the celebrity or for the trendy-factor, I promise that you will want to return for the food. Oh, and if you have extra room, order the Ugly Burger, you won’t regret it. You can always just stay at The Benjamin Hotel, located right next door.

    3.Perla - On Minetta street in the West Village is one of the hottest places to eat in NYC now. Italian food with the sole purpose of blowing your mind. Want proof? Try the Tajarin with black truffles, sage, and Parmigiano, or their Saba glazed duck. I would even go as far as suggesting the 56-day, dry-age rib eye for two. Great cocktail list as well. Bring a friend, or two, for the servings are generous and the food is worth the wait for a reservation.
  • On January 29, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best restaurants in New York City?

    Balthazar, Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com As Chef Ripert points out above, the food scene in NYC is ever-changing. Hidden culinary gems can be found anywhere especially if you are willing to try something new and venture into different neighborhoods. Here are a few of my favorite places to dine out:

    1.Balthazar - (And a Chef Eric Ripert favorite as noted above) Often a bit harder to get seats for, so I like going for brunch and lunch. Sour cream hazelnut waffles, brioche French toast, lobster, clams...the list goes on and on. The atmosphere is traditional French, and the atmosphere welcoming and comfortable. One of my favorite dining experiences in the Soho area. You can also take some of the experience home by visiting the Balthazar bakery, right next door.

    2.The National Bar and Dining Rooms - A modern bistro brought to Midtown by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Start your dinner off with a cocktail – specifically with the Jalapeño Margarita with Sauza Hornito’s Reposado, Fresh Jalapeño & Lime, Smoked Sea Salt Rim. Sounds intense and it is. Your taste buds will absolutely adore you for it, and it’s a wonderful way to prep your palate for the awesome that follows. Whether you go for the celebrity or for the trendy-factor, I promise that you will want to return for the food. Oh, and if you have extra room, order the Ugly Burger, you won’t regret it. You can always just stay at The Benjamin Hotel, located right next door.

    3.Perla - On Minetta street in the West Village is one of the hottest places to eat in NYC now. Italian food with the sole purpose of blowing your mind. Want proof? Try the Tajarin with black truffles, sage, and Parmigiano, or their Saba glazed duck. I would even go as far as suggesting the 56-day, dry-age rib eye for two. Great cocktail list as well. Bring a friend, or two, for the servings are generous and the food is worth the wait for a reservation.
  • On January 29, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best farmers markets in New York City?

    Union Square Greenmarket, Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com We New Yorkers love our greenmarkets and often come out in huge numbers to support them each time they are open in our area. The Union Square farmers market is one of the most popular in the city. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m shoppers can enjoy the products from upto 140 farmers, bakers, and fishermen. Artisanal cheese, breads, jams and more, as well as some products to enjoy right there on the spot.

    Another great greenmarket is the Fulton Stall Market, by South Street Seaport opened every Sunday and offering the products of both regular and rotating vendors. Though this market is much smaller than Union Square's, it has the advantage of being located in a fun shopping and dining area on NYC's most visited piers.

    There are smaller markets that can be found throughout the city, in almost every neighborhood in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. If you are willing to travel outside of Manhattan, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket and Park Slope Farmers Market and Eagle Street rooftop farms (all in Brooklyn) are also considered some of the best in New York.

  • On January 29, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best parks in New York City?

    Fort Tryon Park, Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com When thinking of parks in NYC, Central Park is always the first to come to mind. People wouldn't suspect that our concrete haven has even more to offer in green escapes.

    1.Governor's Island is reached trip via a free ferry ride only a few minutes off the Manhattan shore will take you to Governors Island (a must see in NYC) between May and September, where free entertainment can be found as well as plenty of space for lounging and picnics. Get there early and you might even score a hammock to lounge in while you enjoy the serene environment and the breeze off the East River. A small fee for a bike rental will allow you to take in the amazing views around the small island, a unique NYC experience.

    2.Wave Hill in the Riverdale (Bronx) neighborhood, just past the borders of Manhattan, is a former private estate that is now a garden and cultural center open to the public. With 28-acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, one feels as if they have left New York City entirely and gone somewhere far more serene.

    3.Fort Tryon Park in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, was built on over 66 acres of land donated by John D. Rockefeller. The many winding paths inside the park and along the Hudson River offer a wonderful reprieve from the city's hustle and bustle. Heather's Garden is a beautiful botanical display. The park is also home to the Cloisters Museum.

    4.High line Park, in the Chelsea of Manhattan, was formerly a freight train line originally established in the 1930s. After a threat of its demise by city plans, the Friends of The High Line was established. The group was successful in raising funds and support, helping to secure its protection and establishment under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. It a little over a mile in length, with continued expansion in the works, and is adjacent to another fun NYC destination, the Chelsea Market.

  • On January 29, 2013
    Carol Cain answered the question: Carol Cain

    What are the best restaurants in New York City?

    Balthazar, Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com The food scene in NYC is ever-changing, and hidden culinary gems can be found anywhere especially if you are willing to try something new and venture into different neighborhoods. Here are a few of my favorite places to dine out:

    1.Balthazar Dinner - is often a bit harder to get seats for, so I like going for brunch and lunch. Sour cream hazelnut waffles, brioche French toast, lobster, clams...the list goes on and on. The atmosphere is traditional French, and the atmosphere welcoming and comfortable. One of my favorite dining experiences in the Soho area. You can also take some of the experience home by visiting the Balthazar bakery, right next door.

    2.The National Bar and Dining Rooms - A modern bistro brought to Midtown by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Start your dinner off with a cocktail – specifically with the Jalapeño Margarita with Sauza Hornito’s Reposado, Fresh Jalapeño & Lime, Smoked Sea Salt Rim. Sounds intense and it is. Your taste buds will absolutely adore you for it, and it’s a wonderful way to prep your palate for the awesome that follows. Whether you go for the celebrity or for the trendy-factor, I promise that you will want to return for the food. Oh, and if you have extra room, order the Ugly Burger, you won’t regret it. You can always just stay at The Benjamin Hotel, located right next door.

    3.Perla - On Minetta street in the West Village is one of the hottest places to eat in NYC now. Italian food with the sole purpose of blowing your mind. Want proof? Try the Tajarin with black truffles, sage, and Parmigiano, or their Saba glazed duck. I would even go as far as suggesting the 56-day, dry-age rib eye for two. Great cocktail list as well. Bring a friend, or two, for the servings are generous and the food is worth the wait for a reservation.
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